Crawling Caterpillars

Hello everyone! We hope that you are keeping safe and well at home with your families, we miss seeing your happy faces each day and would love to see what you are getting up to at home!

As our new summer topic is all about minibeasts, I thought that you might like to see what is happening with my caterpillars!

You can find the link to the summer minibeast topic here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xTqYDmR5LEFcqbarBnlbewuKVJERPjFu

The caterpillars have grown so big since the last blog!

They have been eating the food in their tub and the tub is now a little messy! Those little balls at the bottom of the tub are β€œfrass”, or caterpillar waste. It means the caterpillars are healthy – and are eating and growing!

The caterpillars are getting ready to form their chrysalis

We know that caterpillars need to eat lots so that when they form their chrysalis, they have enough energy whilst they transform in to a butterfly. This transformation is called metamorphosis.

Luckily, these Painted Lady caterpillars have food in their tub to give them energy but in the wild they would have to find food to eat. Do you know what they would eat in the wild?

You might see these types of plants if you go out for a walk on your daily exercise, Painted Lady butterflies and caterpillars love them. Be careful if you do see them when you are out and about, stinging nettles will sting you if you touch them and thistles are spiky!

We have been watching the caterpillars a lot and noticed that they move around so much. They climb up, down, around, over, under, on, off, in and out of things – it reminded me of when we were learning about prepositions in maths.

Here is a caterpillar climbing up and down the netting of the butterfly farm.

This gave me a brilliant idea! I thought that to keep fit, I could create an obstacle course in my house and garden to help me keep fit! Here are some photos of me doing my course…

Now I’ve had my turn, it’s over to you! A challenge to you is below – ask an adult to help you so that you are safe. They could even take some photos of you having lots of fun!

What do you think? I hope that you’ve been inspired to have a go yourself! We would love to hear your comments! Please comment below on the blog or email them into postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for another caterpillar update next week!

Stay safe and have lots of fun with your families this week,

Mrs Binks πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Minibeasts Summer Project.

Hello everybody! I hope you are all okay and staying safe at home. Last week, we put a new project on the Home Learning section of the website for the summer term, all about Minibeasts.

You can on this link to view the summer project. https://sites.google.com/rushallict.co.uk/education-continuity/arp#h.wpywc9e4o06q

There are lots of ideas on there for activities you can do all about minibeasts. I thought I would try some of them out too. This week I made a small minibeast house. You could try this at home, using an empty milk carton. some lollipop sticks and some sticks you can find in the garden, or if you go out for a walk near your house.

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First I found an empty milk bottle and gave it a good wash so it wasn’t smelly.
Then I cut the milk bottle in half. I had to use a sharp knife so it is definitely a job for a grown up helper.
I turned the milk bottle on it’s side and started filling it with sticks. I used sticks of different shapes and sizes to leave different size gaps for insects to hide in.
When I had filled my milk bottle with sticks, I placed it in my garden. I put it by a plant that attracts a lot of bees and other minibeasts.
My dog Truffle came to see what I was doing. We will have a look next week to see if we have got any visitors.

I would love to see what minibeast activities you have been up to. You can comment on the blog, or send pictures of what you have done to:

postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Please put my name in the subject line so it gets to me.

Take care and have a fun week,

Miss Kindon πŸ™‚

Happy Easter!

Hello ARP1,

It is so strange not being able to go to school! We really miss seeing your happy faces each day but hope that you are staying safe and well at home with your families.

We think about you often and are wondering what you have been doing to keep yourself busy? If you would like to share with us any of the activities, home learning tasks or Easter activities you have been doing, please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk, we would love to see them!

As we’re keeping safe at home with our families too, we thought that you might like to see what we’ve been up to after we have finished doing our school work….

Miss Kindon loves to be outside and has been spending time in her garden with her children and pets. Whilst doing some gardening, she spotted some creatures that you may recognise. Can you name them?

She spotted a butterfly and a ladybird! Our classes are called those names too!

What can you see out of your window or in your garden? You may have to stand quietly for a while, but you could spot some birds or mini beasts flying around now that the weather is getting warmer.

Mrs Binks has been helping her boys with their school work at home and has enjoyed doing some rainbow themed art with them. In addition to this, she had a special delivery last week….

The photo on the left was taken on the day they arrived. The caterpillars are so tiny! The photo on the right was taken today. After eating lots of food, look how much the caterpillars have grown in one week!

You might like to watch and listen to Singing Hands read and sign Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a grown up. There are lots of useful signs to use when taking about caterpillars, butterflies, food and days of the week. Here is the link https://singinghands.co.uk/makaton-signed-story/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-signed-story/

Miss Atkins has been going for a walk as her daily exercise but keeping her distance from other people she may see on her way so she stays safe. What a good way to keep fit! What you have been doing to keep active?

Mrs Chappell has been working hard with her girls, helping them to do their school work. After they’ve finished, they have been doing some planting in their garden. Have you done any gardening?

Mrs Dempster has also been very busy helping her children with their school work and had lots of fun playing games with them afterwards. Have you played any games at home?

Keep an eye on our class page too, there may be some new home learning tasks that you may wish to complete with your families https://sites.google.com/rushallict.co.uk/education-continuity If you have any questions about this please email postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk.

Finally, we would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter and hope that the Easter bunny brings you lots of yummy Easter eggs!

Please stay safe and have lots of fun! We hope to be back at school with you soon!

Miss Kindon, Mrs Binks, Mrs Dempster, Miss Atkins and Mrs Chappell x