Release Day

Hello everyone,

The butterflies have been fluttering around the butterfly farm for a few days and we have really enjoyed observing them…

They have enjoyed taking nectar from the flowers and fruit that we have given them.

Did you know that if the weather is too cold, butterflies cannot feed or fly? It’s really important that the temperature is above 12Β°. I checked the weather prediction for today and it was going to be quite warm in the afternoon. We decided that today was the day!

Carefully, we carried the butterfly farm to the garden and found a safe spot where they could be placed. They will need somewhere to rest, drink some nectar and test their wings before they get ready to fly away to find somewhere to lay their eggs.

I thought that the butterflies might like to get some nectar from these pretty flowers. This type of flower is called ranunculus.

I will be sad to see the butterflies fly away but watching them test their wings whilst they were getting ready to fly gave me an idea to be able to remember them for a while longer! I thought I would make some of my own butterfly wings and collect some natural objects to decorate them.

First I found some paper, a pencil, scissors and some PVA glue.

Then, I drew the shape of the butterfly wings on the paper and cut it out using the scissors.

After that, I took the wings and the PVA glue into the garden and found some flowers that I could take a few petals and leaves from without hurting or damaging them. You would be best to ask an adult which flowers and leaves are safe for you to use when doing this activity.

I put the glue on the wings and arranged the petals and leaves so that they looked pretty.

This will help me to remember my butterflies now that they are flying free! I’m going to put it on my fridge so I can see it often!

Usually, I would talk to you about naming them on release day…but because we can’t be together at the moment, I haven’t named them. I wonder if you could help me? What should we name them? Please comment on the blog or send your suggestions to me by emailing postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Stay safe and have fun with your families this week πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Beautiful Butterflies

Hi ARP1,

There was a lovely fluttering sound this morning in the butterfly farm! Something exciting had happened….

Our first butterfly has appeared!

The red liquid looks like blood, but it is not. The liquid is left over from inside the chrysalis when the butterfly was a caterpillar. It has a special name – meconium. So don’t worry, the butterfly is fine, it just doesn’t need it anymore!

Over the next few days, another two butterflies appeared.

You know how much inspiration we find by watching the caterpillars and butterflies, so this week I thought it would be good to make something to show the butterfly life cycle using things that were already in the house.

1. First, I found a kitchen roll tube and cut it slightly to make it smaller. This is going to be the chrysalis. You could always papier mache a bigger chrysalis if you are feeling extra creative!

2. Next, I painted the tube to look like a chrysalis by looking at a photo and mixing some paints to make the colour I needed.

3. Whilst the chrysalis was drying, I found some paper and drew some butterfly wings and cut them out. I used a peg for the body.

Here are some other ideas of things to use when making a butterfly.

4. After that, I needed to make a caterpillar. I drew some circles on some green paper and stuck them together to make a caterpillar, then decorated them using pens.

Here are some other ways to make a caterpillar.

5. Finally, I put them all together to show the life cycle of a butterfly.

In goes the caterpillar……

Out comes the butterfly!

In goes the caterpillar. Out comes the butterfly

Everything that was used for the craft this week were just things that I already had in the house. Use your creativity to find things to use to make yours!

We hope that you will try and have a go at this, we would love to see some photos of whatever you do this week! Please email them to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s butterfly update!

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

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VE Day

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We were hoping to have a big school party with you to celebrate that 75 years ago on 8th May 1945, the war in Europe ended. At the end of the war, lots of people came together to have big street parties in celebration.

As we can’t celebrate together in the way we had planned, we wondered if you had done anything with your family at home?

Perhaps you had a tea party at your house with your family instead?

Miss Atkins made a delicious rice crispie cake with a Union Jack on the top which was made out of marshmallows – we think it looks delicious!

We’d love to see how you celebrated the day. Please send any photos you’d like us to see to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

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Comfy Chrysalis

Hello everyone!

Something very special has happened to the caterpillars! Would you like to see? ….

The caterpillars have formed their chrysalis!

The caterpillars formed their chrysalis at the bottom of the tub this time, I am not sure why! Can you remember from the last caterpillar blog what ‘frass’ is? It wouldn’t be very nice for the caterpillars to be on it whilst they were in their chrysalis, so they were scooped out very carefully using a plastic spoon and placed on some kitchen roll at the bottom of the butterfly farm.

Usually, they climb to the top of the tub and use their silk to attach themselves safely to the lid before they start building their chrysalis.

Once they are safely attached, they shed their caterpillar skin and make their chrysalis. Once it is formed it will keep them safe as they hang very still whilst the magic is happening inside.

Here is a close up of a chrysalis, it is very intricate!

Even though the caterpillars haven’t attached themselves to the top of the tub and are now on the bottom of the butterfly farm, they will be OK and will still go through the changes as normal. It’s an exciting time now, no one knows exactly when they will emerge so I will need to check on them everyday to see whether the butterflies have made an appearance!

Waiting for them takes a long time, so we needed something to keep us occupied. We thought it would be fun to have a caterpillar race with my children! It was such good fun! Have a look at the photos below to see our race!

Would you like to have a go with a member of your family too? They were really easy to make, you will need some paper, scissors, straws and pens or pencils. We didn’t decorate ours, but you could if you wanted to!

Here is a link to a video that will show you how to make a caterpillar to race with:

Keep in touch, we would love to hear what you have been doing at home with your families, and if you make a caterpillar please do send in some photos so that we can see!

Please send any photos to postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for more caterpillar updates next week!

Stay safe and have lots of fun with your families this week πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

Salt Dough Critters

Hello again everyone, I hope you have had a fun week at home and are staying safe and well. This week it has been a bit wet and rainy outside, so I decided to do an indoor mini beasts activity. I made a batch of salt dough, and used it to make my own minibeasts. This is how I did it.

First I measured out 2 containers of flour. I used a small yoghurt pot to measure as flour is a bit tricky to find in the shops at the moment, but this amount of flour made plenty of dough. Then I poured the flour in to a large bowl.
Then I measured out 1 container full of salt and added it to the bowl.
Next, I measured one container full of water and added it to the bowl.
Then I used a fork to mix the ingredients. When it got very tough I had to use my hands to push it together to form a dough.
I turned the dough out on to the work surface and kneaded it until it became smooth and easy to work with.
When my salt dough was ready, I used it to make my minibeasts. I decided to make a worm, a ladybird, a bee, a butterfly and a caterpillar, but you can make whatever minibeasts you want.
Now I am going to leave my minibeasts to dry, but you can put them in the oven at 140C if you want them to dry quicker. How long they take will depend on how big and thick they are, so keep an eye on them.