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Transferring our chrysalises

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So today (Friday 20th September) was the third day that the chrysalises had formed and they had hardened. This meant it was the day they needed transferring to the butterfly net. It was a tricky time as we had to be very delicate. You can see on the photo that the caterpillars had made several webbing tracks, this had to be removed so that when the butterflies begin emerge they will not get their wings caught. Mrs Lock and Mrs Watson were both very brave and tried their best to remove it all to give our butterflies the very best chance. Now we have to wait for 7-10 days until they emerge. Watch this space...

Our caterpillars are forming a chrysalis around themselves and the metamorphosis process begins

Our caterpillars are forming a chrysalis around themselves and the metamorphosis process begins  1
Our caterpillars are forming a chrysalis around themselves and the metamorphosis process begins  2
We have to wait for 3 days until the chrysalis’ harden and then they can be transferred to the butterfly net. It is an exciting time for our caterpillar, but during this time we aren’t allowed to handle them or even move the pot. They’re very delicate, but it is an important time of change for them. We are learning in our amazing science lessons exactly what is happening...it’s been such a captivating time so far!

Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks.

Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 1
Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 2
Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 3
Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 4
Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 5
Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 6
Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks. 7

Wednesday 11th September 

 

The furry, chunky caterpillars are now 3cm long and the one on the lid of the pot is very cheeky!

 

The children are observing the caterpillars over time and have learnt all about describing the caterpillars using interesting adjectives and really thinking about what they can see. We have also learnt that caterpillars don’t create a cocoon as they are not fully encased. They partially encase themselves in a chrysalis before becoming a butterfly. This is something we will all be excited to observe as it will be the next step before our butterflies arrive. It very much depends on the temperature as to how long the process may take, but we will keep you updated. 

 

Working scientifically making predictions

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Working scientifically making predictions 2
Working scientifically making predictions 3
Working scientifically making predictions 4
We have been using our stem sentences to make predictions and as the days and weeks go by we will use our prior knowledge to make comparisons. Having the stem sentences has supported the children to write about their experiences and for them to expand their vocabulary.

Our new year 2 caterpillars arrived...

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Our new year 2 caterpillars arrived... 2
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Wednesday 4th September 

 

The tiny, little caterpillars are only 1cm long but they are very wriggly. 

 

The tiny little caterpillars have arrived in our busy hardworking classroom. There are 5 of them in total and the children have been enjoying observing them and making predictions about what butterfly they will become. This all links to our science topic and learning about animals life cycles. It has been a great start to the academic year and the children were full of excitement when they learned we had real life caterpillars.

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