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Caterpillars

We are learning about Life cycles in Science and this week we received a visitor in the post - some live caterpillars! They are tiny, but we hope they won't stay that way long. Watch this space for photo updates as they grow.
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These are the caterpillars after about a week of growing in our classroom.
We now have three cocoons, one caterpillar who was beginning to change into a cocoon today and one last caterpillar who is crawling around the lid knocking the other cocoons about! Unfortunately, one cocoon has dropped to the floor but there is still hope when we transfer all the cocoons across.
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Today some of the children transferred the cocoons across to the larger home for the butterflies. Harrison carefully peeled off any silk that was left on the cocoons so that the butterflies would be able to emerge unharmed. Using a spoon he then carefully transferred the cocoon that had fallen.
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The caterpillars have now mostly emerged successfully from their cocoons and we have released them into the quiet garden.

 

We are now doing some writing on their life cycles and displaying with 3d mobiles. Watch this space for examples...

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