Our story this week has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar and we have been learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar. The caterpillars in our classroom are currently in their cocoons so we are hoping they will hatch out very soon.
With the very hot weather at the beginning of the week, we did PE inside and used the gymnastic apparatus. The children all had a go on the ropes, climbing bars and horse.
We spent Monday afternoon thinking about the Send my friend to School campaign and making our jigsaw pieces. Children all over the country are taking part in this annual initiative to try and persuade governments to ensure every child in the world has access to basic education. Our year 4 School Council members will be carrying a banner with the schools jigsaw on it through Dorchester with the rest of the DASP schools.
Tuesday was our trip to Lorton Meadows, run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, and an amazing day was had by all. We had a go at meadow sweeping and tree shaking with nets to see what mini beasts we could find in different environments. We played a find the caterpillar game with coloured wool to show how effective camouflage is (we never did find all the green and brown ones!) and we did some pond dipping. We discovered a huge variety of mini beasts from ramshorn snails to butterflies and damselflies. Although it was very hot we had plenty of shade and water to keep us relatively cool and an ice lolly on our return to school.
Today the children have been making dragon flies and snails in our creative session which will be displayed when dry!
Next Thursday I would like to do junk modelling with the children - I'd like them to make a mini beast of some sort, thinking about legs and wings. If you have anything suitable - nothing too huge - that we could use, please could you bring it in. Thank you.