Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Fr. Rob's visit

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Fr. Rob is a priest in our parish.  He came to have a chat with us today.  He was very nice and told us some fun stories.

Our caterpillars are getting ready to change into cocoons

Look at our caterpillars.  Today they have started hanging from the top of their containers.  We think they will spin their cocoons soon.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Making flower words

Swopping tens

Caterpillars are still growing

Monday, May 23rd
The caterpillars are 16 matchsticks in length now.

Goodbye to our frogs

Kay (our very friendly garden advisor) came to admire our tadpoles and frogs.   She is taking them back to the pond from where they came, so that they can lead a nice interesting froggy life in their pond.  We transferred them to their travel container and said "goodbye" to them.  We will miss them in our classroom, but we know they will be happy in the wild.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Nature walk

Finger printing

 We made some lovely finger print art.  Look at our pictures!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Friday, 13 May 2011

Water experiments

20 Questions

 We are having great fun playing "20 Questions".  One person thinks of an object (maybe an animal) and everyone else gets to ask a question with a "yes" or "no" answer.  If we can't guess the object within 20 questions, the thinker wins!  This is great fun, and another person gets to "tally" the questions - count in bundles of 5 until we reach 20.  We all like thinking, guessing and tallying.

Our caterpillars have nearly doubled in size

 On Tuesday our caterpillars were as long as 4 matchsticks held together.  Today when we measured again they were as long as 7 matchsticks.  They have nearly doubled in 3 days.  We left out 12 matchsticks in case we need that many on Monday.

Our tadpole is nearly a frog

Going for a dive with Billy

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Weighing objects using balances

How big are our new caterpillars?

We were wondering how big our caterpillars have become.  We used the ends of matchsticks because they are very narrow.  A tiny caterpillar is as wide as 4 matchsticks pushed together.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Our Painted Lady caterpillars have arrived

We ordered caterpillars from  They came all the way from the UK in the post.  They are really tiny now, but they will eat the food they came with, and soon we will have 5 beautiful Painted Lady butterflies to release into Renmore.  We will watch as the caterpillars turn into chrysalides in their cocoons, and then turn into butterflies.  This is very exciting for us.

A tadpole with legs

One of our tadpoles has back legs.  He still uses his tail for swimming, but we can see how he will soon turn into a frog.

Welcome to our classroom worms

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Billy And His Bucket

We had a great Drama class today. Mr. Donohue was Billy, and all he wanted for his birthday was a bucket. We had to persuade him to choose another birthday present, then when he wouldn't do this we all pretended to be a bucket and we each tried to get Billy to choose us. It was a lot of fun. Later we drew pictures of our buckets. They looked great!