Life Cycles

What a busy week! We have been learning all about the life cycles of animals and plants.

On Tuesday we took our learning outdoors and observed the wildlife around our school. We very carefully lifted up logs to have a peek at what was living under them. Down by the pond we were extremely lucky to find a tadpole! We decided to gather up some pond water in a container and take the tadpole back to our classroom to observe it over the week. On Friday we returned the tadpole to its home in the pond so it could continue with it’s metamorphosis.

Our garden centre has been a hit with Oak and Fir trees alike! They children have been carefully selecting which flowers they would like to buy in order to make a beautiful arrangement.

Thank you to all parents and carers who brought a plant pot into school. The children planted their own pea on Wednesday and learnt what they need to do in order for their pea to grow (don’t worry, we will water them over the half term break). Fingers crossed we will see sixty plants growing after half term!

We have been watching some fantastic time lapse videos to learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar. Follow the link and take a look for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocWgSgMGxOc

To see what your children have learnt you could ask them about:

What does the word metamorphosis mean?

What does it mean to make a prediction?

Why is it important to look after creatures and plants?

What do plants need to grow?

Can you tell me the lifecycle of a frog? butterfly? or seed?

What happens in the story ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross?  Why couldn’t tadpole keep his promise?

We hope you have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing you back on Monday 4th June.

The Reception Team

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