The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Click on the image below to have a look at all of the fun we are planning to have next half term!!

This half term the children have been enjoying the timeless qualities of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  It’s a story of transformation and hope and is as relevant now as it was over 50 years ago when the story was written by Eric Carle.

“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”  It’s probably one of the most memorable opening lines in children’s literature, and the children have adored making their own memories linked to this famous tale.  Have a look and see the amazing things we have been up to.

The Introduction of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We began by reading the story with the children and they loved the caterpillar so much it inspired lots of different activities.

Caterpillar and Butterfly Creations

Painting and Drawing butterflies and caterpillars as well as dough caterpillar creations

Mini Beast Maths

Counting mini beasts and eggs

Measuring the lengths of Caterpillars

Ordering caterpillar numbers

Minibeast play

Reading non-fiction and fiction books

Story retelling and Writing

We noticed that the children seemed to have a real love of animals so we introduced a Vets into our role play area. The children really loved pretending to be Doctors and vets.

The Caterpillar Makes Friends

This week the Very Hungry Caterpillar made lots of new friends.

He met some real life caterpillars.

The Hungry Caterpillar loved the new baby caterpillars so much.  The children and him were very interested in learning  about what the real life caterpillars looked like and how to look after caterpillars.

And on Friday he met some story book characters as the children dressed up to celebrate World Book Day.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar wants to go to Space.

This week the children thought about the moon the caterpillar saw on the first night he was born.  They wondered what the moon looked like and what it would be like to visit the moon.We had so much fun this week re-creating the Moon! Here’s a little sneak peek of what we got up to….

We started by reading a couple stories. one of which was ‘What ever next’ by Jill Murphy

It’s about a Bear who thinks it would be fun to go to the moon. He built a rocket from the things he can find in the house and blasts off to the moon. Once there he has a picnic and can see just what the moon looks like. With all its craters and mountains.

The children LOVED this story. They giggled and giggled and it was lots of fun! 

The children thought about what the caterpillar might want to take in his packed lunch when he goes to the moon. The children all agreed that he would need some biscuits. Together the children baked some biscuits for the caterpillar.

After reading we looked at the moon and how different it looks close up. Galileo Galilei was the first person to show that the Moon was not a smooth sphere but imperfect, covered by craters and mountains.  

We then set off to make our very own Moon masterpieces. We wanted to make sure the moon had lots of texture so we used two special painting techniques. This is how it turned out.

We also took part in some training with Jane and ran 2 km around the school Sports hall. It was very tiring and we learned that the caterpillar will have to be super-fit if he wants to be an astronaut and visit the moon.

We also did lots of experiments as part of STEM week.

We learned that lunar dust is fine like a powder but it is so sharp it can cut
like glass. It is formed when meteorites crash onto the Moon’s surface, heating and smashing rocks and dirt which contain silica and metals such as iron. The Dust particles remain untouched unless an impact occurs. The dust is electrically charged and sticks to any surface on contact. 

We investigated powdery surfaces and experiment with compacting surfaces using a variety of objects to produce impressions, We tried different methods of dropping the rocks and from different heights

We watched how Nasa launched rockets using jet fuel.

We made our own rocket’s and investigated the power of oxygen to propel. objects.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Afternoon Tea.

This week it was Mother’s day and the children enjoyed finding out more about their own mothers and the hungry caterpillars mother.  They looked at other life cycles and how animals grow and change.

We made some beautiful cards and presents for out Mothers.

The plan was to make some tasty treats for out Mothers and then enjoy an amazing afternoon tea but unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to the Covid _19 Epedemic affecting the world at this time.