πŸ€” Do worms have legs? πŸ€”

This week we will be learning all about earthworms and our story focus is Superworm!

Our number of the week is 5 and our shape is a pentagon!

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πŸ¦€πŸ¦ŽπŸŒ Sam’s Safari Visit πŸŒπŸ¦ŽπŸ¦€

Today Foundation Stage had a very special visit from Sam’s Safari! Two ladies brought lots of different insects and creatures for us to look at and hold, all the children sat so beautifully and were very brave touching the mini-beasts!

F1 class sat in a big semi-circle and listened very carefully to the ladies who told us lots of interesting facts about each of the creatures and showed us where on the map they usually live.

Would you like to meet some of them? Here they are:

Millie And Mollie The Millipedes!

Millie and Mollie are millipedes from Africa! They have hundreds of little legs and two antennas for feeling as they don’t have any ears or a nose. But they do have a big mouth like a shovel for eating rotten fruit and veg! Yuk I don’t think that’s something we would like for our tea!

A lot of the mini beasts like to eat crickets for their dinner just like these ones, they like to hop around though so you would have to be quick if you wanted to catch one for your tea!

Twiggy The Stick Insect

Twiggy the stick insect is from Indonesia. Stick insects are very good at camouflage they look just like the branches on the trees to stop other animals from eating them! The female stick insects have pointy tails, they stick these in the dirt and can lay up to 200 hundred eggs which turn into their babies. There mouth is sideways from the top of their head to their head to chin! Stick insects only eat leaves nothing else.

Grubs that turn into fruit beetles!

Grubs from Africa eat lots of food to get bigger. They then bury themselves in the dirt then wrap themselves in a cocoon. They then come out and dissolve into mush before growing a new body and turning into a fruit beetle. The fruit beetle has stripes like a bee. Once it has hatched it flies into a tree to find fruit to eat.

Sally And Samsung The Giant African Snails

Sally and Samsung are giant African land snails who like the rain. They have one big foot with slime on that helps them to move. They have extremely hard shells to protect themselves, they won’t even break if an elephant stands on them! They have two long tentacles with eyes. They like to eat leaves and fruit and vegetables. Their tongue moves around in a circle to shave off their food to eat. Lacey was asked to stand on the snail shell to see if it would break, it was so strong that it didn’t even crack!

Colin The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar hissing cockroaches hiss to scare you away from them, it sounds like a loud shh! This noise is made when they blow air out of their sides. They have no bones inside but they do have an exoskeleton. Cockroaches like to eat anything even carpet, dirt, shoes or anything that fits in its mouth! Colin the cockroach has 6 legs. Males have horns and females don’t.

Shelley The Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs can run very fast and live at the seaside. They are born as a crab then have to find a shell to live in, this is to protect them from getting eaten by predators! When the hermit crab gets too big it has to find a new bigger shell! Hermit crabs eat insects in the sand and sea.

Bubbles The Red Legged Running Frog

Red legged running frogs have sticky fingers for climbing trees and they use their long sticky tongue to catch food. They don’t have any teeth so they have to gulp and blink really hard at the same time to push the food down their throats with their eyes! Frogs can drink with all their skin by soaking up the water. Frogs have lots of tiny bones in their body so we have to be very gentle. They love to eat crickets, bugs, snails and stick insects.

Lionel The Leopard Gecko 🦎

Lionel the leopard gecko comes from the desert in Pakistan. They have 4 legs and a tail with lots of spots. They are good at being camouflage in the sand. Eagles like to eat geckos so they hide in the sand or if they are in danger they can drop their tail whilst they run away and hide! They can then grow back a new tail!

Their skin feels bumpy and rough.

F1 class have had such a fantastic time meeting the creatures from Sam’s Safari πŸ™‚ we hope they will come back next year so we can see some more exciting animals!

🌸🌷Spring Display 🌷🌸

What beautiful work our F1 children have produced! We have discussed the different flowers that we see in Spring and what spring flowers we can see at school. The children have used different techniques to make blossom and tulip paintings, we even used forks instead of paint brushes! The children also made patterns on one side of their paper before folding it in half and opening it to make a beautiful butterfly!

πŸŽ‰ Friday! πŸŽ‰

Congratulations to our outstanding writers this week Amelia and Natalia. They have both drawn a fabulous picture of the butterfly lifecycle!

πŸŽ‰ Well done to our pupils of the week Lucas and Evie too! πŸŽ‰

Don’t forget it’s a bank holiday this weekend so school will be closed on Monday! We will see you back in Nursery on Tuesday πŸ™‚

Also on Thursday the 10th May we are going to be having a special visit from Sams Safari where we will get to meet, stroke and even hold lots of different mini beasts!

πŸ¦‹ Beautiful Butterflies πŸ¦‹

This week we are making butterfly prints, the children paint one side of the paper and then fold it in half. They then press the paper down before opening it to reveal a beautiful butterfly! The children have made different patterns and explored how colours change when they are mixed together. Take a look at F1 class’ colourful butterflies!