They have had their first lunch in the school hall.
They have been busy exploring their new environment and learning their new routines.
They have even been outside to road test their wellington boots!
and they have only just started!
Well we had worked really hard to create our pirate ships ready for the big day!
Would our ships be sea worthy?
Well first of all we all made our predictions. Float or sink? That was the question. Then came the time to test them. If they did float, then we needed to see if they would take any crew on board without sinking.
We had two ships that managed to take far more crew on board than the others. Meet our best pirate ship makers!
We purchased our own live butterfly kit, as we wanted to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.
From the minute our caterpillars arrived we were excited!
We loved observing the changes. We watched them grow and become a chrysalis. We then got to move our chrysalis into the butterfly habitat. Then came the magical moment of emergence, where they look like they are resting peacefully, but an amazing transformation is taking place inside! Our chrysalis began to then darken, which was a big clue that our butterflies were preparing to emerge.
The magical birth of our butterflies happened surprisingly quick!
One to two hours after emergence, our butterflies were fully formed and ready to fly! We fed our butterflies nectar (sugar-water), fruit, and nectar-bearing flowers.
We knew we could only keep them for 2-3 days now, so we planned a little farewell celebration. We made ‘Life Cycle of a Butterfly Hats’, which we wore when we released them. We also sang Happy Birthday to them.
As the butterflies took flight, one of them decided to have a little rest on one of our hands. Watch our video and see whose hand it chose!
What an amazing experience!
A miracle on our hand!
We have been so busy this half term learning about plants and mini-beasts. We needed to be prepared to answer any questions our customers may ask us at our ‘Garden Centre’.
We went for walks to the local park to take photos of flowers, which we then used to make book marks.
We went into our woodland to identify mini-beasts, and also create natural art pictures for our art gallery.
We went stick hunting for perfect sticks to make our mini-beast hotels, and to create our fairy wands.
Whilst we were outside it rained, but no weather is bad weather, so we got the umbrellas out!
We baked buns, biscuits and created grape caterpillars for our café.
We made our staff badges, and began advertising for our ‘Garden Centre’ opening.
Well, the day had finally arrived, all of our hard work had certainly paid off. We had fully stocked our ‘Garden Centre’ and we were just waiting for customers to arrive.
It was time to cut the ribbon. Can you guess who we asked to do this very important job?
Our customers turned up in droves!
Some people had great fun on the flower photo booth.
We had some beautiful cakes donated for the raffle, by some fabulous parents and helpers. We asked Mr Wirth to draw the raffle.
What a fabulous turn out for our event! We were overwhelmed with the amount of support we received, and the weather was definitely on our side. Thank you to everyone that attended!
We manage to raise £182, which we are planning to spend on our next topic ‘It’s a Pirates Life for Me’
We started off by thinking about a final event, as this would then give us something to work towards. We all decided that we would like to put on a dance show for our parents and carers. We thought we could call it the ‘Dinosaur Stomp’.
We then decided that we all needed to look the part, so we set about using our creative skills to make some dinosaur feet and a tail for the show! What do you think?
We also made our own dinosaurs! We made them very bright and colourful, just like Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs!
Whilst we were so busy being creative, no one noticed that a dinosaur had left us their eggs to look after. Guess what? The eggs hatched!!!!!
We also had a different visitor come to our classroom too!
We all worked together to weave a crocodile.
We measured snakes and talked about our findings in one of our maths lessons.
Before we knew it, performance day had arrived! We had spent so much time learning and perfecting our dinosaur dancers for our show in our PE lessons.
All the hard work certainly paid off. Our show was amazing! We even got our parents and carers to join in too.
We also went on a school trip to embed and develop our learning further! Whilst we were there, some of us were very brave! We actually met some reptiles and mini-beasts. (Another 50 things before leaving Anston Greenlands ticked off!)
We met some other reptiles too…..
After our school trip, we took a walk down memory lane. We had to hunt for the hidden letter cards around our playground and then write down the animal that started with that letter sound.
We used our creative skills outside too. We went and drew reptiles that we had learnt about. Artists in the making!
We have learnt so much this half term about reptiles and grown so fond of them. We decided that we wanted to donate some of the money raised at our final event to the World Wide Fund for Nature, so they could help ‘Marine Turtles’.
Thank you to everyone that attended our event. We hope you had as much fun as we did!