Testwood Lakes Trip

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Bramshaw Class had a lovely day at Testwood Lakes on Friday, learning about animals through lots of outdoor and hands on activities. The day began with pond dipping where the children found tadpoles, water boatmen, pond snails, dragonfly nymphs, a newt, water lice, and much more!

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The children hunted for mini beasts in the shade of the woods, finding worms, centipedes, millipedes, woodlice, beetles, slugs and spiders. They then sorted them according to how many legs they had.

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In the education centre, the children explored animal skulls and teeth, learning about the features of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

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A walk through the meadow and the woods enabled the children to spot signs of animals; we found rabbit droppings, fox poo, holes, the remains of a foxes meal, a deer print and various insects and spiders.

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Cricket Coaching

Last Thursday afternoon, the Year 1 Class had their first cricket coaching session. This was delivered by Coach James Hibberd from Hampshire Cricket. The children enjoyed some throwing and catching activities in the sunshine.

Don’t forget to have your PE kits in school this Thursday for more cricket and this Friday for a tennis taster!

Releasing the Butterflies 🦋

Three days after they emerged from their chrysalides, the ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies were ready to be released. Once released, they found food (nectar) from flowers. When they are ready, they will continue the lifecycle, eventually laying eggs which will produce more caterpillars.

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Feeding and Flight 🦋

After the butterflies  emerged from their chrysalides, they were ready to feed. Until their release, the butterflies used their proboscis (a bit like a straw) to suck up nectar from the flowers placed in their habitat. Mrs Lea added sugar solution to the flowers to make sure the butterflies had enough to eat.

The butterflies made their first attempts to fly as their wings became stronger.

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Exciting Butterfly News! 🦋

At the start of the Easter holiday, our caterpillars had each changed into a chrysalis and could been seen hanging from the lid of their pot. They were carefully transferred into their butterfly habitat in their new home (Mrs Lea’s house).

Mrs Lea was very excited this morning to find 3 of the butterflies had emerged from their chrysalides overnight! Don’t worry if you see a red liquid near the butterfly; this is called meconium (not blood) and is a normal and healthy part of the butterfly’s emergence.

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As I have been typing, another butterfly has started to emerge! The butterfly’s wings are crumpled up when they first emerge but they soon start to stretch and smooth them out.

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Printing Using Natural Materials

Year 1 started off the new term with some art work, inspired by patterns in nature and the work of William Morris. The children looked at how William Morris used the shapes, colours and patterns in nature to design his prints. They then created their own print blocks using natural materials collected from the school grounds. The children used their printing blocks, inks and rollers to make their prints on paper. Year 1 are such a creative class, thinking carefully about what to choose for their design and how to arrange it on their block.