This week in nursery we have been doing lots of learning through the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The story is about a little caterpillar who is very hungry. We follow him through the week as he eats lots of different fruit and lots of other food too, until he is very big and very full. He then spins himself a cocoon and after two weeks inside, he emerges at a beautiful butterfly.
As we read the book we talked about where the story took place and how we knew this. We talked about the different fruit and which fruit we had tried and liked, we also talked about healthy eating as the hungry caterpillar ate lots of other food that made his tummy hurt! We discussed the life cycle of the butterfly and how the egg changes into a caterpillar first, then into a cocoon and then into a butterfly. In our choosing time we were very creative. We made some symmetrical butterfly pictures using a mirror to help us, we also made some caterpillar pictures using a balloon! We used dough to exercise our fingers and make wings for the butterfly, caterpillars and cocoons, we learned a new song, looked at non-fiction books and used models to help us to understand more about the life cycle of a butterfly and we dressed up as caterpillar and a butterfly to take on the role of the character in the story. The children really enjoyed the learning this week and revisited the book independently lots of time in the reading area. Wow! Another busy week and lots of brilliant learning!
Please talk to your child at home about their understanding of the story and their learning this week and keep an eye out in your garden for hungry caterpillars and beautiful butterflies.