Nyewood CE Infant School
Smiling, Caring and Learning Together on a Journey with God
Monday 18th May
Daily exercise idea:
Here is an idea of how to keep active at home – please visit Joe Wicks ‘The Body Coach TV’ on YouTube. Access this by using the website address:
Live streaming of this begins at 9am each day, Monday to Friday. If you are unable to view this at this time, the sessions are also available to watch afterwards by visiting the website.
Mondays and Tuesdays are our project days, where we think about other subjects that are just as important as reading, writing and maths!
Today we are learning to make observations of animals and talk about changes.
Do you know the story about The Very Hungry Caterpillar? You can hear the story read by the author Eric Carle here:
What happened to the caterpillar?
Caterpillars and butterflies are mini-beasts and this week we are going to look at mini-beasts to observe them to see what they do.
We want you to go on a mini-beast hunt where you live. You need to remember to stay safe when you do this. Where could you find mini-beasts? In your house? Next to your house? In your garden? What kinds of mini-beasts do you think will you find?
Did you find any mini-beasts?
What do they look like? What are they doing? Do you know what they are called?
We would like you to have a go at making a mini-beast home or feeder but only do this if you have the time. There are two different kinds. You can choose which one to make. You don’t have to make both! You could even just put some bricks or pieces of wood outside near a wall or hedge and prop them up with a twig or something so the mini-beasts can get underneath. You might even think of your own idea to attract mini-beasts.
Make a butterfly feeder.
What you need
• Plastic bottle and cap
• String or garden wire
• Sugar water
• Pliers or scissors
• Small nail or drawing pin
What to do
1. Cut about 20cm of string/wire and place the neck of the bottle in the middle of the string/wire. Twist the wire (or tie the string) around the bottleneck until it is held tightly. Tie or twist the ends of the string/wire to make a loop, so you can hang the bottle up by its neck.
2. Using the nail/drawing pin, carefully make two holes in the bottom of the bottle. Try to make the holes as small as possible.
3. Place the bottle in a bowl and pour sugar water into the bottle. To make sugar water, dissolve some sugar in warm water. Don’t make it too sweet – one part sugar to 10 parts water should be just right. Fix the cap back on the bottle and carry the bowl and bottle outside, to avoid making a mess.
4. Hang your bottle outside in an area where you have seen butterflies. The sugar water will slowly drip out of the bottle and the butterflies will be able to drink from the puddle it makes on the ground. Try and place the feeder in a place where the butterflies will be protected from predators, for example away from trees and bushes where cats and birds can hide.
5. Remember to dispose of the bottle carefully once the feeder is empty.
Home for lacewings and solitary bees
What you need
• Hollow bamboo or twigs or cut up straws
• A container like an old sturdy clay flowerpot (with holes blocked up), or a plastic cup
• Modelling clay
• Sticky tape
What to do
1. Attach the string tightly to the side of the container. You can tie it around the outside of the container or ask an adult to help you make a hole in one side of the container and thread the string through with a knot on the inside. Add sticky tape to make sure the string is tied on tight.
2. Cover the inside bottom of the container with modelling clay.
3. Cut the hollow sticks slightly shorter than the height of the container and push them into the clay in the bottom of the container. Keep adding sticks until the container is full.
4. Now all you need is a tree or a post to hang your home from. Make sure that the container faces south and that it hangs on its side in full sunlight. The open end of the container needs to slope down slightly when hanging up to stop the lacewings and bees from getting wet.
5. Remember to dispose of the container carefully when it is no longer any use.
What kinds of mini-beasts do you think will you find? What do they look like? What are they doing? Do you know what they are?
Don’t forget to try and enjoy a reading experience with your grown-up every day! Reading food packets, instructions for board games, clues, letters/postcards from friends, recipes or signs you spot on your daily exercise are just as important as stories, magazines, or information books!