Recently, children in Pre-School have been reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. They have taken part in a range of cross-curricular activities all themed around the story, including creating caterpillar artwork, by rolling a dice to decide which colour each segment of the creature will be coloured. They have extended their learning by exploring how things change and grow.  

As part of this topic, the children have also been introduced to some real caterpillars that have been living in ‘caterpillar houses’ their classrooms. The minibeasts were tiny when they first arrived but have now grown to full size and begun to cocoon!

The children have been feeding the caterpillars a special food mix that has helped them to grow big and strong, meaning that they are ready and able to begin their transformation into beautiful butterflies. The caterpillars grow fatter and longer during a series of molts, shedding their skin as they expand. As in the book, eventually each caterpillar will stop eating, hang themselves upside down from a twig or leaf and begin to form a chrysalis. Once inside this cocoon, their body will begin to change.

When the metamorphosis is complete, butterflies will emerge and Pre-School will be releasing them into the school grounds. We look forward to seeing how they develop!


Prep School | 15/03/2021