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Caythorpe youngsters share classroom with 10 caterpillars

Pupils at a village primary school have welcomed the arrival of 10 caterpillars.

Early years foundation and Key Stage 1 youngsters at Caythorpe Primary School have been learning first-hand about minibeasts and purchased the caterpillars from Insect Lore, which provides live caterpillars, butterfly gardens, kits, live insects and insect habitats.

The company sent the 10 caterpillars as well as a butterfly garden for each of the two classes taking part.

Youngsters at Caythorpe have been studying minibeasts as part of their latest school topic. (10277191)
Youngsters at Caythorpe have been studying minibeasts as part of their latest school topic. (10277191)

The children, aged between four and six years old, will be able to watch their guests grow and develop into butterflies before releasing them outside.

Pupils in ‘Enchanted Forest’ class have already got their own ‘minibeast investigation laboratory’ which is full of insects and small creatures for them to explore. The pupils are encouraged to take the role of scientists and record what they can see, as well as answering questions.

One pupil said: “I really like looking at the minibeasts and counting how many legs they have. We also do other things like making pretend Playdoh houses for the insects and reading The Hungry Caterpillar.”

The school has an ethos of learning through first-hand experiences and enjoy bringing their learning to life at every opportunity.

Previous topics have included dinosaurs and Vikings. A full-sized dinosaur visited the school earlier in the year before Key Stage 2 pupils acted out a Viking role play story, dressed in full attire from the era.


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