Our trip to Tilgate last week left both staff and children amazed at the variety of mini-beast life all around the world – from Madagascan cockroaches and Giant African Millipedes to Taiwanese Stick Insects.

Our knowledge grew as did our fascination with eight and six legged creatures. Mrs Jubb however was less than thrilled with the huge tarantula skin that we saw and the large fangs still attached to the skin!! Eek! Special thanks to Karen in the kitchen for our amazing mini beast picnic!

We said a sad farewell to our little cheeky chicks when Mr. Swadling came to pick them up. They will now live in a trailer, heated with an infra-red lamp, until they are big enough to join the ‘grown-ups’ in the hen run! The whole pre prep has been
HEN-thusiastic and EGG-cited as we have watched these little ones hatch and grow! What a fantastic learning experience for everybody. We look forward to eating some of their eggs in a few months’ time!

In other reception news – this week we sketched  mini-beasts in our sketch books and rounded off our topic with a little quiz! We have learnt so much about the world around us!

In maths we have been talking about time, months of the year and days of the week and have linked this to the Hungry Caterpillar! We have also been writing in our chick diaries and sticking in photos of them. Some lovely pictures (as you can see and writing!