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This half term the children have been working in groups to create cyclic patterns based around a pulse. This has then developed into a piece of music and had a dance added as well.
We were visited by two rangers from the Bollin Valley for a morning and the children enjoyed taking part in a fantastic willow workshop.
Firstly the children went into the wild area and collected various items including leaves, twigs and fruits and berries. These items were then transformed into either real or imaginative bugs using a piece of clay. As you can see from the pictures there are some very colourful and creative creations!
Finally the rangers showed the children how to work with and create shapes using willow. This started with head dresses and finished with wonderful, colourful butterflies being created.
It's a Moth!
Class 4 have been waiting with bated breath to see if an Ichneumon Wasp or an Elephant Hawk Moth would emerge from one of the chrysalises we have had in class since September 2013 (Icneumon wasps are parasitoid insects that find a host to lay their eggs inside. Upon hatching, the larval ichneumon feeds on the caterpillar when it is ready to pupate.)
We were delighted when a beautiful pink moth emerged last week!
In September 2013, a pupil in Class 4 found a Lime Hawk-moth caterpillar in the school grounds. We kept the caterpillar in a tank and it soon went into hibernation as a chrysalis. Recently, the moth emerged from its chrysalis and we released it back into the school grounds.
A Lime Hawk-moth is a large hawk-moth, on the wing from May to June. It is commonly found in parks and gardens, as well as woodland, but flies only on warm nights. The caterpillars are quite distinctive: large and green, with pale streaks on each segment and a bluish 'horn' at the tail end. They feed at night on the leaves of lime, Silver Birch and elm, but the adults don't feed at all. During the day, the adults rest to avoid catching the attention of predators.