The Very Hungry Caterpillar


This half term amongst other things the children will have the opportunity to watch the amazing process of caterpillars transforming into Painted Lady Butterflies and as a springboard for this activity we are going to explore the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. I am sure that many of you will be familiar with this children’s classic

Here are some of the activities we will be exploring over the next few weeks in relation to the book that you may wish to participate in at home:

1.     Talk about the days of the week with the children is something we do regularly anyway but this is a lovely opportunity to emphasis the rhythm of time. Days of the week, months and seasons.

2.    Use the days of the week as a springboard for exploring alliteration. For example, Marvellous Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday. Can the children think of any other words that begin with the same sound to put in a sentence?

3.    Use the fruits in the book as a springboard for counting and recognising numerals. The caterpillar ate 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, 5 oranges.

4.    We will taste the different fruits and make a fruit salad a little later in the term.

5.    Talk about healthy eating, as well as the fruit the caterpillar also ate a huge variety of food on the Saturday, some of which was not so healthy!

6.    The children will be able to draw or paint the caterpillars as they grow, build their cocoons, and finally emerge as butterflies. We will also give them opportunities to explore symmetry as they paint a pattern and fold the paper to duplicate the pattern they have created.

7.    The children will be learning to care for the beautiful world around us and for all the creatures in the local environment whilst looking after the caterpillars and feeding the butterflies once they have hatched and before we release them outdoors.


Pals Events Calendar

Term dates 2021 -2022


Spring 2021
Monday 4th January - Friday 26th March
Half term 15th - 19th February
Summer 2021
Monday 19th April - Friday 23rd July
(Bank Holiday 3rd May)
Half term: 31st May - 4th June
Autumn 2021:  
Mon 6th  September - Fri 17th December
Half term : 18th -29th October 
Spring 2022:  
Tues 4th January - Fri 1st April
Half term: 14th - 18th Febuary
Summer 2022:
Tues 19th April - Fri 22ndJuly
( Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May )
Half term: 30th May - 3rd June