Caterpillars in EYFS



As part of our Early Year’s curriculum, we learn to be scientists and observe the natural world around us. The children are taught to notice changes in the environment such as the weather and the seasons.

Over the last few weeks, children in Robins, Nursery and Reception have been experiencing the life cycle of a butterfly. We welcomed 5 tiny caterpillars into each room and have been watching them change and develop over time. It has been great to hear that the children have been eager to share their learning with their families at home.

During this experience, the children are learning to care for animals and be responsible for living creatures. We have learnt that we need to handle them carefully and make sure they have all the food that they need to grow.

The children explored the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle, building up their vocabulary related to the life cycle of the butterfly. They are able to talk about the stages of development using language such as egg, caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly.

Alongside this, we all discussed our own eating habits and what food give us energy and help us to grow.

We are really looking forward to seeing how our caterpillars transform when they emerge from their cocoons