Caterpillars have arrived in primary 2!
Both classes have received five little caterpillars who are busy eating their way through special food (see the base of the pot in the photo). They’ve already started to get bigger and the children are really excited about watching them transform into beautiful butterflies. Watch this space!
In April, P2 have been finding out how to keep a baby safe, especially as babies develop and reaching new milestones and facing new safety issues. They really enjoyed Arthur’s visit with his mum and dad, where they shared with the children how they keep Arthur safe. Everyone really enjoyed their visit and it was interesting for the children to see Arthur relating to both his parents. The children realised how vulnerable babies are, how dependent they are on their parents and how they must never be left alone.
In addition the children enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experience of home safety tips: always place a baby on their back when they are going to sleep, not leaving hot beverages on the edge of a table, keeping toxic chemicals out of reach and removing potential electrical hazards. Also discovering how mums-to-be help to keep themselves and their babies healthy during pregnancy.
Through learning how to keep a baby safe, the children appreciated that they can play a part in keeping themselves and others safe. Whether it is in the park, crossing the road, at school or at home. the children discussed the hazards and strategies how to avoid them.
This month P2 is has been finding out about how babies sleep and how important sleep is for the baby and parents. We have had a another visit from Arthur and his mum Miss Younger and the children were excited to see Arthur and see how much he is grown since we last weighed and measured him in November last year. Miss Younger shared with the children Arthur’s sleep pattern and what how she knows when he is feeling sleepy and needs a nap. Also that as he is so young and doing a lot of growing, he needs more sleep than the P2s need and we all require different circumstances to help us have a good sleep.
P2 really enjoyed learning about the different sleep cycles of REM and non-REM sleep and the different transitional objects that soothe babies and help them sleep. The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences and how they sleep and their favourite toy or blanket that helps them to fall sleep. In addition the children discovered how parents safely put their babies down to sleep on their backs, how temperament and routine is different for every baby.
This month P2 have been learning about emotional literacy, to identify, name and feel comfortable about discussing emotions.
They have discovered that emotions are not good or bad, but pleasant or unpleasant. Also that everyone experiences the same emotions and that our temperament influences how we deal with them.
The children understand there are four core emotions of sadness, anger, fear and happiness. That they vary in how they are triggered and how long they last. From our family visit with Arthur, and his mum Miss Younger, the children recognised and named baby Arthur’s emotional cues and facial expressions. How he his mum reads his emotional cues to meet Arthur’s needs and makes him feel understood. The children really enjoyed their visit, asking Miss Younger lots of questions and sharing their experiences.
We also talked about different types of teasing and bullying behaviour, how this makes us feel and how talking about our emotions can help us manage them.
Please check out the children’s artwork on our Roots of Empathy noticeboard in Mrs McDermot’s classroom and www.rootsofempathy.org