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After School Club: 3pm-6pm

 

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Diary Dates

Autumn Term  2017:

First day:  Tuesday 5th September

Half term:  Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

Last day:   Friday 15th December

 

Spring Term 2018:

First day:   Wednesday 3rd January 

Half Term: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd February

Last day: Thursday 29th March

 

Summer Term 2018:

First day:  Monday 16th April 

May Bank holiday: Monday 7th May 

Half term:  Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 

Term ends: Friday 20th July 

 

Betty the Tarantula

Today, Hollie brought in a tarantula named Betty to visit the children.  Betty is a Chilean Rose tarantula.  She came in to Breakfast Club where the children were excited to learn lots of interesting facts, listening intently and asking interesting questions.  The grown ups were a little more reluctant to get up close to look inside Betty's tank but soon became a little braver as the morning went on.

 

At circle time, Hollie talked to the children about tarantulas, beginning by asking what the difference was between them and normal house or garden spiders.  Dominic J said "they are smaller than Betty." Taylor said "I had a big spider in my house" but he went on to say that it was also smaller than Betty.  Hollie asked what sort of spider Betty was and Hana remembered that she was a tarantula.

 

Hollie told us that tarantulas have eight eyes - 2 big and 6 smaller ones.  Dominic J said "like a monster!"  Thomas asked "why do tarantulas have eight eyes?" We looked through a multi lensed eye glass which gave us the same view that a spider would have.  We also learned that tarantulas like to eat crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars and beetles.  Hollie said that some big tarantulas can even eat lizards, bats, frogs and mice! 

 

We learned that Betty is ten years old and that female tarantulas can live for 15-25 years but males only live 3-6 years.  When they're scared, their back legs go up but if they want to scare a predator away, they kick their legs out and the little furry hairs come off which contain small amounts of venom.  We were interested to hear that female tarantulas can shed their skin once a year but males only once in their lifetime, if at all. 

 

Jasmine asked why there was sand in the tank and Thomas asked how spiders make webs.  We used the iPad to look up the answers to these and other questions asked by the children.

 

Jodie talked through how to paint a spider, encouraging the children to make suggestions as to shapes, sizes and the number of legs needed.

 

 

Some of the children decided to use the resources on the table to paint their own spiders.