St Mary and St Joseph'sRoman Catholic Primary SchoolBeing different, belonging together in the family of God


Welcome toSt Mary and St Joseph'sRoman Catholic Primary SchoolBeing different, belonging together in the family of God

Are eggs alive?

This half term we will be finding out the answer to the question

Are Eggs Alive?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  

We have learnt that caterpillars hatch out of eggs. When a caterpillar hatches it is very tiny. It eats lots and lots of food and grows much bigger. When it is ready it spins a chrysalis and stays inside for more than two weeks. When it emerges it is a beautiful butterfly.
We have been reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Click on the link to watch the story.

We made our very own hungry caterpillar and painted the foods he ate. We have been using this to help us tell the story in the correct order. 

Some of the children decided to make a home for our caterpillar and make him a picnic!

Take a look at some of our displays.

We have been observing our caterpillars. They are eating their way through lots of food and growing bigger each day!

We began our topic by writing down what we already know about eggs and what else we want to find out.


We looked at a special box called an incubator. We found out that the eggs in our incubator are alive. They have a tiny animal inside which is growing because the temperature inside the incubator is nice and warm. 

The Emperor penguin incubates it's egg by tucking it beneath it's feathers. Seahorses incubate their eggs in the father's pouch to keep them warm.


In class we have been looking at chicken eggs, duck eggs and spiders eggs. They all look very different!



We read the book ' Chickens are not the only ones'   . We found out that birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, spiders and insects all lay eggs.

Animals that lay eggs are called Oviparous animals.


Can you find all of the oviparous animals ?

Why not try writing a list of all the oviparous animals you have spotted. Please bring these into school to show your teachers. We would love to see your work!

In our art activities we have been using pastels and charcoal to sketch spiders and insects. We looked closely at the colours, patterns and shapes and tried to sketch these.

We have also been learning about printing. We used a variety of tools and experimented with the marks they could make. We used these new skills to decorate our eggs.

Take a look at the writing we have been doing in class.