I am Miss James and I am your class teacher and our lovely Learning Support Assistant is Miss Scott. Mrs Frost and Mrs Holland will also be working with Dragonflies from time to time. We are fortunate enough to be working closely with Robins Class throughout the year too who are taught by Mr Saye, and their Learning Support Assistant is Mrs Jones.
Dragonflies are beautiful creatures and come in a variety of different colours. Have a read of these interesting facts:
- This ancient insect has been around a very long time – believe it or not, they have been flying around for over 300 million years!
- They can fly very fast, at speeds of 30 miles per hour – this makes them some of the fastest flying insects in the entire world.
- Dragonflies live in many different places throughout the world, but they are most commonly found in warmer climates near the water.
- Dragonflies actually have two sets of wings – this helps them in flying because they don’t have to beat their wings as often. A dragonfly only flaps its wings at about 30 beats per second, while the bee flaps its wings at about 300 beats per second.
- The biggest known dragonfly is Petalura Ingentissima, from Australia. It has a wingspan of up to 6.3 inches (16 cm).
- Dragonflies generally eat other insects, usually midges or mosquitoes. They have been known to sometimes eat moths, butterflies, and even smaller dragonflies.
- Dragonflies have the neat ability of being able to fly backwards.
- Many people take up the hobby of “oding,” which is actually dragonfly watching, similar to bird watching.
- Dragonflies’ round eyes are actually made up of thousands of smaller eyes, giving them good eyesight and allowing them to see in many different directions.
Miss Scott and I are really looking forward to teaching you this year and we hope you are ready for what awaits you in Year 3! We have got lots of exciting learning ahead of us which I know you are going to really enjoy. Make sure you keep an eye out for the termly curriculum overviews to have a look at what we will be learning.