Our project for the Spring term is “Animals from around the world”
Children are always fascinated to learn about animals, and this term we will be helping them to discover the amazing diversity of creatures that live in the different countries around our planet.
From the animals we find at home, to further afield in the steamy wet rain-forests, the arid deserts, high mountain peaks and the ice-cold poles.
Children take great delight in discovering the types of animals that can be found, what they look like, what they eat and how they move about.
This incorporates discussions about migration and the travels that some species make to find new feeding and breeding grounds.
Discussions about the weather that is found in the different habitats can also be incorporated into this wide-ranging project.
This is also a great project for incorporating discussions about the things that make us different, and often the same, as animals.
We encourage the children to observe the differences in animal’s skin, hair or fur, their limbs, the sounds that they make, what they eat and how they look after their young.
This leads to discussions about what makes us human and a greater self-awareness.
Children love to imitate the creatures they are learning about and this project provides great opportunities for role play, song and dance and a vast array of interactive stories.
The nursery will be full of the sounds of trumpeting elephants, howling wolves and squawking parrots!!
The children always love making art displays complementing each term’s project, and we look forward to seeing some of the amazing arts and crafts creations that they will produce with our animal theme this term.
Face painting, mask making and small world play all lend themselves well to this project which is extremely popular with our young learners.
As always, we like the children to lead us with ideas about our termly project.
This term we will be asking them which particular animal they would like to learn about in the week ahead and we will tailor our activities to suit their choices.
We will discover the differences and similarities between the animals that our children are more familiar with, to some of the more exotic creatures that they may have seen in wildlife programmes, zoos and story books.
If any parents or relatives would like to get involved with our project, we would love to learn about anything ‘Animals from around the World’ related that you’d like to share with us.
The children love to welcome visitors into nursery – please talk to a member of staff if this something you’d like to do.
We’re really excited about our project this term and feel sure that our children will have grrrrrrreat fun too!!