What are we learning about in Little Birds Nursery?

Two girls from Nursery are pictured holding soft toys outside in the Nursery play area.

The Little Birds were excited and pleased to be back after their half term break, ready to have fun and continue their learning. We introduced our new transdisciplinary theme “How the World Works”. This will take us through our inquiry in Terms 4 and 5.

To begin with, we set up a provocation activity to get the children thinking and asking questions. This week the children had to help a lost lamb find its mum and offer suggestions as to what had happened.

A soft toy Lamb is seen sitting on a wooden log in the Nursery play area.

The children looked at the different habitats of farm animals. They then used this learning to design and make their own animal homes.

A young girl in Nursery can be seen gluing a cardboard box with a spreader.
A young girl in Nursery is seen smiling for the camera alongside a cardboard habitat she has made for a toy animal.
A photo showing a habitat created using cardboard by a Nursery pupil. A plastic toy Pig is seen sitting inside.

The children enjoyed taking the tractor and vehicles around the road mat on a journey and followed positional language instructions and clues. Some children recalled past trips to the farm with their families and spoke about living in Dartford. This helps all the children to develop a better understanding of the world around them and forms part of the building blocks for the geography they will learn as they progress through the school.

A young boy in Nursery is seen playing on a carpet with a race course on it and a toy motorcycle.
A young girl in Nursery is seen playing on a carpet with a race course on it and a toy truck.
A young girl in Nursery is seen playing on a carpet with a race course on it and a toy car.

Later in the week, with red dough, the children made ladybirds to connect with the ladybird story. This helped to develop their expressive arts and design skills as they were creating with malleable materials.

A young boy in Nursery is seen looking down at a model of a Ladybird he has created.
A young girl is seen creating a model of a Ladybird and smiling for the camera.
Three young boys in Nursery are shown playing on the carpet with a member of staff and using iPads.

Also, we revisited using the iPads and completed the simple city farm yard program which involves placing the animals into their appropriate living spaces. With this, we continued to reflect on online safety and to develop our skills with technology.

The book we shared together, connected with the farm and our activities, was  ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ written by Julia Donaldson.

Front cover artwork of the children's book 'What the Ladybird Heard'.

Finally, we also celebrated Shrove Tuesday. The children made collages of textured materials when making a picture of a pancake. They pretended to cook pancakes in the role play area. As well as watching ‘The Runaway Pancake’ story on the Promethean board.

A young girl in Nursery is seen pretending to cook with a saucepan.
A young girl in Nursery can be seen holding up some artwork she has created and smiling for the camera.
Front cover artwork of the children's book 'The Runaway Pancake'.