How do animals help us?

Two Nursery pupils are shown sitting on the ground in an outdoor play area, trying on different coloured face masks together.

This week Little Birds have been finding out and inquiring into how animals help people in their daily lives. They looked at the importance of guide dogs and assistance dogs.

The children wore a blindfold to experience what it was like to be visually impaired and they played guessing games with objects whilst wearing an eye mask; developing an understanding of people around us.

A young boy from Nursery is seen sitting on the ground in an outdoor play area, wearing a Leopard-print mask over his face.
A young boy from Nursery is pictured leading another boy by the hand in an outdoor play area. The boy being guided is wearing a mask over his face and eyes.
A young boy is shown guiding another pupil, who is blind-folded, to traverse a wooden plank.

The children were very caring and trusting of each other. They gave verbal instructions to guide their friend around the outdoors area safely. This activity helped develop their personal, social and communication skills.

As an activity to develop their art skills, the Little Birds painted and decorated images of people and dogs, thinking about ‘Guide dogs’ and ‘Assistant dogs’.

They independently selected their own collage materials and used different size paint brushes to create the features on the figures.

A young girl from Nursery is seen wearing an Art apron and using materials to create a piece of work.
Two young girls from Nursery are seen wearing Art aprons and using materials to create some artwork.
A young girl from Nursery is seen wearing an Art apron and using materials to create a piece of work.
A young boy in Nursery is shown using paint to decorate some paper figures he has cut out during an Art session.

The children also took a look at how horses help in a variety of ways, for example: to pull carts on the farm, take people in carriages like our King and Queen as well as helping police officers in London. Some children enjoyed making carriages from boxes, planning their own designs and joining different textured materials together with tape. These activities enhanced their physical, creative, expressive and thinking skills.

A young girl in Nursery is pictured using different materials to create some artwork.
A young girl in Nursery is pictured using different materials to create some artwork.
A young girl is shown smiling for the camera and showing a model of a car she has created from card and other materials.
A young girl in Nursery is shown using different craft materials to create a model of a bus.
A young boy in Nursery is seen holding up a model of a large vehicle he has created using cardboard and other materials.

This week’s stories the children listened to were ‘The Detective Dog’ and ‘Sugarlump and the Unicorn’, by our chosen author Julia Donaldson.

The children spoke about how the detective dog helped the character in the book and also observed how the Sugarlump pony assisted the farmer pulling the cart.