his term we have been learning about birds. We took part in the National RSPB Big Schools’ Bird Watch and set up our own “Hide”. We made seed cakes, provided water and the children quickly learned to identify the birds that visited using binoculars to observe them more closely. The children also recorded the various species they saw in their own gardens and we made a graph to show the different types.
We arranged for John Scott, from the Hawk Conservancy to visit us with a Barn Owl named Avon. This was a marvellous opportunity for the children to ask questions and see this beautiful bird at close quarters. Many of the children were able to hold Avon and John was very impressed by how much they knew about owls.
Next term, on 22nd May, we are going to visit the Conservancy to see and learn more about some birds of prey.
In March we went to watch a production of “The Hare and The Tortoise” one of the famous Aesop Fables at Dunannie School. We all enjoyed the show, which although did not contain the message of perseverance and determination as intended in the original version, did succeed in emphasising the importance of tolerance and friendship. The children were keen to participate in the production and to point out the difference between rabbits and hares! It was fun to meet up with other local nurseries and schools too.
Mothers’ Day Gifts were made this term by the children to mark their Mums special day in a very special way!
We have started planting out our garden with a variety of plants, which we hope will help to attract butterflies and other wildlife. We are looking forward to more gardening sessions next term when we shall be able to grow some vegetables and flowers when our topic will be all about “Growing”.
Our two year olds have settled in well and we have just registered our first children for 2008! We have also introduced Makaton signing into our sessions and the children have taken to it with remarkable ease and enthusiasm.