The children at the lodge have shown an interest in wildlife, they often watch the birds in the trees around the nursery and watch them looking for food and materials to make nests. Recently the pre school children have been showing an interest in frogs.
Children have engaged recently in tough trays to enhance learning around birds and how they build nests and what they eat. Children made their own bird feeders and placed them around the nursery and took them home to place in their own gardens.
We collected some frogspawn from a local pond and have been teaching the children about the lifecycle of the frog and how to look after the frog spawn. The children watch the tank daily to look for changes in the spawn and have been extending their speaking and vocabulary with new words such as spawn, tadpoles etc. Most of the children enjoy helping to feed the tadpoles and are truly interested in the books about the lifecycle of the frog. This has promoted thinking and questioning from the children
Nursery world (march 2021) “Observing invertebrate lifecycles over time is an important step in children’s learning, one that is best witnessed first hand. Not every child has the opportunity to watch tadpoles emerge into frogs or watch snail eggs hatch”
Children can learn so much from lifecycles, the main learning intensions from the lifecycle of the frog is
Understanding of the world (22-36) notices detailed features of objects in their environment.
Understanding of the world (30-50) shows care and concern for living things and the environment
Developing and understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
Communication and language speaking(22-36) Developing understanding of simple concepts.
Communication and language speaking(30-50) uses vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them. Builds up their vocabulary that reflects the bredth of their experiences.
Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set (counting the legs at the different stages)