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09 Nov 2017
Biology Week in Nursery
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 “Is there anything interesting under your welly boots Big Owls?”

In the Big Owls, we spent a whole day looking under our feet. We visited the library and read stories about bugs and fallen leaves. The 'Superworm' and his kind deeds inspired us to look for worms in the Fantastical Forest. Grass and mud, sticks and spiders, worms and rocks were a few of the things that we found under our welly boots! However, the Biology day didn’t end there. On our way back to the nursery, we found some suspicious looking grassy footprints and we decided to investigate where they came from! “Where have you been Big Owls? What did you step on? Are the grassy footprints wet or dry?” After a long discussion and some experiments the Big Owls remembered how much fun they had today playing at the grassy Forest collecting leaves, sticks and worms!

Little Owls

The Little Owls have been learning about the Lifecycle of an Apple.

We have been reading Nikki McClure's beautifully illustrated book 'Apple' and learning how one small seed can grow into a flower, then into a tree and produce apples. We extended the learning by studying different types of apples and looking at how they are different colours, shapes, sizes, tastes, smells and textures.

During Art Club, we drew around a flat apple shape three times and carefully painted two apples using a single colour and mixing those two colours to create an individual colour.

The children enjoyed many Autumn walks around the campus to hunt for apples. Apple tasting was a big hit and we made tally marks to show us which was the best apple.


The Ducklings enjoyed learning all about hedgehogs for Biology Week.

We learned that hedgehogs are easily recognised by their spines, they like to eat creepy crawlies found in the garden and they prefer to be in dark and warm spaces as they are quite shy.

Bringing our crafts outdoors, we made use of natural materials and resources found in the Fantastical Forest. Using some images of hedgehogs, the children carefully crafted their salt dough to create a small ball-shaped body, strengthening their fine motor skills in the process. We learned that a hedgehog uses its spines for protection. The children broke their sticks into smaller pieces and stuck them in the dough. We photographed each creation and placed them on a tray to harden in the oven.

This was a memorable and valuable experience for our Ducklings. There is so much to discover about wildlife, children exposed to nature will develop a sense of wonderment and appreciation for life on Earth. 

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