09 Feb The Dawn Chorus
In reception we are learning …………………………….
In class, the Reception children have been learning to orally retell the story of The Dawn Chorus’, a book about a little nightingale who really wants to sing alongside the rest of the birds in the ‘dawn chorus’. This book has spurred on a genuine interest in the types of birds that frequent the neighbourhood around our playground and the surrounding trees.
And, thinking about the seasonal changes in the natural world around them, our Reception Classes have been conscious of the recent cold spell and the impact this could have on little birds so, this week, they invested some of their time making bird food.
Showing excellent characteristics of learning, the children were all very enthusiastic about their activity and maintained great focus for a considerable amount of time as they practised applying very detailed fine motor skills to insert the pointed end of little sunflower seeds into apples, before threading them with string and hanging them up in the nature garden.
Another bird food on the menu included sunflower seeds in suet, which the children moulded into small spherical balls; these in turn were placed into coconut shells, which the children carefully drilled holes in first in order to hang them up in the trees.
Following on from this, the children built a bird hide and, waiting eagerly with bird identity sheets in hand, watched to see what brave birds might flutter down for a nibble…