Animals - April 2015

As well as individualised learning, the theme we will be exploring is animals. We will be providing stimulating, rich, varied and imaginative play activities with babies and young children.

The process of being a skilful communicator starts at birth. Communication is fundamental to learning and socialising. It is the bedrock of ability to function in the world and to relate to each other, explore, learn and create. Tuning into and enjoying the wonder of each individual baby and young children’s emerging language skills is one of the most rewarding and important parts of parenting and working with under threes. 

The communication skills we are encouraging are all fun and varied to support each child’s individual development needs, including;

• Eye contact and anticipation
• Imitating and eye contact
• Understanding gestures words and phrases
​• Natural gestures and pointing
• First words and short phrases
• Object words and object use
• Action and describing words
• Making choices and requests
• Commenting and describing
And much more

MAKING (older group)

Help your child to make an animal mobile. Cut pictures of animals from wrapping paper, wallpaper, cards and magazines. Mount them on card and cut them out. On the back, write the animal's name in lower case letters. Include a picture of your child as well to help them realise that humans are animals too. Hang the pictures from a plastic coat hanger with strong thread.

Make a scrap book of pictures of animals that your child has seen. Include wild animals and pets. Encourage your child to think about how the different animals could be sorted and arranged on the pages.

STORIES Visit your local library to look for poetry, fiction and non-fiction books about animals. Encourage your child to identify the theme of the chosen books initially by looking at the cover illustrations.


• Visit an animal sanctuary, zoo, farm, sea life centre or pets' corner that caters for children. Talk with your child about the animals. What are their names? What do they eat? Record the visit by taking photographs.
• Enjoy watching birds with your child. Use picture books to help your child identify birds;
• Becoming more aware of animals and their needs;
• Enjoying nursery rhymes, stories and talking.


• Soft toy animals.
• Toy farm.
• Toy animals for a  jungle
• Large blow-up jungle animals.
• Music for animal movement such as The Carnival of Animals by Saint-Saens.
• Animal-shaped biscuit cutters.
• Toy cash register.
• Large-holed sieves.
• Large-eyed plastic needles.


• Large and small boxes and clear plastic containers.
• Papers and cards of different weights, colours and textures, for example sugar, corrugated card, silver and shiny papers.
• Dry powder paints for mixing and mixed paints for covering large areas and printing.
• Different sized paint brushes from household brushes to thin brushes for delicate work and a variety of paint mixing containers.
• A variety of drawing and colouring pencils, crayons, pastels and so on.
• Additional decorative and finishing materials such as sequins, felt, foils, glitter, tinsel, shiny wool and threads, beads, pieces of textiles, parcel ribbon, bubble wrap.
• A selection of treasure baskets for all ages

Books we will be focussing on as well as talking points activities

• Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Puffin Books).
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Puffin Books).
• Kum-Man-Gur The Rainbow Servant by James Cowan (Barefoot Books).
• Hector Sylvester by A Durant and A Parker (Collins).
• Picasso the Green Tree Frog by Amanda Graham (Era).
• Crafty Chameleon by Mwenye Hadithi and Adrienne Kennaway


• Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae (Orchard Books).
• The New Puppy by Laurence Anholt (Orchard (Hodder Children's Books).
• Emma's Lamb by Kim Lewis (Walker Books).
• Friska the Sheep that was too Small by Rob Lewis (Hodder Wayland).
• Morag and the Lamb by Joan Lingard (Walker Books).
• Just You and Me by Sam McBratney (Walker Books).
• Peace at Last by Jill Murphy (Walker Books).
• Who Am I? by Judith Nicholls (Ladybird).
• Dream Time Aboriginal Stories by Oodgero (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books).
• Dinner Time by J an Pienkowski (Orchard Books).
• I Want a Cat! by Tony Ross (Red Fox).
• Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell (Walker Books).
• Let's Go Home Little Bear by Martin Waddell (Walker Books).
• Over in the Grasslands by Anna Wilson and Alison Bartlett (Macmillan Children's Books).
• I Don't Want to go to Bed! by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, Magi Publications).
• Little Tiger's Big Surprise! by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, Magi Publications).


• Okki-tokki-unga Action Songs for Children chosen by Beatrice Harrop, Linda Friend and David Gadsby (A & C Black).
• Apusskido Songs for Children chosen by Beatrice Harrop, Peggy Blakely and David Gadsby (A & C Black).
• Three Singing Pigs: Making Music with Traditional Stories by Kaye Umansky (A & C Black).


• Larry Lion's Rumbling Rhymes by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Macmillan's Children's Books).
• First Verses compiled by John Foster (Oxford University Press) .
• This Little Puffin by Elizabeth Matterson (Puffin).
• Playtime Rhymes for the Very Young selected by Shona McKellar (Dorling Kindersley).

Skills we are trying to encourage:

• Hoops
• Balls against the wall, balls and bean bags into boxes
• Skittles, basket ball hoop, etc
• Large blue balls & oval ball
• Throwing and catching to each other/adults

Running relays and games:

• Games – cat and mouse, duck duck goose, etc
• Running races, bean bag races etc
• Use of Parachute

Skipping and balancing skills:

• Walking in a rope – elephant balancing song
• Jumping over swaying skipping rope, etc
• Encouraging children to walk on balancing planks, balancing wall, planks on obstacle course, use of wooden blocks, etc. 

Upper and Lower limb development:

• Bikes, obstacle course, digging in the sand pit, painting easels, walls, etc


• Hopping, skipping, bouncing, galloping, walking
• Hands & feet
• Forwards / backwards/ sideways/ etc.

This month's events

Every week we have fruity tunes music with John

Regular trips to Battersea Park

Every Tuesday Spanish class/term

On 08th of May 2015 we Celebrate Spanish Day

Opening Times

Bridge Lane Nursery is open every weekday (except bank holidays) from 07:00 until 18:30, for 51 weeks per year.


Bridge Lane is open during all public and school holidays, and is only closed for one week between Christmas and New Year.

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