Engage- Memorable experience
Display pictures of hibernating animals with the question ‘What are these animals doing?’ Provide a range of bordered paper and writing materials to encourage children to respond.
- Can the children explain what they can see in the pictures?
- Do they attempt to write labels and captions?
Areas of learning
Communication and language
Ask the children to write down, in pairs, any questions they have about hedgehogs. Watch the video ‘The hedgehog’s tale’ available on The Hub, encouraging the children to listen carefully. Were any of their questions answered? Ask other ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions, to find out what the children heard and understood.
Listen to the recording of Squirrel’s Busy Day by Lucy Barnard. Explain to the children that they are going to listen carefully to the story and imagine pictures in their heads! Allow the children to lay down comfortably, maybe providing snuggly blankets and pillows. After listening, let the children tell you about the story, then ask them questions such as ‘Why do you think squirrel was so busy? Why did squirrel need to collect the nuts? How did badger help squirrel?’
Introduce the children to the ‘Animal command cards’ available on The Hub.Demonstrate the movement on each card for example ‘Jump, rabbits’ means the children should jump two-footed around the space. The command ‘Scurry, mice’ requires the children to dash on their tiptoes. Explain that the command ‘Hibernate, hedgehogs’ means they should curl up tightly into a ball and lay still.
Personal, Social and emotional development
Woodland Tuff Tub.
Create a woodland Tuff Tub indoors or out, using wooden logs and disks, conkers, foliage and leaves. Add inhabitants such as rabbits, hedgehogs and other small world woodland animals for the children’s imaginative play. Invite children to come and play with you, encouraging them to talk about the animals that live in the environment and what they might do. Highlight the importance of playing together and sharing the resources fairly.