Miss O’Connor and Mrs Walton both own dogs. The children love to hear funny stories about Seb and Kong so it was a natural choice for our new termly topic.
Caring for a dog
An important aspect of having a veterinary surgery in the nursery was to allow the children the opportunity to learn how to look after a dog, respecting their differing needs and how to care for them. It gave ample scope for the children to express their ideas and feelings and to develop strategies to cope with new situations.
Most pets have specific diets to keep them healthy and some foods we eat may be harmful to them. How important are vaccinations and regular weight checks? Can dogs eat chocolate? Many dogs require grooming to prevent matted fur and fur balls. All aspects of animal care have parallels with children’s health and wellbeing. We gave the children plenty of opportunity to compare differences and similarities as well as discussing the choices children can make that pets can not.
All areas of learning were covered during this topic, from counting bones into a dogs mouth to reading ‘Hairy Maclary.’
Topic work at home
Some of the children worked hard at home making dog baskets for their favourite cuddly toys.
Visits from Dogs
The topic would not have been complete without visits from actual dogs. Mr Finlay’s dog ‘Eddie’ came to visit and of course Miss O’Connor’s dog ‘Seb.’ The children were very confident around the dogs and gave them lots of love.