I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the parents who have helped support our animal topic by bringing in their pets to show and talk about. This week we are looking forward to visiting Henry's house to see his kittens! We will also be having visits from Amelia's and Annabelle's dogs as well as Ophelia's chickens! Please let me know if their are any more interesting pets you would like to share with us.
As if our week hadn't been exciting enough already, on Friday Mrs Shipway brought in two of her labrador puppies to show Class 1. She talked to us about how she looks after all her dogs and about how the Mummy dog needs extra care so she can look after her babies. We learned about what they have to eat and how they like to play.
The puppies are now eight weeks old and ready to go to their new homes. Although the family will be sad to say goodbye to them we will be able to continue to find out about how they grow because one of the puppies is going to a new home with someone in Class 1, how exciting!
To add to the excitement of our animal topic, Spencer's Mum brought in their snake, Dobby, to talk to the children about how they take care of him. We learned about what snakes eat, how they shed their skin, where they live and how they are cold blooded animals so need to be kept warm. Dobby had a hot water bottle in his bag so he did not get cold on his visit. Everyone had a chance to come and feel how smooth Dobby's skin was and have a hold if they wanted to, even Mrs Poyser had a turn!
On Tuesday Megan from Jackson's Vets in Carterton came to talk to Class 1 about how they can help take care of their pets at home. We learned about grooming and brushing their teeth, and about how our pets need a healthy diet and exercise just like us. Megan also talked about how vets look after animals when they are poorly. Ruby had the chance to try on a vets clothing and we learned about how these protect against germs.
Megan also brought in her guinea pigs to show us and talked about how she looks after them to keep them fit and healthy. All the children then had a chance to have a guinea pig cuddle.
We have set up a vets surgery in our role play so children have had the opportunity to act out what they have learned, showing how they take care of animals.
As well as caring for the chicks, Class 1 have had several other animal visitors this week. The first was on Tuesday when Alfie's Mum brought in a lamb to show the children. She talked to us about taking care of lambs and sheep then all the children were able to feel how soft the lamb's fur is.
This stimulated lots of questions about how we get wool from sheep and how it is then made into clothing. I have arranged for Mrs Skym to come in next week to show us how wool is carded then spun to make wool.