23 January 2017
Last week, we talked about going to the zoo to see animals. We talked about animals we like and whether we have seen them before. We learned that many zoo animals come from the jungle.
We focused our discussion on different kinds of birds as they are animals that we are familiar with as we see them fly around the school all the time. We went on a nature walk to look at birds. We were excited to see so many birds and to find some nests in the trees. We learned that different kinds of birds have different names such as parrot, flamingo, crow, ostrich, peacock and so on. We then talked about the body parts of a bird. We saw that a bird looks very different from us. It has wings, a tail and a mouth that is called a beak. It was quite confusing for us to why a bird’s mouth is called a beak. We learned that different kinds of beaks help birds to eat different kinds of food. We then looked at bird seeds, and made bird feeders to take home and to put in the playground. We tried to feed the birds, but the birds kept flying away from us! Then we looked at the birds’ wings and feathers. We learned that the birds’ wings and feathers help them to fly. However, some birds like ostriches and flamingos cannot fly as they are too big. In the art centre, we snip feathers of different colours to make wings for us to pretend to fly like the birds. We also painted with real feathers and made flying birds. With the flying birds, we took them out to the play area and tried flying them like airplanes!
This week we will end our discussion on birds by talking about their habitats and nocturnal birds. We will then look at monkeys and crocodiles which we can also see in the zoo.