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Can I have a dog?

How much is that doggy in the window? Can I have a dog? How will I look after it? It’s time to find out all about pets and how to care for them.
This half term, we’ll learn about how to care for animals. We’ll handle small animals and ask lots of questions. We’ll build comfy kennels for small world dogs using different materials. When our small world dogs get muddy, we’ll carefully clean and dry them. Our role play vets surgery will keep us busy, as we’ll bathe, bandage and feed toy animals. Using our problem-solving skills, we’ll sort pet care items using different criteria. Getting creative, we’ll create animals. In our Literacy work, we’ll share books, reading animal names and exploring the initial sounds. We’ll take a walk on the wild side when we practise moving like animals. Will we curl up like a cat or run like a
dog? Inspired by pictures of amazing animals, we’ll draw the pet we would like and write its name. Using our maths skills, we’ll count the dogs in different sets. At the end of the project, we’ll share stories about our pets.

Help your child prepare for their project
Let’s learn about pets! Why not use natural materials to make a ‘big art’ pet picture in the garden? Don’t forget to take a photograph! You could also visit a friend or family member to find out how they look after their pet. You might even be allowed to hold it! Alternatively, play ‘pet shops’ using toy animals, taking it in turns to buy them using coins.


Areas of learning Early Learning Goals
Communication and language

Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking
Physical development

Moving and handling
Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness;

Managing feelings and behaviour

Reading; Writing

Understanding the world

The world; Technology
Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials;

Being imaginative


We have been learning about animals. We have had visits from some very interesting pets and we have been learning how to take care of them.

Nursery were brilliant in our Nativity "The Innkeeper's Breakfast", well done!!