“Putting these eggs in a classroom is a splendid way to stimulate discussion about life.” Professor Paul Howard-Jones, Educational Neuroscientist, University of Bristol.
(Secret Lives of 4 Year Olds – 08/11/2016, Channel 4)
Not only do they experience life cycles and growth and development, the programme encourages social interaction and promotes caring and nurturing skills.
The teachers’ resources support the programme and provide many ideas to extend the children’s experience.
A colourful ‘Life Cycle’ wall poster can be downloaded to support you. Lifecycle Poster
Our planning is based on the 2014 EYFS framework. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework–2
‘Staff, children & their parents thoroughly enjoyed watching the eggs hatch and the chicks grow. All children have enjoyed caring for the chicks and handling them, naming them and doing various activities like weighing them. We are sure the children will remember the experience for a long time.’
A delightful two weeks, not only for the children but also the parents.