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To our amazement and excitement we recently noticed an addition to the Early Years playground. A beautiful ‘Olive Backed Sunbird’ decided to build a nest on some wooden sticks that we have hanging in the playground, a creation made by some children at the beginning of the school year.

Mr David Langley from Little Ducks visited with his professional camera and used his photography skills to capture pictures of the bird in action building its nest. We created a bird watching station, or bird hide for the children to inspire them to take up some bird watching.

It has been fascinating to watch this little bird frequently return to keep building its nest. As a consequence the children were inspired to create nests of their own, some choosing to place them near the bird’s real nest.

Others chose to draw pictures of the bird. Books were placed in the area for the children to find out more information about birds, and the children tallied the number of times the bird visited in a day.

The nest is now complete and the bird has been observed sitting in it from time to time. With help from IT teacher Ben Aulton we have managed to set up an iPad to record the bird’s every move.

It has been lovely to see how nature in our playground can bring a real experience to the children and develop their learning in all areas of the curriculum.

Watch this space to see what happens next!

For more information, contact Gillian Notley: [email protected]