The Rachel Keeling Nursery garden really is the jewel in our crown and we recognise its importance as a learning space all year round. Children are involved in the care of the flora and fauna in our garden. Whether it is harvesting fruit and vegetables, sweeping the autumn leaves, weeding the vegetable patch or fishing unidentified objects from our pond!!
As the autumn term progresses there is less to harvest but plenty to tidy and think about. Children are always interested in the birds who visit our garden and staff have worked hard to support and develop understanding about how to care for, respect and identify our birds.
Children use information books and chart to look at the wide array of birds in the UK. They use binoculars and their sharp eyes to spot the birds and then look to match them to the charts. Pigeons, tits, blackbirds, magpies and seagulls are regularly spotted. Occasionally we have seen jays and robins as well as thrushes and wagtails.
Children have been involved in problem solving how to fill the bird feeders, using step ladders and crates to reach them. It has also taken some time and lots of self-control to remember to not scream and run towards the birds when they do land to feed!
Birds of Bethnal Green, come gather in our garden!