Children are always interested in animals: whether they be live, small world figures, imaginary or in books. Children had been observed playing for sustained period with the small world animals and an adult supported them to use information books, our animal encyclopedia, maps and the internet (on iPads and the interactive board) to discover and share facts about animals. Children commented on what they know and asked questions to further develop their knowledge and understanding about wild animals. Small world resources were used for children to explore and play imaginatively with. Children researched animal habitats, their features, diet and their young. Some children recorded their findings, ascribing meaning to their marks or writing some words phonetically.
Sulaiman pondered: "Why does a lion have a mane?"
He then worked with a small group sharing their ideas and researching why a lion has a mane. Do you know why?