We have had a special visitor to the ELC to support us in celebrating the picture book, ‘Busy Beaks’ for Book Week.

Steve, the Alexandrine parrot has inspired children to investigate birds and capture their learning through engaging in still life painting.

Still life painting fosters children’s development in representing their ideas in a variety of ways, specifically expressing themselves through painting.

Children have expressed a great sense of pride when capturing Steve in their creative work. They have experimented with colour, shade and perspective.

The children’s curiosity about Steve has also sparked many conversations, supporting children’s vocabulary development as they learn speciality words.

There has also been a great deal of inquiry and wonderings shared through mind maps and questioning.

We hope Steve visits again soon!

Mel Richards | Head of ELC