chapter  8
A thematic approach to humans and animals in Early Years education
WithKENDRA MCMAHON, CHRISTOPHER COLLIER
Pages 20

Children are interested in animals and curious about their own bodies. Many children will have first-hand experience of animals as pets or through hobbies, or through playing outdoors. They are very likely to have learned a great deal about a wide range of animals and their habitats through media such as books and television. They will share common experiences of how their bodies work and grow as well as having physical and sensory differences as unique individuals. Social concerns about healthy lifestyles draw on ideas about what humans need to stay alive and well. There are two values underlying this topic: that we should learn to live in a way that respects and protects living things and that we need to understand and look after our environment.