Week 2 (17) of the Spring Term,
It's been an icy cold week in the nursery this week. Although there hasn't been snow outside, that hasn't stopped us from exploring ice with Mrs Fraser. This week we went at looked at technology and compared how things can either make things warm or keep them cold.
We learnt about the job of the microwave and the fridge/freezer.
We looked at arctic animals this week too! You can imagine how we all feel in love with the penguins from the Antarctica and the polar bears from the arctic. Most of us did not know that a penguin was a bird, so we have learnt something new. We have learnt that polar bears need lots of blubber in order to keep themselves warm.
On the whiteboard we looked at video clips of how the frozen kingdom animals move and then we went into the hall to act out their movements with our bodies. We had great fun and we think we would make great polar bears and penguins, although we are not many of us like the cold weather. Mrs Cartwright was also the best dressed penguin in the nursery. We wish she could dress like this all the time.
Our story book was Emperors Egg, where we got to learn lots of facts about penguins. We all really enjoy this book and this helped us to recall information that we had heard aloud.
Mrs Fraser has been back with us after helping Mrs Knowles in another school. We were all really pleased to have her back and we kept her busy working on polar bear drawings with us, which she turned into a classroom display. She also helped us to complete a science investigation, looking how we could melt ice in the quickest way. We were great at making predictions and then finding out.
Next week we will continue some of this learning, but we will also being looking at different people and how they celebrate in the world.
Here is to another cold week folks. Wrap up warm and enjoy the learning to come.
Your little Ducklings, Mrs Fraser and the Team x
Welcome back to all of our lovely Ducklings for the Spring Term Learning to come.
I hope you have all had a lovely two weeks at home celebrating Christmas or enjoying the Winter holidays with your family and friends. It was so nice to see you all back in school looking so well. Most of you did well to settle back into school life this week, with an odd one or two needing a few extra cuddles from the adults to help them settle back in. Giving cuddles is our medicine in the nursery and whenever you need a cuddle, you can have one.
This week it has been wonderful to listen to you sharing your memories about what you have experienced over the holidays and the lovely presents you have received from Santa. You are all so lucky! As teachers we captured your experiences in the form of your pupil voice and added these to your learning journeys. Some children had lots to share, while others remembered and recalled main events. Through your talking we got to learn about what and who is special to you from your immediate or extended family.
This week the nursery environment has once again changed. We have now entered the Winter months (despite it being called the Spring Term). Therefore, the children wanted to go with a frozen theme for their home corner. Elsa and Olav have come to help us with our learning.
We have this week learnt about some of the places in our world that are cold and have compared this to places that are warm, especially as Mrs Cartwright (our EYP) comes from Australia where it is very hot. We have learnt that polar bears live in the North Pole and Penguins live in the South. We have learnt how their fur and feathers helps to keep them warm. This has then helped us to also learn that we need to ensure we keep our bodies warm as part of looking after ourselves and keeping healthy, especially when it has been so cold outside.
Together we have started to secure our knowledge of 2d shape recognition this week and as a result, have created 2d shape penguins to form one of our new classroom displays for this term. Look out for the finished display next week on our blog.
Well folks, that is a little about our first week back. There is much more we can tell you, but for now that is a little to keep you updated on what we have been up to in the Nursery.
For all our parents, if you need anything at all then please come and see Mrs Fraser and the team. At the minute, I myself (Mrs Fraser) am also doing some working with Mrs Knowles to support another school, so if you don't see me at the door you will know why. I am however in and out ensuring that your children continue to receive the best teaching positive. Mrs Foster will also been joining the nursery team to support your children, when I am out. This will only strengthen the opportunities and support that your children receive in the nursery.
Should you need me you can email through the school office and it will be forwarded to myself. I will be only too happy to reply.
I look forward to seeing you all this week and seeing our magic weaver in Nursery show what they have learnt.
Have a lovely week everyone.
Mrs Fraser and the Nursery Team
This week the children have been extremely busy working on their Christmas cards, calendars and the class winter display. The children have worked extremely hard and have produced lovely and varied art work, demonstrating a range of expressive art skills. The children have also learnt about the story of the Christmas Nativity. The children know that children in our class celebrate different events due to their religious beliefs, but understand that we can all support eachother in our celebrations.
As part of the learning, the children were able to order the main events from the story and could also recall through talking the main events from the story.
Today the full time children in the nursery got to sit and have their Christmas lunch with Mrs Fraser. They put on their hats and pulled open their crackers, whilst eating their lunch. The children loved tasting new foods, such as sprouts and stuffing. The best bit the children loved was their festive biscuits, which the catering team had decorated in different ways for us.
Week Ending 6th December 2019
This week, there has been an even bigger push on own personal learning journey. The teachers have taken our tracking grids and looked at the gaps in our learning. Together with their support and our wonderful activities in our indoor and outdoor environment, we have been able to close those gaps and move our learning forward. Some of the common things we were struggling with, included; being able to kick a ball, using prepositional language, making enclosures through our construction work and finding shapes in our environment. These are just a few areas that were common to groups of us. Our activities helped us to achieve in these areas. Throughout the week the teachers asked us lots of questions to help us develop our understanding of question types further.
We have also been able to access new wooden toys that Mrs Fraser kindly had donated to our class. They have helped us to develop our skills of turn taking and sharing. We are very lucky to have such lovely new wooden resources and are very grateful to Mrs Fraser's friend.
We have also this week learnt about the Nativity Story, as some of the children in our class begin to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Although, not all of us celebrate Christmas because we belong to a different faith groups, we have shown respect towards our friends and have supported them in their preparations. It has also allowed each individual to develop their our own understanding of other's faith and religious/cultural experiences at this time of year. We have learnt about how our friends put up Christmas trees in their home and how they open a door each day of their calendar. We have all joined in with that tradition, as Mrs Fraser gave each of our groups a calendar that the children could take turns in opening on the countdown to Christmas. For some that is the countdown to Santa coming, for others it is either the count down to the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus or for others the Winter holidays.
Each of us is getting excited now as we prepare for our Nativity production. We have been learning the songs in our class and are now familiar with the songs. Next week we will be coming together with Reception to get it performance ready. We do hope you are looking forward to this. We are! For all of you, get your tissues at the ready!
If you want to help us learn the songs then please click on here. You will see other children performing these songs, but singing at home along with the video will help us stay in time with our friends when we are at school. Click below.
Please if you haven't already can you bring my costume into school, with my name written on it, then the teachers will know which things belong to us. There are 43 of us in Nursery, so you can see why labelling our clothes is important. If you hand them to the teacher they will put them safe. That way, by performance day, we should all be ready. If you haven't received a letter to say what is needed, please ask the nursery teachers. They will be happy to help.
Tickets are now on sale on the school money site. Please purchase them on there. If you have any problems, please see the office.
Well here's to another busy week. There's lots of festive traditions to carry out this week, so look out for nice things coming home over the next few weeks.
Have a happy week,
From the Nursery Children and Nursery Team x
Week Ending 28th November 2019
It's been a pleasant and rewarding week in the Duckling Class. This week we have been focusing on the nursery rhyme 'Hey Diddle Diddle'.
As part of learning the nursery rhyme, we have also learnt about prepositional language such as; over, above, behind, next to.
We learnt to understand these words and how to use them appropriately when talking to describe the position of ourselves and objects.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy-Bg-vuE2U. Use this web link to help your child work on learning this nursery rhyme.
The children this week have also had a visitor in the classroom. Builder Sean from Seddon's building company has been helping us to learn about the occupation of a builder and about the types of materials that are being used to build our school four new classrooms.
The children were all able to listen to what a day in the life of a builder is like. They were also able to sit and listen for a sustained amounts of time, whilst focusing on what was being said. The children were able to cope with a change in their daily routine, having a visitor in the classroom and when going outside to look at the building work around school.
The children began to learn about how things work and the materials that were being used . The children also began to learn new words that describe the texture of the materials being used too.
On Friday, we the children learnt to follow instructions in order to make themselves their own sandwich. This required the children to use and handle tools safely and for a purpose. The children got to select their own filling, based on their own dietary and cultural needs. This allowed the children to express their own preferences, likes and dislikes. It also meant that the children had to change their behaviour to the situation and to work safely.
I am sure you will agree, that the best part was when the children got to eat their own sandwiches. All the children ended up with full tummy's to go home with.
As you can see, we have had another very busy week in the Duckling's class. Next week we will begin to look at Winter and changes in our environment. Look out for next weeks learning.
Wishing you a happy December next week,
Remember to wrap up warm for those Winter months.
All of love, the Duckling Class.
Week Ending 22nd November 2019
My goodness, how time goes by when your having so much fun. Christmas is nearly upon us, so this week we have started to learn the Christmas Nativity songs. As Nursery, we will be focusing on learning and singing the songs and having the confidence to stand on stage infront of family members. As you can imagine this is quite a scary thing when you are only 3 or 4, however as teachers we will be doing lots of work with the children in order to prepare them for their performances to parents. The Reception children, who are that bit older will also be singing the songs, but they will also take on the speaking and acting parts. Exciting times are ahead, so watch out for letter that will follow in the next few weeks about tickets to the performances. As always, there will be a small charge, but we can assure you that the money raised from ticket sales, goes back to the children in providing even more exciting activities.
This week the children have worked extremely hard learning the new nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock'. The children have been able to use language of time and have used a variety of materials in order to make their own clock. Some of these have been 2 dimensional in their books and others have been 3 dimensional, using a range of 3d shapes. The children have also been learning about shapes and how to sort objects in different ways and about how different technology works.
I can honestly say, the children have had a lovely time and as teachers we can see just how far the children have come over the last 11 weeks. They are a true credit to you.
Over the last week, I have had the pleasure of meeting with parents during parent consultation meetings. It has been an honour to receive the wonderful feedback from you about how you feel your children have progressed since entering our nursery. Your feedback has confirmed for us that taking on a nursery rhymed led approach to learning, has clearly impacted on your children, as many of your children are now singing these freely at home. It has also been delightful to hear about how our children with English as an additional language have been doing at home. Your feedback has told us that the children are demonstrating a huge boost forward in their English speaking and that they are now communicating much more in both of their languages that they are learning side by side. This is just magical and everything as teachers we could hope for. The last 11 weeks have been amazing and we know that these children just love learning. It will be wonderful to see what else they can learn and demonstrate in the coming weeks. Thank you for your kind words and continued support.
Take a look at what life has been like for a nursery child this week.
Have a lovely week
from Mrs Fraser and the Nursery team
Week Ending: 15th November 2019
Another busy week in nursery for all of our little learners. This week the children have been learning about what and who we remember on Remembrance Day and also who we help during Children and Need Day.
The children listened to discussions with the class teachers, they watched video clips and made some beautiful art work. What was heart warming to see, was that all of our little ones were extremely respectful and sat beautifully, still and quiet during the 2 minutes silence on 11th November. For children so young, their sense of respect was a credit to them. They listened to the playing of the 'Last Post' and later in the day could remember and talk about the fields of poppies, were the soldiers lay their heads forever.
The children all came to school in their own clothes and super hero clothes, in order to raise money for 'Children in Need'. Again, the children were thoughtful in their discussions about children who are less fortunate and children in different social situations.
We are not sure how much money the whole school have raised, but we are excited to find out. We know that this money will make a real difference to many children across our country.
Next Week the children will be working to develop their knowledge of time, signs of autumn and the differences and similarities between themselves, their friends and the types of families they have.
We look forward to sharing our learning with you.
Happy Autumn Two
Welcome back to the wonderful Ducklings.
I hope you have had a super holiday with your friends and family and have made some wonderful memories. We welcome you back into the Nursery, hoping you are well rest and beaming with energy for what will be a busy, but magical half term.
This week, we will see and hear November the 5th being celebrated by many people around the country. Therefore, we will be learning about the importance of keeping ourselves safe during this celebration, so that if any of us are attending bonfire and firework shows, we know how to keep ourselves safe, at the same time as enjoying their appearance and sound of the fireworks.
We will be learning how to make firework music, artwork and how to use our body sounds to represent fireworks.
Look out at the end of the week, for what we have been up to this week,
Have a great week, stay safe and enjoy Bonfire Night.
Mrs Fraser and the Nursery Team
Week Ending 25th October 2019
What a sensational half term it has been in the Ducklings Class. As the teacher in Nursery, I am extremely proud of the hard work that has been seen from the children and my team of staff who support in the Nursery. The children have made incredible progress this term, particularly within their prime areas.
There has been a marked focus this half term on the development of the children's prime skills, which includes the children's:
-self confidence and awareness of themselves
-physical development and self care
-management of their own behaviour and attitudes towards learning
All of the children have made outstanding progress across these areas and are well on their way towards their preparation for their journey into reception.
We have seen budding artists and builders at work, a new generation of X Factor winners and children who are desperate to do the adults in nursery out of our job, as they want to take on roles of teaching other children how to do things.
As the children's teacher, I couldn't be more prouder of them, as I feel writing this and I know that with their their love for learning that they have shown so far, that they will continue to maintain and move forward with their progress across these areas.
Have a look at the spooky learning that took place this week, as Incy Wincy Spider and his spooky goings on, invaded our classroom.
Week Ending 18.10.19
How time passes quickly when your having fun!
This week we have been thinking about ways to keep ourselves safe. Through various activity this week, we have learnt to keep ourselves safe when out near the front of school and crossing the road, when using knives in the classroom and when using the bathroom. We have also learnt about the importance of putting put toys back in the correct place, so that they do not create tripping hazards for each other.
In learning about knife safety, when applied our knowledge to cutting up Harvest fruit and vegetables. We got to make our own Mr Potato Head. Some of the outcomes of our work, really had us giggling away. They looked really funny all work, sat on the sofa in the classroom.
Week ending 13.10.19
Another jam packed week of learning in the Duckling class. Every minutes this week has been filled with wonderful learning opportunities and it is clear to see that the children are fully immersed in the daily routine of the nursery.
Have a look for yourself below.
The children have shown themselves to have excellent friendship skills this week, as they supported a new child joining the class. The children helped to show our new friend where to hang his coat, where the toilets were and where the toys belonged when he had finished playing with them. Although our new friend was a little sad to be leaving his mummy, with the support of the children, he was becoming a little more settled by the end of the week. Well done little ducklings. You truly demonstrated our school values so well this week.
Week ending 4th October 2019
A busy and fun packed week this week, which ended with a very sticky set of children and staff going home exhausted!
The week began, looking at the new rhyme 'Polly put the Kettle', which allowed the children to look at the difference between a tea pot and a kettle and to learn about safety around hot water. It then moved to the children have a tea party with their cuddly friends, to closing the week with a cake sale for charity, whereby the cakes had been made my the children's own hands.
The children learnt how to use different equipment safely and how chocolate turns from a solid to a liquid and then back into a solid when it was put in the fridge. Each child made their own cakes to taste test at snack time, aswell as making some for the cake sale at the end of the school day.
Mrs Fraser donated our ingredients and together with Mrs Cartwright's baking skills, we helped to raise over £90 for the
The children have also been working on their early writing skills this week and as a result the nursery children just want to make marks in a variety of ways. They have used chalk outdoors and have traced over patterns. Some children have even managed to draw their own shapes, which they could also name. I think we can see some budding writers emerging already.
Next week, for those of you who are keen to start learning out next rhyme, it involves 5 current buns, penny coins and a baker.
Have a look below and begin to learn the new rhyme, ready for the coming week.
Have a happy week.
See you soon
Mrs Fraser and the Duckling Team and Children
Week ending 27th September 2019
What a wonderful week in the Duckling Class. We have been busy out and about this week in the school grounds, listening to the sounds that we can hear. We were really pleased when we got to also see the diggers, aswell as hearing the noises they and the other machinery make when in action. The sounds we could hear were really land from the metal on the digger hitting the clay in the ground.
This has sparked a real interest in diggers, so we have had them out this week in class, however next week we will be using them to make prints in paint, we will have them in the messy tray with the clay the builders gave us. We will all say "sorry" now for if we come home a bit dirty, however you will know we have been having fun whilst we have been learning.
We have also focused this week on learning our nursery rhyme, I'm a Little Tea Pot' and the number rhyme 5 Speckled frogs.
It has been great acting out being at the Emma Bridge Water Tea Room, which we are hoping to get out and see at the end of the half term. Coming next week, we will be anchoring on that learning, by learning Polly Pot the Kettle On and 5 Current Buns in a Bakers Shop.
Our small world areas will change to explore bread and buns and our messy areas will have kettles and tea pots to decorate
If you want to prepare us for the week ahead, here on the videos for the rhymes we will be learning next week. The more we hear them and the more we sing along to them, then the more we will remember them. This year we are focusing on 'remembering more' so that we can also build on from what we know already.
Well have a lovely week everyone.
See you next week.
Week ending 20.9.19
What a sensational week in our Ducklings Class! It was great to see so many parents at our parents consultation evening on Monday. I know that myself and my lovely staff thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you as parents and sharing with you information on how well your child has settled into our Nursery. We can honestly say, the children are a real credit to you and are showing some wonderful manners and thoughtfulness towards each other and the staff. We will of course continue to keep you updated on how your little ones are getting on and should you ever have any questions or concerns, then please could and see one of the staff or myself as EYFS Leader.
Last week the children focused their learning around Baa Baa Black sheep.
My goodness, they didn't half enjoy the interactive version of this nursery rhyme and by the end of the week, we had some wonderful dance moves being displayed alongside the video we watched. I think we have some 'Britain's Got Talent Entries', among our children.
The children worked on their skills of weaving, counting to three, learning new vocabulary, such as Dame, Master and lane and they even got to learnt about how sheep are cut for their wool to be turned into jumpers.
The children were also busy this week learning to take turns in a game, to share the toys and to extend their verbal responses when talking to each other and teachers. We can certainly see their confidence is developing here and their little personalities are shining through!
The classroom as always gets changed around to meet the needs of the children, so this coming week we have new weaving and play dough activities aimed at developing the children's fine motor skills. We have also added in a tea shop to the role play and small world area, so that the children can learn a little about Emma Bridgewater which is local to the school, aswell as learning our new Nursery Rhyme of 'I am Little Tea Pot'.
The children will also be learning the math number rhyme 'Five Little Speckled Frogs'.
See the links below for the version we will be using in class.
The children will be learning to make tea in the water tray and will be learning to decorate teapots with different materials.I can't wait to see what they make of these activities this week.
Please can I just remind parents that children must be in school at 8.50 to start the day. The door will be shut promptly at 9.00 am, so if you are late (we hope your not!), then your child will need to be signed in through the front office, for safeguarding reasons. For some children, they only have 3 hours per day in school, so every minute is made to count for them by the teachers. Being on time is a life long skill, so please support us with this and the same at collection time.
We have also noticed lots of children going home in pushchairs. Parents, we would like you to encourage your children to walk to and from school. I appreciate they are little, however they are all capable of walking and the more opportunity they have to walk, the greater and stronger their gross physical development will become. They spend 3 hours or more running around with us, so a walk to or from school is something they are all capable. We ask this in the nicest of ways, as we want your children to flourish in their physical development, which is a key area for us as a school to also develop. Thank you for your support on this!
Well, I am can't wait to see our little ones back in school on Monday, ready to focus on learn. It's going to be another great week.
Time certain goes by so quick when your having fun and we certainly are in the Ducklings class.
Miss Cartwright and Miss Goodwin
Week ending the 14.9.19
Hello to all! This week we have welcomed some new friends into our class. Together we have helped those children to settle in, by showing them the ropes (that's our routines). They have had a lovely week getting to know those children who had already settled and it has been nice to see friendships developing quickly.
This week the adults in our room have continued to observe us learning through play, looking at what we know already. Now they have a full picture of where each of us is as learners, they have been busy thinking about our next steps and the ways in which they can help us to develop and grow in areas we need to work on.
We have some exciting new activities in our room for next week to support those skills to work on, aswell as some activities that are led by our 'Nursery Rhyme' focus of the week. Next week we will be learning 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' and the 'Number Rhyme- Five Little Monkey's Bouncing on the Bed.
You can have a sneaky look at them below.
We are all looking forward to working more now in our 'Key Worker'groups as we have established many of our routines. Next week we will also be joining the rest of the school in getting dojo's for our good behaviour and learning. They will run alongside our certificates that we get for 'Behaviour and Attitudes to Learning' , who's been 'Awesome' this week and School Values.
This week, Samiullah, Zara and another of our friends, won these awards. Mrs Fraser and the other teachers were so proud and happy to give out these awards. Everyone else was truly amazing too, so it was hard to just pick three. Everyone will get an opportunity to receive these awards, so watch out for your chance!
Well, here's to the coming week. I hope everyone is ready for a fun filled week of new learning opportunities.
See you Monday
Mrs Fraser, Mrs Cartwright and Miss Goodwin.
Wow, wow, wow!!!
What a busy week it has been in the nursery. We have a morning cohort of children, an afternoon cohort and a full time cohort of children, who altogether form our nursery class. It has been both a tough time for our youngest children, but at the same time a highly rewarding one. We have already seen huge amounts of progress for children in their personal development, from tears on Wednesday to laughter and smiles all around on Friday. As teachers we couldn't be more prouder of our nursery children, as they have worked so well all week to leave their mummies and daddies at the door and to come in and learn through play, by themselves.
Children have also developed their own basic hygiene skills, as our children have moved away from wearing pull ups, to big girls and boys pants. An enormous step for some of our children, who have only just turned 3.
The children have also worked well on learning our focus nursery and number rhymes. Now see if your child can remember them at home. They were '5 Little Ducks' and 'Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star'.
You can access them using these web addresses.
We would like to show you our amazing nursery classroom, which has been recently redeveloped with a focus on a more naturalistic learning approach for the children.
Every few weeks you will get to see on here, some of the lovely new learning activities and areas that the children get to access. You will see that the room will evolve with the children over time. If ever you want to come and have a more detailed look, then come and speak to myself and I will happily arrange this.
In the coming weeks, you will also get to see the children in action, so watch the blog and see if you can spot your child busy learning.
If you haven't already given permission for your child to be seen through the school website, then lease pop into the office and share the permission with them.
From the myself and the Nursery Team and our lovely Ducklings, have a lovely week.
Mrs Fraser (Strategic EYFS Leader/Assistant Headteacher/Nursery Lead Teacher)
Welcome to the Nursery Ducklings Class-September 2019-2020
From myself (Mrs Fraser) and the lovely Key Workers (Mrs Cartwright and Miss Goodwin), we would like to welcome all parents and children to our class. We have been eagerly waiting for you to join in some fun and absolute magical learning opportunities.
We have obviously meant some of you before the holidays, but for those of you we haven't met, you have nothing to worry about.
As teachers we are a fun loving bunch and make the perfect team for you to begin your educational life at Waterside Primary School with!
Each of us is here to get the very from you and you will be given the best support that you deserve. We each have own very own children, so we know just how important it is to make every minute count for you. You are in safe hands!
This year we will be getting all parents and carers involved in children's learning, so by following our class blog you will be able to keep update with what is coming up for everyone to join in.
Over the next few days, you will have some additional information shared on here, especially pictures of inside the classroom. You will get to see where the magic will happen. The classroom this year has had a dramatic makeover and we are now going for a more natural and curiosity/inquiry based approach. We really do hope folks, that you like the learning environment as much as we do.
Week Commencing 8th July
Firstly thank-you to all of the parents who came and supported our Sports Day, it was great fun and the children were amazing. We had lots of positive comments from parents and they absolutely loved watching their children compete.
This week we have been doing work ready for our new classroom displays and it is fabulous to see how much we have grown and developed in 12 months, we are all ready for a new challenge and September cannot come soon enough.
We are sad that next week is our last week as Ducklings but we are very excited to become Ducks! Next week we are going to continue being busy and have lots of lovely things planned.
See you next week for our last week x
Week Commencing 1st July
The sunshine has stayed with us this week and we have had lots of fun learning inside and outside. All of the flower seeds which we planted on our parent planting day have now blossomed and they look beautiful and our garden looks amazing.
This week we have been discussing healthy and unhealthy food and what food the 'Hungry Caterpillar' ate which was good and not good for him. The children have a very good knowledge of what fruit and vegetables are and why vitamins are good for us. The children can talk about some food which contain sugar and why too much sugar is bad for us.
Play dough is one of our favourite things in Duckling Class and this week we have made amazing minibeast using no tools only our hands, we are very talented and creative.
We cannot wait to see you all on Tuesday for our sports day, fingers crossed for sunshine! x
Week Commencing 24th June
Well we have finally seen the sunshine! It has suddenly started to feel like summer and we have absolutely loved it, this week we took full advantage of the weather and we have been practising for our sports day, we can now start on the starting line, go when we need to, run down our own lane and get to the finish line. Next week we are going to focus on our other two races, the egg and spoon .and obstacle race.
We have also been magicians this week and made two colours change to a new one, we used lots of different colours and even predicted if colours would go dark and lighter if mixed with white or black. We love getting messy in Duckling class!
We also had a special visitor come into school on Friday, Miss Davies brought her new puppy Bear to school, this children loved him and he loved them just as much. Everyone was calm and gentle to Bear and the children have even asked if he can come back to school in September so they can see how big he has got.
Lots of Love until next week x
Week Commencing 17th June
So the rain has still been coming but we have finally seen some sunshine which we have been so pleased about! Despite the rain we got to play a game of 'Superworm!' we were the minibeasts trying to escape from Lizard Wizard's crow! we showed amazing control of avoiding different obstacles and most of us didn't get caught!
We have also shown our creative side by making our own minibeast using various materials and deciding what we were going to do.
This week we have also found our first strawberry which has fully grown and is ripe, we saved it for Mrs Foster and she said it was delicious!
Next week we are going to start to practise sports day and to understand how to start a race, to run down your own lane and all of the different races which we are going to do.
Week Commencing 10th June
Well what a very wet week we have had, it certainly doesn't feel like June. The children have constantly been changing our weather status on the board when the rain has stopped but very quickly changed it back to rain. All though it has been rainy it hasn't damped our spirits and we have done lots of learning again this week.
This week we have had a new 'The Hungry Caterpillar' small world area as it is one of our favourite stories, the children are absolutely amazing at retelling the story and using the props to show their understanding. We also have very good understanding of the life cycle of a Butterfly and can talk about what happens at each phase.
We also got to do some learning in the FS2 classroom as they went on a trip for the day we thought we would use the opportunity to do some learning in there and we had a fabulous time.
To confirm our sports Day is Tuesday 9th July and once the weather improves we are going to begin to practise and understand the different procedures for the day. We cannot wait to make you proud
Week Commencing 3rd June
Firstly let me say 'Happy Eid' to many of our families who have celebrated this week, we hope it was a lovely occasion full of love and laughter! Secondly welcome back everyone to our final half term in Nursery, time flies when you are having fun!
This half term we are learning all about Mini Beasts and we have begun by looking at one of the children favourite stories 'Super Worm'.
We begun the week on a search for mini beasts in our outdoor environment and we found quiet a few different things, as our wonderful garden is growing we saw lots of bees sitting on the flowers, ants carrying small seeds in the soil and spiders waiting patiently on their webs. The children also found a centipede in a bowl of water so they immediately rescued it and put it somewhere safe. After a while of searching we then found a lady bird which got everyone excited as it is one of our favourite Mini Beasts, as the weather gets better we are going to explore the field and the trees to see what else we can find, we have not yet found Super Worm!
As it as been Eid and lots of our friends missed day at school we have been learning about why Muslims celebrate Eid, how they prepare for it and what they do to celebrate. It started many conversations about our own family traditions and how diverse and unique we all are!
Next week we are going to continue our topic of Mini Beasts and develop our understanding of what a Mini Beast is.
-Love Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 20th May
Well I cannot believe this half term is over, it has flown by but yet we have done so much! We have loved our People Who Help Us topic and we have learnt such a lot which will become embedded and be knowledge we will continue to use. We have been very busy again this week and we have loved the sunshine
We also had a very special surprise from Mrs Knowles due to being superstars during our inspection last week, we got to watch a show with the rest of the school in the hall, we sat perfectly and listened very carefully.
Next half term we are going to be looking at Mini Beasts and our first story which we are looking at is 'Super Worm' as it is one of our favourite stories.
We have also asked for another creative homework because we loved our challenge set over Easter, this time we have got to make 3D Mini Beasts and again the best one will win a prize!
Have a lovely half term and lets keep our fingers crossed for a sunny last half term.
Week Commencing 13th May 2019
This week we have still been learning about people who help us around the theme of paw patrol, we have shown we are super mathematicians and have really developed our knowledge ready to transition into Reception.
We had to feed the paw patrol dogs but we could only feed them a certain number, the children we fabulous at recognising the numerals and counting the correct number of dog bones. Some children could also count an irregular amount of dog bones and tell me how many bones I would have if one of the dogs ate one or if I gave them another bone.
We also looked at lots of different equipment this week which we had as a special delivery to go into our Recruitment Agency but it wasn't sorted out so we divided it up and looked at the equipment's use and importance.
We cannot believe that the half term is nearly over and we are coming into the last term of our Nursery journey, we cannot wait to make more special memories and keep growing ready for Reception.
Week Commencing 6th May
We are really developing our understanding of 'People who help us', this week we were given various job roles and we had to choose the correct picture from various scenarios where we would need that particular persons help e.g. We would need the Postal Service to deliver our letters. There are a few occupations which the children were unsure about such as a Lollypop Person and a Milk Delivery Person so we have spent some time looking at these people, their uniform, how they help us and why.
Next week we are going to focus more on the equipment that 'People who help us' use and their purposes.
We have been working on our gross motor skills this week and used the various equipment in the outdoor area to show different ways of moving. We are now much more confident in climbing the different apparatus without support and are becoming more creative in our ways of moving. We are still away that some of our friends are still not confident and we love to support them by holding their hands or guiding them safely.
We have also been discussing people who help us at sea, we went straight outside into the water trays and used the boats to role play saving people, our dialogue and narrative has grown so much since September. We then started to discuss floating and sinking which we showed a good knowledge and understanding of. We went and collected different items from the class room and outdoors and started to predict what we thought would happen.
-We cannot wait to share next weeks learning with you
Week Commencing 29th April
We hope you all had a lovely holiday, it was so nice to have such a lot of sunshine, the children have told me all the fabulous things they have done over the holidays and it sounds like everyone has been really busy.
This half term we are learning all about people who help us and which type of person we will need to help us in different situations, we are going to base our theme around 'Paw Patrol' and the children are really excited.
This week we have looked at various occupations and what they do to help us, we have also discussed equality and why men and women can do various jobs such as being a Police Officer or in the Postal Service. We have done amazing paintings of people who help us for our new topic display and they are amazing, we have come such a long way with our Art skills from September.
We thought of many people who help us such as Hair dressers, Teachers, Doctors and Vets, we are going to continue to develop our knowledge this half term.
We have now started to use the behaviour management system of 'Dojo' like the rest of the school, we get green points for things which are positive and then red negative points when we do something wrong. Our small world has become a dojo area with the monsters and we have done lots of maths using the monsters and the number pebbles.
We have also picked our homework winner and they have been given a certificate and a prize to take home, again thank-you for all of your fabulous homework
-Duckling Class x
Easter Holidays Creative Homework
I would just like to say a big thank-you to all the parents who have completed their Easter Holidays homework, We have had amazing 3D 'people who help us' transport and they look amazing on display in our classroom. Please have a look at the slide show below which just shows how fabulous they are
Week Commencing 8th April
Thank-You to all of our parents who came for our planting day, we have never had such a good turn out and the children loved planting with you and they have been making sure to keep watering the plants and vegetables to help them to grow. The children now have a firm understanding of how plants grow and what they need to grow. We got to plant lots of different things such as carrots, tomatoes, peas, poppies and an assortment of wild flowers.
We also hope you are going to look after the sunflowers all of the children planted and brought home, we would love to get updates of how they are getting on and how tall they are.
Also this week as we are approaching the Easter holidays we have looked at the Easter Story and why Christians celebrate Easter, the children amazed me with how great their recall was of the story and they could order several pictures into the correct order.
We hope you all have an amazing Easter Holiday and a well earn break, we cannot wait to see you when you are back to start our topic all about 'People Who Help Us'. Please remember to complete your creative homework over the holidays and the best one will get a prize.
See you soon x
Week Commencing 1st April
This week we have been learning all about Spring and how this seasons differs to Autumn and Winter which we have previously done lots of learning on. Monday we had glorious sunshine and we thought Spring had finally arrived but it was short lived. The children however have developed fabulous knowledge of Spring and its changes, ask your child about it, you will be amazed
As we have been learning all about Spring, growing and new life we have done some maths activities which are based around flowers and putting them in order of length, the children used lots of fabulous mathematical vocabulary and showed very good understanding.
Again with our Spring theme the children were really excited to hear that we may see lots of rainbows in Spring due to the weather, so we decided to do our own rainbow experiment. We used Skittles as our rainbow and we had to predict what would happen if we put hot water on them. The children were fascinated and made very good predictions, we then used only to colours at a time and again predicted what would happen.
We are really working hard in phonics and we are now becoming very good readers, we have played a game on www.phonicsplay.co.uk
where we have to read the words and then find the picture which corresponds, the children were amazing and their segmenting and blends skills are getting better and better. We are now going to be developing our fluency skills.
-Next week is our Parent Planting Day, fingers crossed the weather stays dry and we can have a fabulous day,
See you then, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 25th March
Firstly, Happy Mother's Day for Sunday to all our super Mums who are raising our fabulous children, we do appreciate everything that you are doing for your children. The children have made you something special to treasure and show how much you are loved.
Also this week we have continued to focus our learning around the farm and what we would see on the farm, the children have been doing lots of physical activities such as pretending to be animals and representing this by their movements.
We have also been looking at capacity and how we would make things full and empty using pompoms, all the children are fabulous and are now using the correct mathematical vocabulary.
Until Next Week- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 18th March
This week we have continued learning all about the farm and the animals which live there, the children are absolutely loving this topic and are learning so much!
This week we had to heard in the animals like a real life farmer, however we haven' got real animals to heard so we had to catch balloon animals, it was tricky especially in the wind we have been having.
We have also been farmers using the tractors to cut all of the farms field but we did it on a smaller scale, we had to use the remote control to cut the field but we had to make sure we didn't hit any of the animals which were roaming the fields, the children showed lots of excellent control and loved problem solving different ways to move the car without hitting anything.
We have also been working on our vocabulary, this week we have been finding out all the names of the young animals on the farm, ask your child when they come home, you will be amazed at how much they have learnt.
Next week we are continuing our learning all about the farm before we begin to focus more on the season of spring.
Thank-you to all the parents who all attended their parent consultations, it was lovely to show you all of the children's work and how much they have achieved already this year.
-See you next week
Week Commencing 11th March
This week we have gone chick crazy and have done lots of fabulous activities as it is British Science Week and we have been focusing on 'journeys' so we have looked at the journey of a hen to a chick.
We have made different chicks using different media and they were fabulous.
We have also done lots of work on the life cycle of the chick and we were all fabulous at sorting a group of four pictures into the correct order. The children have fabulous knowledge of the life cycle and I was so impressed.
We also got to hold the chicks and we were so brave and held them so carefully. We have shown lots of care for the chicks and know how to look after them and what they need to be looked after.
All the pictures are below for you to look at.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 4th March
What a busy week in Duckling Class, we have done lots of learning and had lots of exciting things happen.
Tuesday was Pancake Day and we made pancake batter by using the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes', Miss Davies then used our batter to make the pancakes and they were delicious!
We also had a special surprise on Monday and had 6 eggs given to us which we were told to look after. We spent a long time deciding what we thought were in the eggs such as bunnies, spiders, unicorns and bird.
On Wednesday we then noticed we had a new class member, our first chick, Custard, not long after then Gravy arrived. On Thursday which was our World Book Day Marsh mellow and Pancake had hatched and then Chocolate Chip. So we have five chicks which we have now got to look after, we cannot wait to hold them on Monday.
We also had a fabulous World Book Day and the children looked amazing and we loved looking at the book 'Meg's Eggs' but she did not have chicks in her eggs like we have, she had dinosaurs!
-This week we are going to continue to look after chicks and further our learning to what they need.
Week Commencing 25th February
Welcome back to our Spring 2 term, I cannot believe we are already half way through the school year, time flies when you are having fun!
This half term we are focusing our learning around the theme of the farm, the children love animals and as the good weather is starting to appear we thought we could get lots of lovely learning.
We have been looking at the story 'Farmer Duck' which the children have loved and have such a good understanding of the story, we are going to have a big focus on reading this half term to develop the children's comprehension skills.
We took advantage of the early spring sunshine this week and we got to explore different shadows, we were fascinated by our own shadows and we were trying to find ways for our shadows to stop following us.
We have also been using our maths skills this week to solve number problems, we are now very good at recognising numbers and knowing how many objects are in a set without having to count them. We have been working very hard on our mental maths and it is paying off.
Next Thursday is World Book Day, We are looking at the book Meg and Mog. Please remember to dress up and bring your favourite story to share.
See you Next Week xX
Week Commencing 11th February
It has been a busy last week of term again in Duckling Class, it has been our Nursery Rhyme week and everyday we have focused on a different rhyme and done different activities. Thursday was also Valentines Day so the children got to learn about why we have Valentines Day, Who is Saint Valentine and what he did. The children also went into the provision and made their own Valentines cards.
We have focused on many rhymes this week, Two Little Dickie Birds, Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock and Little Poll Parrot and therefore we have done lots of fun activities.
Friday was our Nursery Rhyme Dress up Day and we invited all parents to come and do activities around the rhyme 'Little Poll Parrot'.
All the children looked fabulous in their costumes and we had such fun doing our activities, we made toast just like the parrot had and we made the little brown mouse by painting our feet and transforming it into a mouse. Thank-You to all the parents that came, we had a wonderful turn out and it was so nice to see you all with your children. We will be sending letters out next half term for our next family day.
We have put lots of pictures on below to share our day.
We hope you all have a lovely half term and we cannot wait to see what is in store next half term
Week Commencing 4th February 2019
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year and why and how people celebrate it. The children have a very good knowledge of Chinese New Year and loved finding out how different cultures celebrate differently. After learning about the celebrations the children decided that they would really like to try Chinese food so on Wednesday that is what we did. All the children were willing to try and most of us thought it was delicious, we tried rice and prawn crackers and some of us wanted more!
We also watched lion and dragon dancing on the internet and we decided we were going to go outside and do our own dragon dancing, we loved it!
It has also been mental health week this week and we have been talking about our emotions and what triggers our emotions and how we can self regulate and make ourselves feel happy again if we are feeling sad or angry. The children really enjoyed using the characters from inside out as a stimulus to help them talk about their emotions.
Please remember that Next Friday is our Nursery Rhyme Day and your child can come dressed as their favourite Nursery rhyme character and we want to see as many parents as possible to come and do some activities with their child.
-See you next week, -Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 28th January
We have finally seen our little flourish of snow and we have begun to feel the really cold temperatures, luckily for us our number day we were focusing on penguins. We looked at the booked 365 Penguins.
For number day we had lots of penguins made of different shapes and we had to colour each shape a different colour, our pencil grip has really improved and we know understand that we have to stay within the lines when colouring.
We also helped the penguins make igloos using ice bricks, but some of them only needed a certain number, we can now recognise lots of numbers and count out that number of objects.
We have also sent you all our invitations asking you to come and do some activities with us for our Nursery Rhyme week, we hope to see you all on the 15th February as we would love to show you all the things we do at school.
Next week is Mental health week and we also have safe internet day so we will be doing lots of work around this.
-Until Next Week, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 21st January
This week is our last week learning about our planet and space, the children have found it fascinating and have shown so much imagination.
This week we have used different 2D shapes to make rockets which will fly to the moon, the children are fabulous at recognising the 2D shapes and can talk about the properties. Ask your child at home you will be so proud! We then wrote numbers on each shape to see how many we had used. Our pencil control has improved so much since September
We have also shown our technology skills this week by using a cbeebies app to colour in a shape alien, we were fabulous at selecting different paint brushes, pencils and pens and then changing the colour to what we wanted. We also held our pen beautifully to get the best control to colour.
The rain snow and the frost also hasn't stopped us this week, we still went outside and did lots of learning. Mrs Gardiner worked with us to develop our catching and throwing ball skills and to learn to take turns with a partner, we really enjoy being outdoors in all weathers.
Next week we are going to be focusing on Nursery Rhymes and looking at rhymes which we may not of heard of. We are getting super at rhyming so hopefully this will help us progress even more.
-Until Next Week Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 14th January
What a cold and frosty week we have, the children have loved exploring our outdoor area and doing different things with the icy puddles and frosty equipment. The children are also excited as they think it could possibly snow next week, we would love to spend the day exploring the snow and making snowmen! We are keeping our fingers crossed
This week we have continued our work around space, this has been based around the number song '5 little men in a flying saucer', the children have been really enjoying making the comparisons between where we live and where aliens may live on the moon.
We have also begun to learn all about rhyming words and which words sound the same, the children have really enjoyed it and have picked the concept up quickly. We have been using different cards with different rhyming words on and we've had to pick the odd one out.
We have then been finding objects in the environment and then thinking of a word which would rhyme with it e.g. ring and king. Please continue to practise this at home with your children.
We have also been practising to write our names by copying the letters, we were all fabulous and most of us are now holding our pen correctly without any prompts. I was super impressed with how much the children enjoyed writing their names and the pride of their faces when they saw what they have achieved.
Here is a reminder of the pre-cursive letters, I will again send this home.
We have also been working on our gross motor skills not only our fine motor skills with Mrs Gardiner, we went into the hall and we started to explore with ways moving, we took risks and enjoyed every minute of it.
Next week we are continuing our work around space and our understanding about where we live and where aliens may live.
-Lots of Love Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 7th January
It is lovely to finally all be back in school and we are all ready to learn after a well deserved rest!
The first few weeks of this half term we are learning about rockets, the moon and aliens as it is something we are really interested in and we have had a super week doing lots of learning.
Firstly this week we all discussed our news from over half term, what things we did with our family and friends and we discussed if Father Christmas had given us any presents, it sounds like everybody had a lovely half term.
We then started to make our own rockets, we have used wooden blocks, magnetic shapes and even been outside and used the big construction, we showed lots of imagination and team work!
In our independent learning time we have really enjoyed being at the creative table and making our collage aliens, we very carefully followed the instructions and they turned out great!
We also painted our own aliens, using only black paint and painting on tin foil, we think it looks really effective and were really proud of our work.
Next week we are continuing our work on space
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 17th December
We are so proud of our little Ducklings and their first time on the stage in the hall in front of everyday, they were just amazing in our Winter performance! Thank-You for everyone for coming and supporting your little superstars
This week after our dress runs and our performance we have been very busy but we had chance to talk about the Nativity story together and to see why some people celebrate Christmas, the children showed fabulous recall of the story and the sequence it happened in!
We cannot believe that is the first term done, it only seemed like yesterday it was September and we were just starting school, we hope you all have a lovely break full of special memories with families and friends.
Lots of Love- Duckling Class x
(See you in 2019)
Week Commencing 10th December
This week we have continued talking about Winter and its changes, we have had our fingers crossed for snow but were not lucky enough to have any Hopefully after Christmas we will be able to make real snowmen but until then we have been busy making Christmas cards with snowmen we have made using various materials. We were very careful when making them as we knew they were for the people we care about the most!
Our Naughty Elf has also continued to cause chaos in our classroom and we have spent along time investigating what he has been doing and what he is going to do next.
We have also been continuing our practise for our winter performance, it's going to be amazing!
-Until next week, Duckling Class
Week commencing Monday 3rd December
It has been a very wet and rainy week but that hasn't stopped us enjoying outside, we got our puddle suits and wellies on and went out to explore.
This week we have begun learning all about our new topic which is all about Winter and looking at the story 'The Snowman's Party'. We made our own snowmen with 3D paint and then decorated them. We have also been doing maths with snowmen and adding the correct number of buttons to the numeral on the snowman's hat.
We have also been exploring ice in our arctic area and discussing what ice is, how it feels and what happens when it melts and how we can get ice to melt.
We have also had a new role play this week, we have had a toy workshop and we have shown so much understanding and have played beautifully together.
We are continuing our nativity practise and we cannot wait for you to see it.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 26th November
This week has been our health and well being week and we are now very aware of what food is good for us and which is not so good for us. We have done lots about exercising and what happens to our heart when we exercise. We have also done lots of learning all about germs!
On Monday we made fruit kebabs, we used lots of different fruits some which we hadn't tried before but we all tried them anyway.
We also got to practise how to wash our hands correctly to make sure we get rid of all the germs from our hands, we now know that germs are so tiny that we cannot see them so Miss Davies put glitter on our hand to look like germs and we got to see them wash away in the sink.
We also used some potatoes to do some shape printing, we were amazed at what you could do with just a simple potato and we also had some Mr. Potato heads and we loved using the different pieces to make our own.
-Next week we are going to begin our topic all about winter and how it differs from Autumn.
-Until next week x
Week Commencing 19th November 2018
This week we have read the story 'Eating the Alphabet' and we have been learning all about food and the different types ready for our Heath and Well being week next week.
The children have been talking about their favourite foods and also food which they dislike, we can now name many foods and now know food which we didn't know before. We have been busy doing lots of different activities such as matching a certain number of foods to a numeral, we have got very good at our number recognition.
We have also completed some observational drawings of different fruits and the children spent such a long time analysing them to draw them.
Winter is also certainly on its way and we had a lovely morning yesterday exploring the frost and ice, it was magical and we loved it!
On Monday parents are invited to join us for our Health and Well being week and to do some activities with their child, we would love to see you all
-Until next week, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 12th November
This week we have focused our learning around friendships and how to be a good friend, we have looked at the story 'Cowboys can be kind' and how are behaviour can make someone else feel. The children were excellent at discussing what makes a good friend and how we can make others happy. The children are now very good at talking about their emotions and how we portray our emotions.We are such good friends to each other that we got to make our own Sheriff friend badges using a variety of medias.
We have also had a new role play this week and Miss Davies has made us a Fancy Dress shop as we love different costumes and being different characters, we were excellent at showing what you do at a shop and then dressing ourselves into the costumes and shoes.
This week we also go to have our reward for winning best Attendance in the Early Years, we watched a film and had popcorn to enjoy. We really enjoyed it and sat beautifully.
-Until next week- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 5th November
We hope you all had a lovely bonfire night, we have heard lots of stories from the children about all of the wonderful fireworks they have seen and shared their experiences with their peers. We have also heard about all of the lovely things you have done over the half term, it is lovely to hear that so many of the children did something special with they truly remember.
This week we have focused our learning all about bonfire night and fireworks, the children have done lots of activities such as creating their own firework pictures with chalk and glitter, made fireworks in the puddles using powder paint and we been counting fireworks. Most importantly we have also done lots of work on firework safety and the children are now full of knowledge about how to keep safe near fireworks and bonfires.
Also this week we have been doing lots of lovely art work for our art exhibition which you can come and see your children's work on Monday at 2:00-4:00. The children have all been making poppies and have I have to say they are fantastic!
We have also won the attendance award from last year for the Early Years so the children will be rewarded with a film this week! Well Done Ducklings
Week Commencing 22nd October 2018
This week we have been learning all about Autumn and how the season has changed, the children have blown me away with how well they have remembered what we see in Autumn and what some animals do during this season. We spent Monday on a leaf hunt and we absolutely loved it! We went exploring and investigated the leaves to see how they were different to some leaves with were still on the trees.
We have put all of the pictures from our leaf hunt below, so take a look and see how much fun we had. We have also uploaded a video to show us exploring and having such a great fun!
We hope you all have a lovely half term, stay safe and enjoy making special memories together.
-Lots of Love Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 15th October
This week the children asked for a school role play area, they love playing teachers and show all of their learning.
The children are really building strong relationships and are learning to share both role play props and their ideas. The children have shown so much progress this half term and I cannot believe the half term has nearly finished.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing the 8th October
It has been a wet week at Waterside this week but that hasn't stopped us from learning and enjoying the outdoor environment. We put on the puddle suits and the wellies and we went out and explored and we absolutely loved it!
We have also been busy creating our own masterpieces both on the Interactive whiteboard and using paint. On the whiteboard we used our own creativity and decided what we wanted to draw and we used paint to paint our own self portraits for our new corridor display.
Take a look at all of our work below.
-Next week we are again very busy and we cannot show you what we are doing
Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 1st October
All of our learning is based on what the children would like to learn about and are interested in, the Duckling Class we love to play Mummy and Daddies and pretend that we have our own babies. Miss Davies decided to make us a Baby Clinic Role play and we absolutely love it and we are taking so much care in looking after the babies and making them better. Miss Davies says that we will make great parents when we are big boys and girls
We have also been doing lots of activities to develop our listening and attention skills, we are now much better at listening to stories, joining in with rhymes and songs and listening during our carpet sessions. We had such a fun time playing a listening game where different instruments meant a different instruction such as to run, go and jump etc... We blew Miss Davies' socks off with have fabulous our listening was and how enthusiastic we all were.
We have also been developing our gross motor skills by crawling, shuffling and sliding around an assault course in the outdoor area, we showed such high levels of energy and such concentration trying to get to the finish.
-Next week we cannot wait to share with you all of our fabulous learning.
Lots of Love Duckling Class xX
Week Commencing 24th September
This week we have been investigators and have been problem solving in the outdoor area, we have been finding different ways to make the ducklings move along the pipes using water and at which force we pour the water. The children loved it and also broke out into song singing 5 little ducks as the number of ducklings got smaller.
We have also been developing our ball skills by kicking, catching and throwing a large ball, we should great hand eye co-ordination and were fabulous at taking it in turns with our friends.
We are really showing more confidence with both our teachers and peers, we are being very busy learning and developing all of our skills. We are really enjoying coming to Nursery everyday and have such big smiles throughout the day
-Until next week, Duckling Class
Week Commencing 17th September
What a busy few weeks we have had in Nursery, all the children have settled into school beautifully and are really enjoying school life. Children are now fully aware of our routines and expectations and are showing such fabulous manners and sharing skills. We have been building our foundations in all of our areas of learning and particularly in making relationships with the adults and children in our class.
We have been discussing what we want to be when we are older and dressed up in character and the photographs are wonderful.
I cannot believe it is September already and we cannot wait to see you all on Wednesday to start you first day at Waterside, we hope you all had a lovely summer break with family and friends and had lots of special moments. We cannot wait for you to share them with us during our circle time.
We have been very busy over the summer transforming the Nursery classroom ready for you to enjoy and learn, it is a place to explore, investigate and develop and we cannot wait to see you grow.
Week Commencing 18th June
We have continued our work all about magic this week and have been doing so exciting things such as painting and designing our own ingredients for a magic potion and writing lists of the things we would put into our potion. We have been making potions and using our maths skills to group the different ingredients, some of us have even begun estimating what was inside our cauldron.
This week we had our shuffle up morning and we went to our new classes, we have had lots of conversations about transition and why we shouldn't worry about our new challenge and we should embrace it.
-Until next week Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 11th June
First of all we hope all of our families who have celebrated EID this weekend had a lovely time full of special moments with friends and family, I cannot wait to hear all the things you have been doing from the children.
Secondly Happy Father's Day to all of our Dads and Grandads for Sunday, we hope you have a special day again surrounded by family.
The children have been very busy preparing something special and we hope you loved receiving them.
We have been again been working hard in Duckling Class and have been looking at what it means to be healthy this week, the children have really enjoyed reading the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' and organising food into groups. We have been discussing the effects of exercise on the body and how our heart rate changes when we exercise and the length of time we have been exercising.
Until next week
-Duckling Class x
Week commencing 4th June
Well I cannot believe it is our last half term together in Duckling Class, it only feels like yesterday it was the first day but look at how much we have progressed since September!
This half term we are learning all about magic and mystery and we are absolutely loving the topic!
We have been doing lots interesting things like making our own potions and talking about capacity with mathematical terms, we were very good at it and loved to explore.
We have also been making different 2D and 3D shapes using magnetic shapes, we have shown how imaginative we are and how much learning we have done this year on our shape names and properties.
We have also continued our sound pot sessions this half term and this week we did lots of dancing and expressing ourselves through movement.
We cannot wait to see what next week holds.
- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 14th May
This week we have continued our theme about pirates but we have also been learning about the Royal Wedding, what it means to be married, who are the royals and how weddings differ in different cultures. The children have absolutely loved learning about it and have been dressing up as princesses and princes all in preparation for Fridays celebrations!
We have decorated our own crowns using a variety of resources and even been looking at pictures of the special couple to colour in pictures of them.
Carrying on with our pirate topic we have been on the hunt for treasure and we found lots of things in the sand pit, there was lots of 2D and 3D shapes and we are becoming very good at identifying them and talking about their properties.
We have also enjoyed lots of pirate books and been learning some pirate poems in our key worker sessions, ask us to tell you what we have been doing we are very good at performing it now!
We cannot believe that next week is the last week of this half term! Time flies when you are having fun!
- Duckling Class x
Week commencing 7th May
What a lovely bank holiday weekend we have had, full of sunshine and by the sounds of it a very busy weekend had by all. It was lovely to hear all the things you have been doing in the sunshine!
Our topic of under the sea has now moved in the direction all about things on the sea... Pirates! The children are really interested in pirates and have loved learning this week.
We have begun our pirate adventure by designing our own treasure maps, they are absolutely fantastic and I was so impressed with the standard of work produced by the children
We have also been working as a team to get from one island across the shark infested waters to the other island, we showed lots of imagination and great communication skills.
We have also done lots of maths using the pirate treasure matching the treasure to numerals and writing the numbers.
We cannot wait to share with you all of our learning next week.
-Duckling Class x
Week commencing 23rd April
It has been a busy week in Duckling Class again and we are continuing to grow and thrive in the last coming months of our journey in Nursery. We are showing so much progress in all areas it is a real pleasure to see. This week we have been doing writing on the playground, we have been practising writing words and our names, we thought it was amazing when our writing disappeared!!
We have also had so much fun in our new deconstructed role play area, we made our own band and made our own instruments with the different resources.
We have also completed an assault course showing how we can move, up and under things, we really enjoyed it and showed some really good motor skills.
We have also been working on our scissor skills and recognising 3d shapes in the environment, we are always learning.
See you next week- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 16th April
The sun has most certainly been out at Waterside the past few days and we have loved every minute! We have really enjoyed our time in the outdoor area and we are lucky that Mrs Gardiner has made us a brand new role play area, it is deconstructed so we can you our imagination and be creative with our thinking.
We cannot wait to show you over the next few weeks all our ideas.
This week we have begun our topic all about 'Under the Sea', we absolutely love anything to do with animals and have been so busy learning and showing all of our knowledge.
We have been talking about capacity this week and understanding the vocabuarly such as full, empty and half. We all love to play in the water and sometimes we dont even know we are learning!
We have also been doing research on the internet to find out some of our many questions we have about animals which live under the sea such as what do turtles eat and what is it like when a whale blows water out of its back.
Next week we are continuing all our work around under the sea and we cannot wait for you to see what we have been up too.
Week Commencing 19th March
It has been an other busy week in Duckling class and this week Miss Davies had to convince it is now the season of spring even though we had lots of snow over the weekend. We have spoken about the signs of spring and how they differ to the other seasons we already know about. We have been very busy planting all of the seeds you have brought in, we are very grateful to everyone who has given us a packet of seeds, our garden centre is going to look sensational!
We have also been talking about the life cycles of the animals which are born in Spring such as chicks, butterflies and lambs. We have been showing our fabulous number skills by using chicks, eggs and nests to demonstrate our understanding.
We also had a new puppet theatre which we have been asking for and we absolutely love it and have had so much fun acting out our favourite stories and even making up our own.
Next week we are going to be looking at the Easter story and learning about different people and their beliefs.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 12th March
This week is Science week and we have been learning about the biome of the jungle and we have absolutely loved learning about animals. We even had a special visitor on Monday who brought us lots of animals to see and we even got to hold them, here are a few pictures to show how brave we were.
Next week we are going to be looking at the seasonal change and what happens in spring.
-See you next week x
Week Commencing 5th March
What another busy week in Duckling Class, we have had so much fun. We have finally been able to wear our Wally costumes and enjoy our world book day together, we had a lovely day sharing our favourite stories.
We have also made bubble monsters this week, we had so much fun and really enjoyed playing and exploring.
We have also been busy making masterpieces for somebody special this Sunday, we cannot wait for you to see what we have made and we hope you love them! We hope to see lots of you here on Monday so we can celebrate with you.
Also thank you to our parents who have signed up to Marvellous Me and are now recieving lots of messages from Miss Davies all about their child.
Next week is British science week and we are learning all about the jungle, it is going to be an excellent week and we cannot wait to tell you all about it!
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 26th February
What another busy and interesting week in Duckling Class, the beast from the east certainly caused a stir amongst us and we have been so interested that we asked Miss Davies to show us the daily weather reports, we are such inquisitive learners.
Luckily we did get to snow at the beginning of the week before it got too cold!
We have begun our new topic this week looking at the story 'Spider Sandwiches', we have had so much fun and been very imaginative in our new monster cafe! We have been making all sorts of things such as frog milkshakes and butterfly burgers! We have been role playing with Mrs Gardiner and understanding how a cafe works, we have been sitting our customers down, giving them menus and then charging them for what they have brought!
Next week we are going to continue our work on the story and design our own monsters!
Due to the weather and our school closure on Thursday we have now moved our 'World Book Day' to Monday. Please bring in your favourite book and remember to come as any of the 'Where's Wally?' characters.
We cannot wait to see you all dressed up on Monday!
-Duckling Class x
Homework challenges for Snow Day Closure
Week Commencing 12th February
We cannot believe it is the last week of the Spring One term, it has flown by! The children have made so much progress this half term and are building with confidence every day! I am so proud of each and every one of them.
We have had a very busy week, we have been enjoying the Winter Olympics and all of the different events that have been taking place we also celebrated Pancake Day and Valentines Day.
We absolutely love pancake day, firstly we read the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' and then we made our very own pancake mix.
We also had pancake races, we wanted to go outside but the weather was so bad that we had to settle for the corridor instead.
Miss Davies then cooked the pancakes for us upstairs and we all got try them, they were delicious!
We hope you all have a lovely half term full of adventures and come back refreshed ready for the new half term all about one of our favourite stories:
Week Commencing 5th February 2017
On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day, thank you to all the parents that attended our workshop, it was lovely to see you learning with your child! As a class we discussed what technology we use at home and how we can be safe using it. We also discussed what makes us happy when we are online and how we can make others happy, we spoke about letting other people win and sharing coins and prizes with them. We then made a whole class pledge in regards to our use of the internet and we came up with something amazing!
It has also been Mental Health Week and we have had lots of discussions about emotions, what different emotions we have and how we show them, the most important thing we learnt was that you don't always cry when you are sad, we show sadness in many ways. The children now know what to do when they are feeling different emotions or they notice their friends showing certain emotions. We then read the book 'What I Like About Me' and we talked about what makes us special and that is fabulous to be all be different and unique!
We cannot believe we have nearly finished this half term, next week is another busy week with Pancake Day and Valentines Day!
Speak to you next week.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 29th January
DO YOU KNOW WHO HAS DONE THIS TO OUR CLASSROOM?
Our classroom was found in such a mess! The tables were knocked over, the chairs were upside down and all of our toys were everywhere! We searched high and low for the culprit!
We didnt find anything but we did find some footprints and we could hear a very loud roar.
We finally recieved a phone call, a friendly dinosaur had been captured upstairs! We think it hatched from the suspicious egg we found in our class room and he was looking for his Mummy!
We cannot wait to tell you all of our adventures next week.
-Ducklimg Class x
Week Commencing 22nd January
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year as it will celebrated on Sunday, the children love to learn about different people and their traditions and we have spoken about these are different to our own. We now know what happens during Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. We really enjoyed watching the traditional dragon dancing and we transfixed on the video.
We have been very busy again this week and we have done some taste testing but we were blind folded and we had to guess what we were eating, (it was rice!).
We have also been painting Chinese symbols, they are stunning and are going to look amazing on our Chinese New Year display.
We have also had a new roleplay area this week, we have been talking about our birthdays alot over the last few weeks so we have had a birthday party roleplay! We absolutely love it!
Next week we are continuing our Dinosaur adventure and on Friday we have Number Day so we will be very busy.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 15th January.
We have found so mysterious eggs in the playground this week and after reading our story 'How to grow a dinosaur' we have decided to plant them and see what grows.
We have begun to understand want plants and seeds need to grow so we put our mysterious eggs into soil, watered them and put them out into the sunshine.
We cannot wait to see what grows!
This week have also been practising our gross motor skills and how we hop, we have begun very confident and could easily hop away from a dinosaur!
We have also been given homework this week and are all really excited to carry on our learning at home, I cannot wait to see what you have been up too.
Duckling Class x
Week commencing 8th January 2018
We hope you all had a lovely break over the Christmas period and spent time with your family and friends. The children have come back to school and settled beautifully and I am so impressed with their behaviour and eagerness to get back to their learning. This half term is all about adventures and encouraging the children to be imaginative and creative in their learning and play, we are currently learning all about dinosaurs and the children are loving it!
This week we have been so busy, we have found some suspicious dinosaur footprints on the playground and we had to find different ways of moving away from it so it didn't catch us, we could move in lots of ways and I think we scared the dinosaur away!
We have also been making our own dinosaurs using paint and sponges, the children love to get messy and to paint, they picked some very dinosaur like colours and made beautiful patterns on them.
We have also begun to write our letters this week and some of us have even started to write own names, I am very impressed with the childrens determination and they have kepy trying even when they have found it hard.
Next week we are continuing our learning all about dinosaurs and are going to look at the story; 'How to grow a dinosaur'.
Until next week- Duckling Class x
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas break and spend lot of quality time together with your family and friends.
We will see you all back at school on Wednesday 3rd January.
Lots of good wishes, Miss Davies and the FS1 team.
School Closure Homework- 15th December
Next half term we are going to be learning all about adventures, our first book is going to be 'Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs', to get prepared for our new topic can you please complete some of the tasks below.
Week Commencing 11th December
What a fantastic first term we have had, it has been so busy and we have grown and developed so much! We have done so much learning and have been absolute superstars!
This week our main focus was all about the winter production and even though the children didn't get a dress rehearsal because of the snow we were absolutely fantastic! We all did our biggest smiles for our audience and sang the song beautifully. I was so proud
We have been very busy making Christmas and Winter cards and they are very appropriate due to our current weather, the children will be bringing them home today, we hope you like them! We have also heard all of the wonderful things that the children have been doing over the longer weekend in the snow. You have all been very busy building snowmen and even snowdogs! Lots of children were really excited because they got to go sledging. I am so glad you all enjoyed the snow and made so many special memories.
-Duckling Class x
Snow closure homework
Keep wrapped up and I cannot wait to find out what fun you have had this snowy weekend
Miss Davies x
Week Commencing 4th December
It has been another busy week in duckling class and we have continued to work hard and be the best that we can be! We have been doing lots of activities around reading such as rhyming, alliteration and recognising our name and logos. We are very good at it and we certainly getting ready to begin to write our names in the new year!
We have also been working on our friendship and cooperation skills by playing several ball games, Miss Davies made a basketball hoop outside in outdoor area and we loved playing against each other and seeing who could score the most points! We have also been working on our catching, kicking and throwing skills and have begun to be very imaginative with the games that we now play.
We have also been practising our drawings on the interactive whiteboards, we have made some masterpieces!
We cannot wait to see you on Tuesday and see our fabulous winter production!
Until next week- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 27th November
Winter is upon us and we are most certainly feeling the cold weather in Duckling Class, we are wrapping up warm and exploring the outdoor environment looking at the ice and frost left by Jack Frost.
We have been learning all about Jack Frost and what to expect in the winter months.
We have had a new role play area this week, the children have asked for a toy shop so they can make and send presents to each other, the children have played beautifully and showed how much they have grown in their ability to share.
We have also been showing how good we are at working as a team and playing together. We used the parachute to play different games and we had so much fun, we didn't even notice how cold it was because we were so involved in the games.
Next week we are continuing our work on winter and winter production.
Don't forgot costumes need to be in by Thursday 7th Decemeber for our dress rehershals.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 20th November
This week sees the end of our Autumn topic and we have done our final pieces of learning around this season, next week we will be beginning to focus on the winter season and the changes that it brings.
This week we have been making autumn animals and our own creations with play dough, we love playing with it and it is one of our favourite things in the creative area.
We have also been using our creativity and used different 2d shapes to make different objects some of us even made autumn animals!
We have also been using our problem solving skills in the outdoor area trying to move the water from one tray to another using the pipes. We showed such good team work and listened to eachother very carefully to come with the best possible solution! We are always thinking and using our brains both inside and outside. This week we have also begun learning lots of songs for our winter production all about a clumsy angel! We cannot wait for you to come and see us shine!
Until next week- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 13th November
This week the children have taken part in Nursery Rhyme week, each day we have been taught a new nursery rhyme such as, Bobby Shafto and Old King Cole. The children in duckling class absolutely love to sing and we have enjoyed learning these new songs!
This week we have been developing our physical skills both fine and gross motor skills. To develop our fine motor skills we have been using scissors to cut the Autumn leaves that we collect. We were all very careful when using the scissors so we didn't hurt ourselves.
We also had the bikes in the outdoor area and we showed great skill moving them around the track and obstacles. We again talked about safety and the importance of wearing a helmet.
We have agan been working hard with our phonics and maths work and are growing in confidence every week.
Another busy and exciting week in Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 6th November
This week we have been learning all about bonfire night as the children were so excited about seeing fireworks over the weekend. We have had such a busy but fun week and have done so much learning!
We made our own rockets using different food such as sweets, grapes and strawberries, we discussed healthy and food and what it does to out body.
We also did some firework dancing to the Katy Perry song 'Firework', the children loved using the scarves to move and showed so much rhythm.
We also used toilet roll tubes to make out own firework picture, we were excellent at talking about the colours and noises that fireworks make.
We have had such a full week and we are growing more and more everyday! Next week is Nursery rhyme week and we willbe focusing on a rhyme a week, we cannot wait to show you our learning.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 30th October
This week we have been looking at the celebration of Halloween and why people celebrate it, we have had lots of spooky and magic activities out this week and the children have really enjoyed them. All of the children have returned back to school with big smiles on their faces and so happy to come back and learn and this has made a super week of super learning.
We have done lots of different things this week such as making spiders webs and spiders.
We have also been practising writing our numbers, we have used magic wands and glitter tray to write them. We have also been exploring and guessing what was in the box, it was disgusting slime and eyeballs!!
We also went on a leaf hunt and went to explore the field and talk about what happens in Autumn.
Next week we are going to be learning all about Bonfire Night and Fireworks.
-Duckling Class x
Week commencing 16th October
I cannot believe how quick these last 7 weeks have gone, it feels like only yesterday that it was the first day of school, we have progressed so much in such a short period of time and I am so proud
We have had a week all about people who help us and we have been learning around Paw Patrol, the children have really enjoyed it!
Miss Davies has listened to all of our ideas and thoughts about what we would like to learn and she has made us a Vets role play which we love! We have had such a good time playing.
We now know lots about people who help us and what type of person helps us in certain situations, some of others even want to do these jobs when we are older!
We are going to be learning all about Autumn, Celebrations, Nursery Rhymes and Colours next half term and we will get under way learning the songs for our Winter performance.
Have a lovely half term and we can't wait to see you back on the 30th.
Week Commencing 9th October
First of all I would like to say how proud I am of the children for their amazing performance during our harvest assembly, we really were sensational and showed all of our parents and the rest of the school what superstars we are (especially learning a whole song in one week).
We have had another busy week and have done so much learning, we are continuing to grow and develop everyday and have such big smiles on our faces!
Mrs Gardiner needed our help to make sandwiches for our cafe, we listened very carefully and follow her instructions, we even got to eat them when we had finished
We have had a big focus on our ball skills this week and have been practising kicking, throwing and catching.
Next week we are learning all about people who help us in our child led learning topic! We cannot wait to get started.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 2nd October
This week we have had lots of germs in Duckling Class and lots of children have been poorly, we have done lots of talking all about how to prevent germs from spreading in our class and the children have been excellent at remembering to do this.
We have however had lots of fun this week and have showed some fabulous imagination when we have been playing in the role play and construction areas.
We have had a big focus on our scissor skills this week and we have been practising cutting in straight lines, the children showed such determination and were very sensible when using the scissors. We are going to continue to work on our cutting skills throughout the year in Duckling Class.
We have been very busy learning our Harvest song for our performance on Thursday and we cannot wait for you to hear us, we are superb!
Until next week- Duckling Class x
Week commencing 25th September
This week we have continued to learn through the owl babies story, we have used various resources to make our very own owl babies and we are very proud of what we have achieved. We used play dough and other items in our independent learning to make our very own Bill, Sarah and Percy; some of us even made Mummy owl. We then worked with Mrs Gardiner to make paper plate owls to go on our corridor display, next time you are in school have it look, it looks fabulous.
We have also endured the rain this week and have been understanding what happens when the rain comes down fast and hard, its makes the best puddles to jump in!
There is a video underneath of some of us enjoying the puddles in out puddle suits and wellies, Miss Davies added some powder paint to the puddles and we did some lovely talking about what happens when the colours mix together.
Week Commencing 18th September 2017
This week we have begun looking at our topic book of Owl Babies, the children have really enjoyed the story and have shown some excellent listening skills when being told the story. We have done lots of talking all about our family and who lives in our homes and what things we do when we are at home. We have continued to learn our daily routine and all children are now beginning to remember what is coming next in our day. We have been very busy this week showing our physical skills, how good we are at counting out objects and sharing toys with our friends.
We are becoming much more confident with our adults and peers and our smiles are getting bigger every day.
Until next week, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 11/09/2017
We have had a superb week in Duckling Class this week, the children are coming in so settled in the mornings and nearly everyone has a big smile on their face when they walk through the door which is amazing to see! We are now really beginning to understand our daily routines and are showing such excellent listening skills when we sit on the carpet.
We are all beginning to get to know each other and starting to build relationships with other children and adults and we are having such fun!
As we are now all settled next week we will begin our topic this half term which is all about ourselves and our families, we will look at several books to understand different families and that we are all different and unique and that makes us so special!
-Until next week, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 4th September
We are all so proud of the children and how well they have come into school this week, by Friday all the children were smiling and enjoying there time at Nursery exploring and making new friends. We are going to continue to make sure all children are happy throughout the day and are embracing the school experience. Keep up the good work our little ducklings and keep showing us your beautiful smiles.
Week Commencing 4th September
We are so excited to see you on Wednesday for your first day at our fabulous school, we have lots of exciting and fun things planned for you and we cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces.
We have been very busy over the holidays transforming our classroom for you and we cannot wait to see you learning in our environment! It looks very different from the last time you saw it and we have a few pictures to show you to get you excited!
See you all on Wednesday morning :)
Miss Davies and the team x
Week Commencing 3rd July
This week has been another busy week in Duckling Class as we begin our transition into Reception,the children are very busy securing the knowledge they have learnt this year and are applying it themselves when in the provision and learning independently.
At the beginning of the year we all painted a portrait of ourselves and now as the year is coming to a close we are now painting new portraits. It is amazing to see how much the children's art skills have grown and how fabulous they are at representing themselves!
We have also been getting ready for sports day and we cannot wait to see you all there to cheer everybody on! We are now excellent at using a start line and crossing over the finish line.
We have also had lots of fun in the outside area and have been making a stage to have our own rock concert!
We cant wait to see you next Tuesday!
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 25th June
This week has been another busy week in Duckling Class and we are fitting in as much learning as possible before we have our summer break and go into our Reception Classes.
This week it may of not been the best of weather but we have still done lots of learning in our outdoor area, we have been working on our gross motor skills and making our own assault courses, we can crawl, balance and jump through obstacles.
We have also been developing our writing skills, using our segmenting for spelling and letter formation skills. Miss Davies was very impressed with our work and how far we have come in the last year.
We also had an art day on Friday to create work for you to buy on our summer fayre, we were amazed at the support and how many pictures we sold and we cant thank you enough. We had an excellent day and we hope you did too.
Until next week, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 19th June
It has been another busy week in Duckling Class, we have been understanding sun safety with the heat wave and are now very knowledgeable about the precautions we need to take.
We know that we must always wear suncream to protect our skin from getting burnt and sore and we must apply it regularly, aswell as wearing a hat to stop ourselves from getting heatstroke. We must also drink plenty of water to keep our bodies hydrated.
We have had lots of fun outdoors and we have been using natural materials to make 2d shapes, we are excellent at naming them and saying their properties.
We have also asked Miss Davies for an ice cream van to play in and we have had so much fun making the ice cream, serving it to our friends and charging them money. We have shown such imagination and how much we have grown over the past year.
We are sad that our last weeks in Nursery are arriving but we are loving every minute of all our learning.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 12th June
This week it has been all about our Dads as it is Father's Day on Sunday! We have been very busy making various things to give to all our super Dads on Sunday! We would like to put photographs on to show you but we don't want to ruin the surprise!
We have been talking about why we love our Dads and what they do for us, the children were very honest and said lots of lovely things, it did make our hearts melt.
We hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating on Sunday with Dads, Grandads, Uncles, Mums and Grandmas.
On Friday we had a transition day where the children went into Reception for the day, the children were super and the reception staff were very impressed with them and their behaviour! You make me very proud Ducklings, Well Done xX
Week Commencing 5th June
We hope you all had a lovely break and relaxed ready for a busy last half term. This half term the children have decided they all want to learn about under the sea. We are going to learn about the different creatures and living things which live under the sea and about things which float and sink.
This week we have been showing excellent segmenting for spelling skills and have written a list of things we would find under the sea and draw a setting picture if we were a scuba diver swim through the water.
We have also practised our technology skills using the remote control cars, we had to follow instructions to rescue different sea creatures in a particular order.
We have also been developing our physical development by exploring various ways of moving and showing fantastic balancing skills.
We are excited to show you all of our learning next week.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 15th May
This week we have concluded all of our magic learning and we have loved this topic! We have decided our next topic will be all about under the sea and we have said lots of things we would like to learn.
- Why can starfish stick to things?
- What do squids squirt into the water?
-What different fish live in the sea?
-How big are sharks?
We have also asked lots of other questions and we cannot wait to find out the answers.
This week we played a game of rhyme or slime, if the objects rhymed we put them in a rhyme box and if not we put them in the slime.
We also designed our own quarter circles to make a whole class display, we really took our time and designed very carefully.
We cannot wait to show you all of our learning next week!
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 8th May
This week we have been mixing and bubbling potions! We have written our own potion ingredient list and drawn the ingredients inside the potion bottles! We wanted to add lots of interesting ingredients such as butterflies, worms, stars and even a cow!
We got to mix our own potions in the sensory area and we made up silly songs as we worked and mixed, I think we all make fantastic witch and wizards!
We have also been developing our writing and we have now begun to use phoneme frames to write cvc and cvcc words all about magic. We concentrate really well when writing and we are really showing our handwriting skills when writing.
We havealso had a new role play which we have chosen and we wanted an opticians, we have really enjoyed ourselves and showed lots of understanding of what happens there.
Next week we will be finishing our magic topic and continuing to grow!
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 1st May 2017.
We are really loving learning all about Witches, Wizards and Magic!
We have read a story called 'I want to be a Witch!' and we have used lots of creative ways to show what we would look like as a Witch or Wizard!
We used different materials and methods to create our own mini version of ourselves and we also used play doh to mould and sculpt to create another version of ourselves.
We have also been busy in the outdoor environment, we have been developing our skills as master builders and we made a den big enough to fit all the children inside!! Once it was made we made it very comfortable inside and decided to make into a potion lab, we got big bowls and spoons and started to make magic spells! We had so much fun!
In Duckling class we really care for all living things and we have shown how much we have learnt about growing and spring whilst playing in our Florist role play area. We made sure the flowers were watered and they had enough sunlight to grow so we could make the best bouquets of flowers possible. Our role play narrative has developed so much since September and we have become so imaginative in our play and are really building on our own and others play.
We cannot wait to show you what we are doing next week!
Lots of Love Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 27th March
This week we have been learning all about mummy animals and their young.
We are excellent at matching the mothers to their babies and we are now beginning to learn that the baby animals have different names such as calf and foal. We have writing and matching to teach ourselves the different animals and we were very good at talking about the different life cycles.
We have also had a focus on our numbers this week and we been on number hunts around the classroom, we were very good at finding numbers in the environment. We have also been working n our number formation and it is incredible to see how many numbers we can write.
We have been busy being creative and we have made different farms animals.
Next week we are continuing to learn about animals and their young and are going to shine in our spring sing performance.
-Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 20th March
This week we have continued to nurture and look after our chicks.
Mrs Knowles very kindly looked after our 5 beautiful chicks this week and the Knowles family did an excellent job at looking after them! They have got so big!
The children have been very sensible and have done such a good job at looking after the chicks, they were so careful that they held the chicks. We have continued to learn about the life cycle of a Hen and we are now very good at talking about what happens! We have also done some super writing where we have labelled parts of the chick and we showed how good our phonics knowledge is. We are now all well on our way to being able to write our name all by ourselves and Miss Davies is so proud of everyone's super attitude!
Here are some pictures of our brave ducklings holding our chicks.
Loves of Love Duckling Class X
Week Commencing 13th March
We had a very special delivery in Duckling Class this week and we have been so excited Farmer George came and asked Miss Davies if we could look after 5 of his eggs whilst he was away and of course we said yes! We didn't know what was in the eggs, we made lots of suggestions such as dragons, dinosaurs and even baby lambs! For two whole days we patiently waited and then cracks begun to appear on the eggs! On Wednesday morning we came to school and we had such a special surprise...
We had two chicks!! Miss Davies named the black one Pingu as it looks like a penguin and we named the yellow one Sunflower. We made sure we were very quiet when learning to not scare the chicks and again we waited for the other eggs to hatch. When Miss Davies and Mrs Gardiner came into school on Thursday morning they again found a special surprise...
There were two more chicks, these were yellow with shades of black, Mrs Gardiner decided these were twins and named them Dusty and Pepper. Even more excitingly the last egg was hatching!
The last chick is yellow and Miss Clarke named this one Nugget as he is a golden yellow colour. He came out of his egg very wet so we had to leave the chicks in the incubator all day until Nugget was dry and then we took them out. We all got to hold them and we were so careful as we know how delicate and fragile the little chicks are. We know some of you got to see our chicks when your visited this afternoon for Science Afternoon but if you couldn't make it you are always welcome to come and pop in to see them.
We wanted to share Nuggets special arrival with you and below is a video of him hatching, we hope you enjoy watching it, until next week, Duckling Class
Week Commencing 6th March
This week we have been getting ready for spring and we have begun to plant our flowers and vegetables in our garden area. The children really enjoyed the experience, they dug out the vegetable patch all by themselves and then planted the seeds. The children know understand that plants need, water, soil and sunshine to grow and have been taking extra care to look after the plants.
We have also been superstar writers, we have written shopping lists, vegetable and fruit names and our names, we have been very busy!
We also made our own super vegetables, we made super potatoes, super brocolli and super carrots.
Next week we are beginning our topic all about farm animals and we have some special visitors coming on Monday, we can't wait to tell you all about them :)
- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 13th February
We cannot believe that it is already the end of this half term, where has the time gone? We have learnt so much through our topic of adventures and had so much fun! We are now learning all about being healthy and how we make ourselves strong, we are currently reading the story Supertato.
The naughty evil pea has been causing chaos in our classroom! He has stolen our dinosaur eggs and has even stole the vegetables from our lunch! He has sent us on lots of missions to try and help the vegetables such as solving maths problems and going through assault courses.
We have done lots of interesting creative activities this week too, we have used our observation skills to draw fruit and vegetables and use carrots to paint our own original paintings.
We hope you all have a lovely half term and have lots of quality time together.
See you in Spring 2- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 29th January
This week in Duckling class we have made a mysterious discovery in our classroom, we have found a nest and two eggs inside!!! We do not know what is inside them and the children have given many suggestions such as rabbits, birds and dinosaurs! We have decided that we are going to look after the eggs to make sure they are safe and happy. We have been doing a fantastic job!!
On Friday we had number day and we had a whole day all about Maths linked to the topic of dinosaurs.
We did lots of exciting things such as digging for dinosaur bones, going on a dinosaur number hunt, catergorising dinosaurs and making dinosaurs using 2d shapes. We showed what amazing mathematicians we are and had such a fun day full of adventure.
Next week is another busy week in Duckling Class, we have parents evening and our class assembly! We can't wait to share all of our learning with you. x
Week commencing 23rd January 2017
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year, we have done lots of activities such as taste testing Chinese food, writing Chinese symbols and making dragons. This year it is the Year of the Rooster and we have even used paper plates to make our own roosters.
Some of us even wrote our own Happy New Year Cards and we tried so hard using our phonics knowledge and handwriting skills.
We have also continued with out topic of The Gruffalo and we all showed excellent understanding of the story, we all played different characters and acted out the story.
We have also made our own Gruffalo characters using 2d shapes, we are such shape detectives that we can now name the 2d shapes and even describe their properties. They are going to look fantastic on our Gruffalo display. We have also been hoping over Gruffalo foot prints to find him, unfortunately he is super at hiding and we couldn't find him.
We have also been showing our computing skills and have been completing tasks on the Ipads such as colouring, jigsaws and games. We are fabulous at using Ipads (we are even better than Miss Davies).
Next week we are learning all about Dinosaurs! Hopefully we don't find any dinosaurs in our school on Monday Morning.
Speak again soon, Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 15/01/2017
What superstars we are in Duckling Class, we are continuing to grow all the time and we are all becoming much more confident! This week we have shown what excellent writers we are in our phonics lessons and we are beginning to form precursive letters.In Maths we are really beginning to understand how to count objects and we are becoming very confident in our number formation.
For the next two weeks in our 'Adventures' topic we are looking at the story 'The Gruffalo' and the children are super at retelling the story and singing our song 'I can sing a Gruffalo' which we have been learning during talk for story.
This week we have done lots of art work of the characters from the story and Miss Clarke has helped us to use different materials to make collages! They are going to look amazing on our display board and we can't wait to show you when you come for parents evening in the next coming weeks.
In our physical learning we have been practicing our catching and kicking skills, I think we have some future footballers and cricketers in Duckling Class.
We have also made houses for the Gruffalo as we didn't want his fur to get wet in the rain, we first designed our houses and then made them using various construction materials.
Next week we will be making Gruffalo Pie, we cant wait to show you how it goes! :)
Love Duckling Class- x
Week Commencing 08/01/2017
What an interesting week it has been in Duckling class, we are still continuing to learn all about adventures and what an adventurous week it has been, we have learnt so much.
We have now begun talk for writing which is where we learn simple poems and rhymes using actions and visual aids, I am so happy with the children and how well they have learnt their poems, I can't wait for you to hear them in our assembly (Keep an eye out for letters coming soon).
This week we had a special surprise from Mrs Knowles, we got to watch a performance of the 'Snow Queen' in the hall, the children were super stars as always and they loved every minute.
This week we have also become Doctors, the child have asked for a doctor's surgery to play in and this week we made this wish come true, they have really taken on the role of Doctors, Nurses and patients and demonstrated such knowledge on the subject. It has been a pleasure to watch and to play with the children.
Today we have had our first day at school where it has snowed! We were very excitied (the teachers were a little too excitied) , we got to spend the day in the snow playing with our friends and teachers and we had such fun! We got to explore the snow, make a snowman, ride on the sledges and we even had a snowball fight!
We can't wait to see what we are going to be doing next week!
Lots of Love, Duckling Class x
Week commencing 02/01/17
First of all we all hope you have had a nice and relaxing break, whether that was celebrating Christmas or just spending time with Family. We certainly enjoyed recharging our batteries ready for another busy half term.
This half term in Duckling Class we are going to be learning through the topic of adventures and we are currently looking at the story; 'We're going on a bear hunt'.
We love to explore in Duckling and this topic is perfect for us, we can't wait to go and see what we can find! Hopefully not a bear!
We have all come back to school amazingly and it now feels like we have never been away, we are all back into our routines and back doing sensational learning.
This half term we are still focusing on our communication and language skills and making good relationships with our friends and peers. We are working on our physical development and practising our letter formation during phonics lessons. In maths we are still learning the foundations and focusing on number and shape.
We can't wait to see what adventures happen next week, Lots of Love Duckling Class x
Week commencing 4th December 2016
This week we have had a really busy week getting ready for our Christmas concert, we are singing superstars and we can't wait for you to hear us! This week we have looked at the story 'The Snowman's Party' and we have begun our preparations to have our own snowman party next week.
We have been talking about our likes and dislikes and we have now decided what food we would like at our party, we really like watermelon, jelly, sandwiches and juice. We can't wait to show you all the photo's next week!
We have had a real focus on our number formation this week and we have worked so hard learning our number formation rhymes and it has really helped us with our learning. We can all at least write the number one independently which is fabulous! We are going to be marvelous Mathematicians. We have also written invitations to our family and friends to our snowman party and we have showed excellent pencil control and some of us are even spelling words correctly!
Today we have had our Christmas dinner and we all sat together in the hall to enjoy it, we even had crackers which gave us all a surprise inside! We even got to wear party hats!
We cannot believe we are at the end of the term and we can't wait to have a busy last week.
Lots of Love Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 27th November
This week we have begun learning all about the season of winter and luckily Jack Frost has been to visit this week outside!
We have got to explore the frost and the ice and we are now beginning to understand what ice is and how we can make it water again. Children are starting to use scientific language to describe ice such as freezing and melting, we have really enjoyed exploring in the ice and we especially liked breaking it in different ways such as throwing it and stamping on it.
We have done lots of winter art this week such as making snowflakes with our hand prints and using scissors to make snowflakes from paper and adding glitter to them! We have even made our own baubles to put onto our christmas tree in our home corner, we used lots of colours and lots of glitter. We have focused a lot on our number recognition this week and we have been matching a quantity to a number, we have done this by adding buttons to a snowman.
As it is now December we have now got christmas trees in every classroom, the children have really got into the giving spirit and Noah and Louie decided to make their own christmas presents for Miss Davies and put them under the christmas tree and she has been very good all year! :) Noah made Miss Davies a car and Louie made her a castle, Miss Davies loved them and it made her feel very special.
Next week we are going to read the story 'The Snowman's Party' and we are going to plan our very own winter party, we are going to write our own invites and even make our own food.
We cant wait to tell you about it, Duckling Class x
Week commencing 21st November 2016
This week we have been focusing on colour and to do this we have had some help from someone very colourful... Elmer the elephant!
He is very colourful and each day we have had a special colour day to represent him, these were:
We only got to use that colour that day and we had lots of fun exploring the colours. We had a particular focus this week and that was to explore the ways that colours can change, so we became colour wizards! We painted one hand one colour and another a different colour, we rubbed our hands together and said... ABRACADABRA! and the colours changed! It was so exciting to see the colours change, we have really enjoyed exploring and observing. Some of us are excellent at remembering our colour sums but some of us still need some practice and this is something we will continue to work on throughout the year.
We have also had our first set of homework this week and lots of us enjoyed completing this, thank you to so many of you for supporting your child at home. We have also decided what costumes the children are going to wear for this years winter production; yellow ducklings are going to be stars, grey ducklings will be angels and brown ducklings will be sheep. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery team. Next week our winter journey begins and we are going to learn all about the icy Jack Frost.
Until next week- Duckling Class x
Week Commencing 14.11.16
This week we have continued our topic of Autumn and we have looked at the story Leaf Man and we have looked at all of the things you can make using leaves!
Here are some of the examples that we made, we were very proud of them and we think that they are good enough to even go into the story.
When we begun our topic we didn't know much about Autumn but we are now experts in Autumn, we all know that the leaves fall off some trees because it is cold and the leaves change colours to orange, yellow, red and brown. We really like learning about seasons and we can't wait to learn about Winter in a few weeks time. But first we are going to learn about Elmer and all of his wonderful colours.
This week we have also had anti-bullying week and we have talked about how we can be a good friend during our key worker times, I have to say we know all of the traits of how to be a good friend. It is very important in Duckling Class to be a good friend!
On Tuesday this week we had some special visitors from some of our Mums, we had a fabulous time doing some Gruffalo craft and we were a credit to our class and our school. It was lovely seeing parents during a school day, thank you for coming and making special memories with your child, it is very much appreciated.
We cannot wait to show you all the things we are going to learn about colour next week, speak soon. Duckling Class x
Week commencing 07.11.16
This week in Duckling class it has been Nursery Rhyme Week and we have been busier than ever! We have focused on 4 particular rhymes; Incy Wincy Spider, Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill and Hickory Dickory Dock.
The children have really enjoyed learning these rhymes and we have done lots of art and creative activities around these songs such as making our own spiders and mice. We even had to crawl through a spiders web to save Little Miss Muffet! On Monday afternoon parents were invited to come and see their children and how the learn, it was lovely seeing so many of you and sharing your child's school experience.
On Wednesday we had Amy come into school to deliver workshops to the children around different rhymes and stories and the children were inspiring, they all joined in and showed how super they are! We also saw lots of you for our Nursery Rhyme assembly in the morning and the children were so excited to see so many of their grown ups in school time :)
This week as always we have been working on our phonics and maths skills and we are showing to be mathematician ducklings, we are all now confident at counting to ten and some of us are even beginning to write numbers. We have also begun to learn the new songs for our Christmas production, only after hearing the songs a few times the children are doing really well and singing like stars. I am very proud!
On Friday we had our Nursery Rhyme dress up day and I have to say everyone looked amazing, we had spiders, owls, jack and jill, stars and even a baker with their own cupcakes!
Thank you for all of your support this week it is much appreciated, we can't wait to see what we are going to be doing next week!
Lots of Love Duckling Class x