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Welcome to Ducks and Ducklings Class!

Class Blog 13th December 2019
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We are sure you’ll all agree that we have been superstars this week! The dancing, acting and singing in our Christmas shows was superb and made all of our grown ups very proud.  Thank you to those of you who were able to come and support us.
This week we have been learning about Hanukkah as part of our Let’s Celebrate topic.
In maths we have been learning about ‘one less’ than numbers to 5 and in aspirations we learned all about princesses.  We have had Christmas dressing up out too and have really enjoyed being different characters.
Class Blog 6th December 2019
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This week we have visited Russia on one of our ‘A Day in...’ cultural days.  We learned all about where Russia is, the language spoken there and what some of the traditions are.  The children decorated their own Russian dolls and painted the Russian flag. We had a fabulous time!
With our Day in Russia in mind, this week we have learned about Christmas traditions around the world. Did you know that Grandfather Frost gives children gifts in Russia on New Year’s Eve?
In aspirations we learned all about Power Rangers and in maths we have been learning about ‘one more than’ any number to 5.
Class Blog 29th November 2019
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This week we have been learning all about Thanksgiving as part of our Let’s Celebrate topic.  We talked about being thankful and the sorts of things we should be thankful for. On Thursday we celebrated with hot chocolate, toast and bagels in addition to our usual snack which we all enjoyed.

In aspirations we learned all about dinosaurs and in maths we continued to practice counting accurately and identify 2D shapes.

The preparations for the festive period are well underway and we have been cutting out shapes, having talked about their properties, to make into the characters for our Nativity display.  Only the angel to go now!
Class Blog 22nd November 2019
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We know we say it every week, but it has been a busy week this week! 
 
This week, everyone in school has been learning about Switch Off Fortnight. We have learned about using less electricity and other ways we can help our environment. We looked at recycling and how things can be reused instead of being thrown away. 
 
On Thursday we had a visitor in  school who taught us all how to fence. We tried very hard and had a lot of fun. Miss Pratt and Mrs Holland were very proud. 
 
On Friday some of our grown ups came in to school to help us plant trees! We have planted a mixture of rowan, silver birch and wild cherry trees on the field. We are looking forward to seeing them grow. Thank you to everyone who was able to help us. 
 
In between all of these busy activities, we have continued learning about celebrations. We learned about weddings in aspirations and we have been practising counting and comparing sets of objects in maths. 
Class Blog 15th November 2019
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We have had a lovely but busy week this week.
Our theme for the week has been Friendship Week. We have been celebrating friendships by making cards for our friends and painting pictures and we talked about what makes a good friend during carpet time.
In maths we have been comparing amounts to find out which set had more.
On Friday we all came to school in our pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you for your support with this worthwhile cause.
 
Class Blog 8th November 2019
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We have had a very busy first week back after the holidays.

Our topic this term is Let’s Celebrate. We have been learning about bonfire night and why we celebrate it. We made lots of different firework pictures and we had a small world fire station outside.

During the latter part of the week, we have been learning about Remembrance Day and finding out about why we wear poppies. 

Finally, we had our individual photos taken on Friday. The grown ups were very pleased with how well we smiled!
Class Blog 25th October 2019
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It's been a busy last week of term in Ducks and Ducklings.

We have been learning all about the season of autumn.  Our activities have included colouring autumn pictures, painting autumn trees and making autumn themed playdough shapes, using natural materials such as acorns and leaves to enhance our models.  We made things like orange juice and pumpkin soup in the water tray which was great fun!

On Tuesday we had a street dance workshop which we all really enjoyed.  The grown ups were very impressed with our dancing and rhythm.

We hope everyone has a lovely week off and look forward to seeing our friends again in November!
Class Blog 18th October 2019
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We have had a lovely week in Ducks and Ducklings this week. The children have brought in their favourite books to share with their friends. We have all enjoyed listening to new stories and learning new things. 
 
We haven’t had a new number to learn about this week. Instead we have been counting objects and matching it to the correct numeral. The grown ups have been very impressed with us! 
 
In aspirations we have been learning about how books are made. 
Class Blog 11th October 2019
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This week we have continued our learning on our topic Magical Me, learning all about our body and body parts.  We sang the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes to remind us of the names.

Our number of the week has been number 5.  We have been singing lots of maths songs e.g. five little speckled frogs and five little men in a flying saucer and we made five fat sausages out of playdough.

We continued to strengthen our fingers ready for writing by tracing patterns and we printed using the Numicon shapes. 

In phonics, we went on an outside walk and concentrated on using our listening ears to hear different sounds.

Our aspirations this week was learning about ferry boats.
 
 
Class Blog 4th October 2019
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This week we have been learning all about number 4.
We have looked at shapes with 4 sides, hole punched 4 holes in pieces of paper which had 4 sides (building up the strength and dexterity in our fingers at the same time) and made the number 4 with cubes. We watched the Numberblocks programme, investigated ways of making 4 and coloured in our own Numberblock picture.
We have been drawing pictures of our family for our Magical Me topic which the grown ups were very pleased with.
We were very interested in watching the workmen digging up the school drive and this was the focus for our aspirations learning this week.
Class Blog 27th September 2019
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What a busy week we have had this week!

On Monday we went to our local church for our harvest festival. Reverend Sandra told us all about harvest and why we should share food out. 

On Wednesday we were taught how to play Boccia. We had a great time in the hall learning the rules of the game and having a go at reaching the target ball.

We ended the week with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising money for Macmillan. It was lovely to see so many grown ups watching us whilst we sang our songs. Our class song went down really well!

In between all of these exciting activities, we continued learning all about ourselves and our number this week was number 3.
Class Blog 20th September 2019
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We’ve had a super week this week in Ducks and Ducklings, enjoying the sunshine and doing lots of learning.
As part of our topic Magical Me, we have talked about how we are all different and how we  like different things. We then made different faces using a variety of materials. Some were very funny!
We have been learning all about the number 2 this week. We learned that one and another one makes two. We played with Noah’s Ark in the water and made the animals go in two by two!

On Friday we all came to school in our jeans to support ‘Jeans for Genes Day’. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and generous donations for such a worthy cause.
 

Class Blog 13th September 2019
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It’s been a fabulous first full week in Ducks and Ducklings. The children have settled in well and are learning to follow the routines.  They really are a credit to you.
This year we are introducing Number of the Week in our EYFS unit. Our focus this week has been number 1. We have been learning to recognise the number, find that number of items and see how it can be represented in different ways.
We have been mark making in different ways this week, including drawing on paper attached to the underneath of the table!
We have been sharing information about ourselves with the class this week as part of our Magical Me topic and we have made self portraits. The classroom is looking lovely with the addition of the children’s pictures.
Class Blog 6th September 2019
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Welcome back!
It has been wonderful to see just how well the Ducks have settled back in after the holidays. Haven’t they all grown! We have enjoyed welcoming our new friends who have been for visits this week and have been showing them the ropes.
Our topic this term is Magical Me.  We will be learning all about ourselves and what makes us special.
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