Welcome to Ducks and Ducklings Class!
Class Blog 22nd May 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
Can you believe that this week will be the last in our Fabulous Fairy Tales topic? I hope you've been enjoying learning all about the stories. Our final story is the Enormous Turnip. Have you heard it before? Do you know what enormous means?
The Enormous Turnip is a story from a country called Russia. It's a long way away - perhaps you and your grown up could look up where it is.
The next two activities are aimed at children a little bit older than you but you might like to have a go. The first is to a dance activity based on our story and the second is to a drama activity.
Could you draw or make a picture showing the characters in the story pulling the enormous turnip out of the ground?
What about using any animals (or other toys) you've got to help re-tell the story? Remember to use story telling language!
How about trying to make a raft with some sticks like the picture below? Can you make it float?
Have a good week Ducks and Ducklings. I hope you enjoy learning about the Enormous Turnip. Remember to share any pictures of what you do with me!
Class Blog 15th May 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
I hope you are enjoying learning about Fabulous Fairy Tales so far! Our next story is the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Here are two games that you can print out and play:
Could you make a bridge for the goats using bricks, blocks or even cardboard tubes? How about making some goats and a troll so you can re-tell the story?
This story has three different sized goats in it? Do you remember looking at putting things in order by their size when we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Can you remember how to do that with some of your toys?
Please share any pictures of what you have been doing linked with our topic or other home learning so I can see how you are keeping yourselves busy.
Enjoy learning about the Three Billy Goats Gruff!
Class Blog 7th May 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
I hope you are all keeping well and staying busy at home. The story we are going to look at next is Little Red Riding Hood. Do you know it? Sometimes Little Red Riding Hood has different endings, like the Three Little Pigs. Do you have a favourite ending?
You could make figures / stick puppets / paper plate faces to go with the story and help you to re-tell it. If you're feeling particularly crafty, perhaps you could make a shoe box scene from the story like in the picture below. Here's the link to the instructions if you'd like to have a go! https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/story-box-shoe-box-craft/
When you re-tell the story to your grown up, sibling or pet, don't forget to use story language like 'once upon a time...' and 'they all lived happily ever after.'
Story Reading Event
At 11am on Friday 8th, Havering Libraries is premiering a reading of Julia Donaldson's The Snail and the Whale on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/HavLib
I hope that you enjoy some of the activities suggested. I would love to see any pictures or videos - ask your grown ups to please send them in to school. I miss you all a lot and am looking forward to seeing you all as soon as it is safe to do so.
Class Blog 1st May 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings!
Our Fabulous Fairy Tale for the coming week is the Three Little Pigs.
Just like with other traditional tales, there are lots of versions of the story. The Three Little Pigs story sometimes has a different ending. Which is your favourite?
This link takes you to an ebook story on Twinkl. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/the-three-little-pigs-ebook-tp-l-52325
This link takes you to Lisa Riley reading the story on Cbeebies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oanczCDuSrk
CBeebies have produced a ballet of the Three Little Pigs.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b041mc85/cbeebies-presents-three-little-pigs-a-cbeebies-ballet and on this page there are some other things you can do based on this version of the story, like learn some of the dances: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/three-little-pigs
Here are some links to some crafts and activities you could do based on our story this week.
Perhaps you could have a go at building a house of sticks if you find any on your walk / in your garden. If you've got some Lego or Duplo bricks, you could build a house of bricks too. Which one is the strongest?
Maybe you could make a story map, like the picture below. Could you re-tell the story? Maybe using some of the things you have made as props?
As ever, please take photos of anything you do linked with our story. It has been lovely this week seeing photographs and videos of some of the activities you have been doing. I have replied to all of the emails I've been sent so ask your grown ups to check their spam/junk folders if you haven't had it.
I can't wait to see you all and hope it will be soon.
Enjoy learning all about the Three Little Pigs!
Class Blog 24th April 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings!
We have a new topic for the coming half term - Fabulous Fairy Tales! We’re going to be looking at 5 different traditional tales over the coming weeks, looking at the story language used and the characters.
The first story is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are lots of versions of the story out there but this link takes to you one on Twinkl.
CBeebies showed a ballet version of the story. What do you think?
What do you notice about how the story starts and ends?
Have you got three bears at your house? Perhaps you could act out the story, once you’re familiar with it. Can you do different voices for the bears and for Goldilocks?
Using the story of Goldilocks is perfect for doing size ordering. Can you order your three bears by height? Three bowls by size? What else have you got at home that you can use for size ordering?
Have you ever tried porridge? Perhaps you could have some for your breakfast one day.
As ever, please take photos of anything you do linked with our story. I really am looking forward to seeing you and finding out what you have all been doing. If you re-tell the story, perhaps your grown up could take a video of you?
Enjoy learning all about Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
PS here’s a link to a fun children’s dance lesson by Sam who works at Queen’s Park Sports Centre. I hope you enjoy it.
Class Blog 10th April 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings!
I hope you have you had a good week and have been able to enjoy the good weather.
I've put together some ideas all about spring for the coming week.
Some spring themed stories:
There are lots of spring themed crafts you can do such as making flowers, painting flowers and trees or even printing with flowers. There are also lots of spring animals you can make, some even based on your handprint. There are a few ideas at the bottom of the blog.
You could also make some memorabilia for you to remember this period of time in years to come - see the family hand print picture below.
Phonics Play is currently offering free access to parents. The username is march20 and the password is home.
Don't forget that there is maths all around us - try counting flowers, insects, bids etc and look for patterns in nature.
I hope you have an enjoyable week. Keep smiling and remember to take photographs or keep pictures of what you're doing so we can share them when we are all back together again.
Class Blog 3rd April 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
I hope you have had a good week and enjoyed learning all about dinosaurs. I can't wait to see your pictures of what you have been up to!
This week, I thought we would look at Easter and why we celebrate it. Here are some ideas and resources for you to learn about Easter and some activities to make or do.
This powerpoint https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-18162-easter-information-powerpoint-eyfs explains why we celebrate Easter in an age appropriate way.
Here are some stories based at Easter time https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/the-easter-journal-ebook-t-or-1135
If you have access to a printer, there is an Easter maths booklet available here, though some of the activities might be a bit tricky! https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-easter-themed-maths-home-learning-activity-booklet-t-tp-6542
Here are some ideas for craft activities you could do this week: decorate hard boiled eggs; draw patterns and decorate eggs drawn on paper or card; make an Easter basket using paper or card; make an Easter bonnet/hat or make a paper chain decorated with Easter themed pictures.
Some other learning ideas :
Tumbletots are streaming live action songs and exercises every day. Please see https://www.tumbletots.com/news/news/9414/ for more information.
Primary Playground have produced some scavenger hunts that can be done at home. Please see the photos below for ideas.
TES have collated 87 free resources for home learning. Here is the link
I hope you have a good week. Remember to take photos or save pictures to show me when we are all back together again.
Class Blog 27th March 2020
Hi Ducks and Ducklings
I hope you are all keeping healthy and well.
Here are some ideas of things to do / watch / make over the coming week. There are lots of other ideas out there too so don't feel restricted to my suggestions!
Our learning theme is dinosaurs as part of our All Creatures Great and Small topic.
On Twinkl there are some lovely powerpoints introducing the topic of dinosaurs. Have you signed up for your free account for a month yet? If not, go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and sign up using the code CVDTWINKLHELPS
They also have a home learning pack all about dinosaurs if you have access to a printer:
Think you know all about dinosaurs? Try this quiz to test your knowledge! https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-28312-dinosaurs-what-am-i-interactive-powerpoint-game
Can you make a dinosaur skeleton out of sticks? You could make a big one outside or a small version (with sticks or paper straws) and stick it onto paper/card. Don't forget to take photos so I can see them when we return to school!
What about making a pair of dinosaur feet? See the photos below for ideas!
There are lots of other ideas on this page: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/dinosaur-crafts
Stories and songs:
Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfvv9GLmaUM
Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs stories by Ian Whybrow https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoHJXadQIxxMT69kHWt0zOQ
Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MMiiXlFNZA
Dinosaur Roar by Justine Clarke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz0FWR_69Pg
EYFS listen and play https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-dinosaurs/z6snmfr
Dinosaurs song (one of our favourites at singing time!) https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-dinosaurs/zv7rf4j
A number of parents have asked for an overview of a session in Ducks and Ducklings.
Dough disco followed by register
Calendar (day, date, season) followed by the weather
Go noodle (go to www.gonoodle.com to sign up for a free account. We love Maximo but there are lots of other themes on there)
Carpet time where I will introduce the topic
Exploring time, inside and out followed by tidy up time (here's our tidy up song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV1sMws_Gqg)
Exploring time, inside and out followed by tidy up time
During the morning, snack is usually on a rolling programme and children help themselves when they are feeling hungry / thirsty
Dough disco followed by register
Calendar (day, date, season) followed by the weather
Exploring time, inside and out followed by tidy up time
Carpet time where we do snack / phonics / story / topic learning / singing (https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx)
Some further learning ideas, not based on our topic:
The Ducks and Ducklings love the Alphablocks! The BBC has made some new episodes, each one introducing a different letter. Here is the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b01cz0p1/alphablocks?seriesId=p0872vz3
There are lots of other episodes to watch too and also games to play on https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks
The Numberblocks is another firm favourite of the Ducks and Ducklings. Here is the link to the Cbeebies page with lots of activities and games to do: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks and this is the link to the iplayer page for Numberblocks: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks
Twinkl have designed a daily schedule with links to activities:
Have a wonderful week, stay safe and don't forget to take photos / save pictures to show me when we are all back together again.
Class Blog 20th March 2020
What a week it has been this week!
As part of our topic All Creatures Great and Small we have been learning about wild animals this week. We shared the book Dear Zoo and talked about why each animal wasn't suitable to have as a pet.
In maths we have been learning positional language. We enjoyed setting up an obstacle course outside for us to go on, in, through and over which really showed how well we understood the concept.
On Tuesday we had a visitor in school who taught us Crossfit. We all joined in really well and the grown ups were proud of us.
We are sad that we have to end this term early - we were going to learn all about sea creatures and dinosaurs over the next two weeks.
We hope to all be back together again very soon and that you all keep safe over the coming weeks.
Class Blog 13th March 2020
This week has absolutely flown! We have been learning about farm animals and where they live as part of our All Creatures Great and Small topic. In maths the Ducks have been practising adding together two different amounts (just using equipment) and the Ducklings have been practising counting.
On Friday, it was Mrs Holland’s last day so we had a party to celebrate how wonderful she is. We made our own jam sandwiches, we mixed milkshakes and Mrs Holland brought us all a cake. We had a lovely picnic snack! Good luck Mrs Holland, we will miss you.
Class Blog 6th March 2020
It’s been another busy week in Ducks and Ducklings!
This week, as part of our All Creatures Great and Small topic, we have been learning about farm animals and their young and in maths we have been practising counting accurately.
On Thursday it was World Book Day and we were invited to come to school dressed as our favourite book character or in our pyjamas. We had a lovely day and enjoyed showing off our outfits in assembly. We took part in a competition to guess the nursery rhyme and our winners were Ruby-Rose and Eliza.
Class Blog 28th February 2020
We’ve had a lovely first week back at school. We especially enjoyed puddle jumping on Tuesday!
Our topic this term is All Creatures Great and Small and this week we have been looking at pets. We have talked about our pets, coloured in pictures of pets and looked after pets in the home corner.
It was Shrove Tuesday this week and we all had a fabulous time making and eating pancakes as we’re sure you can see from the pictures!
In maths the Ducks learned about number 10 and the Ducklings about number 5. In aspirations, we learned about frogs.
Class Blog 14th February 2020
What a wonderful final week of term we have had this week. We have been learning about all the other people who help us such as vets, dentists and librarians.
On Tuesday we had a visitor in school who showed us how to Zumba. It was great fun.
Ducks have been learning about the number 9 in maths and ducklings have been learning about number 4.
In aspirations we learned about the Queen.
We hope you have a lovely, restful holiday and look forward to seeing you on 24th February.
Class Blog 7th February 2020
This week the Ducks and Ducklings have been learning all about paramedics and where they work. We have watched videos of ambulances and air ambulances and we talked about the uniform paramedics wear.
In maths the Ducks have been learning about number 8 and the Ducklings about number 3.
In aspirations, the children learned all about the human body.
Class Blog 31st January 2020
It has been our final week learning about the fire service this week. We have seen what happens when fire fighters go to work and all of the checks they have to carry out on their equipment and fire engines. We were lucky enough to be able to try on a fire fighter's helmet - it was very heavy!
In maths the Ducks have been learning about number 7. The Ducklings have been learning about number 2.
Our aspirations topic this week has been about houses and the different types that there are in our country.
Class Blog 24th January 2020
The Ducks and Ducklings have moved on to looking at firefighters and how they help us
this week, as part of our We Can Be Heroes topic. We have looked at the special clothing firefighters wear and the equipment on fire engines. We've all enjoyed dressing up as fire fighters and putting out the fires outside and rescuing cats stuck in trees!
On Tuesday afternoon we had a special visitor. Michelle from Music with Mummy came in to lead a music session. We had the opportunity to play lots of different instruments, we danced with scarves and we had a really fun time. Thank you Michelle for coming in and spending time with us.
In maths this week the Ducks have been learning about number 6 and the Ducklings have been looking at number 1. In aspirations, we learned all about fire engines.
Class Blog 17th January 2020
Welcome to our new Ducks and Ducklings who have joined us this week! They have settled in really well and are beginning to learn the routines of nursery. You should be very proud of them.
This week we have continued looking at the police and how they help us. We have looked at fingerprints and also at the equipment that the police use. We made our own police numbers by sticking stickers to our shoulders!
In maths we have been looking at ways of making 5, singing songs such as 5 little ducks and 5 speckled frogs.
On Tuesday we had a visitor in school who taught us all about skipping. We all tried really hard and the grown ups were very pleased with us.
Class Blog 10th January 2020
Welcome back! We have all had a wonderful first week. The grown ups have visited the new Ducks and Ducklings at home this week and then they have visited us in school. It's been lovely meeting new friends!
Our topic for this term is We Can Be Heroes! We are going to be learning about real life heroes like the people in the fire brigade, the ambulance service and mountain rescue. We have started the topic by looking at the police force and how they help us. We have looked at different footprints and made some of our own. We have had a police headquarters in the classroom and police officers and horses outside.
In maths we have been learning about zero and in aspirations, the children chose to learn about diggers.
Class Blog 20th December 2019
What a fabulous final week of term it has been! It certainly has been jam packed full of things to keep us busy!
On Tuesday we had a visitor who taught us Boxercise. It was great fun and we all made the grown ups proud by joining in and trying our best.
On Wednesday we had a visit from Reverend Andy who talked to us about the first Christmas. He was very impressed with all we knew. We also had our Christmas party and another special visitor came to see us! Father Christmas called in to Birk Hill and gave each of us a present. We were very grateful that he found the time to visit us.
On Friday it was Christmas jumper day and we sang Christmas songs to our friends and family. Thank you to those of you who came and supported us.
We are all ready for a well deserved rest now! We hope you have a lovely Christmas holiday and make lots of new memories together.
Class Blog 13th December 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.