Welcome to Ducks and Ducklings Class!
Class Blog 19th July 2019
What a fabulous final week of term we have had!
We chose what activities we wanted to explore with this week so there’s been quite a variety of learning happening. We have had blue jelly and sharks in the water tray, the Post Office on the writing table and the fairytale castle in small world. Other activities have included miniature dogs for counting, a workshop outside as well as the pirate ship.
We had a picnic lunch on Thursday which was lots of fun as was the disco on Wednesday.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing all of our friends again in September.
Class Blog 12th July 2019
We have had a fabulous, fun-packed week this week!
On Tuesday we went to Curious Kids Town in Sheffield for our trip. It was amazing! We loved getting dressed up and pretending to be different people - firefighters, vets, builders, hair dressers: the list is almost endless! We were all very well behaved and the lady even complimented us on our tidying skills. Thank you to the parents who came with us - we wouldn’t have been able to go without your help.
On Wednesday it was sports day! We loved taking part in the races and seeing the grown ups racing too was very exciting. Thank you for coming to watch us and an even bigger thank you to those who helped judge the races and give out stickers.
As well as these exciting activities, we have been getting ready for September with the Ducks visiting the Swans classroom and spending time in there. Miss Smith and Mrs King have been very impressed with how grown up we are.
We can’t believe that we have only got one week left this year but are getting very excited for the summer and the new school year.
Class Blog 5th July 2019
We know we say it every week, but it has been a busy one this week!
Our learning about growing has been based around Jack and the Beanstalk. We have done lots of activities based on the story and have learned some lovely songs to help us remember it.
On Tuesday, we had a Dance Daze workshop which was lots of fun.
We have visited our new classroom every day this week and have spent some time with Miss Smith and Mrs King as well as with our usual grown ups. We’re looking forward to being Swans.
We finished off the week with A Day in Italy! We learned all about the country, learned how to say hello and goodbye, tasted some pizza, experimented with spaghetti in the water tray and pretended to make pasta in the home corner.
We’re sure you’ll agree that we have been busy in our learning this week!
Class Blog 28th June 2019
Wow, we have had a very busy week this week!
We have continued to learn about growing and the story of the Little Red Hen. Mrs Deffley brought in a gigantic box and we all helped to make it into a windmill! It was great fun to make and we have all enjoyed playing in it.
Inside, we have been making Little Red Hen headbands in the creative area, practising the counting song from last week and retelling the story using a variety of props.
We have also been lucky enough to be given lots of bananas this week so we have been making banana bread, banana ice cream and banana milkshake - yum!
As well as all of these exciting activities, we had a CrossFit workshop on Tuesday led by Qualitas. We all really enjoyed the workout and got very hot and out of breath!
In aspirations, we learned all about windmills.
Class Blog 21st June 2019
The Ducks and Ducklings have been carrying on the topic of growing by learning about the story of the Little Red Hen this week.
We enjoyed listening to the story and talking about if we would have let our friends share the bread we had made. Lots of us said we would which was lovely. We have learned a song to help us remember the story; we made collage hens and we have been looking at some real wheat. For an extra snack this week, we have been lucky enough to have bread and toast - yum!
Class Blog 14th June 2019
We’ve had a very busy week as we have been learning about two different things!
Firstly, we have been learning about road safety and about keeping ourselves safe at the school entrance. We learned about the yellow zigzag lines outside school and why it is important not to park on them. We made posters to give to our grown ups so they know about it too. We learned that we must stop, look and listen before we cross a road and that we must look both ways to check for traffic. We also know that we must always hold hands with a grown up.
Our second learning theme was the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle because our new topic is growing. We have enjoyed sharing the story and making caterpillars and butterflies using different materials.
In aspirations we chose to learn all about caterpillars. We found out some scary facts!
Class Blog 7th June 2019
This week has been Water Week at Birk Hill.
We have been learning all about water - what we use water for, how we can save water and how to stay safe near water. We have used frozen water in our play this week and have seen what happens as it melts. We have looked at the water cycle and learned a song to help us to remember it.
We were very impressed with the rain catcher competition entries so thank you for working so hard on them. Congratulations to the winners whose pictures are included above.
In aspirations this week we learned all about dolls.
Class Blog 24th May 2019
This week we have been very lucky and have made and decorated gingerbread men! It was great fun and the gingerbread tasted delicious.
We have been learning to build bridges so that the gingerbread man can cross the river. Our playdough this week had spices in it so it smelled just like gingerbread!
In aspirations, we learned about how cars are made.
We have had a short but very busy half term and are now ready for a rest!
Class Blog 17th May 2019
The Ducks and Ducklings have had a very exciting and busy week.
The Gingerbread Man was spotted in the outdoor area so we have been trying to find him this week. We have also read some alternative versions of the story, such as Gingerbread Baby and the Gingerbread Girl which we enjoyed.
On Tuesday, Qualitas came in to teach us Zumba which was great fun.
We have also been working in our garden area this week, filling pots with compost and planting some plants that we have been given. We were also busy transporting stones to fill up the dig pit which was very hard work!
Class Blog 10th May 2019
What a busy week it has been, even though we have only been in school for four days! Our new Ducklings joined us in the afternoons and they are all settling in very well. We had our photographs taken this week for our class pictures which we can’t wait to see.
We are continuing to learn about the Gingerbread Man. This week our activities have involved pretending to make gingerbread men, improving our fine motor skills by following patterns and threading beads, counting how many buttons the gingerbread man has got and painting gingerbread men.
On top of all of these activities, we have also planted a sunflower seed each and are looking forward to caring for them as they grow.
Class Blog 3rd May 2019
We have had a great first week back after the holidays! It was very exciting to see the changes that have been made in our EYFS unit and we have been learning how to explore in our updated environment.
Our topic is the Gingerbread Man and we have all enjoyed listening to the story and joining in with the repeated passage - 'Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man!'
Our activities have involved matching numbers to quantities (finding the correct gingerbread man to match the number on the baking tray); following patterns on gingerbread men to colour them in; making playdough gingerbread men and re-telling the story using character masks.
Our new Ducklings have visited us this week and we have all enjoyed making new friends and showing them the ropes.
After such a busy week, we are now ready for the long weekend!
Class Blog 12th April 2019
This week we have been learning about Easter and the different ways we celebrate it. We have learned about the first Easter and Reverend Andy visited us on Tuesday to talk about it too.
On Thursday the Easter bunny visited Birk Hill and all of EYFS went on an egg hunt to find the egg we had decorated.
Our Easter celebrations were topped off by our wonderful Easter assembly. Thank you for supporting us if you were able to come.
See you after the holidays!
Class Blog 5th April 2019
This week has been our final week learning about space and we have looked at why we have daytime and nighttime. We have sorted things by pattern or colour and we have been learning to use scissors properly.
On Tuesday we had a visitor from Qualitas who taught us Boxercise. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Class Blog 29th March 2019
What a week! We were very proud to share some of our learning with you this week in our class assembly. Thank you to everyone who came to support us.
Our learning this week has been based on Aliens Love Underpants. We have been finding matching pairs of pants, decorating pants, selling pants in our shop as well as wearing pants on our heads!
We have also been busy outside, emptying out the old digging area and filling tyres with soil ready for planting. All this hard work is definitely good for our core strength.
Class Blog 22nd March 2019
This week, the Ducks and Ducklings have been watching videos of space shuttle launches and space walks. We were very impressed and even clapped when the shuttle successfully took off!
We have been learning to identify numbers to 10 and put them in order on the space rocket so it can take off. We have also been printing with ‘space rocks’ which was great fun.
Class Blog 15th March 2019
This week in Ducks and Ducklings we have been learning facts about space and finding out what it takes to be an astronaut. We have watched videos about what life is like on the International Space Station and we found out how astronauts do things like eat, drink and even go to the toilet!
On Friday it was Comic Relief Day. We all looked wonderful in our red outfits! We helped to raise a lot of money and learned about why we were fundraising. We also decorated faces and played ‘stick the nose on Mr Tumble’ which was trickier than we thought it would be!
Class Blog 8th March 2019
What a busy week we have had!
On Tuesday we had a fencing workshop and it was Shrove Tuesday. The Ducks and Ducklings really enjoyed learning how to fence. Our feet had to be in a big tick shape, one arm was like a teapot handle and the other was the spout! We then learned how to ‘tip’ the teapot to try and score a point against our opponent. After all that hard work, we enjoyed pancakes for snack.
Thursday was World Book Day and we loved coming to school in pyjamas ready to share a bedtime story.
In between these busy events, we have been learning about space and learning how to use balance scales.
We are all ready for the weekend after such a fun-packed week!
Class Blog 1st March 2019
We have started learning about our new topic, space!
We began by sharing Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and we acted out the story. We made rockets, have used space themed play dough mats and have practised our fine motor skills following rocket patterns. Our role play area is a space station and we have enjoyed being astronauts.
Class Blog 15th February 2019
It's been yet another busy, fun-packed week in Ducks and Ducklings.
We have been learning about day and night activities based on the story 'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy. We used role play headbands and teddy bear puppets to act out the story and had a house, bears and pictures in our small world area. We have had fun decorating bears and colouring in pictures from the story.
We are all ready for a week off to rest and recharge our batteries.
Class Blog 8th February 2019
It's been a very busy week learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year.
This year is the year of the pig. We have made hand print pigs and cut out 2D shapes to make pigs too.
On Tuesday, some visitors from Wanlin Dance School taught us how to dance with ribbons. We made all sorts of shapes with our ribbons like circles, butterflies and snakes. We really enjoyed our lesson and showed off some of our skills to the whole school in assembly. On Friday, we made our own ribbons to dance with which was great fun!
Class Blog 1st February 2019
It’s been our final week learning about Elmer. We used animal masks and stick puppets to re-tell the story in our puppet theatre which was great fun!
We looked at repeating patterns inspired by Elmer’s cousin, Wilbur, and had a go at making our own on pegboards.
What a busy week!
Class Blog 25th January 2019
This week we have been learning about colours and shapes, linked to our topic on Elmer. We have been shape hunting inside and outside and we have sorted things by colour.
We have been developing our fine motor skills by cutting and sticking patches for Elmer masks. We had lots of fun making and wearing the masks!
Class Blog 18th January 2019
What a busy week we have had in Ducks and Ducklings! Our new teacher, Miss Pratt, started at Birk Hill alongside 7 new Ducklings. Everyone has settled in very well.
We have been learning about Elmer, the patchwork elephant. The children have been learning how to mix the colour grey with powder paint and have then used it to paint a picture of an elephant.
On Thursday, the Hoop Guy came to visit. The Ducks and Ducklings enjoyed learning hoop skills and some new games.
Class Blog 7th December 2018
What a lovely week we have had in Ducks and Ducklings class! This week we have been getting into the Christmas spirit with lots of Nativity practise and Christmas crafts. We thoroughly enjoyed our family craft morning; it is great having our families join us in school, especially when we get to let our creativity show.
We ended the week with a fantastic whole school trip to the Pantomime to see Dick Whittington. A big thank you to the grown-ups who came along to help!
Class Blog 30th November 2018
A big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to our Ducks and Ducklings assembly this week. We all worked really hard to practise and deliver our assembly. Our teachers were very proud of the learning we shared, and how confidently we spoke in front of a large audience.
As we are such a helpful group in Ducks and Ducklings class, we have spent this week helping our pirate friend again! We used our Maths skills to help count out the correct amount of treasure onto the numbered coins, and then we used our investigation skills to explore floating and sinking objects to find things in our classroom we could use to make a boat.
We had a special visitor on Tuesday who taught us some super street dancing; he was so impressed with our dancing skills!
With next week being the first week of December, we can’t wait to begin the Christmas celebrations at school. We can’t wait to see the surprise our teachers have for us on Monday…
Class Blog 23rd November 2018
This week in Ducks and Ducklings class we have loved our book, 'Pirates love underpants'. It has been a very exciting week. We have used our mark making skills well to make treasure maps and go on treasure hunts with our friends, and we even received a letter from a pirate! He needed our help to get his treasure out of the ice, so we became scientists and experimented with different ways of melting the ice to get the treasure out for him. We found that warm water was the quickest way.
Our pirate craft morning was our favourite part of the week as we all love being creative and making lots of pirate-themed crafts, including hats and treasure boxes. We can't wait to see what pirate-themed activities we get up to next week!
Class Blog 16th November 2018
This week in Ducks and Ducklings class we have been celebrating 'Friendship week'. We read the book 'Have you filled a bucket today?' and thought of some lovely ideas for how to fill other people's buckets with kindness, showing our teachers what good, caring friends we are. We made a pledge to keep on filling our friends buckets with kindness by filling a bucket picture with our hand prints; grown-ups will be able to see this up in our classroom next week!
We finished the week with a big balloon release with our Birk Hill friends. All the balloons had a message of kindness attached with the school email address on; we are hoping that whoever finds the balloons lets Birk Hill know so that we can make some new friends!
Class Blog 9th November 2018
We’ve had a great start to the new half term in Ducks and Ducklings class! This week we’ve been learning all about the festival of Diwali. We have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita, made Diva lamps and Rangoli patterns, and had a lovely time tasting Indian foods. On our day in India we were really lucky to have our special visitor teach us some Bollywood dancing; we were amazing at it and remembered our Birk Hill way of trying, even when we found it hard.
Our teachers have enjoyed reading all the proud stars our grown ups have brought in this week; keep them coming, please.
Class Blog 26th October 2018
In Ducks and Ducklings class we really enjoyed our story 'Funnybones' last week so we decided to carry on reading it this week. Using skeleton puppets that we had made, we retold the story on our puppet stage and some of us made up our own version of the story.
As it is getting close to Bonfire Night, we had a class circle time talking about how to stay safe around fireworks; we all thought listening to the grown-ups was the most important thing for keeping safe! To finish off a wonderful half term, we carefully used the coloured pastels to create beautiful firework drawings.
Our teachers hope we have a super half term!
Class Blog 19th October 2018
This week in Ducks and Ducklings class we have enjoyed looking at our new book, Funnybones. In the story there is a big skeleton and a little skeleton so we decided to look at size in our Maths sessions. We were fantastic at ordering things around the classroom from small to big!
Our teachers got the iPads out for us to have a go on this week and we used the timer to make sure we took turns nicely with our friends. We showed the teachers how sensible we could be and how great we are with technology.
Class Blog 12th October 2018
We've had another magical week in Ducks and Ducklings class; we loved our Winnie the Witch book from last week and decided to look at it again. We now know the story so well that we can retell it to our teachers without the book!
Getting creative and making witches hats has been great fun for us, and we have loved using the hats to role-play as witches.
We are working really hard on our number recognition and have started a new activity called 'Number of the week'. Together we look at the different places where we might see the number, and the different ways to make it. This week our number has been the number 1.
Class Blog 5th October 2018
We have had a magical week in Ducks and Ducklings class with our story titled 'Winnie the Witch'. Reading the story has inspired us to write potion recipes in our class spell book! We even helped the teacher to create some potions by carefully counting the ingredients into the cauldron for them. We had a lovely finish to the week with a circle time about how we might feel angry if someone changed us with magic, and how we could manage that anger. Our teachers were so proud of our grown-up ideas!
We all loved sharing our favourite books in show and share; our teachers love to see us enjoying reading!
Class Blog 28th September 2018
This week in Ducks and Ducklings class we have loved our book of the week, ‘Walking through the Jungle’. We have painted some amazing animal pictures, made some animal puppets with our fantastic helper Mrs Jarvis, and even re-enacted our own version of the story!
One of our values puppets came to visit us this week; his name is Reuben and he likes to see children being respectful. He was really impressed with us in our circle time!
Class Blog 21st September 2018
It has been another busy week for us all in Ducks and Ducklings class. We started our week with a trip to the local church for a Harvest service. We sat and listened well, and we were really sensible crossing the road; our teachers were so proud of us!
Tuesday morning was very exciting for us as we had a 'Stay and Read' event with our grownups. We had lots of fun sharing our favourite stories, making puppets, putting on puppet shows and using the magnetic letters to make our names/words. We look forward to having more fun events at school with our grownups!
We enjoyed finishing our week looking at each other's baby pictures to see how much we have all grown.
Class Blog 14th September 2018
We have had another fantastic week in Ducks and Ducklings class. This week has been a busy one: we shared who were in our families with each other, practised writing our names in the sand and made some big ears for our phonics. We are really proud of our careful listening skills in phonics and our teachers are too. We had an exciting end to the week with the arrival of our brand new sandpit and a Teddy Bears Picnic!
It was the first week of our Ducklings joining us at Birk Hill and they have settled in amazingly.
Class Blog 7th September 2018
In Ducks and Ducklings class this week we sprung back into school after six weeks off. We settled straight back into our class; exploring all the exciting things in our provision and creating some lovely self-portraits. Many of us acted as the teacher!
This week we have also had some exciting visits from our new Ducklings before they start with us next week. They have had chance to explore the provision with their parents, and they have been lucky to have some of our Ducks to show them round and explore with them! We are looking forward to them joining us at Birk Hill Infant and Nursery School.