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Class Blog 10th July 2020

Hello Ducks and Ducklings

 

I hope you are all well.  I cannot believe that we have just one more week of term left!  I would like to take this opportunity to say what a delight it has been being your teacher.  You have made coming to work every day an absolute pleasure and I will really miss the Ducks when you move on in September.  Ducklings, I can't wait to have you all back again and am planning lots of exciting activities for us to do! 

 

Our final part of Land Ahoy is looking at the seaside.  Have you ever been to the seaside?

 

Here is a link to a BBC programme - Barnaby Bear goes to the Seaside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qO0mu6YJW8

This link is to a 'sounds of the seaside' video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4jywjdiy0 

And this link is to a BBC Radio Listen and Play activity https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listen-and-play-at-the-seaside/zvyf6v4
Finally, here is a link to a Kipper story where he visits the seaside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dCdT6tN3WY

 

Maths:

This week we will be looking at patterns.  Can you complete this pattern? https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

What about this one? https://pbskids.org/arthur/games/planet-pal

 

Ducks Phonics:

This week, we will look at two letters so that we can complete the first set of Phase 2 sounds.

The first letter we will focus on is i.  

 

Here is a link to Mr Thorne Does Phonics, introducing the sound for this week 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyiT8CP1M5A

 

These are links to the Jolly Phonics song for our letter 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQoxYtSJkM8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExNHyIYyF48


Here is another song about our letter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P56hZEhqFCw

How many things can you think of that begin with this sound?

 

The final letter in set one is n.

 

Here is a link to Mr Thorne Does Phonics, introducing n.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-7M1B07uU 

 

These are links to the Jolly Phonics song for our letter 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV7iWirYxYM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MspINFC-81k

 

 

 

Information for your grown ups:

Once you have introduced the new sound to your child, add the new letter to your set of flashcards so now you should have s, a, t, p, i and n (all of set 1).  Shuffle them and show them to your child in a random order.  Can they say the sound when you show them the flashcard? Having a go for a couple of minutes every day will really help your child to learn these sounds. 

 

Ducklings phonics - environmental sounds

This week's activities for our seaside topic (Sounds of the seaside and BBC Radio Listen and Play) fit perfectly with learning to listen to and identify the sounds around us.  Try listening to the 'sounds of the seaside' without looking at the screen - can you identify what you can hear?

 

Have a good week Ducks and Ducklings!

Miss Pratt

Class Blog 3rd July 2020

Hello Ducks and Ducklings

 

I hope you are all well.  

 

Our next story is On a Pirate Ship by Sarah Courtald.   

Here is a link to the story.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNbWrIex9Jw 

 

We are also going to look at the story of Peter Pan by J M Barrie.  Here are some links to cartoons about the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjpZj6GK3L4 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U34w5cfhrb0 

There are lots of other animated and film versions of this story - have a look and see what else you can find!

 

Maths:

We are going to be looking at positional language.  

On twinkl, there are some powerpoints about this:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/where-is-the-puppy-positional-language-powerpoint-t-tp-7706 
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-2545425-worm-prepositions-powerpoint 

 

Here are some songs about positional language:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryb26FjpgUE 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idJYhjGyWTU 

 

Ducks Phonics:

The next letter we will focus on is p.  

Here is a link to Mr Thorne Does Phonics, introducing the sound for this week 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_NmgZWvWG4 

 

This is a link to the Jolly Phonics song for our letter 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzkXNHV-BPc 


Here are some other songs and videos about our letter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v1fg2Hp63s 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVgMpdRkezA 

How many things can you think of that begin with our sound? 

 

Information for your grown ups:

Once you have introduced the new sound to your child, add the new letter to your set of flashcards so now you should have s, a, t and p.  Shuffle them up and show them to your child in a random order.  Can they say the sound when you show them the flashcard? Having a go for a couple of minutes every day will really help your child to learn these sounds. 

 

Ducklings phonics - environmental sounds

Where is Teddy? Listen carefully to what he can hear and work out where he is!

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-21902-wheres-teddy-listening-game-resource-pack 

 

Have a good week Ducks and Ducklings!

Miss Pratt

Class Blog 26th June 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
 
I hope you have been keeping cool in this hot weather! 
 
Our next story is Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.   
Here are some links to the story.  

There are lots of other stories in this series.  Here’s another one for you - Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a7PJLqPfBA

There is also a cartoon version of these stories.  Here is the link to the first episode on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hOj2JnlFP4 There are 52 episodes altogether!

Ducks Phonics:
The next letter we will focus on is t.  
Here is a link to Mr Thorne Does Phonics, introducing the sound for this week 
 
These are links to the Jolly Phonics song for our letter 
How many things can you think of that begin with our sound? 
 
Information for your grown ups:
Once you have introduced the new sound to your child, add the new letter to your set of flashcards so now you should have s, a and t.  Shuffle them up and show them to your child in a random order.  Can they say the sound when you show them the flashcard? Having a short go every day will really help your child to learn these sounds. 
 
Ducklings phonics - alliteration
Alliteration is when words start with the same sound.  Below is an alliteration home learning challenge from Twinkl. 
 
Maths:
We are going to be practising counting accurately.  You can count anything - the number of plates you need for a meal, the number of jumps you can do or the number of buttons on a coat.  See what you can find around the house to count!
Have a go at some of these counting games using a computer  / tablet. 
http://www.familylearning.org.uk/counting_games.html
 
Have a good week Ducks and Ducklings!
Miss Pratt
Class Blog 19th June 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
 
I really hope you are keeping safe and well and are enjoying our Land Ahoy topic. 
Our next story is The Pirates Cruncher and it is written by the same person who wrote the Pirates Next Door, Jonny Duddle.
 
Here are some links to the story.  The first one is to Jonny Duddle himself reading the story to some children at a school. 
Who do you think tells the story the best?
 
We are also going to look at a story from Twinkl called Jake's First Day.  Here is a link to an ebook of it https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tf-l-124-jakes-first-day-ebook
Once you've read the story, perhaps you could have a go at working out these riddles https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-or-130-jakes-first-day-what-am-i-powerpoint
 
There is some information about pirate ships here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5290-pirate-ships-powerpoint
 
This link takes you to a pirate snap game.  You could print it out or make your own! https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5373-pirate-themed-snap-cards
 
Phonics:
Ducks:
The next letter we will focus on is a.  
Here is a link to Mr Thorne Does Phonics, introducing the sound for this week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6fxDt4nV64 
This is a link to the Jolly Phonics song for our letter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwxnPcvseVo
How many things can you think of that begin with our sound? 
Information for your grown ups:
In class, I would have a set of flashcards, each with one letter on (only the letter sounds I have taught the children already).  I would shuffle the cards and then show them to the children and see if they can say the sound that matches the letter.  Oxford Owl have produced a video about phonics and how to pronounce each letter sound.  There is a girl in the video who uses flashcard in this way except that I would be the one holding the flashcard!  
There are some links below where you can print off some flashcards for phase 2 or you could make your own.  The idea is that the children have a go with these flashcards for a minute or so every day. 
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-4473-phase-2-flashcards-small
 
Ducklings phonics - rhythm and rhyme 
This is a link to a Phonics Play game on rhyme https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1/hickory-dickory-dock 
 
Maths:
We are continuing to look at 2D shapes this week.  
Here are some powerpoints from twinkl:
 
Have a good week Ducks and Ducklings!
Miss Pratt
Class Blog 12th June 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
 
Did you enjoy the Night Pirates? I hope so!  Our next story for our Land Ahoy topic is The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle.
 
Here is a link to the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7nndnrNpaw
 
There is lots of information about the author as well as fun things to do on Jonny Duddle's website https://www.jonny-duddle.com/  Have a go at the 'spot the difference' or draw your own sea monster, both under the 'fun stuff' tab. 
 
Jonny Duddle's youtube page also has a video on how to draw a pirate - maybe you could have a go? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF5-fhNDxU0  Don't forget, you can send me any pictures of what you do  ceri.pratt@birkhill.derbyshire.sch.uk 
 
Phonics:
Ducks (children who will move to reception in September) would be starting to learn letter sounds in phonics.  We call this phase 2 of phonics.  There is some information about phonics here http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2.html 
The first letter we will focus on is s.  I would introduce it by saying "this is the letter s (es) and it makes the sound ssss." 
Here is a link to Mr Thorne Does Phonics, introducing the sound for this week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMEvxTGvi4c
This is a link to the Jolly Phonics song for our letter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LftquQrDfb8 
How many things can you think of that begin with our sound? 
 
Ducklings phonics - continue to practise your listening skills.  What can you hear if you go outside? Go for a walk? How many different sounds can you identify?
 
Maths:
We are looking at 2D shapes this week.  Can you identify and name the 4 basic shapes - circle, triangle, square and rectangle?
 
Have a good week Ducks and Ducklings!
Miss Pratt
Class Blog 5th June 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
 
I hope you are all well and keeping busy.
 
The next story we are looking at is the Night Pirates by Peter Harris.  A link to the story is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnVP6iBAvHg
 
Here are two Cbeebies bedtime stories of the book https://youtu.be/-qvPNYc9YaA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdWxBn-xvrQ
 
If you had a pirate ship, what would be on your flag?  Could you have a go at making a flag for your pirate ship? 
 
Here are links to some pirate / sea based songs on the BBC nursery rhymes site. 
 
Maths learning:
Keep reciting numbers out loud, counting objects (remember to touch each object as you say the number) and sing number rhymes.  If you can find the correct numeral to match the amount then that would be great! 
 
Phonics learning:
Identifying different sounds that you can hear will really help you when you begin to read and write.  Perhaps you could re-visit these learning games where lots of different sounds are played https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXKeximRDJ8q9W433K3ZlIG7KYPdlB1jA 
Miss Benish Teaches also has some phase 1 listening games https://www.youtube.com/user/Phonicstime/featured - ask your grown up to search for phase 1!  
 
Writing:
See if you can do lots of activities to strengthen the muscles in your hands such as threading, jigsaws, playdough, cutting, dot to dot pictures etc.  If you are doing cutting activities, remember to keep your thumb on top and move the paper with your other hand! Could you have a go at tracing over your name or writing it?
 
I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy the Night Pirates!
 
Miss Pratt
Class Blog 29th May 2020
Hello Ducks and Ducklings
 
I hope you enjoyed our Fabulous Fairy Tales topic.  I'm really excited to tell you that our new topic is called Land Ahoy!  We are going to be learning all about pirates, treasure maps, ships and sailing the seas!  What do you know about this topic already? 
 
Our story of the week for this topic is Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman.  Here is a video of the story being read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd8_Y1b%20EzA8  How many different pairs of underpants can you see in the story?
 
Did you know that you've got a pirate name? You can find out what yours is here https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/bp-quiz-what-be-yer-pirate-name  Mine is Captain Claire the Seadog!!
 
Why don't you make yourself a pirate hat to wear whilst you watch the video of the story? There are some instructions here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548201-how-to-make-a-pirate-hat-instruction-activity-sheet
 
What would your underpants look like if you could design (draw) a pair for yourself? You can have a go on one of these templates or draw your own! https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-par-274-design-your-own-pants-activity-sheets
 
This powerpoint will tell you all about pirates https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-tp-1314-all-about-pirates-powerpoint
Can you make a pirate? Here are instructions to make one from a cardboard tube https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5693-how-to-make-a-cardboard-tube-pirate
 
 
I hope you enjoy Pirates Love Underpants and learning about pirates next week.  Send in any pictures of what you get up to please! 
 
Miss Pratt
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. 
 
 
BBC Schools Radio has a version of the story here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03rttqq
 
This ink is to a Happy Tent version although they call it the Great Big Turnip. Which name do you think sounds better? https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06580y6/happy-tent-tales-17the-great-big-turnip
 
 
Do you think you can spot the differences between these two pictures? Have a go here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-17114-the-enormous-turnip-spot-the-difference-activity
 
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!
 
Other learning:
How about trying to make a raft with some sticks like the picture below? Can you make it float?
 
Faber and Faber have published a story about two friends who can't hug and there is a lovely video to go with it.  You can watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY
 
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!
 
Miss Pratt
 
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.
 
 
Twinkl have also made a home learning pack based on this story which is available here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/the-three-billy-goats-gruff-ages-3-5-t-e-2549976
 
 
BBC also have a songs, rhymes and listening games on their Listen and Play page https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listen-and-play-billy-goats-gruff/zr3yt39 
 
Kimberley Walsh reads The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer in a twist on the traditional tale here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh-CpF1DApI
 
 
Here are two games that you can print out and play:
 
There are lots of ideas for activities exploring the story here https://b-inspiredmama.com/billy-goats-gruff-kids-activities/ 
 
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!
 
Miss Pratt
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?
 
 
This is a link to a Melody and Friends story on Cbeebies https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/melody-red-riding-hood
 
James McAvoy reads Little Red Rding Hood as a bedtime story here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHhK0R7TX1I
 
If you would like to watch a ballet version of the story, click on this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h479 and this is a link to a Cbeebies Little Red Riding Hood song https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0885c3h/cbeebies-little-red-riding-hood-song 
 
There are lots of craft ideas and activities linked to our story here https://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/little_red_riding_hood_section.htm
 
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.' 
 
VE Day
On Friday 8th May, the 75th anniversary of VE day is being celebrated.  This is a link to some printable activities on Twinkl if you'd like to decorate your house for the day. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-ve-day-resource-pack-ages-3-5-t-tp-2549786
 
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.
 
Take care
Miss Pratt
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. 

https://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/pigs/index.htm 

https://www.funwithmama.com/10-three-little-pigs-story-activities/

 

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!

 

Miss Pratt  

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. 
This is to a BBC Storytime version but you need to listen to the story in the app. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/goldilocks-story
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? 
 
One of our favourite nursery rhymes is about Goldilocks. Here’s the link. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p038bb48 
 
Here is a link to some different crafts and activities you could do based on our story this week. https://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/goldilocks.htm
 
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! 
 
Miss Pratt  

 

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.
 
This powerpoint introduces spring https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-10000167-eyfs-all-about-spring-powerpoint and these two tell you about the signs of spring along with some videos about spring.
 
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:
Phonics Play is currently offering free access to parents.  The username is march20 and the password is home.  
In Ducks and Ducklings we concentrate on Phase 1 of the phonics programme and here is the link so the phase 1 games. https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1
There are also lots of phase 1 listening activities on youtube. Here is a link to the phase 1 playlist by Mister Teach https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXKeximRDJ8q9W433K3ZlIG7KYPdlB1jA  
 
Maths:
Topmarks has a lot of fun maths games https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
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.
Miss Pratt
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

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-26509-it-is-easter-time-eyfs-story-powerpoint

 

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 

https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-free-resources-home-learning?fbclid=IwAR11TBIAEwMy0W9RZfxQtJzhXNhEtaG7ZJNd2F3z4xgSoZAyaSTcMGcMH1U

 

I hope you have a good week. Remember to take photos or save pictures to show me when we are all back together again.

Happy Easter!

Miss Pratt

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 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-29319-what-is-a-dinosaur-powerpoint

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5991-dinosaur-names-task-setter-powerpoint

They also have a home learning pack all about dinosaurs if you have access to a printer:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-dinosaurs-resource-pack-t-tp-2549383

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 

 

Craft activities:

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.

Morning session:

Dough disco followed by register

Calendar (day, date, season) followed by the weather

Assembly 

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)

Phonics

Exploring time, inside and out followed by tidy up time

Story time

Home time

 

During the morning, snack is usually on a rolling programme and children help themselves when they are feeling hungry / thirsty

 

Afternoon session:

Dough disco followed by register

Calendar (day, date, season) followed by the weather

Go noodle 

Carpet time 

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)

Home time

 

Some further learning ideas, not based on our topic:

 

Phonics:

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 

 

Numbers:

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:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

 

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.

Miss Pratt

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
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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