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1. Key Information for Ducklings Class

 

In this section you will find a quick reference guide to your class including your Forest School and Wheelie Wednesday rotation, letters and uniform requirements. There is also a copy of the welcome booklet for your class - please do refer to it throughout the year because it contains lots of useful information about what to expect in this class, how long homework should take each week, samples of age-appropriate handwriting and more. 

Your teachers in Ducklings class are:

 

Mrs Maura Patterson

Mrs Jenny Berry

Mrs Stacy Giles

Mrs Ana Marsh

The Welcome Booklet for Ducklings class is here:

Letters for Ducklings class can be found here: http://www.bridgewater.herts.sch.uk/nursery-letters/

Home Learning

Our Nursery children will have a Family Learning book. This will be returned to school each Wednesday please and will be sent home on a Friday. We will send home a weekly update on learning themes and may suggest family activities to support learning in school, suggest resources to collect or a question to ponder. These tasks will be fun and engaging - however they are not compulsory! Please also use this book to share those “WOW” moments at home, your own observations and feedback are invaluable to build a holistic view of your child’s development. 

Uniform requirements

A full list of the school's uniform requirements is on the school website here [http://www.bridgewater.herts.sch.uk/school-uniform/]. In Nursery, points to note are:

 

Core school uniform No special notes for this class
Bags

1. Small book bag (school logo optional)

PE / games

No uniform required, In Nursery we simply take off our shoes and socks for PE.

2. What is going on in Ducklings class?

We have enjoyed some exciting visitors in Nursery, Police Officers came and told us how they help us and keep us safe, fire fighters came and showed us their equipment we could even go in the fire engine!

 

 

An author Gareth P Jones came and read his book to us and made up a song about ‘dinosaur parties’

 

 

We have enjoyed reading about Baby Brains and learning about space. We tried writing our names in stars, made moon sand and space play dough. Like Baby Brains we also created our own inventions, the children’s imaginations know no bounds, we thoroughly enjoyed reading and talking about their creations.

 

 

Lately we have enjoyed the rhyming story ‘Someone Bigger’ we have ordered ourselves by size and made kites which we flew in the meadow.

 

Spring Term in Nursery

Spring Term in Nursery 1
Spring Term in Nursery 2

The Ducklings have been busy, we have been doing lots of mark making; drawing maps, writing letters from our names and using chalks on the playground. During Art Week we looked at the work of Bridget Riley and tried to create our own Op Art on paper and creating large line son the playground.

 

Every week we go into the woods to learn, we enjoy hot chocolate and warm ourselves around the fire.

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The whole of Bridgewater School celebrated a week of kindness, we were kind to Kestral class and the children chose to make them peppermint creams and invite them to play. We read 'We are all Wonders' and talked about how it makes us feel if people say mean things and how powerful our words and actions can be.

 

We have been reading 'What the ladybird heard' we have made junk model animal houses, counted animals in the farmers field, been on a bug hunt, made a map of the farm yard and counted ladybird spots.

 

To celebrate Easter we have made Eater Bunny twists and rolled eggs down the hill.

We enjoyed learning new songs and actions to perform at our outside Nativity play. Each child made their own costume for the performance and we made mince pies for the adults to enjoy.


 

We have been learning and talking about ourselves, we have talked about similarities and differences between our friends and also within our families. We drew portraits of ourselves, selecting the appropriate colours for our eyes or hair. We had some special sibling visitors, some bigger and some smaller than ourselves so that we could ask them questions and think about how much we have grown. It was interesting hearing the children talk about their own family, each one is different but each one is very special.

 

There is a new group of Year 4 friends who come and read us stories, they bring in their own books from home or choose different books from the library that they think we will like.

We have been reading 'Rosie's Walk' and learning about positional language. In PE we have competed an obstacle course where we went under, over, through and around the obstacles. We have been on a walk like Rosie, spotting any shapes around the school. In Forest School we made a nest out of branches which was big enough for all the children to fit inside. We have been watching the squirrels that visit the playground, we have made squirrels feeds and watched as the squirrels climb to eat them.

 We have been reading 'Rosie's Walk' and learning about positional language. In PE we have competed an obstacle course where we went under, over, through and around the obstacles. We have been on a walk like Rosie, spotting any shapes around the school. In Forest School we made a nest out of branches which was big enough for all the children to fit inside.  We have been watching the squirrels that visit the playground, we have made squirrels feeds and watched as the squirrels climb to eat them. 1
 We have been reading 'Rosie's Walk' and learning about positional language. In PE we have competed an obstacle course where we went under, over, through and around the obstacles. We have been on a walk like Rosie, spotting any shapes around the school. In Forest School we made a nest out of branches which was big enough for all the children to fit inside.  We have been watching the squirrels that visit the playground, we have made squirrels feeds and watched as the squirrels climb to eat them. 2

Happy Diwali! We have been reading 'Rama and The Demon King' and learning about celebrating Diwali. We made 'diya' lamps and Rangoli patterns in salt dough. Some of us tasted coconut barfi.

Happy Diwali! We have been reading 'Rama and The Demon King' and learning about celebrating Diwali. We made 'diya' lamps and Rangoli patterns in salt dough. Some of us tasted coconut barfi. 1
Happy Diwali! We have been reading 'Rama and The Demon King' and learning about celebrating Diwali. We made 'diya' lamps and Rangoli patterns in salt dough. Some of us tasted coconut barfi. 2

In Ducklings the children are settling in well, we have spent time exploring inside and outside areas. Dinosaur Island has been very popular with the children as has the role play area. We have been reading the story of The 3 Little Pigs' there has been a lot of 'huffing and puffing'! We have built houses with sticks and bricks, the cement mixer has proved invaluable!

 

It is testament to how well the children are settling in to see new friendships beginning to develop. A great start to our year.

Picture 1 Storytime
Picture 2 Outdoor Friday
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Barefoot Friday

We are excited to share a new initiative at Bridgewater School. Following a discussion at our Parents Forum we would like the children to experience some 'barefoot time'. Please see the attached information sheet compiled by one of our Bridgewater parents. On a Friday morning the children have some barefoot time in our Nursery between drop-off and getting ready to go outside into the meadow. This is voluntary!

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