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During the school closure, teachers will post work onto the class pages daily.

We will often be using online learning resources that the children use regularly, Poisson Rouge.

For Poisson Rouge please use login: corona2020 password: corona2020

If your child has forgotten their log in for the other websites, please email your teacher.

maura.patterson@bridgewater.herts.sch.uk

maria.hales@bridgewater.herts.sch.uk

jenny.berry@bridgewater.herts.sch.uk

 

 

 

What does learning look like? Some practical ideas to support mathematical development and early writing overview.

July 2nd, thank you so much for sharing your photographs and scores with me, we have some amazing athletes! Today’s challenge is the standing long jump, a picture is attached. You will need to use your numbers and a tape measure to mark out the area. What can you score in 1 minute? Keep a record of your score and please send it in to me. Happy jumping.

July 2nd, thank you so much for sharing your photographs and scores with me, we have some amazing athletes! Today’s challenge is the standing long jump, a picture is attached. You will need to use your numbers and a tape measure to mark out the area. What can you score in 1 minute? Keep a record of your score and please send it in to me.  Happy jumping. 1

June 30, wind permitting we are hoping to hold Forest School. We will be making woodland imps or elves from clay, if you do not have clay you could use salt dough. If the wind continues we will be on the field doing ball dribbling. You will need a spot to stand on then measure 1m, 2m and 3m, you could mark them with garden canes or hoops whatever you have to hand. The challenge is to throw a tennis (or any small ball) over a distance. 1m = 5 points, 2m = 10 points and 3 m = 15 points. Time your child for one minute, total their score and let me know so that we can record them for their relevant houses.

 

Please bear with me as my laptop gave up yesterday which means attaching documents or photos to home learning is rather challenging. I hope to have it sorted soon.

June 25, Hello Ducklings, gosh it is hot - keep drinking lots of water and if you are outside, wear a hat. For today's challenge you can chose to be inside or outside. In our story 'Suddenly' much of the story is told in the pictures, we often see a shadow lurking around the corner, so today I want you to do a shadow drawing. If you have chalks and want to be outside you could ask an adult or sibling to stand whilst you draw around their shadow or it could be any object. If it is just too hot outside you could do a shadow drawing inside, using any animal or object and a lamp - like the picture below. I look forward to seeing what you have drawn.

June 25, Hello Ducklings, gosh it is hot - keep drinking lots of water and if you are outside, wear a hat. For today's challenge you can chose to be inside or outside. In our story 'Suddenly' much of the story is told in the pictures, we often see a shadow lurking around the corner, so today I want you to do a shadow drawing. If you have chalks and want to be outside you could ask an adult or sibling to stand whilst you draw around their shadow or it could be any object. If it is just too hot outside you could do a shadow drawing inside, using any animal or object and a lamp - like the picture below. I look forward to seeing what you have drawn. 1

June 23, this week in Forest School we will be pond dipping. This may be a challenge at home but you could go along the canal and see if you can spot fish or ducklings. If you have a wild flower book you could go on a walk and see if you can identify any flowers. We would love to see what you find.

June 19, today we need to use our listening ears. Listen to Mrs P reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk', now turn your listening ears on as your adult will sound out some words from the story. Adults if you use robot arms and sound out J-a-ck, c-o-w, b-ea-n, h-e-n, h-ar-p, ch-o-p, F-i, f-e,f-oe, f-u-m. Do as many as your child is interested in. Have fun

June 18th, we had fun (and hot chocolate) in Forest School, please do send in your pictures from home. In 'Jack and the Beanstalk', Jack helps his Mum. In Early Years one of our prime areas of learning is 'PSED' which is personal, social and emotional development, to help nurture this I would like your child to 'care' for something and take responsibility for it. This could be feeding the cat until the weekend, having a plant of their own to water inside or in the garden. It could be looking after their siblings by making lunch or reading a story to them. In school we have planted tomato, courgette and bean plants that we need to nurture, the children really enjoy the responsibility of caring for something.

June 16, Forest School, following on from last week we are making stick triangles, we would love to see what you make at home.

Forest School frames

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June 12. Hello Ducklings, how have you found any poems that you really like or that make you laugh? In school we tried 

What do you suppose?

A bee sat on my nose,

it said 'I beg your pardon,

I thought you were the garden!'

(author unknown)

So today's challenge is to see if you can make a poem and be a poet. If you think of 2 words that rhyme, then can you link them. This is a real challenge so if your child is struggling give them some prompts like cat or flat,  or can they think of anything that sound like /rhymes with dog. This may be best as you are walking along on the road and see a car - what could rhyme with car? If this is a struggle for your child keep reading lots of poems and rhyming books so that they are listening to rhyming words. Keep it light and fun as children learn so much more this way.

 

For the children that came back into school, the feeling of being back in a familiar space with their peers was an enjoyable one. We hope this continues. For Ducklings who were home based we hope you enjoyed joining in, we are working and learning together.

 

 

 

June 11. Being back in school reminded me just how important role play or pretend play is for our Ducklings, the sharing of ideas, the chat between peers and being absorbed in play. So today's challenge is all about role play - Ducklings, I would like you to build a boat, like in the poem 'The owl and the pussy-cat'. The boat can be made from anything, it may be a piece of material on the floor or blocks. Don't suggest anything to your child, see what they come up with, if they are struggling you could re-watch the video of me reading the poem, with pictures of a boat. As they build ask them questions 'what will this do?' or if they are struggling 'how will the boat move?'. If they become absorbed in their play, they may have passengers of their toys, they may want to draw a map to show them where to go, they may want to eat lunch at sea! I look forward to seeing their ideas and where they sail to. Have fun.
June 10th, as there is no school today (Wednesday) I will not be posting suggested home learning. You know Mrs Patterson loves books; so read a book, which is always better with a snuggle! I also think I will bake banana bread tomorrow. What will you do? What ever it is, make sure it makes you smile.

June 9th, Forest School please find attached what we will be doing in the woods today. Mrs Patterson is very excited as it is her first ever Forest School but I know all my Duckling friends will help me as they are experts in the woods.

June 8th. Dear Ducklings and parents, from this week until the end of term, home learning will be slightly different. We will be posting 4 days worth of home learning; as we are in school 2 days, with 2 bubbles. Our aim is to maintain our Duckling's learning and community, if your child is in school or at home. We will be posting activities, similar to what the children who are in school that day, are doing.

We will post a Forest School activity on a Tuesday (usually this has been Monday). For children in school; Forest School will be on a Tuesday and a Friday, so remember your kit.

In school this week our main focus will be settling the children into Ducklings and having fun. Your task for Monday is to write your name and to sing 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes', the children enjoy this song and we extend it on the second time of singing to hum for head but continue singing 'shoulders knees and toes', on the third round you hum head and hum shoulders and so on. Continue doing this until the whole song is just hum,hum, hum, hum with actions. I will also read a couple of poems, so if you have a poetry book read a couple of poems, they are great for listening to rhyming and the rhythm of words.' The Owl and the Pussy Cat' is a great poem as it tells a story. I will read if for the children, perhaps you can find other poems that you like or that make you laugh.

We, as a Team will continue to keep in touch via email. Please do contact us if you have questions or would like to let us know anything, as drop off and pick up will be socially distanced so we miss the opportunity for a quick chat.

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June 1st 2020 Welcome back! Today's Forest School for Ducklings is inspired by your nature outfits and tales of your fairy houses. Have fun!

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Gingerbread Man learning

Friday 22nd May, today would be the last day before half term! For today's challenge, if you have the ingredients, I would like you to bake gingerbread men. I know that ingredients are hard to come by so if you do not have the ingredients in your cupboard I would like you to play gingerbread man chase. One person can be the chaser or the old lady and the other person can be the gingerbread man running away - if you have more people just add characters from the story. Turn taking, winning and losing are all good lessons but most importantly have fun. Relax over the half term and enjoy your time together

Thursday 21st May, today is outside learning day. At Bridgewater we love to explore outside. Research has found that children in Early Years use up to 5 times more language outside rather than indoors. So todays challenge is all about being outside. I want you to 'run' like the gingerbread man. Can you make an obstacle course? You might go over, under, through things (use positional language), make it as much fun as possible. If your child is enjoying you could time them on our phone and they could read and record their times and see if they can beat it next time. A great reason to recognise and represent numbers. Have fun and 'run, run, run, as fast as you can.. you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread man'.

Monday Forest School - go wild!

Playful Nature - thank you Ducklings - you all look absolutely fabulous!

Playful Nature - thank you Ducklings - you all look absolutely fabulous! 1
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Monday 11th May Forest School. I hope that you all had a lovely weekend. A new stick-y challenge for you!

Lots and lots of stick people! Can you see yours?

Lots and lots of stick people! Can you see yours? 1

Thursday 7th May, On Friday 8th May, we celebrate VE Day, this happened 75 years ago when the European Countries agreed to end the Second World War. Attached is bunting that you can colour and cut out. The British Flag, the Union Jack is red, white and blue, so these are the colours we are using to celebrate VE Day. Can you cut out your bunting, following the lines and hang it in your windows for your friends to see if they walk past. Perhaps you can write invitations to your sister, brother, Mum or Dad to invite them to come and celebrate VE Day. If you go for a walk see which houses have got something hung to celebrate VE Day.

Come and ride on the 'Platybus'

VE day celebrations, the whole school are going to make bunting to celebrate VE day. If you would like to make some please find the instructions.

Forest School Monday 4th May Stanley's Stick

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Friday May 1st Good morning. The children have created some amazing dinosaurs, some photographs are below. For todays challenge you are going to rescue a dinosaur! Can you pretend a dinosaur (toy or drawing) is lost in the jungle and your child is going to be the rescuer. Whilst your child counts to 10 with their eyes closed or covered the dinosaur can be hidden. You or a sibling are going to guide the 'rescuer' by singing or humming louder as the  to, or quietly as the rescuer moves further away from the dinosaur. 

 

This game is actually a phonics game to help the children listen to sounds for clues. In Nursery during the Summer term we really focus on phonics and building skills, as we look towards transition into Reception. At Bridgewater we use Letters and Sounds phonics,   https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf 

 

This document is over 200 pages but do not be put off as much of it is games you will already be playin without even trying!. Some of you will have supported older siblings as they learn phonics and for others of you it is new. Phonics is a way of teaching children to breakdown and decode words so that they can begin to read - how amazing to be able to read!

Personally I remember the panic as my son began phonics, I didn't learn to read using phonics and it all seemed very complex. In lay man's term, if we think of a word like 'umbrella', if you stop and think of the first sound 'u' and say it, this is pronouncing it phonetically. Please email me if this does not make sense

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs everywhere!!

Wednesday 29th April today our task is all about dinosaurs. I would like you to draw a dinosaur; it may be a dinosaur you know about or it could be one that you have made up in your imagination. What colours will it be, how many legs will it have, what do you think it will eat? Can you copy the name of your dinosaur or make a name up for it and write it. When you have finished I want you to tell your adult the noise that your dinosaur will make will it be a VERY LOUD NOISE or a quiet noise when it is hiding? I can not wait to see your creations.

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a BIG surprise.......

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a BIG surprise....... 1

Monday 27th April Forest School = Green detectives!

Well done - some fantastic exploring, creating and discovering! I hope that I have included all the lovely nature portraits that were sent to me (I'm learning new skills!) They made me smile!

Well done - some fantastic exploring, creating and discovering! I hope that I have included all the lovely nature portraits that were sent to me (I'm learning new skills!) They made me smile! 1

Friday 24th April, Below are more pictures of the things you have been creating, you have such great imaginations. You may even spot Bullet, he is missing you all so wanted to say 'hello'. Today I would like you to do some counting, if you have any toys animals you could count the the legs, a dog has 4 legs and I have 2 legs, if you are really getting into the counting you could encourage your child to count on so 1,2,3,4...5,6 - this is a hard concept so just count legs if that is too challenging. It maybe that you could count legs in your paddling pool and even expand to toes, as I think the sun is shining tomorrow.

Thursday 23 April, Thank you for sharing your amazing creatures, I have added some photographs so that you can see the animals - and your friends.

As we are doing all about animals, I would like you to play the ring game 'The Farmer's in his den'. For this you do need a few friends I thought you could ask brothers and sister and then use your soft toys so that you have enough characters. We have sung this at school, so you can teach your adults how to play.

 

The farmer's in his den,
The farmer's in his den,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
The farmer's in his den.

(with one child in the centre of a circle)

The farmer wants a wife,
The farmer wants a wife,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
The farmer wants a wife.

(the farmer picks a wife)

The wife wants a child,
The wife wants a child,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
The wife wants a child.

(the wife picks a child)

The child wants a nurse,
The child wants a nurse,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
The child wants a nurse.

(the child picks a nurse)

The nurse wants a dog,
The nurse wants a dog,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
The nurse wants a dog.

(the nurse picks a dog)

The dog wants a bone,
The dog wants a bone,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
The dog wants a bone.

(the dog picks a bone)

We all pat the bone,
We all pat the bone,
E -AH – A – DE- OH
We all pat the bone.

 

Enjoy
 

Look at the amazing creatures you created

Wednesday 22nd April, Good morning Ducklings, I hope you enjoyed finding words that rhymed. Did you make up some of your own words that sounded the same too?

Today is a big challenge, as Mrs Ria read us a story about a dog and we saw Monti her dog, I would like you to create your own animal. It may be an animal you would like to own as a pet or it may be an animal from your imagination that breathes fire and eats chocolate mousse! You could make your animal out of boxes that you are going to recycle or you could paint or draw your animal. When you have created your animal, I want you to tell your adult all about the animal, how many ears or eyes does it have? Does it have tails, wings, fur, feathers? What might it eat? Where will it live? I am looking forward to seeing all your creations so please send a picture in by email.

Hi Ducklings, welcome back to summer term 2020. I hope that you are safe and well and had a lovely Easter at home. Today you have a colourful challenge to start your week!

Well done, we have some great colour collectors in Duckling class!

Well done, we have some great colour collectors in Duckling class! 1

....and even more colourful!

....and even more colourful! 1

It is the end of the most unusual term and the start of the two week Easter holiday. It has been great to keep in touch and find out all the interesting things you have been up to. The photos below show some of the activities that have been keeping you busy. As I am sure you will be missing Mrs Francis and Mrs Marsh they have recorded themselves singing and reading a story.

 

For Family Learning over the Easter period, I would like you to send me your favorite joke, as I think we all need to keep laughing. Please get your adult to email Mrs Patterson and I will make a joke book with your jokes in it, so that we can laugh along with our friends. My all time favorite joke is 'What do you call a three legged donkey? .........'A wonky Donkey' hopefully this will get your funny juices flowing and you can send your jokes in.

 

 

Before I sign off and wish you a Happy Easter, as I type I heard a new noise and look who has just moved into the field at the back of my house

 

 

Wishing you all well and keep safe.

 

The Ducklings Team

Friday 3rd April, this week has all been about eggs as we look forward to Easter. There are three things to watch on CBBC Let's celebrate, Celebrating Easter, Preparing for Easter and The Easter story. They give a good easy introduction to why we celebrate Easter. Your task is to watch the short films and then maybe today or over the next few days to eat a hot cross bun and see what you can remember about why we celebrate Easter.

Easter Bunny Twists, I have included this recipe, as we usually make these at school but I know many of you will not have strong white flour or yeast. If you do the children enjoy kneading and eating the bunnies!

Thursday 2nd April, 'An egg is textured..', today Ducklings I want you to think about how things feel, Some eggs are hard, some are soft and rubbery, some are smooth and others are rough. Can you describe how things feel, as a challenge can you think of 2 things to describe an object. Mrs Patterson might say 'Harry feels soft and warm'.

Thursday 2nd April, 'An egg is textured..', today Ducklings I want you to think about how things feel, Some eggs are hard, some are soft and rubbery, some are smooth and others are rough. Can you describe how things feel, as a challenge can you think of 2 things to describe an object. Mrs Patterson might say 'Harry feels soft and warm'. 1
Thursday 2nd April, 'An egg is textured..', today Ducklings I want you to think about how things feel, Some eggs are hard, some are soft and rubbery, some are smooth and others are rough. Can you describe how things feel, as a challenge can you think of 2 things to describe an object. Mrs Patterson might say 'Harry feels soft and warm'. 2

Wednesday 1st April 'An egg is colourful..', today Ducklings I would like you get creative and make a colourful egg. If you have paints can you mix the colours to see what new colours you can make. Or you could use coloured pencils or felt pens. Thank you for all your lovely messages about 'A quiet egg', I am so glad to know you enjoyed it, I found it really tricky to get onto the website but Mrs (and Mr) Patterson had to 'try, try, try! I look forward to seeing your amazing creations.

Wednesday 1st April 'An egg is colourful..', today Ducklings I would like you get creative and make a colourful egg. If you have paints can you mix the colours to see what new colours you can make. Or you could use coloured pencils or felt pens. Thank you for all your lovely messages about 'A quiet egg', I am so glad to know you enjoyed it, I found it really tricky to get onto the website but Mrs (and Mr) Patterson had to 'try, try, try! I look forward to seeing your amazing creations. 1

Tuesday 31st March For your task today I would like your child to draw some eggs and cut them out to make a number line. When cutting your child's thumb should always be on the top, towards the ceiling.If your child is still working on recognising numerals to 5, make 1-5, if they can recognise numerals to 10 make 10 eggs. Get the children to write the numbers on the eggs, if they are struggling with numerals, on the back of each egg draw dots that corrolate to the number so 2 = .. , 5 = .....  . 

 

You could play at hiding the eggs around the house or garden and then making a number line, you could ask brother's or sister to join in too. If the task is fun you will be amazed how long they will play at it, all whilst working on numbers.

Ducklings busy learning, take a look at what your friends have been up to...

Hello Ducklings. I hope that the sun shines! A Spring 'job' for you today. Let me know what you find? Thank you - Mrs Berry

Family Learning for Week beginning 20 March, enjoy the weekend

Thursday 26th March, our 'rude' day. Can you tell your adult why it is a rude day? Apologies I will try and get the date right from now on!

Wednesday 26th March,

25th March Good Morning

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