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1. Key Information for Ducklings Class

 

In this section you will find a quick reference guide to your class including 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.

The staff in Ducklings class are:

 

Morning Nursery Afternoon Nursery
Mrs Maura Patterson Mrs Ria Hales
Mrs Jenny Berry Mrs Ali Bunting
Mrs Ana Marsh  Mrs Jane Barker
Mrs Vicky Francis Mrs Jo Maunders

 

The Welcome Booklet for Ducklings class is here:

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

Forest School

Takes place every Monday morning and Thursday afternoon. 

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 Thursday. 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 [https://www.bridgewater.herts.sch.uk/school-uniform/]. In Nursery, points to note are:

 

Core school uniform Nursery children are not expected to wear the full uniform, but we would like the children to dress practically and we know they will want to identify with Bridgewater as their school. Therefore the nursery uniform consists of a simple dress code of navy blue jogging bottoms or shorts worn with a white polo shirt and the school sweatshirt or cardigan.
Bags

1. Small book bag 

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?

Your class teacher will update this page at least once per term with photos and information on recent events or activities. 

W/C 14th September

Week Beginning 14th September, Family Learning for our first week in Ducklings

Another busy week in Ducklings.  We have been learning all about Japan in morning nursery and Brazil in the afternoons.  We have had so many visitors and the children have loved every one.  We have had the lovely Darren and Sophie come in and teach us Brazilian and Japanese dances which the children were so enthusiastic doing and I'm sure would be able to teach you some of the moves at home.  We have had a visit from Phoebe's mum who told us lots about life in Japan and the children loved hearing about the different things Japanese people might eat for breakfast.  Isaacs mum also made gorgeous Brazilian treats which Isaac shared with his class and they were absolutely delicious!!  The children have been making Japanese fans, writing Japanese symbols and creating flags of the Rising Sun.  They have been trying really hard learning how to use chopsticks and have been using these to eat their rice.  It is very tricky, but the children have continued to try and suceeded.

This week has been a fantastic week once again.  In the mornings we have been reading the story Stone Soup.  We made a soup of our own which they all worked hard on during the week.  The children realised that making a soup by themselves would take a long time, so worked together doing different jobs so we could all have a feast on the Friday.  They all peeled and chopped the vegetables and weighed out all the ingredients for their bread using the scales and recognising the numbers they needed for the correct quantities of ingredients.  They then used their strong muscles to knead the bread and our feast was fantastic.  

 

In the afternoons the children have been learning all about Chinese New Year.  They have been making Chinese lanterns and trying different foods that are eaten in China.  They have been learning all about the traditions of Chinese New Year and I'm sure would love to share those with you at home.

Our Ducklings have been learning all about The Three Little Pigs and the Billy Goats Gruff.  They have been building houses out of sticks and bricks and have been acting both stories out on our new performance area.  They have been using their counting skills to count sticks out that are needed to build and have been amazing at retelling the stories with their friends.

For Remembrance Day we made natural poppies in Forest School, we talked about the soldiers who went to keep us safe and how we wear poppies to remember them. The children painted and made poppies from tissue paper.

 

Whilst reading 'Rosie's Walk' we have been looking all around us for shapes, we have talked about different shapes and how many sides they have. The children have been great at spotting rectangles in benches and triangles in the gazebo roof! We made animal houses out of cardboard boxes using glue and masking tape; some had bedrooms and windows in!

 

We are always using our 'listening ears' we listen to the different sounds we hear outside such as trains, birds, planes and cars. We played outside with the parachute and the children listened to instructions of when to go under or swap places.

 

We have been using our counting to help Handa count all the animals she sees in 'Handa's Hen, we built animal houses out of wooden blocks and moved around like the different animals. The children especially enjoyed being chickens.

 

Independence is key to so much of the children's learning, we have been supporting them in getting themselves dressed and undressed for Forest School. It is wonderful to see their beaming faces when they succeed in putting their own coat or wellies on. In Forest School we have enjoyed a teddy bear's picnic after reading 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears'. We found big and small bears and made our own porridge, which was delicious.

 

We have had a great start in Ducklings, the children have been busy exploring the inside and outside areas. The role play area, garage, Duplo and graphic areas are well used. Outside the children have been enjoying our big sand pit and playing with water. We have spent time with the children helping them to get to know their new friends. We have been working on taking turns, encouraging the children to use the sand timer and talk to each other about the toys they would like a turn with. We read 'Take turn penguin' and the children were shocked how penguin could not take turns so we talked about how we would like people to behave in our classroom and made up 'What we do in Ducklings..' take a look it is displayed in the carpet area.

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