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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:

 

AM Nursery PM Nursery
Mrs Maura Patterson Mrs Ria Hales
Mrs Jenny Berry Ms Rebecca Izzo
Mrs Stacy Giles Mrs Jane Barker
Mrs Ana Marsh Miss Marina Marquez Perez
  Miss Tamara Martinez Marin

 

The Welcome Booklet for Ducklings class is here:

Letters for Ducklings class can be found here: https://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 [https://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?

Nursery has landed in space, we have been making and launching rockets, making paper mache planets and painting them and created our own aliens.

 

To celebrate Easter, we baked Easter Bunny Twists, measuring out the ingredients and kneading the dough. We counted how many bunny hops we did in the playground and rolled hard boiled eggs down the hill. We made and ate egg sandwiches.
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We have been hatching Ducklings, the children have been mesmerised listening to the ducks pecking their way out of the shell and peeping to each other. We have watched in anticipation as each duckling pecked and pushed its way out of its shell to emerge soggy and exhausted and then drying into a yellow ball of chirping fluff. Watching the ducklings learn to walk, eat and drink has fired the children's learning and they are full of questions.
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Music week at Bridgewater School happened whilst we were learning about resilience. we had a flutist and an electric guitar player in, they played for us and then we had a go. They talked to us about how they had to practice every day to be able to play so well.
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We have been working on our resilience, undertaking challenges that require us to work together, use our communication and problem solving skills. We know that 'yet' is a very powerful word and we need to use it at the end of 'I can't do it ...yet'. We set ourselves personal challenges of things that we were going to keep trying at.
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For the Festive Season we learnt songs and performed outside to our special adults, we baked mince pies for them to enjoy. We used our cutting and mark making skills to create cards for special people and we printed with shapes to create a calendar.

 

 

Our shape work continued as we read 'Rosie's Walk' we made our own farm buildings out of wooden blocks and junk modelling. We went on a shape walk outside and the children saw lots of shapes. We even tried moving like Rosie the Hen, going under, over and through objects.

 

 

On a Friday evening in January, we returned to Nursery to enjoy cosy bedtime stories in the classroom, dressed in pyjamas and snuggled under blankets. We listened to various stories and drank hot chocolate.

 

 

Pirates have taken over Nursery! The children have been counting treasure, drawing treasure maps and building galleons out of crates. To aid our pirate adventures the children have made telescopes and discovered buried treasure in the sand.

 

 

 

We had a special visitor to tell us all about Burns' Night and how it is celebrated in Scotland. We listened to a Robbie Burns poem and sampled 'tatties and neeps' as well as shortbread. We looked at Stewart Tartan and looked at where Scotland is and where we live in Berkhamsted.

 

The children have settled into Nursery and have enjoyed exploring all areas both inside and outside. The sand pit always proves popular, the role play area and 'Dinosaur Island' were all activities the children chose to play with. Adventures in Forest School include making leaf crowns, building a fire and enjoying hot chocolate.

 

 

 

 

We have been 'huffing and puffing' with the big, bad wolf as he tried to blow down the houses of the 3 Little Pigs. We have built houses out of sticks and bricks, we also cooked our own bread sticks to eat.

 

 

Whilst reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk' we drew our own beanstalks on the playground and counted how many strides high they were, we have magic beans to count and have painted leaves for our beanstalks.

 

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