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No dragons for tea 26.01.24


This was our last week at looking at this book, No dragons for tea. We have really enjoyed this book and doing lots of activities connected to it. Some of us used our hands to make the colour orange for flames by painting one hand red and the other yellow and then rubbing them together. 
A ladder made of numbers where we had to put the corresponding amount of pegs on the rung. We searched for numbers in flames matching them to the right numicon piece, used shapes to create fire engines. We strengthened our fine motor skills by cutting sticking and dressing the fire fighters in the uniform, using squirty bottles of water to put paint flames out helped to strengthen our muscles for holding a pencil for writing. 
Lots of new language was learnt from this book, burning, wailing sirens, sparked, burst, we have enjoyed find out what they mean and using them in our play. 

Ducklings news letter

A visit from the Fire service 15.01.24


We have had an exciting visit from the Fire service this week,the firefighters spoke to us about what to do if the smoke alarm goes off in our homes after making sure with a grown up that it’s not burnt toast, we are to get out stay out and ring 999. Fire fighter Want showed us the different uniforms they wear in fire or car accidents, we learnt the word florescent which is the bright yellow jacket they wear to be seen.  Fire fighter Jennings showed us some of the different equipment the have on the engine and what it is used for, hoses,cutters, ladders and chocks that look like big Lego blocks, they hold up cars in a accident. We even got to turn on the sirens and the flashing blue lights. 

A visit from Father Christmas. 20.12.23


We were so lucky this morning. We had a special visitor come to school……FATHER CHRISTMAS.
Father Christmas told the children that he had heard that they had all been good at school and worked so hard he gave them a special gift. 
The children behaved brilliantly waiting in line for their turn to see him. 
The ducklings wish you all a very happy Christmas 

The three Billy Goat gruff 01.12.23

Our book we have been looking at this week is The three billy goats gruff. We have enjoyed doing lots of different activities linked to the book. We created a troll for our display as well as the billy goats. Lots of us enjoyed designing our own troll, we read different versions of the story and notice the the billy goats stayed the same but the trolls all looked different. Some of us made bridges for the billy goats to cross using small blocks and shaving foam to hold the bricks together., just like builders do with cement. We made masks and used puppets to act out the billy goats gruff story, we all wanted to be the troll and say who’s that trip trapping over my bridge. 
We practiced writing some of the initial letters and names of the characters in the story when we made our own story books.

Weekly newsletter 20.11.23

Binny’s Diwali 17.11.23

This week we have been looking at the book Binny’s Diwali, a story about Binny a little girl who shares with her class what Diwali is and how they celebrate.
We learnt how it is the festival of light and they light a lamps called a Diyas to guide good luck into their homes and chase away the darkness. Out of clay we shaped the diya’s using our fingers to pinch, squash and mould them. We then decorated them with beautiful colourful gems 
For our rangoli patterns we grated chalks to make a coloured powder and then used that to create our rangoli pattern, some children used bright coloured stones to create their own rangoli patterns. On Friday we looked at mehndi hand patterns and designed our own on hand templates, we then made mehndi patterns on our own hands. We think they look pretty good. 
We have really enjoyed learning about a different celebration


This week we have been busy looking and talking about bonfire night. We have enjoyed making firework pictures. Some of us used forks and glitter to make some beautiful pictures others have been busy making our fireworks fizz, whizz and pop out of our paper! after Miss Denney demonstrated how  to fold strips of paper back and forth, the children had a go at this by themselves to make them zig zags and curls so that they can create a pop effect.
We have spoken a lot about what they saw when watching fireworks and have come up with some great language to describe them, Explode, boom, bang, whizz, pop, shoot, twinkle, rocket, bright, loud. 

Funnybones 13.10.23


This week our book was Funnybones. We enjoyed listening to the different stories and joining in “ On a dark dark night, on a dark dark street…….. 
Mrs Kirby who used to be a orthopaedic nurse came and helped us learn the name of different bones in our bodies, some of them were tricky to say and others made us laugh.Lots of different vocabulary was learnt, spine, skull, organs, phalanges and humerus. The funny bones song helped us to know what all the different bones were connected to.
We made our own Funnybones story using the sick puppets on a dark dark street. Mrs Seeney hid some skeletons in jelly, it was great fun exploring the texture and talking about how it felt. We then went on to lookat the letter”f” and the letter “s” and had a go a writing them. 
For part of our class display we made a large skeleton using different tubes. We painted them white to look like bones.  

Harry and the dinosaurs


This week we have been reading Harry and the dinosaurs go to school. We spoke about  how it made us feel starting School and the different emotions we felt,(happy,sad,scared,worried). We sorted out dinosaurs into different colours, drew our own bucket of dinosaurs with our favourite things inside. Some frozen dinosaur eggs arrived in class and we had to find a way to help the baby dinosaurs hatch. Bubble wrap was used to print on big paper and create some dinosaurs for our display.