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Have a look at all we have been doing in Nursery.

For more pictures please see the main class page archive link.

Ducklings - #HelloYellow

Ducklings class have been discussing World Mental Health day and the #HelloYellow campaign. We talked about different emotions and how it's okay to feel different things as well as who we can talk to if we need some help or are feeling sad or cross. We looked at different emotion picture cards and tried to make those faces - here's our surprised look! Then we passed Ted, our bear, around the circle and listened to all our friends tell us how they were feeling that day. We also enjoyed making different puzzle faces, moulding different faces out of the playdough, drawing faces and making face collages. 

Ducklings class have been exploring the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We have been focusing on counting to three and looking at the different sizes of things. We have also had a super time re-enacting the story using puppets and costumes as well as pretending to make our own porridge!

Alexa explained “I am Locks with my Mummy bear, going to get bears to woods and porridge my house”.

Teddy added “We the bears at the woods waiting for Goldilocks”, what excellent actors we have in Ducklings class.

Ducklings - Counting Ducks

We have been superstars in Nursery, practising our counting. We explored counting to 5 with the ‘Five Little Ducks’ nursery rhyme and even looked at taking 1 away each time a little duck disappeared!

 

Owen excitedly explained “Look if you take 1 away there’s only 4 left!” – excellent problem solving, well done!

Ducklings - Yoga

In Ducklings class we love slowing down and doing some calming yoga to help us relax and unwind. This week we have enjoyed Cosmic Kids ‘Ready to Launch’ rocket yoga as we have been choosing to make lots of rocket models. We were able to pretend to be a rocket launching into space as well as really concentrating on our breathing and stretching. We tried really hard. It was lots of fun and very good exercise for both our bodies and minds.

“I’m blasting into space!” Charlie explained.  

Ducklings - Running Race!

Recently, the children have shown a real interest in running races outside. So we have talked about the start and finish line and the magic words…’Ready, set, GO’ and then had a go setting up our very own races. We chose lots of fun types of races including running, hopping, jumping, skipping and even moving sideways. It was so much fun to work with our friends and build on our gross motor skills too.

Ducklings - Five Little Ducklings

As we are Ducklings class in Nursery, we have been learning a song about ducklings, ‘Five Little Ducks’, and practising our counting at the same time. We then had fun making our own ducklings collages using yellow and orange tissue paper.

Lucy said “I love being Ducklings class, ducklings follow there Mummy in a line!”

Ducklings - Sports with Mr Dooley

Ducklings have really enjoyed trying different sports activities with Mr Dooley. Recently, we have been exploring different equipment and what we can do with it. We have enjoyed spinning quoits, rolling hoops, balancing beanbags on headings, throwing and catching and exploring the obstacle course outside.

Caelan’s favourite activity was balancing on the obstacle on the wibbly wobbly bridge and swinging from the bars, he said “Look I’m swinging like a monkey!”

Matthew loved using the basketballs, “I love basketball the best” he said.

Ducklings - Parachute!

Duckling have had so much fun outside playing lots of different parachute games with our new friends.

“I love the colours!” Owen explained.

Ducklings - Democracy Day

It was Democracy Day on 15th September, so in Ducklings class we discussed giving everybody a say in our class. We did this by choosing a story by voting to see which story was the most popular. We gave everybody a chance to put their hand up to choose. One of the stories that one had a tiger in it and we loved pretending to creep and sleep like a tiger just like in the story.

 

Joel explained “It’s nice to share choosing stories”.

Our Ducklings have had a great first couple of weeks in Ducklings class. They have settled into Nursery routines very well, tried many new activities and made lots of friends. To name just a few things we have been doing, Ducklings have loved practising our fine motor skills by squashing and squeezing the playdough, showing our creativity by painting and drawing, using our imaginations in the home corner, sharing stories, completing puzzles, making funny face collages and building and balancing outside. Take a look to see what else we have been up to!

Ducklings - 2019-2020 Upwards 

Ducklings - Teddy Bear's Picnic

Ducklings enjoyed having a teddy bear’s picnic to celebrate the end of our year in Nursery. We all made jam sandwiches and enjoyed sharing them and some other snacks with our teddies and our friends. Then we all did a bit of party dancing – it was loads of fun!

As Woodthorpe School celebrated its 50th birthday this summer, we have joined in with lots of fun activities to help celebrate. We enjoyed role-play parties in the home corner, making and decorating clay balloons with the number 50 on, creating and colouring 50th bunting, making 'Happy Birthday' flags, drawing invitations and making a Sixties style bright tie dye canvas.

To celebrate Woodthorpe School's 50th birthday, we learnt to play a giant version of a game from the Sixties - Giant Kerplunk! It has been so much fun carefully choosing different sticks to pull out and hoping that the balls did not fall out!

Nursery - Sports Day

Ducklings had a brilliant Sports Day, we were all super at joining in with our races and tried our very best. We loved the egg and spoon race, jumping over the hurdles, collecting the beanbags in our baskets and running as fast as we could! We also enjoyed cheering on our friends too and see our friends and family who came to watch us. We had so much fun and we were all winners with a medal and an ice pop treat at the end to cool down!

Jessica said “We all the winners”.

Nursery - Sports Champion Visit

At Woodthorpe, we were very lucky to have Commonwealth Games silver medalist Laura Samuel come and visit us to help us complete a series of circuits and challenges against the clock that we had been sponsored to do. It was quite tricky but lots of fun. Laura helped us to persevere through all of the activities, we all tried really hard and did super job.

As a school we raised £1318.50 which is amazing - well done Woodthorpe!

We said goodbye to our beloved site manager Mr Dennison who is retiring. We love it when Mr Dennison comes to deliver our milk, chat, play, read and plant with us so we will miss him very much. Ducklings wanted to say thank you to Mr Dennison for everything he has done for us so we gave him some special presents: some plant pots we painted for him and a trowel and fork with his name on. We know Mr Dennison loves planting and we love planting with him so we thought these would come in handy for him! We also enjoyed chatting to him and drawing him special pictures to take home too.

Thank you for everything you have done for us Mr Dennison, come back and visit us soon please!

Ducklings were lucky to have Mr Dennison come to visit us to do some planting. He taught us how to plant potatoes and we have loved watching them grow and looking after them. It was quite special when we dug up our potato plants and found that the potatoes had magically grown underground! We then took them home to show our families what we had grown.

 

Daniel exclaimed “Look our potatoes have grown under the ground!”.

We celebrated Mayday with our annual maypole performance with Reception. We have loved learning how to dance around the maypole, skipping is so much fun. Thank-you to everybody who came to watch us!

We have really enjoyed doing sports with Mr Dooley, our favourite game is a running game called ‘Beans!’ We have been working on our co-ordination and finding a space. As well as this we have also enjoyed exploring different equipment such as quoits, balls and beanbags. 

Ducklings - Easter Activities

Ducklings class have enjoyed learning about Easter and how Christians celebrate Easter. We enjoyed making Easter chick cards, making Easter baskets and having an Easter egg hunt around with a special Easter egg prize at the end!

Joseph was so excited to find his Easter egg prize, “I love Easter eggs – yummy!” he said.

“My Easter chick is hatching!” Marie explained as she made her Easter card.

Ducklings - Exploring the iPads

Ducklings class love to try out different types of technology and we have really enjoyed trying out some new Alphablocks games to practise our phonics and trying out some other new apps on the iPads too. 

Ducklings class have enjoyed learning about the Hindu festival Holi. We learnt that it is all about colour, which we love! To celebrate Holi, we have made a very special collaborative piece of artwork using melted wax crayons. Ducklings enjoyed soaking the paper off the crayons in the water tray, sticking them to our canvas, gluing our ducklings silhouette onto the canvas. Finally, the best bit – watching the magic happen as the crayons melted to make it rain in multi-colours! We are very proud of proud of our picture and how we worked together to create it!

 

“It so beautiful, all colours raining on ducklings!” Sammie explained.

Ducklings - Exploring the Forest

Ducklings class love visiting our forest and exploring our natural environment. We went up with some special sticks called ‘Dogwood’ to plant and we are hoping they grow into big plants. Ducklings also enjoyed climbing trees, digging, building and balancing on different logs too. We love the forest!

Ducklings - Red Nose Day!

We enjoyed coming to school with our red noses and spotty clothes and doing some different red nose craft activities to raise money for children who need our help – well done Ducklings class!

We hatched 6 lovely fluffy and very lively chicks! Ducklings class have loved watching them hatch and looking after them. We have learnt about the life cycle of the chicken in Nursery and first hand watched some of our chicks being born. We have enjoyed stories about chicks as well as making and painting chick and egg pictures. But our favourite part has been holding our chicks! We learnt how to hold the chicks really carefully with two hands. The chicks were so cute and soft! We enjoyed watching them and seeing how much they had grew over the week. They were very excitable, flapping their wings. We noticed that they had started to grow feathers by the end of the week too. What an amazing experience this has been for us to watch!

We celebrated World Book Day by coming in dressed as our favourite book characters or wearing our pyjamas because we love bedtime stories so much! Ducklings class brought in some of our favourite books and enjoyed sharing lots of stories, talking about them and the characters in our books. We have also done lots of story related crafts and colouring as well as having a go at making our own little storybooks. Year 4 also came down to see us and shared stories with us too, Ducklings class loved reading with the big children.

 

“Stories are the best!” said Ellis, we agree Ellis!

We have had a very exciting delivery at school this week, 10 eggs have arrived in an incubator. We have been learning about the life cycle of a chick and are hoping our eggs will hatch into some chicks. We have been watching our eggs very closely to see if there are any signs of them hatching but we haven’t seen any cracks yet. Ducklings class can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

“The incubator keeps them warm, then they’re going to hatch into fluffy chicks!” Daniel explained.

Ducklings - Pancake Day

Ducklings class have learnt about Shrove Tuesday and why we have pancakes on this day, we even got to try some at snack time - they were yummy!

“I love pancakes!” Noah said.

Ducklings class have had such an exciting week exploring our brand new classroom. We have been so busy and have loved painting, drawing, playing trains, exploring the sand and water, acting in the home corner and doing jigsaws and that's just to name a few!

Ducklings Class were very lucky as Farmer Carl came to see us at school and brought some of his animal friends. We met Hetty the hen and Lottie the lamb and we got to stroke them both. We were even able to feed Lottie her milk. We learnt lots about animals and had such a fun afternoon. Thank you Farmer Carl!

Duckling - Internet Safety Day

For Internet Safety Day we read a story called ‘Clicking Chicken’ about a cheeky Chicken who went on the farmers computer and bought lots of things without asking! We talked about how we must always be safe when we use technology and check with our Mummies and Daddies first. We also discussed how we should never talked to people we don’t know on the internet because we don’t know who they are.

We really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. We listened to the story of the Zodiac and loved the animal racing. We also enjoyed watching how Jessica celebrates Chinese New Year with her family, wearing traditional Chinese outfits, playing in our Chinese Restaurant in the home corner, practising using chopsticks and creating our own Chinese dragons too!

 

We’ve especially enjoyed our Chinese role-play “We’re at the restaurant, we live in Chinese!” Marie explained excitedly.

Ducklings - Snow Days

We wrapped up warm and had so much fun experiencing the snowy weather. We absolutely loved catching snowflakes, making snow angels, building snowballs and snowmen, and making footprints as we walked. It really was quite magical if a bit chilly!

“Look at our snowmen! We got carrot nose!” Layla was so proud of the snowmen we made together and they looked super too.We wrapped up warm and had so much fun experiencing the snowy weather. We absolutely loved catching snowflakes, making snow angels, building snowballs and snowmen, and making footprints as we walked. It really was quite magical if a bit chilly!

“Look at our snowmen! We got carrot nose!” Layla was so proud of the snowmen we made together and they looked super too.

We have been learning about penguins. We learnt that lots of penguins live in Antarctica and that they are birds that can't fly. We have enjoyed dressing up as penguins and pretending to waddle and swim like them. We also enjoyed making models, collages and painting pictures of penguins. As a class, Ducklings also tried out some penguin style Yoga too where we got to lie on our tummies and pretend to slide like penguins too.

We even read a funny story about penguins on bicycles and why they might find riding a bike a bit tricky…“Penguins can’t ride bikes, their legs are too short!” Harrison explained to everybody after listening to the story.

This Christmas we were very lucky as we had a special visitor – Santa himself! We all got a chance to go up into Santa’s sleigh and have a chat. We even got a present too! It was such an exciting day for us all.

The children all exclaimed “Santa’s here!!!” when they saw his sleigh arrive in the playground!

Ducklings - Our First Nativity

Ducklings Class were all superstars and performed our first Nativity play on stage to all our friends family as well as the rest of school. We put on an amazing performance and everyone was so proud of us!

 

Darcie explained “It was SO exciting!”

Ducklings - Christmas Activities

In Duckling’s class we really enjoyed the build up to Christmas and participating in lots of Christmas activities.

To name a few we made Christmas cards, painted big wooden Christmas trees to decorate school, created lots of different snowmen pictures, made our own wool Christmas decorations and lots of other fun activities too.

Ducklings - Puppet Show

We were very lucky to be able to go and see a puppet show called ‘The Magic Lamp’. The children were enthralled by the exciting colours, stories and puppets.

“It was so funny!” Jacob explained.

Ducklings - Parents Open Sessions

We loved having our Mummys’, Daddys’ and Grandparents come and visit us at Nursery. We showed them all the fun things that we get up too. We did painting, drawing, wrapping paper making, playdough, cutting, reading, letters to Santa and made family Christmas cards too.

We have been learning about the Hindu festival of Lights, Diwali. We read the story of Rama and Sita and learnt how Sita was saved and light triumphed over dark. We have enjoyed retelling the story with puppets and acting it out in the home-corner. We have loved investigating the pretty Diya lamps that people use to decorate their homes and also talked about the special clothes people have to celebrate Diwali. We then made and decorated our very own Diya lamps, drew around our hands and decorated them with our own Mendhi patterns. Some of us also enjoyed trying on some real Indian dresses and outfits - they are so beautiful! We had a go making our own Rangoli patterns too. These are a sign of good luck, so we drew patterns with pens and used different coloured sand to make some as well.

Ducklings - Children in Need

To help support Children in Need, we enjoyed wearing spotty clothes to schools, learning about what the charity does and doing lots of spotty colouring and painting.To help support Children in Need, we enjoyed wearing spotty clothes to schools, learning about what the charity does and doing lots of spotty colouring and painting.

For Remembrance Day, we learnt why it is important to remember and about the Poppy story. We watched a video from the perspective of a family of rabbits and it showed all the beautiful poppies growing. We learnt that we wear poppies to remember all the people that were hurt or lost in the war and that the poppies were the first flower to grow again when peace was restored. We made our poppies with playdough and paint. Then we all made our own poppies with tissue paper and went outside and put them in our own special field so we had lots and lots of poppies too.

Joseph explained “We planted our poppies for the people that get hurt”.

“Poppies because we want to remember the soldiers got hurt, big war” Sophie described.

Ducklings - Fireworks

We have learnt about staying safe around fireworks and enjoyed making different firework pictures. We used different shapes to make rocket pictures and we also tried rolling marbles around a tray as well as printing with cut up cardboard tubes to make pretty firework patterns and then, of course, we added glitter!

Ducklings - Poetry Performance to Ducklings Class 2018

Ducklings - Library Bus Visit

Duckling’s class loved their first visit to the library bus. We really enjoyed choosing new stories and looking at the pictures in the Autumn sunshine outside.

“There’s LOADS of stories on there!” Cody excitedly explained after his visit.

Ducklings - Activities

As we are Ducklings class in Nursery we have enjoyed doing lots of duckling themed activities.

We loved learning the ‘Five Little Ducks’ song… “because we are Ducklings class!” Daniel proudly explained.

Also, we had fun making our own ducklings and a lake for them to swim in with a hill for the ducklings to go over and far away too! To make our ducklings we used different shapes with paint and sponges. We also use tissue paper to create duckling collages.

Daisy said “Our ducklings are so cute!”.

Ducklings - Our First Days at Nursery

We have had a great first couple of weeks in Ducklings class. We have all settled in really well and have enjoyed trying many new activities and meeting new friends. Alongside lots of other things, our Ducklings have loved painting, drawing pictures, making funny face pictures, playing with play-dough, exploring our outdoor area and sharing stories and playing name games altogether.

Nursery 2018 -2019 please see above

Ducklings - Sculpture Project

Ducklings - World Cup Penalty Shoot Out

To celebrate the World Cup we had our very own penalty shootout with year 3. We were excellent at scoring goals!

We had a brilliant Sports Day, we were all super at joining in with our races and tried our very best. We loved the egg and spoon race, jumping over the hurdles, collecting the beanbags in our baskets and running as fast as we could! We also enjoyed cheering on our friends too. We had so much fun and we were all winners with a medal and an ice pop treat at the end!

Ducklings - Sports with Mr Dooley

We have really enjoyed doing sports with Mr Dooley, our favourite game is a running game called ‘Beans!’ We have been working on our co-ordination and finding a space. We have also enjoyed exploring different equipment such as footballs, rugby balls, hula-hoops and beanbags.

Ducklings - Sports Relief

We had a brilliant Sports Day, we were all super at joining in with our races and tried our very best. We loved the egg and spoon race, jumping over the hurdles, collecting the beanbags in our baskets and running as fast as we could! We also enjoyed cheering on our friends too. We had so much fun and we were all winners with a medal and an ice pop treat at the end!

Mr Dennison came back to visit us to do some planting with us. We have enjoyed planting potatoes and sunflowers with him. We have loved watching them grow and looking after them. It was quite magical when we dug up our potato plants and found that the potatoes had magically grown underground! We carefully washed our potatoes and Mrs Agar cooked them for us, they were the most delicious potatoes we have ever tasted – yummy!

Ducklings - Library Bus

This year we have really enjoyed the library bus visiting school and sharing stories with the older children.

Ducklings - Maypole Day

We celebrated Mayday with our annual Maypole performance with Reception. We did really well for our Mummies and Daddies despite the scorching sunshine. Thank-you to everybody who came to watch us!

Ducklings - Pirate Day

We loved dressing up as pirates, finding treasure, making bandanas and skull and cross bone hats and learning pirate songs. Our favourite part was a pirate workshop from the Theatre Royal where we pretended to be real pirates with them.

Ducklings - World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day by coming in dressed as our favourite book characters and bringing in some of our favourite books! We enjoyed talking about our favourite stories and characters as well as listening to some of our favourite stories too. We were also very lucky as Miss Wheeler came down from Year 1 to read to us. She read us a story all about a Blue Balloon that we had to blow up as we went – we loved it!

Ducklings - Forest Wedding

To celebrate the Royal Wedding we had our own wedding in the woods with Reception. We enjoyed pretending to be different members of the Royal family.

We love learning from nature and exploring the environment around us on our weekly forest walks. We learn through our senses by talking about the things that we can see, hear, feel and smell as we go! We enjoy collecting items to talk about and look at how the trees and plants grow to build on our understanding of the world around us. This year we have loved building dens, climbing trees, making clay faces on the trees, going on scavenger hunts, playing parachute with Reception and many more exciting activities – take a look!

Ducklings - Yoga

We were very lucky to have a yoga workshop. It was really fun and very relaxing! We enjoyed pretending to be different things at the seaside.

“I like being the dolphin!” Tilly explained.

Ducklings - Fire Engine Visit!

We were very lucky to have a fire engine and real firefighters come to visit us at school. We were able to talk to the fireman about what they do, learn how then fire hose works and we even got to have a go in the cab of the engine at look at the firemen’s jackets and torches. It was so interesting and luckily because it was raining so much the firemen didn’t have any fires to put out! 🚒

Ducklings - Trying out Boxing

We were lucky enough to have a sports session on Boxing where were taught some basic skills and played some fun games too. We learnt how to move from one foot to another and moved towards and backwards. We also practised how to hold out arms and how to punch them in front of us whilst count them and saying “1-2!”. Then we practised how to duck. We played a game to practise these skills where we had to take it in turns to move forward from one foot to another, then punch out our arms and collect a quoit to take back to our team. It was lots of fun learning these new skills but we were quite worn out when we had finished!

Ducklings - World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day by coming in dressed as our favourite book characters and bringing in some of our favourite books! We enjoyed talking about our favourite stories and characters as well as listening to some of our favourite stories too. We were also very lucky as Miss Wheeler came down from Year 1 to read to us. She read us a story all about a Blue Balloon that we had to blow up as we went – we loved it!

Ducklings - Fun in the snow

We wrapped up warm and had so much fun experiencing the snowy weather. We absolutely loved catching snowflakes, making snow angels, building snowballs and snowmen, sledging down our little hill and making footprints as we walked. It really was quite magical if a bit chilly!

Ducklings - Chinese Dance Workshop

To Celebrate Chinese New Year we had a very special dance workshop. We got learnt to move around like all the different animals of the Chinese zodiac. We also got use some special Chinese fans and parasols. We practising swaying, twirling and moving around with them to music – it was so much fun!

Lucy said “I love spinning the pretty umbrellas round”.

Ducklings - WellComm with Year 6

In Nursery we are very fortunate to have some year 6 helpers come down and play different games with us to help support our language development. Year 6 have lots of really fun ways to teach us new words and we love making new friends with the big children too.

“The big children my friends!” says Sivani.

Ducklings - Santa's visit!

This Christmas we were very lucky as we had a special visitor – Santa himself! We all got a chance to go up into Santa’s sleigh and have a chat. We even got a present too! It was such an exciting day for us all.

The children all exclaimed “Santa’s here!!!” when they saw his sleigh arrive in the playground!

We have been learning about penguins. We learnt that lots of penguins live in Antarctica and that they are birds that can't fly. We have enjoyed dressing up as penguins and pretending to waddle and swim like them. We also enjoyed making models, collages and painting pictures of penguins.

“I love penguins ‘cos they slide on their tummies!” Elijah told everybody.

Ducklings - Planting Trees

We had a special delivery of baby trees at school, with the help of Year 3, we all worked together to carefully plant them in different spots. We can’t wait to look after them and watch them grow to hopefully make our woods even bigger!

“They’re going to get bigger and bigger and bigger!” Callum is really excited about our new trees!

Ducklings - Remembrance Day

For Remembrance Day, we learnt why it is important to remember and about the Poppy story. We watched a video from the perspective of a family of rabbits and it showed all the beautiful poppies growing. We learnt that we wear poppies to remember all the people that were hurt or lost and that the poppies were the first flower to grow again when peace was restored. We made our poppies with playdough and paint. Then we all made our own poppies with tissue paper and went outside and put them in our own special field so we had lots and lots of poppies too.

Amelia explained “We wear poppies to remember the solider”.

Ducklings - Making Pumpkin Soup.

In Autumn we went on a forest walk and explored the story Pumpkin Soup and then we learnt how to make our own pumpkin soup. We had to scoop out the pumpkin, add herbs, stock and a little salt (but not too much!) and then mix it all together. We really enjoyed working together to help mash up the pieces in our soup before cooking it and tasting it. It was yummy!

Ducklings - Fireworks!

We have learnt about staying safe around fireworks and enjoyed making different firework pictures. We tried rolling marbles around a tray as well as printing with cut up cardboard tubes to make pretty firework patterns and then, of course, we added glitter!

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