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W/C 18.9.17

 

This week we have continued to look at our phonics sound 's'. We have been adding to our Autumn display where the children have made big and small owls and winding wool around leaves. The children have been taking part in fruit and vegetable printing which then turned into hand printing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started our mini P.E sessions in the hall this week. We followed the Sticky Kids CD where they had to follow the movements in the songs. The children were introduced to children's yoga where we did this to the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt'. They have also been taking part in ball games and ring games with their friends.

 

We have continued to read the story 'The Little Red Hen' and this week we made bread rolls with the children. They loved getting their hands messy and tasting what they had made!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

Weekly Update
W/C 11.9.17

 

Last week we had a settling in week where the children were able to get used to Puddleduck life again! Everyone settled in so well after the break and it is lovely to have them all back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we have introduced phonics where we have been looking at the 's' sound. The children have been exploring the sound box, completing sound sheets and joining in with the song. They have loved using the interactive whiteboard where they have been mark marking and playing shape games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started looking at Autumn and have been working on our display. They have been creating tree pictures using paint and cups, leaf printing and cutting and sticking images related to Autumn. We have been on an Autumn walk around the area and we have been up on the field lots to find leaves, conkers, acorns and sticks. They have created a very interesting Autumn tray with all these materials together and helped to chose animals that they think would be best related to the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This half term we will be reading 'The Little Red Hen'. We listened to the story and then created a story board together with the main events. The children also made their own snack this week of berry yo-yo's. These included fruit, yoghurt and crushed biscuit. They were able to follow the instructions brilliantly and created a delicious snack to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 17.7.17

We have had a very exciting last week in Puddleducks! On Monday we joined with Ash class to have a 'Teddy Bears Picnic' on the field. We had lots of fun on reward day on Tuesday where we were very lucky to have a bouncy castle and play lots of games! The children have been continuing to use the interactive board where they have been creating some beautiful mark making pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly we said goodbye to some of our older children who are going off to new schools or joining Ash class. It has been a pleasure to have them all in Puddleducks and they will be really missed!

 

We hope that you all have a fantastic, restful summer and we look forward to seeing you back in September!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 10.7.17

 

We had a very exciting delivery this week in Puddleducks! We had a new interactive whiteboard installed and the children have been really enjoying using it so far! We have been playing counting games, practising their mark making and listening to interactive stories. We are very excited to start using this next term to help us learn our phonics and develop new skills. A big thank you to everybody who helped make this purchase possible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday the children joined in with some running races at Sports Day. They had great fun and they all did fantastic! We have been busy decorating fish with different coloured tissue paper for our 'Under the sea' display that we are making with Ash class. We took part in a children's yoga session on Thursday based on the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. They showed brilliant concentration skills and were amazing with following the different movements. In the garden they have been getting very messy exploring corn flour play and making 'cakes' in the mud kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can we ask that if anyone still has a library book at home, please can it be returned next week! Thank you!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 3rd July 2017

 

This week the children have been exploring the play dough where they have used cutters to create different shapes. They have then enjoyed testing their friends on what shape they have made. We have been learning about team work and how working together can help us in completing puzzles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children took part in an insect hunt in the garden and were very excited to find worms, snails and slugs! They used the magnifying glasses to look at them more closely and talk about the features that they had. They have also enjoyed caring for our plants by helping to water them each day. We have been looking at the Kipper story sack and the children have loved exploring the bag and creating their own stories with the characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 26.6.17

 

This week we have been developing the children's listening skills. They have played sound bingo where they had to identify the animals and instruments and match them to the picture on their cards. The children also joined in making playdough. They had to listen and follow the instructions to find out what the needed to do next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the garden they have been exploring wet sand and making sandcastles! The children have enjoyed mark making where they have decorated their own art folders. We have also been looking at numbers where they had to match the numbers on the balls to the correct house number. They also played the ladybird counting game in groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 19.6.17

The children have loved being outside and making the most of the beautiful weather this week! We have had lots of water play in the garden, role playing with the babies and playing with the small world people. They enjoyed making their own treasure maps and trying to find where their friends 'x' was in the garden. We have spent lots of time on the field too exploring the adventure trail and finding different types of flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been making special houses for the school fete with the help of the children! They have been constructing their own houses and decorating them. The children have enjoyed role play where they have been busy making their own trains and taking it in turns to be the driver!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing some of you at the school fete tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 12.6.17

 

This week the children have enjoyed spending lots of time outside. They have been learning about shadows and drawing around objects in the garden. We have been washing, dressing and feeding babies, experimenting with torches in the tent and making ramps for our cars to run down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a music and movement session in the hall where we encouraged the children to move in different ways. They enjoyed playing with the parachute and taking part in ball games. The children have also been busy creating special pieces for Father's Day. We hope that they like them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 5.6.17
 
Welcome back! We hope that you all had a lovely half term!
 
This week the children have loved getting very creative! They have been taking part in junk modelling, shape printing and making their own shadow pictures with animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our phonics sessions we have looked back at all of the sounds that we have previously learnt. The children took part in a cutting activity where they had to match the same letter, word and picture together.
 
The children have enjoyed exploring the field where they have been testing their physical skills on the climbing equipment, playing ball games and skipping. At one of our morning circle times where we talk about the weather that day, the children began discussing how windy it was and how everything was blowing away! We decided to experiment with the weather and take ribbons up to the field. Beforehand we spoke about what effects the wind would have on their ribbons and what they could do to make them go higher. They had great fun and needed a much deserved rest after all the running!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 22.5.17

 

The children have had a fantastic week making the most of the beautiful weather! We have taken our learning outside and they have loved it! We have had lots of water play with boats, bottles, sprays, ramps, washing babies and cars. We have been developing the children's scissor skills by cutting along lines and in different shapes. They have enjoyed painting at the easel and making dens out of materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been playing ball games on the field and exploring the adventure trail. We have also been focusing on the phonics sound 'f' this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope that you all have a lovely half term break!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 15.5.17

 

This week we have been looking at the phonics sound 'l'. The children have completed their sound sheets and have been finding objects beginning with the letter 'l' around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been focusing on our pencil holding skills this week and encouraging children to talk about the pictures that they have drawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also enjoyed a children's yoga session to the story of Frozen in the hall. They showed great concentration and were able to follow the movements brilliantly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been very exciting this week in Puddleducks as one of our tadpoles has grown into a froglet! The children have enjoyed watching it jump around the tank and it has been named by them as Fred the Frog! We are hoping some more froglets grow as the children have been thinking up lots more names for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the weather is due to be getting warmer (hopefully!) please would your child be able to bring a sun hat with them each day and can sun cream be applied before nursery if possible. Thank you!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 8.5.17

 

This week we have been looking at the phonics sound 'u'. The children have been playing phonics bingo where they had the task of distinguishing between all of the sounds that we have learnt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have enjoyed checking on the tadpoles and have been keen to take their own photos so they could have a closer look! We are all very excited as some of them seem to be growing legs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been practicing our counting and recapping the names of shapes. They had lots of fun going on a shape hunt around Puddleducks to see if they could find them within the environment. We have also been looking at groups of objects where they had to work out which had more or less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning the children have been enjoying icing cakes. Once they had decorated them as you can imagine they did not last very long!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

 

W/C 1.5.17

 

This week we have been focusing on the jolly phonics sound 'o'. We have continued with looking at the story 'Hands are not for hitting'. The children have been talking with each other about what happy hands and sad hands mean to them. They took part in a cutting and sticking activity where they had to arrange what their hands should and should not be used for and explored hand printing as being a fun way to use their hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also been looking at colours and exploring how they change when they are mixed together. They got very excited when they saw the colours that they had made!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been spending time in the hall where we have been setting up group activities and continuing to develop their listening skills. They have been listening to interactive stories and talking about what might happen next and playing animal bingo. The children have also used blocks to build structures. They have been talking and working together with their friends to share ideas about how they can build what they set out to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 24.4.17

 

We have had another busy week in puddleducks! The children have been learning about the jolly phonics sound 'g' and exploring rhyming words. We have taken part in music and movement activities in the hall encouraging the children to develop their understanding of following instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been developing their fine motor skills by threading cotton reels and using beads to create pieces on pipe cleaners. We have continued with our number recognition activities where they had to identify numbers in the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our circle times we have been talking about how to be kind and gentle with others. We have focused on the books 'feet are not for kicking' and 'hands are not for hitting'. The children have been thinking of different ways that they can use their hands and feet.

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 17.4.17

 

Welcome back! We hope that you all had a lovely Easter! Puddleducks have had a very busy first week back! We have welcomed lots of new faces and they have all settled in fantastically!

 

We have been revisiting the jolly phonics sounds that we have previously looked at and introduced the sound 'd'. The children have been drawing and painting pictures of things they did during their holidays. They have enjoyed telling us all about what they got up to and comparing the amount of Easter eggs they got with their friends!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the weather has been so lovely this week we have spent lots of time outside! The children helped to plant seeds and water out plants. We spoke about what the seeds would need to help them grow and how we should care for them. They have loved exploring the mud kitchen where they have been making 'pies' and 'cakes'! We have also been working on number recognition. The children have been taking part in counting activities and matching numbers and colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 27.3.17

 

This week we have been looking at the Jolly Phonics sound 'm' and looking back over the sounds to see what we could all remember! The children did really well and are becoming very familiar with them! On Tuesday we were invited to attend the Easter Service at the church. Puddleducks were fantastic walking and sat beautifully the whole way through. They also enjoyed having the chance to show everybody the lovely Easter hats that they had made. A big thank you to the parents who helped us walk to and from the church!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been looking at Easter, talking about the Easter story and why people celebrate it. On Wednesday they tasted hot cross buns and were able to choose their fillings! They have been decorating eggs where they were able to colour in or explore different materials to use. We took part in a name egg hunt in the hall. The children were given their names and had to match the different eggs to the letters of their names. They loved this and were amazing in finding them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we have been enjoying reward day. We went on an Easter egg hunt in the field and were very excited to find a treat at the end! We also had a very special visitor from The Animal Experience where the children were able to learn about and touch a range of animals including a meerkat, snake and an owl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope that you have a lovely, restful Easter break!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 20.3.17

This week we have been learning about Easter and why people celebrate it. They helped to make and decorate an Easter egg tree and have continued to practice lots of spring songs. Puddleducks made their own Easter hats to wear at our service at the church next Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been busy this week getting creative making their gifts for Mother's Day. We hope that you like them and hopefully they have been able to keep what it is a secret!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our Jolly Phonics session, we have been looking at the 'r' sound. They have been busy adding to our spring display where they painted their own ladybirds and we went on a spring walk around the field to see if we could notice any changes in the environment. We also celebrated Red Nose Day on Friday. They have been creating their own faces with red noses and decorating biscuits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 13.3.17

 

We have had another very busy week in Puddleducks! The children have been learning about the Jolly Phonics sound 'h' and finding objects that began with the letter. We have started to sing Spring songs and continued working on our spring display. They have been painting blossom trees and decorating frogs for the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started looking at healthy eating this week. We began by talking about what foods are good for us and which foods are not so good. They enjoyed an activity of cutting out foods that they liked and sticking them onto their plates. During a taste testing activity, we encouraged the children to talk about what they thought of the different foods and why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children asked if they could take it in turns to lead the morning circle time where we complete the weather board and find out how everyone is feeling that day. They had lots of fun doing this and they all made fantastic teachers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddleducks would also like to say a big thank you to Mike who came and put some wonderful shelving into our new shed for us!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 6.3.17

 

We have been making the most of the lovely weather this week by spending lots of time outside! We went on a walk on the school field where we checked on the chickens, played ball games and tested our balancing skills on the climbing equipment. In the garden, the children were exploring things that float in water. They used boats, cars and other materials around them to test these ideas.The children have also been learning about the life cycle of frogspawn. We collected some carefully from the pond in the playground and have watched them grow into tadpoles! The children are very excited and love looking at the frog books to find out more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddleducks have been learning about the sound 'e' in Jolly Phonics. They watched a short clip where they had to guess what items beginning with the sound 'e' were being made with the play dough as fast as they could! We have been learning about our senses this week. The children took part in a smelling activity where they had to guess what was in the boxes. They enjoyed talking about the smells, where they had smelt them before and explaining why they liked or didn't like them! The children also explored their sense of touch. We encouraged them to use describing words to talk about the items they were feeling in the feely box and during shaving foam play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 27.2.17

 

We have had a very busy week in Puddleducks! On Monday we were invited to the assembly led by the local PCSO. We learnt about the roles policeman do to help us and how to stay safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday we celebrated pancake day. The children took it in turns to add and mix together the ingredients - all waiting very patiently for them to be cooked! They had great fun choosing which toppings they wanted to use but the best bit was tasting our creations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week the children have been learning about the Jolly Phonics sounds 'C' and 'K'. If you are interested in listening to the sound songs you can go to YouTube and search 'Jolly Phonics'. We have continued with our topic of all about me. The children painted self portraits and used mirrors to look at their features more closely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also celebrated World Book Day. The children brought in their favourite stories from home or chose a special one they like to look at at nursery. They were encouraged to retell what happens in the story and enjoyed drawing parts of the book. We loved looking at each other's costumes and listening to the stories our friends had brought in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

 

 

W/C 20.2.17

 

This week we have been looking at the jolly phonics sound 'n'. The children have been enjoying practicing the sound along with the aeroplane movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started our topic 'All about me' which we have been looking at self-care. The children were introduced to Toby the crocodile who was shy and unsure how to keep himself clean and healthy so needed the children's help! They were very kind in showing him how to brush his teeth properly, wash himself and how to clean his nose!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have shown an interest in mark making this week and exploring different ways to make movements. They have been using the whiteboards, sand tray and taking part in large scale finger painting to make marks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also been developing our physical skills during our mini P.E sessions in the hall. They have been taking part in a small obstacle course that tested their climbing, balance and movement skills. They loved exploring their abilities and we all earned a well deserved rest afterwards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddleducks would also like to thank the PTA for our new shed! We really appreciated all the help with taking our old one down on Tuesday and look forward to filling up the new one soon! Thank you again!

 

The Puddleducks Team
Mandy and Laura

W/C 6/2/17

 

We have been looking at the ‘i’ sound in Jolly phonics this week. The children completed their sound sheets and we also went on a sound hunt around the school looking for words with an ‘i’ or ‘s’ in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children enjoyed a pizza making session on Wednesday where they were able to choose which toppings they would like and were encouraged to use different cutlery safely. I’m sure you can see from the photos that these were definitely a success with the children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Puddleducks enjoyed making Valentine’s day cards for their families where they decorated hearts and used hand prints to make leaves for a flower. They have been exploring pink and glittery play dough and in our circle time we have been talking about feelings and characteristics of our friends and family. We have been discussing what would make people happy and sad and why we like to play with our friends. The children have been very kind about each other and people that they know! We also decorated biscuits for our loved ones to enjoy using pink icing and different types of sprinkles - luckily we made enough to have one at snack time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

W/C 30.1.17

 

This week we have been looking at the sound 'P'. The children have been colouring in our sound sheets and finding items in the room. As the jolly phonics song was a bit of a difficult one this week, we decided to help them with the understanding of the words by making their very own pink pig cakes. Since then we have all been singing along to the words successfully!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have continued to look at Chinese New Year. The children decorated their own dragon masks using bright colours and lots of glitter! They also explored the clothes and items they have and even had a chance to try these on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddleducks have been learning about rhythm and tempo this week. We had a music and movement session in the hall where the children danced at different speeds to how fast the song was. They showed us some brilliant dance moves! We also used instruments where they were given the chance to tap the drum at different tempos for their friends to move in a range of ways. They had a great fun and was a great workout for all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

W/C 23.1.17

 

This week we have been continuing to introduce Jolly Phonics. We have been learning about the sound 't'. We have been finding things beginning with that sound and putting them in our sound box and singing along to the song!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We created a 'I can count to ten' board where we encouraged children to find the correct number of the same items. They have been using the board independently and learning to associate numbers with objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddleducks have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have been listening to the story 'The Great Race' and we created a story board recalling what happened in book. The children have enjoyed making fans, dragons out of egg boxes, looking at Chinese books and listening to Chinese music where they incorporated musical instruments. They also learnt about what animal represents them for their year of birth when looking at the zodiac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

 

Mandy and Laura

 

W/C 16.1.17

 

This week we introduced the letter sound 'a'. The children have been singing the song with the actions all week and we hear that they have been doing the same at home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been measuring items by putting them in length and height order from smallest to biggest. They have been arranging different lengths of string and looking at a variety of sizes of animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been continuing to look at the story 'We're going on a bear hunt'. In the hall we acted out the story by using different sounds and movements. The children have also been busy making their own penguins for our winter display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the children made pizzas to eat at our very own teddy bears picnic. They were able to choose which toppings they would like on their pizza and their teddies were even lucky enough to have a little taste too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mandy and Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/C 9.1.17

 

We are beginning to introduce the children to Jolly Phonics. It is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. In Puddleducks we are starting to work on Phase 1 which are the letter sounds s, a, t, i, p, n. This week we have been looking at the sound 's'. We created a sound box together by searching for things that start with the 's' sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddleducks have been enjoying listening to 'We're going on a bear hunt' and made their own caves for the bear in the story. We have also been talking about different types of bears and learning where they live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been developing their understanding of shape names including circle, triangle, square and rectangle. We have also introduced the shapes hexagon and oval. They were able to practice drawing familiar shapes using the interactive board. We did this in pairs which encouraged turn taking by using the sand timer and they enjoyed testing each other on the shape names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took part in the Big Schools' Bird Watch. The children used binoculars to spot the birds and used cameras to try to capture them. They also ticked off the birds that they spotted on their clipboards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/C 12/12/16

 

We have had a very busy week in Puddleducks! We have made our own wreaths using string......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listening to the story of the Nativity and acting this out independently with the characters in the sand......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Christmas stickers!!........

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Christmas trees using marshmallows and rice krispies.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa delivered a very special sack full of presents, a letter from him for each child and reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They enjoyed Christmas dinner.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And playing with the snow.....​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

W/C 5/12/16

 

On Monday the children were invited to the church with the rest of the school to celebrate Christingle. In the morning Puddleducks learnt about the meaning of Christingle and what the oranges represent. They then got the chance to decorate their own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children enjoyed exploring ice play and trying to free the snow animals that were frozen inside! We spoke about ways that the ice would melt and what features the animals have to live in the colder climate. We also took part in a shape hunt in the garden where they had to find familiar shapes and mark them off on their clipboards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon the children joined in with the Christmas nativity where they all chose their own outfits to wear! They sat and sang along to the songs beautifully - well done Puddleducks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been busy drawing pictures to send to Father Christmas and some of us went to post them on Friday morning. The children were very excited that they would be going all the way to the North Pole and hoped to receive a reply from him before Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

 

 

W/C 28/11/16

 

This week we have been getting very festive in Puddleducks. We have been arranging baubles, trees, stockings, stars and candy canes in order of size and then decorating them.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing up in our festive outfits.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Robins using paper plates, tissue paper and googly eyes.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating our Christmas tree.........

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrapping presents..........

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And joined in with the rehearsals of the Christmas nativity 'The Dinky Donkeys'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking forward to another fun filled week next week!

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura​

W/C 21/11/16

 

This week in Puddleducks we have been talking about feelings and what makes us happy, sad and angry. The children took part in a matching activity of placing the flashcards into the correct feelings hoop. They were able to identify how they were feeling in the pictures and extended this by telling us their own experiences!

 

We went on a nature walk Wednesday afternoon around the local area. Luckily we were well prepared with our wellie boots as we found some big puddles to splash in! We came across a drey that had fallen from a tree and talked about how the squirrels would have made it. They enjoyed looking for materials around that the squirrel would have used and trying to spot them in the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving. The children enjoyed making turkey sandwiches to have for snack and they also made their own dreamcatchers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

 

W/C 14/11/16

 

The children have been exploring ice as part of sensory play. We looked in the atlas to find where the Antarctic is and talked about the animals that live there. They chose from our animal box which ones they thought would be best suited to live with the ice and in the cold and even made homes for them using lego pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last few weeks we have had fun singing along to our Halloween and Autumn songs. The children have been joining in with the actions and are looking forward to starting our winter songs in the coming weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our 'All about me' theme, the children have been talking about their families and creating their own family tree. Thank you everyone who provided the leaves and photos, they loved telling us about who was who and sharing stories about them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

 

 

 

W/C 7/11/16

 

This week we created a story box for the book 'Room on the Broom'. The children have enjoyed dressing up, role playing with the animals and making their own potions using coloured glitter. They have loved listening to the story and rearranging the magnetic story board in order of the events happening in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also been learning about Remembrance Day. During a circle time activity we discussed what it is about and why we wear poppies. The children were able to purchase their own poppies and used these to paint a picture of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also decorated biscuits into poppies using red icing and cherries. The children loved this and as you can see from the pictures, some of the icing made it onto the biscuits and some of it did not!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 ​We would also like to thank the parents who came to the Stay and Play session last Friday afternoon. We had a brilliant turn out and the children loved exploring the new environment!

We hope to see you all again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

 

W/C 31/10/16

 

Hope that you all had a lovely break at half term!

We have been busy looking at Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night this week and getting very creative!

 

For Halloween the children used paint and glitter to decorate pumpkins and wanted to display these outside for you all to see. Using cut out shapes they made their own pumpkin pictures and explored Halloween shaped pasta which they threaded onto string and used them to make textured pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After many of us watched the fireworks here at the school this week, the children made their own firework pictures. Using glitter and paint they decorated paper plates. They also enjoyed printing with cut out toilet rolls which created a lovely effect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team

Mandy and Laura

Autumn Term

 

​Puddleducks have been busy this half term! After the long summer we all settled in quickly and got straight into celebrating Roald Dahl Day. We decorated masks of animals that are in some of the stories using a range of materials and also explored the different books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then got creative making our own pitta pizzas to help develop our fine motor skills and to learn about using cutlery safely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been enjoying listening to The Gingerbread Man and have been reciting parts of the story. To further this they made gingerbread using cutters and took these home for everyone to enjoy!

 

To celebrate Harvest Festival, Puddleducks went to the church with the whole school for a service. They all walked and sat fantastically and we got lots of photos taken by the children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been looking at our topic of autumn where we went on a walk to explore the school field and local area. The children had great fun finding conkers, acorns and leaves which they painted for our display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the large whiteboard has been very popular with the children and they have spent time creating lots of lovely marks and pictures. Some are beginning to become familiar with the letters in their name and have been using the board to try and write it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently we have started a mini P.E session twice a week where we take the children into the school hall and take part in a range of physical activities. We have been playing ball games, taking part in music and movement and parachute games. The children have loved this time and we will be continuing this weekly next term!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puddleducks Team
 
Mandy and Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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