Pre-School : The Ducklings 16-17

Class Teachers – Mrs Adey, Miss Williams and Mrs Jackson

Learning Support Assistants (LSA) – Julie Johnstone and Michelle Jones. We also have members of staff from the NEST who join us at each session. 

Welcome to The Ducklings page of our school website. You will be able to find copies of class letters here, examples of our learning and useful links to websites to help with your learning.

Class Blog

Coastguard Visit - July 2017
We enjoyed welcoming the Coastguards to Ducklings and they came and showed us their equipment and told us about their job. We talked about how to stay safe at the beach and on the cliffs. 

School Leavers Forest School Party - July 2017

The children really enjoyed taking part in the Leavers Forest School Party. We walked down to Forest School and then enjoyed an ice cream, went on a bear hunt, toasted marshmallows and generally explored the site. It was a lovely sunny day that all the children loved as their first experience of Forest School.

Healthy Eating Week – June 2017

The children have enjoyed a range of stories about food and tried different foods at snack time. The stories have included Supertato, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Oliver’s Vegetable, Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Oliver’s Fruit Salad. They have enjoyed pasta, cheese straws, fruit salad, milkshake etc.

Silver Bells Visit – 5th-8th June 2017

The children enjoyed a variety of different Indian inspired activities as we had visitors from our partner school in India, Silver Bells School. The children enjoyed making Rangoli Patterns, Mehndi hand art, tasting Indian food and Indian dancing. We made a display to celebrate their visit.

Welcome Back - June 2017
We hope you had a lovely May Half Term break, we have a busy seven weeks coming up. Please read the letters below with more details. 
Summer Term - May 2017
We have been busy welcoming our new friends to Ducklings and enjoying a variety of different opportunities. For example, sowing seeds, Mini Forest School, being creative, playing in the water and sand, making creations with petals in our Mud Kitchen, making dens etc. Have a look at the photos below of us being very busy. 
Welcome Back - April 2017
We hope you all had a good Easter break and look forward to welcoming our new friends to Ducklings. Please have at a look at the below letters to see what we will be busy doing this half term. 

Red Nose Day - March 2017

The children really enjoyed a variety of different Red Nose Day activities in non-uniform, we decorated cakes to sell at the end of our sessions, painted red noses, decorated noses, watched a song and enjoyed a story about Mr Funny and his red nose. Have a look at some the pictures from our day. 

Science Week - March 2017
The children have enjoyed a variety of different science themed activities this week in Ducklings. Have a look at some of the photos of the things we have been busy doing. 
Signs of Spring - March 2017
The children enjoyed going on an adventure around the school looking for signs of spring for example, blossom, daffodils etc. 
Book Week - Mon 27th February - Fri 3rd March 2017
The children have enjoyed our Book Week which has included World Book Day. We have been busy sharing our favourite books from home, reading a variety of different stories eg. Aliens Love Underpants, Giraffes Can't Dance, Oi Frog, Owl Babies, Dear Zoo, Where are you Blue Kangaroo? Miss Williams was busy creating rainbows with the children after reading Noah's Ark. Have a look at some of the photos of our week and a video of one of children reading and sharing his book. 
Our First Week Back - 24th February 2017
The children have all enjoyed their first week back at Ducklings after the half term break. We have been busy learning about our emotions and how our face shows how we are feeling. We have been reminding ourselves of our Golden Rules at Ducklings and being superheroes using our super powers to help us with our playing and learning. On Thursday afternoon Freddie took the children to the Polytunnel during their Mini Forest School time to start sowing some seeds, we are looking forward to watching them grow. 
Welcome Back - February 2017
We would like to welcome back all the children to Ducklings and looking forward to this half term where the weather should get better and we will be busy looking for signs of Spring. Please have a look at the letters below which will be sent out to all parents. 

REMINDER - Ducklings Parent Café - Wednesday 8th February 2-3pm

Everyone’s welcome to join us for a stay and play with activities, cake and a chance to look at your child’s Learning Journal.

Rain - January 2017
The last week of January seems to have been a very wet week but we have still enjoyed playing and learning outside. We have also been tasting foods from other countries at snack time leading on from our learning about Chinese New Year. Have a look at a few photos from this week. 
National Storytelling Week - 23rd - 27th January 2017
We have been busy this week reading a variety of different stories, the main focus has been on Elmer, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Along with reading these stories the children have loved exploring the new books we have been donated recently. Have a look at some of the things we have been busy doing this week. 
Mini Forest School - Thursday 19th January 2017
The children really enjoyed making their musical instruments with Freddie in Mini Forest School. Have a look at some of the children busy having a go. 
Music With Mervyn - Thursday Afternoons
We really enjoyed our singing this afternoon with Mervyn, we sang about cats, different animals, the water cycle, umbrellas and did some counting. Have a look at some of the photos of us busy in the Hall with Reception Class.  
Week 2 - January 2017
We have really enjoyed getting messy this week and have been very creative with a winter focus. We have been busy settling our new friends who have joined us and everyone is having fun exploring the indoor and outdoor classrooms after the Christmas break. Have a look at some of things we have been busy doing. 
Welcome Back - January 2017
We would like to wish all our children and parents a Happy New Year, the below letters will be sent out to all children next week. 
Christmas Fun at Ducklings - December 2016
The children have enjoyed taking part in our nativity play, exploring a range of Christmas crafts, dressing up as Father Christmas, wrapping pretend presents and many other things. Have a look at some of the photos of what we have been doing. 
Guide Dog Visit - Thursday 24th November
The children really enjoyed meeting a Guide Dog and a puppy in training. Have a look at some of the photos of the visit. 

Children in Need - Friday 18th November 2016

The children have really enjoyed the Children in Need activities we have been doing this week for example, making and decorating cakes, printing, colouring, magic painting, cutting and sticking and dressing up in Non-Uniform. We helped raised lots of money for Children in Need.

World Nursery Rhyme Week - November 2016
The children really enjoyed taking part in our nursery rhyme activities, have a look at the display we created. 
Mini Forest School - Thursday 10th Nov
Some of our Reception Class friends joined us today for Mini Forest School, have a look at what they have been doing. 
Brixham Library Visit - November 2016
We enjoyed visiting Brixham Library today to hear some stories, do some activities and read some books. The children really enjoyed the session and enjoyed our adventure back through Brixham to school. 
Mini Forest School with Freddie - Thursday 3rd November
The children loved seeing Freddie in Ducklings again this week and were very keen to see what she had planned. Have a look at some of the photos of the children busy. We will be making a display of their pictures in Ducklings. Please come and have a look. 
Supertato and Busy Cooking
The children enjoyed being superheroes in Ducklings and reading the story Supertato. They enjoyed having a go at making their own supertatos. They also were busy making creations in our Mud Kitchen. 
Welcome Back to Ducklings - November 2016
We hope you all enjoyed the half term break and we are looking forward to a busy half term with our Christmas Play and lots of other exciting things happening. Please have a look at our welcome back letters for more information. 
Our Leaf Crowns - Thursday 20th October 2016
We welcomed our friend Freddie to Ducklings and she helped us go on a hunt for autumn leaves around the school and then make leaf crowns. Hope you like our creations. 
Freddie will be joining us every Thursday afternoon to help us develop our Forest School skills. Watch out for what we will be doing next time she joins us. 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The children really enjoyed reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we learnt about the days of the week, counting and healthy foods. The children loved making their fruit skewers for snack time. 
The Pizza Kittens
The children enjoyed making pizzas after we had read The Pizza Kittens story which talked about table manners and eating different foods. Have a look at some of the pizzas we made.  
The Gruffalo - Thursday 6th October 2016
The children have enjoyed reading this story, listening to the rap version (see below) and the Gruffalo song, making and enjoying Purple Prickle Pancakes and decorating the characters ready for our display. Have a look at some of the photos of our Gruffalo fun. 
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Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 30th September
The children really enjoyed making and decorating the cakes on Thursday for our Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September where we joined in with the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. We really enjoyed welcoming parents and grandparents to our Coffee Morning and Stay and Play. We raised £28.39 for a charity that helps support families and patients after their cancer diagnosis. We all know someone effected by cancer! 
Shape Hunting - September 2016
Following on from the children's interests in shapes last week we have been on a shape hunt around school and created a display in Ducklings to remind ourselves what a circle, square, rectangle and triangle look like. Have a look at some of the shapes we found around school. 
Week 3 - 23rd September 2016
We have continued to follow the children's interests this week with making pink water, having picnics with the babies, feeding the dinosaurs, playing on the ride ons, being in a music band, using the whiteboard, visiting the school Hall and lots of other activities. Have a look at some of our photos.  
The children have also loved doing the actions and joining in with the film below - 
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Week 2 - 16th September 2016
We have had a busy week visiting the school hall, the library and the big playground. The children have been busy exploring the inside and outside classrooms and the older children have loved showing our new friends how to use the different toys for example, using the hammer and nails to make pictures using the shapes. The children have also been busy painting pictures, exploring the messy play, playing in the water tray and many other fun things. Have a look at the photos of our busy week. 
Week 1 - September 2016
We have had a lovely week exploring our new inside and outside classrooms. Have a look at some of the pictures of us this week.  
Tuesday 6th September 2016
We would like to welcome everyone to Ducklings Pre-School. We have busy over the summer holidays making some changes to our inside and outside classrooms and are excited about explore these with the children.  
The Team
Teaching Letters and Sounds

We always plan a range of activities in Ducklings to help the children learn about letters and sounds for example, playing listening games, action songs, matching rhyming pairs and many other activities. 

If you would like to help support your child at home with learning the letter sounds and starting to write the letters of the alphabet then have a look at this fantastic website to help you - CLICK HERE
Useful Resources
How Children Learn to Talk from Birth to 5 Years (from The Communication Trust)
What to expect, when? - Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage. 
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A Tour Around Duckings
Our Golden Rules