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As we move through each term we will add photos, information and home learning to this page so please check back each week to see what we have all been up to.
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Minibeast Mayhem - Spring 2 2018
We’ve started to explore the word ‘Minibeasts’. We’ve enjoyed creating our own collage minibeasts and we’ve been minibeast detectives! The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been popular and we've been learning all about the life cycle of butterflies – we even have some live caterpillars arriving that we will be able to observe changing into butterflies over the term.
As well as this we also have our exciting trip booked to Sutton Courtenay where we will learn lots more about minibeasts! So a busy term ahead.
14.03.18 - We're going on a Minibeast Hunt..........
How nice to see the sunshine! We've certainly made the most of it today. First of all we went on our Minibeast hunt into the forest. We found snails, slugs, worms,millipedes, woodlice and insect eggs! We then observed lots of movement in the pond area so after snack we went back outside to explore the pond. It was FULL of frogspawn and very active frogs! Lots of excitement was had this morning!
Look what the Postman delivered today - 09.03.18
Our caterpillars have finally arrived! We were very excited to see them and we look forward to watching them change!
Mother's Day Tea Party
I'd like to say a BIG thank you to each and every Mummy who came to our Mother's Day tea party today. The children were so excited about you coming. We've had lots of lovely discussions about our Mummy's this week as well as making cards, making bracelets and learning a new song. I hope you all have a lovely day on Sunday too.
Well, Christmas celebrations have been in full swing this week! We've performed the Wriggly Nativity, had Christmas lunch at school and even had a visit from Santa!
St Nicholas Day
We've been very busy today celebrating St Nicholas day. We learnt that St Nicholas was a very kind and generous man who liked to give gifts to others to make them happy. We painted some rocks this morning that we will 'give' to Wallingford by hiding them. We hope that when someone finds one it will brighten up their day! We also had fun making our own St Nicholas.
What is harvest?
This week we've been thinking and learning about harvest in preparation for our Harvest Festival tomorrow (13.10.17). We have been singing and dancing the 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow' song and learning why farmers have scarecrows in their fields! Ask me at home and I should be able to tell you.
We've had great fun exploring different vegetables and seeds, including pumpkins, runner beans, butternut squash and aubergines.
Today we were apple farmers - we collected lots of apples from the apple trees on the school field. We took them back to Mallards, washed them and then made apple crumble which we will look forward to eating tomorrow!
Sophie asked a great question before we went out to collect the apples 'Do apples have pips?' We discovered that yes they do.
This week we were very lucky to be able to visit the prayer space. It was very calm and peaceful.
We especially loved watching the bubbles in the bubble tube as we thought about sending our prayers up to God.
'I would wish for wings so I could fly to Australia to see my cousin' said Erin.
'My Mum would wish for wings too'.
Grandparents Stay and Play - 28.09.17
We've had a lovely morning in Mallards with our Grandparents! We showed them around and had some time together to explore, followed by refreshments and a finale of nursery rhymes! Lots of fun had by all. A big thank you to all of the Grandparents who came along today, it was really lovely to meet you all.
September 2017 - Our first few weeks in Mallards
Wow! I can't believe we are in week 4 already. The children in Mallards have been so busy learning, exploring and making new friends. As well as learning new rules and routines. We are very proud of them and are looking forward to a great year! Here are a few photographs of some of the things we have been doing.
To see what last year's Mallards got up to please see below.
Despite the wet weather the Mallards had great fun during their Sports Day this morning. I was super proud of all of them - their concentration was brilliant and they did each activity with a smile!
A big thank you to Rugbytots for supporting us with this event and also thank you to all parents and grandparents who came out in the wet weather to support your children.
Welcome back after the half term - we hope you all enjoyed and made the most of the lovely summer sunshine.
Where shall we go today?
Where shall we go today on our magic train? As I’m sure you’ve seen in our classroom already we have a seaside role play area as well as a ‘magic train’. The children have enjoyed exploring it this week and have loved listening to the Magic Train Ride song by Barefoot books.
This term we will be exploring and navigating places in the world as well as thinking about journeys the children have made in the local area and further afield. As part of this we would like all children to bring in a photograph next week (week beg 12.06.17) of a place they have visited and enjoyed that they will be able to talk about. It could be a photograph of a local visit for example the park or maybe a day trip or even a holiday!
Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope you’ve all had a great Easter and enjoyed the lovely spring sunshine that we had. This term Mallard Class will be welcoming 3 new children – Adhrit, Sophie and Myles so I’m sure you’ll help us make these children and their families feel very welcome.
Superheroes to the rescue! As I’m sure you’ve heard, this term we are SUPER Mallards! Our topic is superheroes
where we will be thinking about our own superpowers and what we are good at, learning about real life superheroes including police and firefighters and also learning about healthy eating and exercise to make our bodies ‘super bodies’.
Week 3 - Super bodies
How do we keep ourselves super healthy? We've had lots of great ideas this week. Mallards have enjoyed making healthy picnic boxes, feeding the Hungry Caterpillar healthy food to make him a 'super caterpillar', they've practised brushing 'pretend' teeth, we've done lots of exercising like gymnastics, Rugbytots and running on the big playground and we've also talked about the importance of sleep!
As well as keeping healthy the Mallards have loved exploring the new tyres and ladder in our garden which has involved lots of sharing ideas, compromising, taking turns and lots of discussion about safety.
Week 1 & 2
We've made a great start to the term and our new Mallards are settling well. The children are showing lots of lovely imagination in their 'superhero play' and have particularly enjoyed the story Supertato. The evil pea caused lots of trouble in our classroom and then escaped! Some children wrote WANTED posters to try and catch him and others made traps.
All of the children have chosen a library book to borrow this week. Please enjoy reading it together and return it to school next Wednesday. If you would like your child to choose another library book before next Wednesday please ask me when you drop off in the mornings - we love to encourage lots of shared reading opportunities!
Farmer Gows Visit
We've had the most amazing day today and I am VERY proud of each and every Mallard. We finished our 'Farm' topic with a trip to Farmer Gows. We've had a very busy fun filled day - we've held some rather large chicks, bottle fed baby goats, tickled and fed the pigs, hand fed sheep, collected eggs, had a tractor ride and played on the hay bales! It's no wonder most of us fell asleep on the coach journey home.
Down on the Farm
We've made a good start to term 4. We've been learning about animals that live on the farm, singing farm songs including 'I went to visit a farm one day', reading stories and making animals.
What a busy couple of weeks. We've learnt all about milk and where that comes from - we've even made and milked our own cow! We had lots of fun making butter - it was hard work and we all had to have a turn at shaking the cream. The best bit was tasting it - it was yummy on our crackers.
This week has involved learning all about chickens and eggs. We used some eggs to make 'chick' cakes - they were quite tricky to crack but we managed!
As well as all of our 'farm' learning we've been exploring shapes too. Maybe this weekend you could go on a shape hunt either when you are out and about or around your home. How many shapes can you find? We'd love to see some pictures so please feel free to bring them in to show us or email them to me. Happy shape hunting and have a lovely weekend.
Term 3 - Tell Us A Story
Stories can really spark imagination and stimulate curiosity in young children as well as helping them understand patterns of language. We will be reading a variety of stories with pattern and rhyme and encouraging the children to join in and make up their own. We will use role play, puppets, dressing up and story sacks to help us have fun with our story telling. We will start the term with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child following the children’s interest in dark, light and shadows just before Christmas.
The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child
The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the story of the Gruffalo over the last two weeks. They've drawn story maps to retell the story, explored the Gruffalo's deep dark cave, practised their counting skills by counting the animals on the cave walls using torch light, had lots of fun exploring shadows, created their own terrible creatures using different media and made Gruffalo biscuits.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We've enjoyed reading and retelling this story. We decided that the bear looked a little sad at the end of the story so we wrote to him to cheer him up. The children had lots of ideas for cheering up bear including giving him a cuddle and having a bear party! So that's exactly what we did! We organised a bear party. Mallards decided that we would need honey sandwiches, balloons, cake, dancing and party games. We had lots of fun and we even had a visit from the bear!
Rugbytots - 05.12.16
This morning Mallards enjoyed a taster session of Rugbytots with coaches Shane and Emma. It was lots of fun - we practised scoring tries, holding the ball with 2 hands, kicking the bottom of the ball so it went up in the air and we even went on a North Pole adventure where there was a hairy scary chicken!!
Children in Need
A BIG thank you to all parents - you made such an amazing effort this morning. The Mallards looked amazing - we had lots of spots in our classroom! We enjoyed making spotty Pudsey Bears using finger prints and we also made some Pudsey bear biscuits - yummy!
The Mallards we're very excited on Thursday morning when they arrived to find a mud kitchen in our garden. They've thoroughly enjoyed using it for the last couple of days. We've had all sorts of creations - mud cakes, ice creams and soup! A big thank you to Mr Taylor for making this.
Autumn 2 Week 3
Room on the Broom
We've had a very exciting week full of lots of magical learning! We've made spells and potions, explored the rhyming spaghetti, made chocolate mud beasts, used magic pens to mark make with, threaded broomsticks and flown our broom stick into the woods where we found some magical bones that made our potion fizz!
At 11am this morning we stopped for 2 minutes to pay our respects. During our silence we watched the 'Poppy day animation' created by CBeebies. A beautiful and evocative animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield. If you haven't seen it, I would really recommend having a look. Use the link below.
Autumn 2 Week 2
World Nursery Rhyme Week
Nursery rhymes play such an important part in early years as they develop children's communication & language skills and give children a real love of language. Research shows that children who are able to recite nursery rhymes at a young age find it easier when learning to read. This week we've enjoyed a nursery rhyme each day - some familiar and some not! To finish the week off we performed our nursery rhymes to our Mummy's and Daddy's today so a BIG thank you to all parents for attending.
Autumn Term 2 Week 1
Welcome back to another term of learning in Mallard class. We are so pleased with how everyone settled in last term and are keen to get back into routines after the holidays. This term is a busy one with more friends to be made, learning to be discovered and Christmas to celebrate.
We've had lots of fun creating firework art this week. We've used loose parts to make firework pictures, we've painted and we've made collages. We also loved making fireworks in milk - it was very exciting!
Autumn Term - Week 6
We've been learning to count this week as well as enjoying the story 'Owl Babies'. We've used Numicon, found numbers in the sand, built towers, counted animals and of course enjoyed singing number songs using our fingers. A firm favourite this week was making chocolate owl baby lollipops. Most of us had remembered how chocolate melts and we had to count 5 pieces to decorate their faces.
Maybe this weekend you could practise some counting or even play 'Spot the numbers' when you are out and about. I'd love to hear where you've found some numbers on Monday morning!
Autumn Term - week 5
We've enjoyed exploring harvest this week. We've had lots of fun learning the song Dingle Dangle Scarecrow for the Harvest Festival, we've made our own dingle dangle scarecrows, we've harvested apples from the school field and made apple crumble and we've explored different vegetables.
Autumn Term - Week 4
I'd like to say a great big thank you to all of the Grandparents for coming along and making this morning such a great event.
Autumn Term - Week 4
We've been very busy learning and exploring this week. Did you know that the Mallards are 'magic'? We were able to use our magic wands, say 'Abracadabra' and make objects become bigger, smaller, longer and shorter! It was amazing! One of the things we've been doing is measuring and using size vocabulary this week. We've enjoyed reading Titch and making kites with different length ribbons and we loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We've had lots of moments of awe and wonder too including jumping off the caterpillar onto sugar paper with wet feet! What happened? Lots of amazing shoe print patterns! Learning is SO much fun!
We have had a great start to the new school year and are loving our new classroom and outdoor area! Keep an eye out here for updates on what we have been getting up to!
I'd like to welcome our new Mallards and their families. The children have settled very well and have been very busy exploring their new classroom and making new friends. Also welcome back to our 'old' Mallards - it is lovely to see you after the summer - you have come back full of enthusiasm and have been very kind and welcoming to our new friends.
Here is a fantastic website for those of you who wish to recreate messy play at home:
Every week we will be posting information on activities you can do with your child.
8.7.16 - Weekend activity - While you are out and about this weekend see how many different shapes you can spot. Do you know the names of them all?
The focus of the week beginning 08/07/16 is:
Our topic this term (Term 6) is: Carnival of the Animals
This week we have had lots of fun learning about animals that live in the arctic. At the beginning of the week we found animals trapped in the ice and we had to find ways to rescue them. We used hammers, salt and water. It took us quite a while. Alfie suggested warm water and that melted the ice quicker.
We've also enjoyed reading Big Bear Little Bear. We learnt that polar bears have lots of thick fur to keep them warm and they live in snow dens. We made some snow dens using marshmallows, cocktail sticks and cotton wool for our polar bears. There were some amazing creations!
Week beginning: 06/06/16
Welcome back after the half term holiday - hope you all had a good break.
This term our new topic is Carnival of the animals. We have started this week with jungle animals so we have enjoyed reading Elmer and making hand print elephants and mixing colours.
As well as Jungle animals we have had fun celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday. We have made some amazing portraits of the Queen, made our own sparkly crowns and we had an FSU party in the garden on Friday.
Week beginning 09/05/16
This week we have been looking closely at and talking about our bean plants that we planted a few weeks ago. We were amazed - they have grown so much, some of them were taller than us! And guess what? The seed we planted in the sand had grown too! Lots of us painted pictures of beanstalks including a long wavy stem and lots of round green leaves.
We have also enjoyed playing with different sized pots and funnels in the sand. The younger Mallards have been exploring and using the language of size.
Evie's Mummy came in this week to help us and we had lots of fun making chocolate snails - we had to roll the pastry, spread and cut very carefully with the knives. Many of us have been very interested in snails this week and we discovered on Wednesday there were so many snails in our garden because it was wet and damp.
Week beginning 02/05/16
We've had some visitors in Mallard class this week - tadpoles! We've enjoyed observing them closely with the magnifying glasses. In our group time we've loved singing 5 little speckled frogs using our fingers to take 1 away each time. As well as this some of us have had fun playing an addition game - feeding the frogs and finding the total of bugs they had eaten. We even tried to write our own number sentences - Mrs Taylor was very impressed!
Lots of fun was had exploring frogspawn (semolina and green jelly)! It was slippy and slimy and great to play with.
As well as frogs we've had lots of fun with dinosaurs! Oliver inspired us this week. He arrived on Tuesday morning with his body warmer, backpack and explorers hat (just like Andy from Andy's Dinosaur Adventures) ready to be an adventurer. So we've had our own dinosaur hunt, we've made dinosaurs and fossils and loved playing with the dinosaur excavation kit.
Week beginning 18/04/16
I'd like to start by saying a BIG welcome to our 7 new Mallards - Harry, Carraig, Kegan, Lottie, Jake, Freddie and Archie. They have made a good start and are settling well.
We've had an exciting week exploring minibeasts! We've been minibeast explorers and have found slugs, caterpillars, worms, ladybirds and more! As well as minibeasts we have been enjoying the sunshine - playing with our friends in the garden - using the bikes, tractors, water wall, climbing equipment and the sandpit. We have also had fun playing a new phonics game - listening for initial sounds using our sound box.
Welcome back to school. What a beautiful sunny day to start Term 5!
I hope you've all had an amazing Easter holiday - it was lovely to see all of the Mallards smiley faces this morning. They have been telling us lots of stories about their holidays during the course of the morning.
We've made a great start to Term 5 - the children have enjoyed planting bean seeds after reading Jasper's Beanstalk. We've even planted one in sand - will it grow? Some think it will and some think it won't! Watch this space - we will keep you posted!
We have been celebrating Easter this week. We have made yummy chocolate nests and learnt all about eggs and some of the animals that lay eggs. We have also enjoyed decorating eggs and rolling them down the hill.
What a busy week!
This week we have read The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Mrs Taylor set us a challenge - we had to find a way of getting the goats across the water without the Troll eating them. Some of us made bridges and some of us made boats! We had to think very hard!
On Wednesday morning there was a very heavy box in our classroom - we had lots of fun and interesting conversations about what might be inside! We then had to work out how we would get it open. After lots of thinking, doing and persevering we got inside and found a big bag of clay. What did we do with the clay?
We made some very ugly Trolls! Daniel made a troll with 'fluffy ears', Zac had a troll with 2 noses, Violet's troll had whiskers and Evie's troll had 'really sharp horns'.
Thursday was a lovely sunny day so we had a walk down to the school pond to see if there was anything in it. Guess what? It was full of frogs and frogspawn! It was very exciting, we could see the frogs jumping and swimming and when we were very quiet and listened carefully we could hear them croaking.
Mother's Day Party
Thank you to all of the Mummy's who came to our Mother's Day party on Friday. It was fantastic to see so many of you! I hope you had a lovely time - I know the children certainly did.
Happy Mother's Day for Sunday.
World Book Day
Today we have celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book characters.
We have listened to different stories throughout the morning and especially enjoyed Little Red Riding Hood. We also enjoyed playing 'Guess the character'. We had to ask questions to try and guess the secret character hiding on the headband.
Welcome back after half term. I hope you all had a wonderful break.
This term our Topic is 'Once upon time...' and we've started this week with The Three Little Pigs.
The children have loved joining in with the repeated refrains - 'I'll huff and I'll puff', 'Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.' They have then been transferring this story language into their play and have enjoyed dressing up. We've had lots of fun doing some 'huff, puff' art and making WANTED posters to find the Big Bad Wolf - Arthur drew some great sharp pointy teeth on his poster! On Friday we baked some 3 Little Pig cakes!
Chinese New Year
We've learnt lots about Chinese New Year this week. We've made Chinese drums and had lots of fun playing them while we did some dragon dancing - it was very noisy! As well as that we've made our own dragons, played in the Chinese restaurant, made some lucky red envelopes and enjoyed listening to the Chinese New Year story about the animal race.
Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
We've had a very busy day today in Mallard Class. First we read the story Mr Wolf's Pancakes by Jan Fearnley which had a very funny, unexpected ending! Next was tasting time - we chose our favourite toppings and spread them on top of our pancakes - yum yum! Finally before we went home we had lots of fun taking part in a pancake race - we had to balance the pancakes in our pans and toss them into the air before returning to the start!