Farmer Duck

This week we have read the story ‘Farmer Duck’. Alongside talking about the role of the farmer at this time of year, the story is about working together and co-operating. In the book, the farmer lay in bed and just gave orders and commands to the poor old duck, who became sad and weary. With support from duck’s friends; the cows, hens and sheep, the lazy farmer is ‘run out of town’ and the friends work together to complete all the farm jobs. This story has enabled us to remind the children about the rules of helping each other, including the need to work together at ‘tidy-up’ times; we are getting there! We have also learnt the signs for ‘duck’, ‘help’ and ‘cow’.

We have continued to practise using the words; support, assist and lend a helping hand.

In Phonics, we have learnt the phonemes g, o, c and k. We have also practised writing the graphemes during our handwriting sessions. For Maths, we have been comparing a variety of different objects by size using the following language big/little, large/small, tall/long/short.  

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: .

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you 

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Nursery – Farmer Duck

Our story this week was Farmer Duck. In the story, the duck is made to do all the work on the farm and the lazy old farmer stays in bed all day bossing the poor duck around! The cows, sheep, hens are upset by the farmer’s behaviour and decide to help the duck. They chase the farmer away and decide to all work co-operatively to help look after their farm.

The children have really enjoyed this story; it has repeated refrains allowing the children to join in with the words when sharing the story. This has demonstrated their listening and attention skills. We also learnt more makaton signs this week; we have been using the signs for ‘cow’, ‘duck’ and ‘help’ regularly and have been brilliant at remembering them when talking about the text.

Throughout the week, we have worked on our physical development through a variety of means. We used our gross motor moments when playing a farmyard tag game in the hall; we have enjoyed a farm themed yoga as well as many other physical challenges.

Our narrative work with a focus on ‘who’ has continued once again and we are improving each week with our group games. We had a lovely treat this week; one of our Polish speaking teaching assistants shared our story of the week in Polish. The children had a wonderful time comparing each page of the story in English and Polish and talking about words that they thought were similar. We even learnt the Polish for ‘duck’. Our Polish children in particular enjoyed this and we had a discussion all about languages.

Our focus ‘superhero’ rule has been ‘kind hands’. We have talked about the many things we use our hands for and all the things they are useful for. We have played many games with our hands and use them in kind ways. We shared a story called ‘hands are not for hitting’ and decided on different strategies we could use if we ever feel angry. Please have a look at the attached home learning to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at:

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