What happened in the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’?

A young boy in Nursery is seen holding up a painting he has made of a duck that is decorated with feathers.

The Little Birds enjoyed listening to the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ this week. They spoke about the characters feelings and recalled the ending when the duckling was really a Swan.

Front cover of the children's storybook 'The Ugly Duckling'.

We looked at the characters from ‘The Ugly Duckling’ story.

The children enjoyed retelling the story using stick puppets and developing their literacy skills. Some children remembered how to start a story appropriately by saying, ‘Once upon a time’ or ‘One day’.

Nursery pupils are seen playing with stick puppets to recreate the story of 'The Ugly Duckling'.
Nursery pupils are seen playing with stick puppets to recreate the story of 'The Ugly Duckling'.
Nursery pupils are seen playing with stick puppets to recreate the story of 'The Ugly Duckling'.

The children spoke about diversity by recalling similarities and differences about themselves compared to their peers in a positive way. This developed their communication skills and their sense of self as well as an understanding of the world and different cultures.

A group of Nursery pupils are pictured sitting on the carpet in a circle together. A boy is seen looking at his face in a mirror he is holding in his hands.

We carried out exciting and fun art activities including painting swans and drawing the life cycle of a swan. This developed the children’s understanding of the world as well as their expressive arts.

A young boy in Nursery is seen holding up a painting he has made, inspired by the story of 'The Ugly Duckling'.
A young girl in Nursery can be seen creating some artwork, using feathers.
A young girl in Nursery can be seen drawing on a piece of paper, alongside another girl.
A young girl is seen drawing on a piece of paper whilst sat at a table.

For Mathematics, we created our own repeating patterns using pictures of Swans and Ducks.

A photo of a Swan swimming across water, set against an all black background.
A photo of a Duckling with grey fur and a black beak.
A young boy in Nursery is seen holding up some artwork he has created, inspired by the story of 'The Ugly Duckling'.
A young boy in Nursery can be seen creating some artwork, using images of ducks.

To end the week we celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up in our pyjamas or as a book character from our own favourite story book.

A young boy from Nursery is seen holding up a copy of the Mr. Men book 'Mr. Happy' and smiling for the camera.
A young girl is seen sitting down on some blankets on the floor, holding a pink bunny rabbit toy and smiling.