18th July 2020
Foundation, what a year it's been. I want to start by saying well done. I cannot believe the year we have had, you have all coped extremely well in uncertain times and I am so proud of you all.
Whilst I am a little sad that we didn't get to finish the year together, I know you are all going on to achieve wonderful things.
I hope you all have an amazing summer, enjoy being you and having lots of fun! I cannot wait to hear about what fun you have had this summer.
Thank you all for the incredible words you wrote in my cards and for the thoughtful gifts.
Thank you for being such a wonderful class - you certainly kept Mrs Price and I on our toes! You made us laugh everyday. A very special memory I will never forget is our trip to Tesco, I remember so many adults stopping and telling me what a polite, lovely and happy bunch of children you were. You always made us proud to be your teachers.
Keep shining and making people smile.
See you soon!
Miss Duhig xx
ps - my classroom is just across from your new room so you can always pop in and say hello.
3rd July 2020
Foundation, I cannot believe we are in July. Most of you are 5 years old and you are all so ready to fly the nest into Year One.
You have all been my absolute favourites and I am going to miss you all so much. Remember, I am just down the corridor so you can always come and say hello. I will love to hear about how exciting your Year One journey is. You are all going to achieve amazing things - keep working hard and all your dreams will come true.
I am looking forward to spending our last week together next week - for those of you I am not seeing I will be dropping off a special gift from myself and Mrs Price.
The zoom call yesterday was amazing and something I will remember forever - you all make me so proud. It was so lovely seeing your beaming smiles all together again, I have missed that.
Enjoy your weekend. Thank you for being amazing. I will try and send the special video to your mummies so you can have it forever.
Love Miss Duhig xxx
26th June 2020
Good afternoon Foundation, it has been so hot today! I bet lots of you have been playing outside in the garden and in your paddling pools. Jake was telling me on the phone yesterday how he has lots of floats in his pool! Lucky him. Kitty told me she had a water fight with her brother Jacob, what a great idea! A fantastic way to cool down.
Lots of you have started emailing me on purple mash, I love reading all your messages, it's nice to keep in touch with you on a daily basis, even though I see so many of you at school now.
What have you been up to today? I visited RHS Garden Hyde Hall - I love visiting parks and garden centres and this has both! I bought some more flowers for my garden, I love spending time in my garden so I enjoy buying lots of different plants. The ones I bought today smell like Rhubarb and custard! They are called Nemesia's and they smell beautiful! You can smell them as soon as you walk into the garden.
I also visited town and bought myself my favourite flowers, can you guess what they are? Have a look at the picture below... sunflowers! I love how bright they are, they also remind me of the sunshine.
I was also very happy as my favourite coffee shop is open again, I enjoyed sitting in the park drinking it - it was delicious.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see most of you again Monday. It was lovely speaking to the children who are not at school yesterday. Darcy and Willow I look forward to calling you on Monday.
See you soon!
Miss Duhig xxx
19th June 2020
Hello Foundation, my favourite day of the week today! Friday! I have spent the day walking around the town with my mummy. I have bought 10 new books for our classroom - one of them is Rapunzel, as soon as I saw it I had to get it because I know how much Skyla loves Rapunzel. I also found a story book about a Hippo called Henry, I had to buy that as thats one of Oscar's favourite animals. I am looking forward to reading some of them with you. After we did all our shopping we decided to treat ourselves to an ice-cream. I got Mint and Salted Caramel and my Mummy got Hazelnut and Raison.
How has the rest of your week been? I have seen so many of you in school this week and that makes me really happy. For those of you I don't see in school I love seeing all the pictures and comments your mummies put up for me to read on our class page.
What are you up to at the weekend? I am going for a picnic at Hylands park tomorrow with some of my friends. I am looking forward to seeing them as I haven't seen them all for such a long time. One of my friends I have known since I was 4 years old! I met her in Foundation Stage, it was actually called Reception at the time.
I am now off to the allotment as my Great Auntie Jackie, who helps us, has said that our lettuces are ready to pull out of the ground! I can't wait to try them.
You should be receiving a letter soon about logging into Purple Mash - not only are there fantastic games on there but you can also email your class friends and me! I have sent you all an email and a little painting attached. Make sure you log on and take a look, I would love to hear about the games you have found on there.
I have missed reading you a story each day so I have put one here for you to listen to (https://www.whitecourtschool.co.uk/miss-duhig-1/) It's a story about my favourite animal and teaches us about team work, strength and celebrating differences. It's a wonderful story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I will see you lots of you on Monday! For those of you I don't see I will be phoning at some point to have a chat. Have a wonderful weekend.
Love Miss Duhig xxx
Hello Foundation Stage, 1 more day until the weekend!
I have had a super busy week this week. I have finally finished writing all of your reports, I can't wait for you to read them with your parents, they are going to be so proud of you, just like I am.
It has been wonderful seeing most of you in school this week, I was so impressed with how well you all came in, how well you all sat and how good you were at keeping apart! I cannot believe how grown up you all are. It has been so lovely chatting to you and spending some time with you, I have missed teaching you lots so I am glad to be back. And for those of you who aren't at school, it has been wonderful speaking to you on the phone and hearing just how much fun you are having doing the home learning. It is great to hear how much confidence you all have when speaking over the phone. I love hearing about what you have been up to.
Next week we are carrying on with my favourite topic, under the sea! and we will continue exploring the Tiddler story. I loved some of the excuses you all came up with, it was great reading so many different ones!
Im glad lots of you enjoyed listening to my story. The Smeds and The Smoos is one of my new favourites. It teaches us all about kindness, love, acceptance and friendship. It doesn't matter what somebody looks like or where they are from, everybody should be accepted and loved for who they are. It reminds me of a story I read when I was at school, it was called Romeo and Juliet - have you heard of that story before? Perhaps when you get a little older you can read it.
Enjoy your weekend and I will see most of you on Monday for some more fun! For those of you I wont see I will be keeping up to date with all the pictures you send me.
See you all soon
Miss Duhig xxx
2nd June 2020
I hope you have had a wonderful half term - I have loved seeing the photos of what you have been up to, I cant believe how grown up some of you look now.
I am missing you lots and cannot wait to see some of you at school next week. I have spent the past 2 days getting the classroom ready for your return. We are really lucky that we are getting to use a Year One classroom so we can have lots of fun on the Year One playground, and, guess what? You even get your own table! I cant wait to show you.
This term we are learning all about Under The Sea - it's my favourite topic to teach. I know you will have just as much fun learning about it at home.
I have loved seeing some of your Tiddler writing today - I am super proud of how well you are all writing now, it looks like a piece of Year One work!
I have enjoyed a week spent in the sun but I am looking forward to getting back to school and teaching again! It's one of my favourite things to do. During my week off, I did some of the homework I had set you - I took a trip to the beach. I didn't swim in the sea though, it was so cold! Lots of you told me on the phone how well you are swimming in your paddling pools, even without arm bands! Wow,I cannot believe it.
I have also been down to my allotment, because it is so sunny we are having to water our fruits and vegetables lots. My Grandad is teaching us how to plant and look after the allotment as we still have lots to learn!
Have a great day tomorrow Foundation!
Miss Duhig xxx
23rd May 2020
Foundation, it's the weekend! I hope you have a lovely half term, make sure you spend the time having lots of fun and relaxing, you deserve it. You have all been working so hard and as always, I am so proud of you.
Have you seen the well-being activities that the teachers have been doing? Each day Mrs Ball is putting up a well-being activity that the teachers have done - if you've missed them you can find them here (https://www.whitecourtschool.co.uk/wellbeing/) - I wonder if you could try some? I have made my own proud cloud and I have also written a list of everything I would like to do once lockdown is over! (my list obviously includes seeing all of you). Make sure to show us if you do one of these activities, Mrs Ball, Myself and Mrs Burrell would love to see!
Anyway, by now, lots of you should have received your letters, if you haven't they will be with you by the end of next week. I added a special star sticker to remind you that you are all superstars. This week, I also received a special letter, it was from Mrs Burrell - she likes to make sure we are all ok at home, just like we do with you all. It made me so so happy to receive such a kind letter.
I have loved speaking to you on the phone again this week - as always, they take me so long (I love hearing everything you've got to say) so if I haven't called you yet I will finish making the phone calls Monday. I LOVED hearing so many of you read, I have missed hearing you all read so beautifully.
Can you remember a few weeks ago I showed you I was growing some herbs? Well, some of them have been growing so well that I have planted them at the allotment. I have even kept some for the kitchen as we love to cook with them (I also like having lots of plants and greenery in my house).
I miss you lots and cannot wait to see you all again soon, keep being amazing.
Miss Duhig xxx
18th May 2020
Firstly, have you seen the pictures of all of us going up on the school gates? I visited the school at the beginning of this week and thought they looked so good! If you haven't drawn a picture of yourself make sure you do! Next time I will try and see who I can spot. I found Mrs Price last time! It was great seeing Delphi and her mummy brining her picture in!
The sun is shining again Foundation Stage. Yey! I hope you have had a good morning! I have spent the morning writing your reports - it makes me smile when I write them as it reminds me of all the fun things we have done and how hard you have all worked.
This week I have been very busy writing letters to you all so make sure to keep an eye out for the postman! Remember to thank him/her if you see them at the door (they have a tricky job delivery post to all the houses!).
We are already in May! This time of year is one of my favourites, I love when the sunshine comes out for longer. I want to wish Oscar, Rhian, Ewan and Ellie-Rosie a happy birthday for this month - I can't believe you are all nearly 5 now!
I would like to thank Delphi and Penny for the wonderful letters - I enjoyed reading them and I was so impressed with your writing! I have been amazed with all of the writing I have seen.
Yesterday I visited a garden centre (its something I love to do) and bought lots of new plants for my garden - one tree is going to be bright pink! I am excited to watch it grow.
Enjoy your weekend Foundation, I will be phoning you all next week, I cannot wait to hear from you again. Im actually going to ask to hear you read as I miss hearing your read so much. Choose your favourite book! Im excited to listen.
Miss Duhig xx
8th May 2020
Good morning Foundation, today is a special day, do you know why? Are you doing anything to celebrate? As well as VE day it's my little brother's birthday, I say little, he's A LOT taller than me! You can see in the picture of us together below.
I loved speaking to you all on the phone this week, it has been great to hear what you have been up to, you all sound so grown up on the phone and I love hearing how confident you are when talking to me.
I couldn't believe some of the story maps I have seen this week! You make me so proud. Your writing is looking fantastic, almost like Year One writing! Keep up the good work.
As I write this I am sitting in my garden with a coffee (I finally decided to buy a coffee machine as I was missing Costa Coffee too much!) It is delicious - I am learning to make coffees really well. What are you up to today? I would love to see some photos as they always make me smile.
I have just decided to clean our water feature with fairy liquid and now it looks like I have a bubble bath in my garden! Can you see? Oh dear!
This week, I have enjoyed working outside in the garden and I have loved spending time at my new allotment, it is so peaceful. Thank you so much Alban for the spoons, can you see I have put some in the ground? I cannot wait for the sweetcorn to grow, I love eating it straight off the husk, it is so tasty.
My big brother got a new puppy yesterday, they are very excited as they have been waiting to get him for nearly a year! They have called him Bruce/Brucie. Can you spot him hiding?
Have a wonderful day today FSD, I hope you spend it in the sunshine having lots of fun.
Hopefully see you soon!
Miss Duhig xx
1st May 2020
Happy Friday FSD! I hope you have had a wonderful week of learning, I have LOVED seeing all your pictures - it looks like you are still working very hard.
I have really enjoyed phoning and hearing from you this week - I will be calling the rest of you today. It is so lovely to hear how confident you are on the phone, I cannot believe how much you all have to tell me.
I have had a very busy week this week, I have been writing your reports ready for your family to read, making phone calls to you all and I have been doing some of my own maths learning so I can help teach you even more!
Did you like the video of myself and the other teachers getting wet? We had lots of fun recording that for you. We will continue doing the funny videos so make sure to check them out on the website or the twitter page. It has been wonderful to see all the different learning on twitter, I love hearing about what everyone has been doing, your old Early Years teachers are on there to! They guessed some of your baby photos.
As well as doing lots of work, I have also spent time at my grandads allotment. I want to thank Alban for my special gift, I am taking them to use over the weekend (hopefully when the sun is shining).
I also want to thank Rhian for my beautiful crochet rainbow, it really makes me smile when I walk into my living room.
Finally, I am very happy because the herbs I have planted have started growing! We use lots of herbs and spices in our cooking so wanted to grow our own.
Have a wonderful weekend FSD and I will hopefully see you soon.
Keep being superstars, we are all so incredibly proud of you.
Miss Duhig xx
24th April 2020
Good evening Foundation,
What a lovely sunny day it's been today. I have loved seeing all your photos this week - I am so amazed with how much fun you are having whilst home learning. Your mummies are doing a very good job at teaching!
I have had a busy day doing some outside learning today, my grandy is a little poorly so I have taken control of his allotment; he has had it for 50 years! It was getting very messy so I had to tidy it all up and once I had done that I decided to plant some things (you can see the before and after photos below). I planted potatoes, strawberries, runner beans, gooseberries and sweetcorn! I am so excited to see how they grow. It has been so hot that my face is a little pink, even though I put suncream on! My great Auntie was also at the allotment so she taught me how to cut rhubarb - have you ever tried rhubarb? I love Rhubarb crumble! It's delicious.
I have loved spending time outside and I have really enjoyed learning about different plants. Because of this, I have decided to plant my own herbs! We love to cook so was excited to grow our own - I can already see the shoots!
Keep posting me photos, I LOVE seeing your learning, you make me so so proud. I will be calling you all again within the next few weeks so listen for your mummies phone! I cant wait to hear what you have been up to.
Speak soon Foundation! Enjoy your weekend.
Miss Duhig xx
20th April 2020
Foundation Stage! I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing easter break. We have had the most perfect weather to enjoy getting out in the sunshine, I have loved being outside in my garden. I have also enjoyed going for a nice long walk each morning, I like to put my headphones in and listen to different podcasts.
What have you been doing this easter holiday? I would love to hear from you! Perhaps you could write a diary entry (like this) and ask your mummies to post a picture of your wonderful writing. I look forward to reading what you have to say.
I am missing you lots and I cannot wait for us all to play in the sunshine together! it shouldn't be too long now.
Keep being superstars for your parents!
Love Miss Duhig x
3rd April 2020
Good afternoon FSD,
I have had a very busy day phoning lots of you again today, it has been so lovely hearing what you have all been up to and how much fun you are having at home. I am so impressed with the amount of learning choices I am seeing you do! It is finally EASTER so its time to switch off and spend some time with your family. That is what I will be doing.
This weekend it is supposed to be really sunny! So make sure you spend lots of time in the garden. We have decided to have a bbq as we love to cook outside!
Take a look at my daily challenges and have a go over the easter break! But remember, Easter Time is to be spent having lots of fun! I cannot wait to see and hear about what fun you have had.
I miss you all so much and cannot wait to see you all again soon!
Stay safe and be good for your Mummies, Daddies and Grandma's!
Miss Duhig xx
2nd March 2020
Good afternoon FSD,
It has been wonderful hearing so many of you on the phone today - if I didn't call today I will be calling you tomorrow. I have loved hearing and seeing what you have been up to! It is great to see so many of your learning new skills! (building catapults, going on a scavenger hunt, number bonds to 20, polysyllabic words, reading, writing, building a zoo, baking, arts and crafts, building your own rocket and helping do chores around the house). I cannot believe what superstars you are all being, I am so proud of you all. It puts a huge smile on my face when I see photos of the learning choices you have been making.
I have been busy in my garden today, the sun was so warm so I used that time to check if the plants, I have recently planted, have started growing. They have! One of my favourite plants is an allium (they are also purple too which is one of my favourite colours) I was so excited to see they have started to shoot! Look!
After phoning lots of you I decided to go for a nice long walk with my mum and her dog. She is very big but vey gentle. She was my family dog when I was growing up! Her name is Nikita (she in an American Akita) and we rescued her when she was just a little puppy.
I am going to go and do some of my own learning now Foundation!
Speak to you tomorrow!
Miss Duhig xx
30th February 2020
Good evening Foundation,
I hope you have had a good day today, I have loved seeing your learning, please keep sharing photos! Because you have all been working so hard on your learning I have also decided to do some of my own. So, today, I have learnt all about child Psychology which is something I am very passionate about. Just like your favourite lesson might be maths or pe, I love to learn about psychology (I studied it at university). Anyway, Psychology is all about understanding our mind and behaviour! It is very interesting so, today, I did an online course all about child psychology - I love learning new things and being challenged.
I also woke up feeling a little bit sleepy today so I decided to go for a run - I have set myself a challenge to become a good runner. Have you set yourself a new challenge? If so I would love to hear about it.
After my run I went into school, it was incredibly quiet without you all! I have brought your journals home to start thinking about writing your reports! I cant wait to write and tell your parents what superstars you've all been and what fun we have had so far.
Stay safe and have a great day tomorrow! I cannot wait to hear all about it. Please check back here tomorrow for my diary entry, I am going to write to you everyday.
See you soon
Miss Duhig xx