The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Please be sure to send in PE kits with the children as we will be beginning to get changed for PE from the first Friday of term.



A message from the Class Teacher:


Welcome to Ducklings Reception Unit! We would like to introduce you to the Ducklings Reception Team.  Mrs Bamford and Mrs Rodriguez share the teaching of Ducklings. Mrs James and Mrs Corps are our Teaching Assistants.

In Ducklings class, learning is planned around the seven areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage to allow the children to experience the different equipment, facilities and opportunities we have in the Ducklings classroom. By using these areas, young children have a focus for their learning and also start to see the links between the various areas of the curriculum. We use the children’s interests to plan these themes, which we then break down into different activities through which we teach the skills the children require. By planning from their interests, we receive maximum engagement in what we are teaching them!

Autumn 2 themes:

Bonfire Night


Outer Space

Christmas & Nativity

Reading: The children are currently learning the phase 2 sounds. Sound mats have been sent home so that you can continue to practice these with your child and we also encourage all parents to spend time with their child learning the tricky words on their word wall. The children love stories, a favourite this term has been "Do NOT open this book!". Reading with your child frequently will encourage them to create stories and help them build their confidence too.

Writing: Ducklings have been learning how to write sentences. We are learning how to use capital letters at the beginning, and finger spaces to break up the sentence into words! Reading a variety of books goes a long way to support the children with their writing.

Maths: Our main focus last term was recognising and ordering numbers from 0-10 or beyond and being able to say one more or less than a given number. We also had fun learning our 2D shapes and using them to create pictures. This term we will be starting with pattern.

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

Mrs Bamford, Mrs Rodriguez, Mrs James and  Mrs Corps.