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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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A message from the Class Teacher:


Welcome to Ducklings Reception Unit! We would like to introduce you to the Ducklings Reception Team:  Mrs Rodriguez is the class teacher in Ducklings. Mrs James and Mrs Corps are our incredible 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 1 theme:

 Amazing Me!:

  • All about me
  • We are superheroes
  • I love Autumn

Reading: The children will begin to learn their first set of phonic sounds this term, these sounds will be sent home with them each week in their home/school diary, please continue to practice all the sounds with your child at home to consolidate their learning. The children love stories, a favourite this term has been "Do NOT Open This Book" - a silly book, in which the character tries to convince us not to read further. Reading with your child frequently will encourage them to create stories and help them build their confidence too.

Writing: Ducklings are enjoying mark-making in our Busy Duckling time, and have all had a go at drawing or writing in their Independent Learning Books already. Some children can write their names and others are still practising, please continue to practise this at home with your child as they love the freedom that comes with being able to write their names on their own work.

Maths: This term we will be meeting all our numbers to 10 and practising counting and manipulating with physical resources. We will also be meeting the shape family and getting to know the similarities and differences between the shapes.

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

Mrs Rodriguez, Mrs James and  Mrs Corps.

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