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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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Dear Ducklings, Parents and Carers,

I am thinking of you all every day and I hope you are all keeping well and safe. 

I have attached some ideas for learning activities and I will update these every Friday. You can use your Home School Diary or paper to record what you do at home, and any photos of home learning can be photographed and uploaded to the Tapestry online Learning Journey.  I would love to see any work that is done at home, and I will check the Tapestry regularly and respond. Lots of learning is done through play in the Early Years Foundation Stage, so feel free to upload photos of any learning that is done at home, even if it not something that has been suggested by me. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has been sending me photos of learning via Tapestry! I love looking at all of the wonderful things you are doing at home.


Keep well, keep safe, and best wishes.

Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. James and Mrs. Corps 


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A message from the Class Teacher:


Reading: The children will be introduced to Phase 3 phonic sounds this term, and we will continue to assess their phonic knowledge regularly. Corresponding 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, reading with your child frequently will encourage them to create stories and help them build their confidence too.

Writing: Ducklings are enjoying using their new phonic skills to write decodable words in their books. Some children will begin to write simple sentences this term. Some children can write their names and others are still practising, please continue to practise name-writing 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 confirming all our numbers to 20, and learning to compare and order numbers to 20. We practise counting beyond 20 every day and are learning how to create the numbers we count to, using place-value cards and manipulating with physical resources. We will be adding and subtracting small quantities using manipulatives and learning how to write number sentences. We will also be working with the shape family and getting to know the similarities and differences between the shapes.


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On Thursday 6th February the Ducklings went into the library for story time. We really enjoyed sharing books together, and then we all listened to the story of ‘The Very Slow Sloth’ . We had a lovely time in the library!



The Arctic and Antarctica 

This term Ducklings have learnt all about the Arctic and Antarctica. We have found these places on the globe, and found about the animals that live there. In our Writing we have written riddles about an Arctic or Antarctic animal, and then tried to guess what animal was being described. We have also used our problem solving skills to free a penguin that was trapped in the ice, and the children came up with some brilliant suggestions for how we could free the penguin! We have made lots of cold pictures, and have mixed paints to make different shades of blue and used chalks, pastels and collage materials. In our Busy Ducklings time we have explored a role play igloo, created icy small worlds for animals, cut out snowmen, built sugar cube igloos and lots of other fun things. Take a look at the photos!





Mobile Planetarium

On Friday 24th January Ducklings were very lucky to visit a mobile planetarium. We went inside the planetarium and we learnt lots of facts about Space.


Alfie – I learnt that the moon has phases.

Faye – I learnt that stars are born in a rainbow.

Innes – I learnt that the Earth spins around the Sun.

Harry – I learnt that the Earth is not a circle, it is a ball shape.



Number Day, 7th February
On Friday 7th February it was Number day! We all had fun doing lots of Maths. In PE we counted how many jumps and side steps and star jumps we could do in one minute, and played number games in the hall. We then made symmetrical Chinese dragon pictures using paints, and then sorted money and made Chinese lucky money wallets. In the afternoon we explored lots of different Maths resources and did lots of counting and sorting. We all had a lovely day!
Chinese New Year
‘The Ducklings spent a fun two weeks learning about China and how Chinese people celebrate the New Year. We learnt about the story of the Chinese zodiac, and also listened to a Chinese folk tale called ‘The Magic Paintbrush’. We tried some Chinese foods, including noodles, rice, bamboo shoots, lychees, water chestnuts and we also tried some Chinese lapsang souchong tea! In our PE we performed a dragon dance to music, and in our Maths we made symmetrical dragon masks and lucky money wallets. Our role play area was a Chinese restaurant and we had great fun taking orders and preparing food. We all had a lot of fun learning about China!
Shrove Tuesday

On Shrove Tuesday Ducklings learnt about why we eat pancakes and listened to the story of ‘Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes’. In the afternoon we ate pancakes and chose from a range of toppings. We then made a tally chart to show which toppings we chose, and chocolate spread was the most popular!



Learning Outdoors!

In Ducklings we love to learn outdoors! Come rain or come shine, we use our garden every day.














Visit by Firefighter Archie

On Monday 16th March Ducklings were visited by Firefighter Archie. He told us how to stay safe, and what we should do if there is a fire. We all learnt lots of things, including a rhyme to keep us safe; Matches, lighters, never touch, they can hurt you very much. We then did some fantastic writing about how to keep safe!


 Science Week, March 16th-20th

It was Science Week, March 16th-20th. In Ducklings we had lots of fun doing experiments, such as testing what happened when we added Mentoes to Coke, and what happened when we dropped an effervescent tablet into oil and water. We also made our own bubble wands using pipe cleaners, and watched to see what shapes the bubbles would be as we made unusual shaped wands. They were all spheres! Some of us have also made potions in Busy Ducklings time by mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and we have enjoyed watching the reactions!


This week we have also set up a bird feeding area outside and gone for a walk to look for signs of Spring. We were also lucky to be given some frogspawn, which we have watched closely and have noticed tadpoles hatching and growing gills. We have had a very busy and interesting week!






Look at what is growing in the Ducklings Garden!

The beanstalks are growing taller!



The potatoes and turnips are growing under the soil.