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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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 amazing 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!

Spring 2 themes:

Traditional Tales



Reading: The children have learnt all the letters of the alphabet and the phase 3 sounds, and are now revising and consolidating all their sounds, and practicing using them to create and read words. Please continue to practice all the sounds with your child! 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 "Wonky Donkey!". Reading with your child frequently will encourage them to create stories and help them build their confidence too.

Writing: Ducklings are getting the hang of how to write sentences now, and are working on remembering capital letters at the beginning, and finger spaces to break up the sentence into words, as well as extending their sentences using 'and'. The children are enjoying their new ability to sound out words of their own and love putting it into during learning time, choosing time and play time, using all different medias! Reading a variety of books goes a long way to support the children with their writing.

Maths: This term we will begin to look at coins and money, we will revise our knowledge of addition and subtraction using manipulatives, before extending our learning to adding and subtracting by counting on and back.

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

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

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