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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 2 theme:

 Journeys and Celebrations:

  • Diwali
  • Bonfire Night
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom (We're going to the moon)
  • Follow the road to Bethlehem

Reading: The children will finish their introduction to Phase 2 phonic sounds this term, at this point the children will be assessed in their phonic knowledge so far. Some children will be moving straight onto their Phase 3 sounds, others will spend a little more time recapping and consolidating Phase 2. 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 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 10, and looking into them in more depth. 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 also be working with 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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