We are the Ducklings!


Mrs Catterall teaches the Yellow Ducklings and Miss Lees teaches the Brown Ducklings.

Mrs Stock teaches in both classes when the teachers have their time out of class for planning, preparation and assessment.

 Miss Watmough, Mrs Richardson, Mrs Strickland, Miss Taylor, Miss Cardwell and Miss Wilson are our lovely Learning Support Assistants. 


Our mini topics for the Summer Term will be Spring, Summer and Seasonal Changes, On the Move - A transport and travel themed topic, The King's  Coronation, Healthy Living and Moving on Up, as well as other class child-led interests.


Our P.E day will remain on Friday each week but we will be continuing with our P.E. lessons outside.  They can wear their school cardigans and jumpers if needed. Please send your child's trainers in each Friday morning. We will continue to get dressed for P.E. at school as this ia a valuable part of their Physical and Personal and Social Development and learning.


The children can change their 'choosy' library book as and when they like. We have enough books donated in our 'book swap' basket, so they children can bring and swap a book whenever they like too.


Look here at our class BLOG to see what we get up to each week in class.

Look below for important and useful information which will be added to throughout the year.   

Our Latest News

This week, the Ducklings have been reading the story The Train Ride. They have been joining in with retelling this story, using the rhythmic pattern to help them. They have shared their experiences of train journeys and what they might have seen through the windows whilst travelling. They have been learning about different places or locations such as a town, the countryside and the seaside and what features they might see there. They have also enjoyed looking at different maps and interpreting them.


In mathematics, the Ducklings have been learning to count and compare numbers when doubling and how to recognise some doubles from memory and use their subitising skills.


In phonics, the Ducklings have been recapping over the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs and the phase 3 and 4 tricky words, that they are unsure of.  They have also been applying this knowledge by writing captions and sentences.


They have enjoyed observing how the summer sun has brought out the butterflies, ants and other minibeasts into our garden. They were also thrilled to find that frogs have returned to our garden and newly re-established pond.  They were lucky that Mrs Strickland managed to acquire some tadpoles and are going to enjoy watching them grow and change over the next few weeks.




Mud Kitchen items

We are in need of any old chopping boards and pestle and mortars for our mud kitchen.


Phonemes and Tricky words

Please recap over and practise any phonemes or tricky words that your child may still be unsure of from their recent assessments.


P.E Kits

P.E kits will be returned to you, to wash, over the half-term. After the half-term break, please return them. They will just need their shorts and joggers will not be needed




Thursday 6th July ~ Little Chicks Graduation

Friday 7th July - Summer Fair 13:30 - 15:30 Children only. 15:30 - 17:30 families to join the fun. Raffle to be called at 17:00

Week beginning the 10th July ~ Transition week in new classes.

Friday 14th July ~ End of Year Reports to go home.

Home Learning  19.5.23

Visit https://www.educationcity.com/  to access some additional homework ideas.


Talk for Mathematics   -  Solving Mathematical Problems - Subtraction

Use your toys or household objects to create subtraction problems or to say subtraction number stories, for e.g. 6 cakes on a plate. 4 are eaten at the jubilee party. How many are left?

I had 10 grapes. I have eaten some for a snack. Now I only have 6 left. How many did I eat?

Explore using the vocabulary - First, 6 cars park at the garage. Then, 2 drive away. Now, there are ?

You can have a go at writing the subtraction sum with the - and = signs to go with your story.

Download the new White Rose - 1 minute maths games app to play and practise basic number skills.

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/1-minute-maths    www.ictgames.com/numeracy   www.topmarks.co.uk

Practise your number formation.

Talk for Reading and Writing

**Please aim to try and read every day!!**

Play the phonics games sent home together.

Practise all of the digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words that we have been learning this term.

Practise writing these digraphs/trigraphs in sand, with chalk on the path or in the mud with a stick! 

Look for these digraphs/trigraphs in books at home.

Chalk a hopscotch outside with all of the sounds you are learning in. Jump on and say each sound/phoneme.

Watch Geraldine the Giraffe (+ the sounds air, ure, and er) youtube phonics clips.     

Watch the Silly School videos for the oi and er digraphs  and the trigraph air - https://youtu.be/CdC72XSMuoc            https://youtu.be/8Tqh_9VGq6o     https://youtu.be/Eh0ZhoOLAMU

Read the decodable comics on Phonics Play https://phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/comics.html

Watch and join in with the phase 2/3 tricky word songs  https://youtu.be/R087lYrRpgY     https://youtu.be/ri4u0TjAZ38  https://youtu.be/VzpAJVE0OW8

https://youtu.be/yM11q1yIdPM    https://youtu.be/t_D69emGgTM

Phase 4 Tricky words   https://youtu.be/3NOzgR1ANc4 

 https://youtu.be/brBjwnJHvek  https://youtu.be/OrwjbulJry4  

Write sentences with the tricky words in or look for them in your reading books.

Practise writing the tricky words with chalk outside. Make a hopscotch!

Make a tricky word treasure hunt around the house using post-it notes with tricky words written on. Can they find them and say them?




Talk for Topic

Complete a traffic survey by observing from your front garden or front window or when on a walk out and about. Which vehicles are the most and least common?

Ask your grandparents about how transport has changed over the years. Share this with us in class next week.

Ducklings Home Learning 2022


Mathematics Meeting for Parents/Carers

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to attend our recent meeting. Here is the information which was discussed.

Maths Meeting for parents


Useful links and video links:

Early Number Sense     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ow8vEmh8lA

Early Maths Skills  https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/primary-maths-age-4-5-reception/





Number Formation Rhymes

Number Formation Rhymes



Communication, Language and Literacy Meeting for Parents

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to attend our recent meeting. Here is the information which was discussed.

Communication, Language and Literacy Meeting for Parents

Here are some useful, informative videos about phonics to help you.



Meet the Teacher Information

Current School Lunches Menu

Editable WOW moment slips for parents and carers

These slips are for you to complete and send in or email to your child's class teacher when your child makes a special achievement at home. Thank you.

Parent/Carer WOW moment slips

WOW Moments

Reception Baseline Assessment Information for Parents


A Parents/Carers guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

This is a guide for how we teach and learn in the early years, written especially for parents and carers.






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