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Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Ducklings

 Ducklings 2020

"I love me mother"

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The Ducklings learnt about the Black British poet Benjamin Zephaniah as part of their Black History Month work. Benjamin's mother, Valerie, came to England from Jamaica and this poem is all about her.

Welcome to Ducklings

The Ducklings is our Reception EYFS class for children who will have their 5th birthday in the academic year between 1st September and the 31st August. All the children start school together in September, with an option to go home at lunchtime until Christmas. By January all pupils are full time. There is a maximum of 30 children in the class with 3 members of staff every morning and 2 every afternoon.

 

The Ducklings have a rich and exciting curriculum with weekly visits to the local woodlands for an entire morning, or to a local care home to learn alongside their 'older friends' for an afternoon. They go on frequent trips further afield, visiting farms, museums, churches, theatres, parks and finally the seaside for a family day out at the end of the year. We are firmly of the belief that learning does not have to take place in the classroom and we embrace the outdoor life, whatever the weather!

 

The Ducklings are very much a part of the wider school, and the whole school trip in their second or third week of school gives them and their families a sense of being a real member of the St. Michael's community. We welcome parents and grandparents into the Ducklings classroom at all times and on our many trips. 

 

The Ducklings receive a letter from a buddy in Year 5 before they start school and their buddy greets them and plays with them on their summer afternoon visit to the school. The relationship  continues to flourish as they meet the again on the first day of school and know that they always have someone to look out for them in the playground.

 

Ducklings is an exciting but safe place for the children and their parents to flourish and form friendships to last a lifetime. Our children make excellent academic progress and most of all enjoy their childhood.

 

December Update

We have completed the filming of our Nativity play this week and, once Mr Bevan has begun to recover from his operation, he will put it together with the Year 1 and Year 2 productions to create one film for your delight (we hope!) In the meantime you can enjoy the KS2 church service, created in the same way, which you can find on the Children tab and then Special Events.

 

We are having a quieter week in school this week, concentrating on writing the Christmas story, reading our reading books, word building and working with numbers. As we are keeping the doors and windows open to try to stay healthy for Christmas it is VERY cold in our class and I would recommend that all children wear vests or log sleeve T shirts under their school uniform.

 

The final week of term will be full of fun and festivity for the children with a Ducklings Christmas party, Christmas lunch and a Santa Run. It is such a shame that you cannot share in all these activities as we would wish or as we normally do, but we will do our best to share them all with you in as many ways as we can. There is an updated taste of life in Ducklings in the slideshow below.

 

Children in Need Lucky Raffle Winners

1st Prize: Jack  A Pudsey Bear

2nd Prize: Isla  

3rd Prize: Freddie

4th Prize: Finley

 

Key Stage 1 Prize Winner: Ellie

 

You might find these books helpful at home:

Usborne Wipe clean lower case letters

Usborne wipe clean 3 letter words to copy

Class Teachers: Mrs Gill Evans

Support Staff: Mrs Erica Malone  Mrs Mandy Bearman Mrs Philippa Hall

PE Teacher: Mr Wayne Boardman

Volunteer Helper: Mrs Dorothy Hill

 

 

 

Useful websites

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

 

 

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Remembrance - In Flanders Fields

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