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.
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
Ducklings started the academic year using our 'mystery whole school visit' as an inspiration for activities in all curriculum areas. The Design and Technology theme gave the children the opportunity to develop and explore a wide range of new skills. In the Spring term the topic for the first half term was a historical one, "The 1920s", while after half term we move on to a Science topic of "Eggs and Growing". The Summer term topic will be decided as we watch the children's interests develop.
The Ducklings will always have reading books in their bags and are expected to read for 5 or 10 minutes at home every day. New sounds or spellings will be sent home as necessary. alongside any number or letter formation sheets required.
PE will take place on a Thursday morning with Mr Boardman. The children can come to school in their PE kit on Thursdays, with their uniform in their PE bag to change into. No earrings or watches are allowed. For Friday woods walks the children can come to school in their kit, with uniform in their bags. Swimming lessons take place in the summer terms.
We hear all children read at least twice within the school week and work more intensely with those who need a little extra help. Maths and English are 'taught' lessons each morning, with some whole class input and then work in groups led by adults. As the children progress through the year they gain the skills to work more independently in preparation for transition to Year 1.