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.
The Ducklings have made incredible progress since their return to school in March. Many are now writing indepedently and at length and their confidence in number has developed beyond all recognition. We are so proud of all they have achieved despite their disrupted first year at school.
We are filling these last few weeks in Ducklings with lots of special events, from waterplay under the hose to rescuing damsels from dragons in the pouring rain. One way or another we seem to keep getting wet!
Our adventure last week was to be pirates in the woods and the children enjoyed hunting for treasure; discovering both edible treasure and priceless gold booty!
This week we will be working on our Circus Skills with the help of Circus Sensible in a whole day workshop on Thursday to make up for our sadly Covid-cancelled trip to the beach.
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 Mrs Newman Mrs Richardson
PE Teacher: Mr Louis
Volunteer Helper: Mrs Dorothy Hill