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.
Since returning to school in November we have entered National Lockdown 2. Sadly, this curtailed our walks to the woods but we made our way to the field instead and had a wonderful session of football, with the treat of a brand new ball each with which to develop our skills! The children were worked on dribbling skills and longer kicks on a beautiful Autumn morning.
We have been thoroughly enjoying our garden, particularly the lunchtime leaf fights! The new mud digging pit has provided many worms to examine (one even came into class in someone's pocket!) After the heavy rain it also made excellent sloppy mud which was great fun - although it didn't do the shoes much good!
The Ducklings got together with their Year 5 Buddies, at last, for a socially distanced meeting. Both the Year 5s and Ducklings created self portraits which they will exchange on our next meeting. We were delighted to collaborate on the poem "In Flanders Field" for Remembrance Day and the children gave a very moving performance, enhanced by the poppies they had sewn and they poppy field they painted.
The Ducklings have been learning lots about Space and just had time to create a lovely Space display before we all had to go home and self-isolate for a fortnight!
We have continued our lessons from home with twice daily online class meet-ups and the opportunity to see and chat to our friends and teachers. All the Ducklings have worked incredibly hard on the work set each day and we are so proud of all they have achieved at home. Well done to the parents, who continue to juggle jobs and teaching! We salute you!
The children are learning their Christmas songs online too and when they return to school we will plunge into Nativity rehearsals. Our Nativity will be filmed this year and made available for you to watch at home. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this traditional performance.
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 a taste of life in Ducklings in the slideshow below.
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