The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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A message from the Class Teacher:


Welcome to Ducklings Reception Unit! We would like to introduce you to the Ducklings Reception Team.  Mrs Bamford and Mrs Rodriguez share the teaching of Ducklings. Mrs James and Mrs Corps are our Teaching Assistants.

We use different themes to teach the 7 EYFS areas of learning. By using these areas, young children have a focus for their learning and also start to see the links between the various areas of the curriculum. We use the children’s interests to plan these themes, which we then break down into different activities through which we teach the skills the children require. By planning from their interests, we receive maximum engagement in what we are teaching them!

Currently, in  the Ducklings class, learning continues to be planned around the seven areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage to allow the children to experience the different equipment, facilities and opportunities we have in the Ducklings classroom. 

Spring 1 themes:


Polar Animals


Chinese New Year


Reading: The children have learnt all the phase 2 sounds now, and are working on digraphs (two letters joined together to make one sound e.g. oo, ur, ai). They are 'buzzing' with their reading and are enjoying the challenge of the school reading reward system, as well as our brand new Buster's Book Club initiative (minutes counted every Thursday!). Sound mats have been sent home so that you can continue to practice these with your child and we also encourage all parents to spend time with their child learning the tricky words on their word wall. Reading with your child frequently will encourage them to create stories and help them build their confidence too. 

Writing: Ducklings have been learning how to write sentences. We are always challenging the children to remember their finger spaces, capital letters and full stops! We have been reading both fiction and non-fiction books and using these to help us with our writing. A favourite this term has been 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt!' 

Maths: Our main focus this term has been ordering numbers from 0-20 and being able to say one more or less than a given number. We have also had fun with some raindrop sharing and have been on a few shape hunts to practice naming and describing our 3D shapes!

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

Mrs Bamford, Mrs Rodriguez, Mrs James and  Mrs Corps.