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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 Notes have been sent home regarding costumes for the Christmas production. Please be sure to let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to provide the items we have requested. This will enable us to find alternatives in time for the production. Thank you



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.

In Ducklings class, learning is 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. 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!

Autumn 2 themes:

Bonfire Night


Outer Space

Christmas & Nativity

Reading: The children have now learnt all the letters of the alphabet (except q!) and are now revising and consolidating their sounds, and learning to use them to create and read words. Please continue to practice these with your child! We also encourage all parents to spend time with their child learning the tricky words on their word wall. The children love stories, a favourite this term has been "Do NOT open this book!". 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 learning how to use capital letters at the beginning, and finger spaces to break up the sentence into words! Reading a variety of books goes a long way to support the children with their writing.

Maths: Our main focus last term was recognising and ordering numbers from 0-10 or beyond, however we have noticed that children are still struggling to form their numbers. We are doing a lot of work on this in school but please continue to practise this with your child at home too. We are practising our 2D shapes again, recognising the differences between them and using them to create pictures. We have also learnt about pattern, and practised continuing and even creating our own patterns.

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

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

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