Ducklings

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In Ducklings Class, the teacher is called Charlotte. Our nursery nurse is Monika.

Welcome to Summer term in Reception. Every term we will provide you with information about the topics and themes we will be learning about and how you can help your children at home.

Summer term is a very important term in Reception as we have lots of learning to do and we will be getting ready for our transition into Year One.

We have now had two great terms in Reception and have made great friendships and learnt lots of new fantastic things. We are learning new letter sounds each day and we are growing in confidence with our reading and writing. We are continuing to grow in confidence with our number work, we have learnt lots of exciting things that we can do with number such as; how to recognise numbers, finding out what is ‘one more/one less’ and this term we are going to be learning how to add and subtract numbers and solve problems such as doubling and halving.

During the first half term we will be focusing on the topic of People Who Help Us. We will learn about all the important people in our local communities and learning about the jobs they do and how they can help us. We will be visiting our local fire station and having visits from a police officer and police horses. We will also be learning about how animals help us and how we can stay safe around animals with a visit from the Dogs Trust.

We are also beginning our structured PE sessions this half term (week commencing 24th April 2017). Ducklings class will have PE on a MONDAY morning. All children will need to have a PE kit which will remain at school in a draw string bag. PE kits consist of white t-shirt, blue/black shorts/bottoms, and black pumps. Please ensure that names are put in all the clothes.

During the second half of the term we will be learning about Changes, Minibeasts and Under the Sea. We will be looking after caterpillars in Reception, watching them as they grow from caterpillars into butterflies. We will be learning about the life cycle of a Butterfly. We cannot wait to watch as the caterpillars change daily and record our findings.

We are also going to be visiting Year One once a week to get to know our new teachers and our new classrooms. Children will spend an afternoon each week in both classrooms until we know which teacher they are going to have. They will experience the structure of a typical afternoon in Year one. If you have any questions please come and speak to us.

Please have a look at our photos from the Autumn and Spring Term showing our previous learning.

We hope you like all of the learning we have been doing and are excited to see the new things we learn this term.

Library:     We shall be visiting John Barnes Library fortnightly on Tuesdays.  We leave school at 9.30 and will be back at 10.30.  We will need 2 or 3 parents to help us walk there and back every week.  Please let me know if you can come with us.
Book Bags:  Children can choose a book from our class library each day.  To do this, they must bring in their book bags.  Hungerford book bags can be bought from the uniform shop which is on Wednesdays in the school office.  Children now have their phonics books changed weekly, please ensure you read daily with your child and we encourage you to comment on their reading in their reading diary.
Illness:  If your child is ill please let us know as soon as possible, the best way is to phone the office in the morning.
Water:  Children have access to drinking water, milk and a selection of fruit at our Snack areas throughout the day.  We ask that you do not send additional fruit or drinks in with your child.

Additional information
Please make sure that your child’s clothes, book bag, coats etc. are clearly named to prevent loss.  Please check these regularly.
We will be going on trips throughout the year.  We will send letters home with details about these at the time, we may also ask for volunteers to accompany us.
If you would like to talk to me about anything you have read here or any other aspect of your child’s education please come and see me after school, so we can arrange a time to have a chat.

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Important information

Library:     We shall be visiting John Barnes Library fortnightly on Tuesdays.  We leave school at 9.30 and will be back at 10.30.  We will need 2 or 3 parents to help us walk there and back every week.  Please let me know if you can come with us.
Book Bags:  Children can choose a book from our class library each day.  To do this, they must bring in their book bags.  Hungerford book bags can be bought from the uniform shop which is on Wednesdays in the school office.  After half term, they will take home books to support our ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic scheme.  These will be changes weekly.  We encourage you to comment on their reading in their reading diary.
Illness:  If your child is ill please let us know as soon as possible, the best way is to phone the office in the morning.
Water:  Children have access to drinking water, milk and a selection of fruit at our Snack areas throughout the day.  We ask that you do not send additional fruit or drinks in with your child.

Please make sure that your child’s clothes, book bag, coats etc. are clearly named to prevent loss.  Please check these regularly.
We will be going on trips throughout the year.  We will send letters home with details about these at the time, we may also ask for volunteers to accompany us.
If you would like to talk to me about anything you have read here or any other aspect of your child’s education please come and see me after school, so we can arrange a time to have a chat.

Summer Term Activities

We have had a fantastic summer term and have been doing some super learning. We have been learning how to add and subtract in our maths time and we are now using Numicon to help us. To challenge ourselves we have also been learning how to double and halve.

We learnt about ‘People who Help us’. We had a visit from the Police, the Dogs Trust and we went to visit our local fire station. We learnt how to stay safe, how to look after dogs, what to do if there is a fire and who we need to call in an emergency.

We have had lots of fun with the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have retold the story using story props, made out own caterpillars and wrote our own stories. To make it super exciting we had our own caterpillars in class and watched as they transformed into beautiful butterflies. Please look at our photos from when we let them go.

We hope you like our photos of the fantastic learning we have been doing this term.

 

Spring Term Activities

We had such a busy Spring term and have learnt lots of exciting new skills. In our maths sessions we learnt all about 3D shapes; we used play dough to make the 3D shapes, went on shape hunts and learnt a 3D shape song. We had lots of fun retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk; we wrote about the characters, role played the story and planted our own beanstalks.

We also enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day, St Patricks Day and Easter. We raised lots of money to support Comic Relief and dressed as superheroes too. Science week was really fun, we did lots of experiments and made volcanoes that erupted.

We hope you like looking at our pictures of the fantastic learning we have been doing

 

World Book Day 2017

 

Autumn Term Activities

We have had so much fun learning about Africa and the Caribbean for Black History Month. We have made colourful jewellery by painting pasta and threading them ourselves, we have tried on lots of traditional clothes, we have played music with African drums and we have enjoyed retelling the story of Handas Surprise. It is important for us to understand and learn about different cultures and traditions and we have really enjoyed learning about different cultures.

 

 

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