Parent letter – Ducklings

Parents of Ducklings

Dear Parents,

The Ducklings new Topic will be Growth and Growing, will be exploring not just plants but animals and humans too. Below is some information on aspects of learning that we will be covering between now and Easter.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Now that the children are settled into their classroom our focus will be how we behave in the school environment and trying to make the children as independent as possible. We will still be practicing getting changed for PE, sharing, turn taking and following class and school rules. We shall also focus on how we should treat others and being kind.

Literacy: Our main focus will be encouraging the children to become readers as quickly as possible. The children will now go into the mixed Read Write Inc groups; as this is our school phonics programme. The children will still concentrate on letter sounds but will begin to blend sounds to create words. In writing our focus will still be on pencil control writing familiar words and begin to construct simple sentences, taking note of full stops and capital letters. 

Maths: We are continuing with the Maths Makes Sense programme but our focus will still be to learn to read and say our numbers to 100. This term we will be looking at number stories with subtraction and addition. In Ducklings we are going to be concentrating on how to write our numbers correctly. 

Understanding of the World

Exploring our own environment we will learn about our own culture and that different creatures have roamed the earth. We will explore what happens to people, animals and plants when they grow. Hopefully we will plant a small garden and watch frogspawn as it evolves.

Physical Development

In PE and in our general every day play, we shall develop our control and co-ordination. The children will learn about how to be safe and be encouraged to develop an awareness of space for themselves and others.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be exploring a huge range of textures and resources. The children will be positively encouraged to develop their ideas and imagination through role play.

We shall be using lots of music not only through singing but by dancing and exploring instruments. In fact we are hoping to have and open music afternoon where the parents can come and see the children play instruments. 

Homework: Homework will continue to be our home book. We shall send this home each week with a challenge for you to do with your child. This will then be shared with the whole class. The aim of this is to give parents a voice in the children’s learning and for the child to do a fun school thing at home.

Reading: Please share the books that our sent home with your child because the more they our encouraged to share books the better reader they will become.


Please label all items of clothing clearly!

Despite many reminders we are still seeing many items brought into class with no names!

With 31 children it will be impossible to ensure they keep their processions if they are not labelled.

P.E is on a Friday the children must have kit in school on this day and it must be in a clearly labelled bag.

This is a long letter but hopefully it gives you an idea of what we will be doing this Term. Our main aim as well as learning is to have lots of fun.

Thanks for your support and you are most welcome to come and ask about anything that we do!

Miss Jull

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