Ducklings -Term Two Parent Letter

Dear Parents

Welcome to Ducklings and the second part of the Autumn Term. Below is some information based on aspects of learning that we will be covering between now and Christmas. Our topic, on which our learning is based, will be Celebrations and  Festivals of around the world.

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 both class and School rules.

Communication and Language Will shall encourage the children to share their news and listen and ask questions. We shall also be exploring how we respond to stories and what sorts of words are used. Learning how to follow instructions will be key to our daily learning. We will be practicing speaking aloud to an audience, ready for our class nativity.

Literacy: Our priority this Term is ensuring that children begin to read and so we will be concentrating on them knowing their letter sounds and recognising letters. To achieve this we will begin to integrate the children into Read at the end of this term, Write Inc groups, this is our school phonics programme. In writing we will be concentrating on how we hold our pencil, pencil control and making sure we form our pre cursive letters correctly. We will be continuing to work on writing our names and look at writing some familiar words.

Maths: We shall continue to learn to read, write and say our numbers within 20. The children will also learn to add and subtract two small groups of objects. We will explore height and length using the mathematical language of smaller, greater, more and less than. Then we shall explore 3D shapes and where we can find them.

Understanding the World

Exploring our own environment we will learn about our own culture and look at some of the cultures of others, such as Diwali and Hinduism and Eid and Islam. We will also explore our own festivals and see if we can find any links between the cultures e.g. Light.

In addition we shall explore how we celebrate Christmas now and in the past.

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. Activities will be designed to develop child’s fine and gross motor skills.

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. As this is the Christmas term we shall have a creative day and of course our Nativity Play, A Bundle of Joy. Dates to be confirmed via the school news letter.

The Dojo system : Within the Ducklings class we have a ‘dojo’ behavioural management system.  This is an online system where each child has their own monster (some say aliens). In term one the whole class discussed and decided on positive behaviours they felt deserved a dojo (house point). In addition we decided on what kind of negative behaviours that warranted the removal of dojos. The aim is for the children to gain 10 or more dojos by the end of Friday each week. This entitles them to a dip in the treasure/gold box. The dojos are reset every Monday. 

Reading: This term we will move to our reading rota. This means that your child will read in school on, at least, a weekly basis.

Please continue to share the books that are sent home with your child because the more they are encouraged to share books the better reader they will become. The expectation is that you read with your child daily. The expectation is that the children take responsibility to place their reading book into the changing box if they wish for it to be changed. As a school we feel it is important for the children to have the opportunity to read books and reread books, this helps build their confidence. 


Please label all items of clothing clearly!

Despite many reminders we are still seeing many items brought into class with no names! It is extremely hard and time consuming trying to locate unnamed items.  With  30 children it will be impossible to ensure they keep their processions if they are not labelled.

Although P.E is on a Friday the children must have kit in school everyday. We still have some children in school without PE kits.

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!

Mrs Price and the Reception team

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