Ducklings’ 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 Winter Festivals. 

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 practising getting changed for PE, sharing, turn taking and following both class and School rules.

Communication and Language

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


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 Write Inc. groups at the end of this term, 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 letters correctly. We will be continuing to work on writing our names and look at writing some familiar words.


We shall continue to learn to read, write and say our numbers to 100. 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 and greater, along with more than and less than. We shall also 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 Christian 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 coordination. 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 a 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 our Nativity Play. 


Homework will continue to be in our home book. We shall send this home each week with a challenge for you to do with your child. 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.

In addition to this, we will continue to send home the letter sounds that we have practised that day, the aim of this is to reinforce the learning that we have done in the classroom. Your child will also receive weekly spellings, these will be taught and practised in class. We will have a fun quiz on a Thursday.

Reading: Please 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. 


Please label all items of clothing clearly! 

Despite many reminders we are still seeing several items brought into class with no names! With thirty children in the class, it is 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.

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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