Year R - Ducklings Class

Welcome to Duckling Class,

Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back after what was hopefully a very restful and enjoyable Easter holiday!


Our main theme this half term is Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots. As we move from spring to summer we will be observing and describing some of the many changes that are taking place in the natural world around us including climate, plants and lifecycles including butterflies, frogs, and plants. We will be watching our potatoes grow, planting grass seeds, germinating beans, and growing sunflowers. We will also be talking about the importance of plants in food chains and the role of bees and other insects in pollination. Please encourage your children to observe and talk about similarities, differences, patterns and change when you are out and about with a focus on the changing seasons and the impact of warmer weather on plants, animals, and the environment.


We will continue our focus on developing handwriting this term and as well as revising and applying Phase 2 and 3 in phonics we will be working on Phase 4. Our traditional tale this half term is Jack and the Beanstalk which we will develop through reading, retelling, writing and role play. Our main focus in Mathematics this half term will be counting and exploring numbers to 20, naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes and solving problems involving numbers, shapes, and measures. On the next page is a topic web with things I hope to cover over the next few weeks.


Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to supporting your children in their learning at home. Reading frequently with your children at home and talk about what they have read to develop comprehension is really helpful and a note in your child’s reading diary will let us know when to change books. Please encourage your children to write in meaningful contexts such as writing cards, letters, and shopping lists and to practise their counting, recognition of numbers and problem solving. Please continue to add any significant experiences or WOW moments to Tapestry. Thank you!


We have planned an exciting half term ahead which we hope the children will enjoy. All children will need their reading packet, PE kit and a named water bottle in school every day. Thank you. Please do not hesitate to be in touch by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


With Kind regards from the EYFS team,


Mrs McRobert, Miss New, Miss Lambert