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Ducklings - Reception

Welcome to team Ducklings!


In our class we have our teacher, Mrs Cooper and our Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Quirey.


In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  The curriculum consists of 7 areas of learning which are divided into Prime Areas and Specific Areas


Prime AreasSpecific Areas
Communication and LanguageLiteracy
Personal, Social and Emotional DevelopmentMaths
Physical DevelopmentUnderstanding the World
                 Expressive Arts and Design              


We lead a creative curriculum where children are the ‘boss’ of their own learning. Our curriculum enables us to provide endless learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, which aim to support, deepen children’s knowledge and consolidate learning. We are really lucky to have a spacious outdoor classroom. Our outdoor environment offers children the chance to use their senses and explore all areas of learning.




Our typical school day includes a daily Phonics and Maths inputs, teacher directed group work for maths, reading and writing and lots of child led play where children have the opportunity to show off the skills they have learnt. We have PE on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and Forest School on a Friday afternoon.  


Reading books are checked daily at school and children are expected to read on a daily basis for 10 minutes at home with you. These books follow our phonics progression and help children to become fluent readers.



A home link letter is sent home each Friday. This is where we celebrate the learning that has taken place throughout the week; the books that we have shared, letters and sounds that we have learned, maths challenges that we have overcome and a home learning activity.


Our partnership with parents and carers is of huge importance. Teachers are available to speak to parents via our Marvellous Me web-based communication – we love using this platform to share news and photographs of your child’s learning in school. 


We welcome new children to our school – please contact the school office to arrange a tour of the school and an opportunity to speak to our staff. 


If your child will be starting school in September 2023 then please don't hesitate to contact the school office for further information.  



Please wear P.E. kit into school on a Monday and Tuesday.

Reading books

Bring reading books in daily so that we can read together at school. We will change books on a  Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. 

Forest School

Forest School is every Friday.

A spare pair of wellies and clothes should be left in school for wet and muddy days.  

Home Learning 

Home learning will be set on a Friday via your home link letter and collected in the following Wednesday. 

PhonicsEach day we learn a new grapheme, we will send home our Say it, Sing it, Sort it sheet. The QR codes help you revisit the new letters and sounds through songs and games online.


Please email the school office or contact your child’s teacher


We value your role as a parent/carer in reading with your child and helping them to learn their phonic letters and sounds. 


Every night: 

Enjoy a bedtime story. This could be a library book or a book from your own collection at home.

Practice reading and spelling your key words that are sent home

Read your child’s school book with them and pop a message in their reading record to celebrate that they have read with you. 

Scan the code on your phonic Say it, Sing it, Sort it sheet to practise the letters and sounds of the day.

Click on the splat to share our learning through topic work.

We value parents and carers as partners - together we can achieve anything at St Mark's!


Below are some links which may help with phonics work at home especially for the children in reception and key stage 1.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)