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Duckling Class

Welcome to Duckling Class!

Class Teacher: Miss Dickenson


We are very excited to get the school year started! 


It won't be quite back to normal, but we will make sure to keep all the children as safe as possible. Please ensure your child only brings in the essentials, such as a water bottle and a packed lunch (if they have one). This will help to keep your children safe. 


Obviously all of the children have been away from school for a while, and the return may be trickier than normal. Please be assured that we will be taking things slowly to begin with and making sure the children have plenty of opportunities to discuss how they are feeling and any worries they might have. Our new behaviour policy will start immediately and we will make sure all the children are informed about the expectations of them and us, so we can work together to achieve a happy, calm working atmosphere. 


During the first few weeks we will be working on a whole school project based on Oliver Jeffers’ book ‘Here We Are’. This heartfelt and thought provoking book from Oliver Jeffers was inspired by the author’s desire to make sense of the world for his son. We have chosen this book as it provides ample opportunities for our children to reflect on and make sense of the world we are all living in.



This project will allow your child to settle back into school life, but also give them a chance to voice any concerns they have about the world going forward.


We also have an exciting new maths scheme, which we are introducing this year. In our phonics learning we will be revisiting and practicing the key skills of blending and segmenting using letter sounds we know already and introducing new sounds. Currently in order to maintain a Covid safe work place reading books will not be sent home as has previously been done. Reading is as important as ever so please make sure you hear your children read regularly and we will have regular sessions in school as well.


PE will not initially be running during the first two weeks. After this period it will be on a Wednesday and we will endeavour to complete this outside as much as possible, so please make sure children have suitable, fitting footwear to wear for these lessons as well as the standard T-shirt, shorts or tracksuit bottoms.


As parents are currently not coming onto site it makes communicating with parents more challenging, so if you would like to speak to me then please initially ring the office and they will pass a message to me.


Thank you.

Miss Dickenson

Duckling Class Teacher