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Welcome to Duckling Nursery

Happy New Year to you all. We hope you and your families had a wonderful break over the festive period. We look forward to welcoming all of the children back for the first term of 2018.

Our Spring term topic is “How does that building stay up?” Each of us lives in our own unique environment; where do you live? What is your home like? What type of home do your friends and family live in? What do homes look like in different parts of the world?

 We will be learning about different homes from around the world and comparing these with those of our own. We will be discovering and exploring different homes, and what materials have been used to build these homes. We will read the story of “The Three Little Pigs” to help support the children’s understanding of the use of different types of materials used to build homes. The children will build their own individual home based upon their learning.

To include mathematical learning into this terms theme, we will use different sized buildings to help develop the children’s understanding and language of, different sizes and continue to support their counting skills in their own building work. As part of our approach to phonics, the children will start to learn letter sounds. The sounds this term will be “s”, “a” and “t”. To support your child’s development in learning these sounds please visit Cued Articulation.

This is a system used to help children quickly become familiar with the signs and to help them remember the sounds. The link below explains how it works.


Parent Support

Talk to your child about your home and other homes when you are out and about and help them to understand that different homes and buildings are built differently and come in all shapes and sizes.​

Kind regards

Nursery Team 


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Summer 2018 Curriculum Overview

Our Summer 2 topic is “Why can’t I eat chocolate for breakfast?”  Which food types are healthy? Which food should I eat as a treat? How does exercise affect our bodies? How fast can I run? How high can I jump?


This term we will be looking at the importance of healthy eating and exercise in order to look after our bodies. We will be exploring different food using our senses and sorting food into groups for food that is healthy or food that should be a treat. To further our language development, we will be discussing our favourite food and talking about food that we eat for breakfast at home. Also we will be taking part in a variety of physical activities and games to explore how exercise affects our bodies. The books that we will be using this term include ‘Eat Your Greens, Goldilocks’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar.’ as we continue to explore rhyme and rhythm within stories.


To incorporate mathematical learning this term, we will be using the vocabulary of shape, size and weight when exploring different types of food. Additionally, we will start to explore 3D shapes and their properties.


In phonics we aim to revise our previously learnt sounds in order to secure our understanding of identifying initial sounds in words and recognising letters. The sounds that we have learnt previously are: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d and g. To support your child’s development in learning these sounds please visit Cued Articulation. This is a system used to help children quickly become familiar with the signs and to help them remember the sounds. The link below explains how it works:


Parent support:

You can keep a food diary over a weekend and keep track of the things that your child eats, discussing with your child which food they think is healthy and which food should be considered a treat. Additionally, you can ask your child which food is their favourite food and why. You can invite your child to make a shopping list for when you go food shopping, along talking about new food they see that they might like to try. If your child does try a new food, encourage them to use describing words as they explore the food with their senses.


Thank you,

The Nursery Team

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We recommend that you visit this website, which is full of excellent guidance and resources http://www.lesleyclarkesyntheticphonics.co.uk

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