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Ducklings - Reception

Autumn Term 

Characteristics of Effective Learning


As well as Early Learning Goals we also observe the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning describe learning as a process and not as an event.


The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and have a go
  • Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Learning Journals and Tapestry

Every child in Reception has a learning journal which is unique to them. The journals will illustrate the child's learning journey throughout their time in Reception. Some of your child's achievements will be added to their learning journey and some to Tapestry, the online learning journal. To make the Tapestry journals more personal to you and your child we ask parents to contribute; this can be done through photographs as well as notes about what your child has said/ been getting up to. 


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is valued in Reception and children will be given opportunities in most weather to develop their learning and skills. Children have access to both the indoor and outdoor provision most of the day. The provision set up outdoors will be linked to the learning the children carryout indoors. 

After an amazing start to the year the new Ducklings are settling in very well to school life. They have enjoyed getting to make new friends and explore the new environment. Observations should start to appear on Tapestry to show their progress throughout the year. Well done Ducklings, we're very proud of you!

Learning Outdoors 

The children in Ducklings love learning outside. We link both indoor and outside environments to provide the best learning opportunities and adult support is targeted and personal to the individual child.

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Harvest Festival 

To celebrate the harvest festival the Ducklings produced some amazing still life paintings of a bowl of fruit and vegetables. Then alongside the whole school took them to the church service to show everyone. What a creative bunch they are!

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