The Icknield Primary School

Thrive and achieve together!


Welcome to Ducklings!


Welcome to Ducklings class! Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find key information about our curriculum and our classroom. We will also be sharing some of our learning with you so please come back to visit to see what is new!


Staff in Reception


Class Teacher - Miss Tarrant

Teaching Assistants- Mrs Kiernan, Miss Scott, Miss Ogunbayo and Mrs Farragher.

Key Weekly Information


  • Miss Tarrant is out of the classroom on Tuesday mornings. Mrs Kiernan will be covering the class during these times
  • PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday. Children will need to come to school in their PE kits.
  • Visits to the wildlife area are on a Monday and Tuesday.
  • Key documents relating to life in Reception will be uploaded into this Google Drive Folder.




In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. In 2020-2021 we are an Early Adopter school which means we are embarking on a trial year of the new Early Years framework which will be rolled out nationally in 2021-2022. More information about the framework can be found here.


In Reception we use a range of approaches to suit the children in our cohort. We are led by the children's learning and when they are enthused by a topic we will embrace it and bring it into our daily learning. We will also cover key themes through the year such as those focused on the seasons, special events in the calendar or just topics to excite and enthuse such as space, fairy tales and dinosaurs! This means that the adults are always engaging meaningfully with the children, responding to their immediate needs and interest but we also introduce children to ideas and topics that will grab their attention.


We use Tapestry to share key learning points during the year and Class Dojo is our main method of communicating with parents.



Characteristics of Effective Learning


Another extremely important part of our curriculum are the characteristics of effective learning. These are the ways in which children engage with others around them and their learning environment. These different characteristics underpin learning and development and support the children in becoming effective, motivated and life-long learners.