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Greenfield & Pulloxhill Academy

Nurture Inspire Flourish


Pulloxhill Road, Greenfield, Bedfordshire MK45 5ES



Welcome to the Ducklings

Nursery at Greenfield


Duckling Class is the nursery class at Greenfield School, with key workers Mrs Coote, Mrs Hodgkiss and Mrs Mills. Every child will be assigned a keyworker shortly after starting in Duckling class. 

The children in Ducklings are taught through play and are provided with new learning experiences, in both the indoor and outdoor environment. The key workers in Ducklings model for the children, encouraging them to imitate and learn new skills. We nurture positive relationships with our parents, involving them in their child's learning and incorporating children's experiences at home into our learning.

During your child's time with us in Ducklings, they will explore different topics and be introduced to counting, colours, shapes, pencil control and many other wonderful new experiences. The children will be supported to learn the routines and boundaries of the class, encouraging sharing and building friendships with their peers. The children will be taught self-care skills, such as washing their hands, toileting and putting on their own shoes and coats. 

We introduce the children in Duckling  to phonics, beginning with learning environmental sounds, for example, animal noises, aeroplanes in the sky, etc. We explore a new letter each week and work through the alphabet, finding different things beginning with that sound. As we progress through the year we will support the children to recognise their own name and some letter sounds. 

We strive to make each child's time with us in Ducklings as enjoyable as possible to enable them to have a wonderful beginning to their learning journey through our school. 


Children are welcomed into Duckling class from 3 years. If you are interested in your child attending our nursery please contact the school office, who will provide you with a Starting Ducklings information pack.


Ducklings Curriculum News, Summer 2

Autumn  Term 1

We have had a lovely start to the Autumn term, we have welcomed new families to our class and all of the children have settled in well. This half term our topic has been Magical Me, the children have been learning about how special they are, similarities they may have with friends and differences they may have, that make them unique. Children have been talking about their families and the community that they live in and the bigger world around them.
We have read The Marvellous Mustard Seed to the children and talked about how marvellous things can grow from a tiny seed, including themselves from small babies to children and eventually adults. The children then created a display of the tree using their handprints. 
Autumn Term 2

Our topic this term has been Festivals, this gave the children in Duckling class the chance to find out about the different festivals that are celebrated around the world and those that are special to children within our class.

The children made Diva Lamps and Rangoli patterns when learning about Diwali, firework paintings and the importance of firework safety during Bonfire Night activities and lanterns when learning more about the Lantern festival. When learning about Advent and Christmas, the children made Christingle paintings and counted down with our advent activities and then learnt about what Christmas means to us and the Nativity story.

Spring Term 1

We welcomed the children back after the Christmas break and enjoyed finding out about how the children had celebrated over the Christmas holidays. Our topic for this half term has been Toys.

The children found out about the different types of toys including those with wheels, mechanical toys, soft toys and the different materials that toys are made of. The children also found out about the newer toys we have now and the traditional toys that were played with many years ago and how they are different. The children also brought in their favourite soft toys and we had a picnic with them, all of the children helped to make a Teddy Bears Picnic display.

Spring Term 2

 We have enjoyed welcoming new children into our class this term and have enjoyed getting to know them and meeting their families. 

Our topic this half term was Dinosaurs, the children embraced this topic and have really enjoyed finding out more about dinosaurs, including when and where they lived and what foods they ate. The children extended their vocabulary through using the dinosaur’s names and learning some new dinosaur names, some of which can be tricky to say.

The children created some lovely chalk pictures of their favourite dinosaurs, which we have on display in our classroom, the children also created clay and playdough dinosaurs and fossils and created dinosaur nests out of resources they collected on walks with their families. The children also enjoyed lots of small world play with dinosaurs and a volcano that the children helped to make.  We finished the term celebrating Easter and finding out about the story of Easter and why it is an important celebration. 

Summer Term 1.

In Duckling class this term we have been very busy learning about growing and what is needed to help plants, animals and us grow.

We looked at life cycles, especially those of butterflies and frogs, we had caterpillars come and live with us in our classroom and the children were keen to observe the caterpillars grow and then transform into butterflies and we were able to set all of the butterflies free in our garden.  Ducklings have also been busy growing plants in our garden and learning to care for the plants to help them grow, we have been growing beans, tomatoes, herbs and flowers.  

The children also thought about what they needed to grow and be healthy and the skills that they have learnt from being babies to now. 

Summer Term 2.

This has been a busy term in Duckling class, our topic this term has been animals, including our own pets, artic animals, woodland and safari animals and those animals we have seen in zoos. The children have enjoyed a variety of art and craft activities from mixing and blending colours, exploring patterns seen on animals and making their own animal patterns and painting animal pictures. The children enjoyed taking on different roles in our role play area, including being vets, safari rangers, zoo keepers and explorers. Due to the weather, we have been able to enjoy our outside play areas, making dens to cool down in and lots of water and ice play with our toy animals. Those children who move to their reception classes in September have enjoyed sessions in Robin class and we have spent time talking about what they will do and what to expect.

We wish those children moving to their reception classes all the best and we know they will enjoy their new class. We also look forward to welcoming children back in September and meeting our new class members, please enjoy the summer and we will see you soon.