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Welcome to the New Chestnut Class

Term 2

Hairy Maclary


What we are learning this Term

Our Topic this term is Hairy Maclary.

We have spent the first two weeks focusing on ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ as well as talking about remembrance and Bonfire night.

We are now moving onto ‘Hairy Maclary’ where we will focus on pets and setting up an animal shelter. We have also gained a new member to our class- a little Russian Dwarf Hamster, who is yet to be named.

 The final couple of weeks will be spent looking at Christmas, rehearsing and performing our nativity play and getting into the festive spirit.


Our Key Texts and research for this Term will be:

  • We're going on Bear Hunt
  • Pets
  • Hairy Maclary
  • My Cat likes  to Hide in Boxes
  • Tabby McTat
  • The Great Pet Sale
  • Mog the Forgetful Cat
  • The Most Obedient Dog 
  • Kippers Pets
  • Six Dinner Sid

Weekly Overview

Our Timetable for the week:

  • Includes Literacy and Communication skills daily​
  • Mathematics daily
  • Daily phonic sessions
  • PE: Dance on Tuesday with Mrs Douch and Mrs Harris
    Bean Bag Skills on Thursday with Miss Fitzherbert
  • EAD activities: Art and design and music.
  • Understanding the World activities:
    • Science
    • RE,
    • Computing
  • Individual reading sessions with an adult later on in the term.



Reading— The children are progressing well through their lilac reading books and are getting much better at creating stories. Keep practicing the keywords (attached to their reading book) as this will really help when we move onto pink reading books with words. This will happen later on this term when we feel the children are ready to recognise and read words.

Our aim at school is to read with your children and record in their reading journal once a week. We will spent a lot of time in class reading other stories and working on word recognition and blending and segmenting words.
Please read with your children as much as possible at home, repeating the book several times if needed. Encourage your child to point to words as they read and to recognise repeated words across pages. Remember to talk about the pictures as this really helps children to learn and discover new words and therefore broadens their vocabulary. Record in their reading journal once you have read their school book this enables us to recognise that the book has been read and therefore change for a new one.





See below for our Phonic Timetable and overview of what we are learning each week:

Phonics’ or ‘Sounds’ Work - Please encourage your child to practice the sound, as this will help them to retain it.  Please would you help your child to choose an item/ drawing/ picture that contains the weekly sound to bring into school.  For example: carrot, rocket, bird. Below are the sounds (phonemes) we will be covering this term.


Week commencing

Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday and Thursday


29th October



go, on

5th November



into, of

12th November



mum, dad

19th November



up, big

26th November h b

dog, cat

3rd December f ff


10th December l ll

get, was

17th December ss



What else are we covering?

  • RE: 
    Incarnation :
    Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?
  • Understanding the World: 
    Caring for Animals
    Looking after Animals
    Simularities and differences
  • Expressive Arts and Design: 
    Junk Modelling
    Christmas Craft


Show and Tell

We always provide each child with the opportunity to speak to the class about something that interests them. ‘Show and Tell’ is a great way for children to develop their speaking skills as well as self- confidence.

As our theme this term will be ‘Hairy Maclary’ followed by ‘Christmas’ the children could bring in pictures of a pet, a favourite animal or toy. They could also talk about how they may look after their animal and show us some if the things their pet may need.

Here are the dates for show and tell. If you forget on one of the days or your child is ill do let us know and your child may show something the follow week.

Show and Tell Date Children
Friday 9th November Lucie, Megan and Lucas
Friday 16th November Imogen, Esther and Joseph
Friday 23rd November Summer, Max and Xisca
Friday 30th November Oscar, Stella and Ruby
Friday 7th December Samuel, Harry and Lauren

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