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Class Teacher: Miss Fitzherbert

Teaching Assistant: Ms Richardson

Term 1

Welcome to Chestnut Class!


What we are learning this Term

Welcome to Chestnut Class.

In the first couple of weeks we will spend the time learning routines, getting to know each other and exploring our new classroom.

Together with Beech Class, the Lower School are kicking off the new school year with an absolutely amazing few weeks immersed in one of the Roald Dahl books - James and the Giant Peach
We will be listening to the story, trying a variety of new fruits and creating our own giant peaches! We are looking forward to our drama workshop as well. 


Then FE, Fi, FO, FUM, I smell a term filled with lots of fun!
We will be studying fairy tales, including Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. We will focus on listening carefully to the stories and describing and discussing what has happened. We will sequence the story and have a go at drawing our own pictures of the characters and having a go at labelling them. 


In Maths we will begin by exploring numicon pieces and using them to help us count to 10. We will order numbers, talk about one more and one less and use language such as bigger and smaller.
We will also help Jack to count out the magic beans, help him sort the different types of beans and make patterns with them.
If the giant comes to visit we will investigate the size of his footprint and estimate how many of our feet will fit inside!!

Our Key Texts and research for this Term will be:

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Rumplestiltskin
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Weekly Overview


Our Timetable for the week:

  • Includes Literacy and Communication skills daily‚Äč
  • Mathematics daily
  • Daily phonic sessions
  • PE:  Tuesday: Gym with Mrs Douch and Miss Fitzherbert
    Friday: Beanbag Skills with Miss Fitzherbert and Ms Richardson
  • EAD activities: Art and design and music.
  • Understanding the World activities:
    • Science
    • RE,
    • Computing
  • Individual reading sessions and keywords later in Term 1



For now we will not be sending home reading books. Later on in the term we will hold a reading meeting and discuss how we read with children at Frant school.

  • Please do read stories to your children at home.
  • Encourage children to discuss the pictures.
  • Talk about what is happening in the story.
  • Predict what is going to happen next and have a go at guessing the ending.
  • Can you relate the story to any other books or real life events?
  • Start recognising words that appear frequently. 


Phase 2 Phonics

We will begin Phase 2 phonics later on in Term 1.

Each week we will learn two new sounds. Please support and encourage the children to say the sound, find objects/ items that start with the sound and have a go at writing the letter.

We follow the Letters and Sounds Phonic scheme but we also use the Jolly Phonics sound songs to help us learn the sound. 

Here is the timetable for when we will be teaching the Phase 2 phonic sounds.

Week Beginning Mon & Tues Wed & Thurs Friday
September 30th s a Tricky Word: I
October 7th t p Tricky Words: and, the
October 14th i n Tricky Words: a, to
October 21st m d Tricky Words: no, go


On a Friday we will be teaching the children Tricky Words (words that can not be sounded out) these need to recognised by sight and will help children when reading.
We also have High Frequency Words (words that appear often in books) these words can be sounded out but they need to be recognised by sight as it helps with the fluency of early reading. 

On the days we are learning a new sound, children are welcome to bring in a small item that begins with that sound. They will have the opportunity to show it to the class and will support the recognition on items that start with the same sounds. 

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Show and Tell

The children will have the opportunity to bring in something from home and share it with the class.
Please do not bring in anything too big or fragile. 

Below is the timetable for when your child has show and tell. If you miss your date then just bring something in the next week. 

Date Children
Friday 20th September Sebastian,  Ellie, James
Friday 27th September Jasper, Brooke, Bertie
Friday 4th October Belle, Dexter and Brandon
Friday 11th October Lily, Eddie and Oliver
Friday 18th October Sophia, Jess and Luke


Useful Websites:

Here is the link for Mathletics. Please do encourage your child to have a go at completing the games independently:

Other useful websites to use at home:https://community.mathletics.com/signin#/student

Cursive Handwriting: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/continuous-cursive-beginners-letter-choices.html

Phonics: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

Games: http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm



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