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Class Teacher: Miss Fitzherbert

Teaching Assistant: Ms Richardson

Term 2

Welcome to Chestnut Class!


What we are learning this Term

Working together with Beech, the Lower School are embarking on a new topic - Toy Delivery!

Our Key Texts and research for this Term will be:

  • Dogger
  • Old Bear
  • Jolly Tall
  • Hoot
  • The Great Pet Sale
  • The Christmas Jolly Postman
  • Christmas Story
  • Rumplestiltskin
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • The Toy Shop

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



Children will now be moving onto books with words. Please do support children in recognising words, pointing when reading and looking at the pictures. 

  • 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 be continuing with Phase 2 phonics in Term 2

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
November 4th m d High Frequencey Words: it, is, in
November 11th o g Tricky Words: into
November 18th c k ck
November 25th e u HFW: at, am
December 2nd r h HFW: dog, cat
Decmeber 9th b f/ ff HFW: on, up
December 16th l/ll ss Revision


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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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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