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Welcome to the New Chestnut Class

Term 3

Dinosaur Footprints


What we are learning this Term

Our Topic this term is Dinosaur Footrpints

Wewill spend the first half of the term focusing on a text called 'Tom and the Island of Dinoasurs'. We will be using this book to inspire our Literacy work andactivities around the classroom.

In the second half of the term we will learn a talk for writing stoy called ;The Little Green Dinosaur. From this we will retell the story off by heart and complet a story map, maybe changing the characters ourselves. 

Within our classroom we will have lots of dinosaur inspired activites such as fossil hunting and making, dinosaur stencils, hatching dinosaur eggs and messy dinosaur swamps, 


Our Key Texts and research for this Term will be:

  • Harry and the bucket full of Dinosaurs. 
  • There's a Stegosaurus on the Stairs
  • There's a T.Rex in Town
  • Tyrannosaurus Drip
  • Stomp, Stomp Big Roars
  • There's a Diplodocus at the Door
  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
  • How Dinosaurs Really Work!
  • Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!
  • Dinosaur Farm

Weekly Overview


Our Timetable for the week:

  • Includes Literacy and Communication skills daily​
  • Mathematics daily
  • Daily phonic sessions
  • PE: Gym on Tuesday with Mrs Douch and Mrs Harris
    Ball Skills on Thursday with Miss Fitzherbert
  • EAD activities: Art and design and music.
  • Understanding the World activities:
    • Science
    • RE,
    • Computing
  • Individual reading sessions and keywords



Reading— The children are progressing well through their reading books and are really starting to recognise words, understand how a sentence works and tell a story .
Keep practicing the keywords (attached to their reading book) as this is really helping them to pick up the Tricky and High Frequency words within the texts they are reading. 

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


Thursday and Friday

7th January


he, she


14th January


we, me, be


21st January 


was, you


28th January


they, all


4th February ch are, my, her


11th February th Spelling: the, and


What else are we covering?

  • RE: 
    Special Place :
    What is a special place?
    Why are places special?
    What would special places look like?
  • Understanding the World: 
    Understanding New Years Resolutions
  • 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 Dinosaur Footsteps’ the children could bring books about dinosaurs, a toy dinosaur, pictures of their favourite dniosaur, places they may have visited, craft and anything else of interest. 

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 18th January Summer, Max and Joseph
Friday 25th January Oscar, Stella and Lucas
Friday 1st February Lucie, Harry and Xisca
Friday 8th February Samuel, Lauren and Esther
Friday 15th February Megan, Ruby and Imogen

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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