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Chestnut Class

Term 4

Turrets and Tiaras


What we are learning this Term

Our Topic this term is Turrets and Tiaras

Our main literacy focus this term is a 'talk for writing' text called 'The Rainbow Princess'. We will begin by learning this story off by heart and designing a story map to go with it. Once we know the story we will start turning it into our own and changing the characters and the places they go. Our aim is to start writing in more detail and spelling some of our tricky and high frequency words correctly. 

To go alongside our topic our role play area has been turned into a castle shop, providing the children with the opportunity to dress up, handle money and do their own creative writing. 

Our classroom activities with stem from our topic and we will take part in crown making, sword and shield making, castle play and dressing up as princesses and knights. 




Our Key Texts and research for this Term will be:

  • Castle Stories
  • The Worst Princess
  • The Tough Princess
  • Mike the Knight
  • Nat Fantastic
  • Princess Smartypants
  • Small Knight and George
  • Giants and Princesses
  • I want to be
  • Inside the Castle

Weekly Overview


Our Timetable for the week:

  • Includes Literacy and Communication skills daily​
  • Mathematics daily
  • Daily phonic sessions
  • PE: Knights Trainging on Tuesday with Mrs Harris
    Tag Rugby  on Thursday with Mrs Douch and  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

Wednesday and Thursday


25th February



Spelling: I, the, and

4th March



Spelling: he, be, we

11th March



Spelling: me, she

18th March



Spelling: them, was

25th March or ur

Revising all sounds 

1st April ow oi

Revising all sounds

What else are we covering?

  • RE: 
  • Why is the Pal cross importnat for Christians?
    How are crosses used to celebrate Easter?
    Why is the Easter garden a significent place for Christians?
    All about Easter Sunday
  • Understanding the World: 
    Comparing castles- differences and simularities.
    Why did we build castles and who lived in them?
    What would make a good King or Queen?
    Comparison between castles and our own homes.
  • Expressive Arts and Design: 
    Making crowns
    Decoring and designing swords and shields
    Princess hats and norman helmets
    Chalk castle and sponge painting


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 Turrets and Tiaras’ the children could bring books about castles, a toy knight or princess, pictures of castles they have been to, 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 8th March Summer, Max and Joseph
Friday 15th March Oscar, Stella and Lucas
Friday 22nd March Lucie, Harry and Xisca
Friday 29th March Samuel, Lauren and Esther
Friday 5th April 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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