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Welcome to the New Chestnut Class

Term 1

The Most Magnificent Thing


What we are learning this Term

During Term 1 our topic will begin with 'The Most Magnificent Thing'

The first couple of weeks are focused on getting the children settled, comfortable and happy at school. We will focus on the book 'The Most Magnificent Thing' and use this to explore how we are magnificent.

We will explore the different resources and equipment we have in the classroom and use these to design our own 'Magnificent Thing'. Children will then be given the opportunity explain and talk about what they have designed and made. 

During the rest of the term we will explore the topic: 'When I grow up I want to be......'

We will think about how people around school, at home and in our environment help us. We will explore the idea of helping each other and how in every job you will be helping someone in a different way. The children will explore and explain what they may want to do when they grow up. 

Our Key Texts and research for this Term will be:

  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • The Dot
  • Mix it Up
  • Emergency, Emergency
  • Just Imagine
  • You Choose
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Elmer
  • Only One You
  • I am too Absolutely Small for School

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.



We will start our ‘phonics’ or ‘sounds ’in the week beginning Monday 24th September.
We are following ‘Letters and Sounds’. 
We will discuss the new sounds for the next week each Friday.
Please encourage your child to practise 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: apple, sock. An idea might be for your child to see how many things they can find in the house beginning with that sound, or contains the sound, and then choose one to bring to school. (Not too big please!).

We will focus on two sounds each week, which will give us two phonic sessions to recognise, read and write the sound. On a Friday we will be learning high frequency or tricky words that your child will need to learn by sight. We will add these new words to your child’s reading record book, it is a good idea to go through them with your child when you start to read with them.



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


Week commencing

Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday and Thursday


24th September




1st October



the, and

8th October



is, it, in, at

15th October



to, no

What else are we covering?

  • RE: 
    We be looking at: God and Creation
    Why is the word God so important to Christians?
  • Understanding the World: 
    Simularities and differences
    How things work
    Our Body
  • Expressive Arts and Design: 
    Hand Prints
    Self Portraits
    Exploring Colours
    Colour Mixing
    Junk Modelling


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 ‘The Most Magnificent Thing’ followed by ‘When I grow up I want to be’ the children could bring in something they have made. They could also talk about what they may want to be when they grow up and bring in a prop or costume. It is completely up to the child what they would like to share in relation to the topic

Show and Tell Date Children
Friday 21st September Imogen, Megan and Max
Friday 28th September Summer, Lauren and Samuel
Friday 5th October Lucie, Xisca and Harry
Friday 12th October Esther, Ruby and Oscar
Friday 19th October Stella, Lucas and Joseph

Class Expectations

Please make sure that your child's clothes are all named (including PE kits).

Please provide your child with a water bottle every day

Please send your child's reading record (keep with the books in the wallet provided) to school every day.

—If you or your child is unhappy with something in class/school please come and speak to us straight away. In this way we can support your child in the best way possible.

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