Chestnuts 2020 - 2021

Miss Hughes



Week 4 added to Home Learning Tab 

Week 3 added to Home Learning Tab 

Week 2 added to Home Learning Tab 

Good evening everyone, home packs will be sent out tomorrow which includes a writing book. We will be uploading daily videos of some lessons onto class dojo for home learners, the expectation is that you watch the videos every day and complete the tasks.

The timetable for home learning is…

9am- Name writing and letter formation. Please encourage your child to write a tall capital letter for their name and begin forming their surname. For letter formation we use precursive writing which will be modelled to you in your packs.

10am- English/Maths activity…Please look out on dojo for videos and follow up activities. (Topic video on a Wednesday)

1:30pm-2:00pm- A phonics video will be uploaded around this time to meet the needs of your child based on their current phonics level. Please watch and complete activities given.

2:30pm- Word of the day video

3pm- Story

Please hear your child read daily using phonics bug (usernames and passwords are included in the learning packs.)

Please record sessions into home learning books and children are to bring their learning books back in with them when we fully return to school.

Thank you for all your support.



A huge welcome to Chestnut class! Please join our class dojo page where we'll keep you up to date with information, your child's learning and lots more!!! :-) If you're unsure of your login details please let me know.

My name is Miss Hughes and I am your class teacher! I'm so lucky to have you in my class!

Miss Crewe is our wonderful teaching assistant and we also share our environment with Acorns Class, Mrs Whittaker and Ms Mumby

Please see the useful tabs above to support your child starting school.

Spring 1 

We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas  and New Year.

 We have a busy half term planned with lots of fun and exciting activities planned.


Our topics for the next half term will be Winter, Penguins, Antarctica  and in Science we will be investigating the properties of ice. We will also be looking at the celebrations of Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year

In English we will be reading , retelling and innovating Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Phonics : Most of the children have completed Phase 2 of the phonics programme and we will be moving onto Phase 3 after a quick recap. Please keep practising their sounds at home and making simple words with the letter sounds they know. We will add weekly support on Class Dojo. Please look at the school website for resources.

 Reading: Please listen to your child read every day , the books they bring home are fully decodable and therefore your child should be able to blend the sounds together to read the word. Positive encouragement and short daily sessions will help your child become a confident reader. Remember they can read their school book and also use their own bug club log in. ( Please let us know if you have lost your password)

Writing: This term we will be working really hard on forming letters correctly and writing simple words and sentences. Please encourage your child to hold their pencil correctly when they are colouring and writing.

 In maths we will be concentrating on numbers 1-10 and exploring 1 more/less, positional language , shapes with 3,4,and 5 sides and different ways of making the numbers eg :10 is made up of 3 and 7 .

If you need any help with this please speak to any of us .


Each week I will add a news item onto the website  and on Class Dojo, showing you some of the exciting things we have been up to and how you can further help your child at home.





Autumn 2

Topic: Owl Babies. 

Please see Autumn 2 home learning to see how you can support your child at home with this topic.

We'll keep you up to date on Class Dojo with sounds we've learnt, our weekly blog, topic and lots more. 

Please carry on practising the learnt sounds and reading cvc words which we are sending home as well as reading your reading book :-) Thank you.

Autumn 1


In Autumn 1 we are focussing on settling into school, learning the routines, how to tidy up and follow instructions. A lot of emphasis is on PSHE- we will be discussing feelings, helping others and sharing. Please help us support your child at home with this also.

We have taught the children our Roebuck rules...being READY, being RESPONSIBLE and being RESPECTFUL.

The children know if they follow these rules their mini-me superhero will fly onto our recognition board!! This is an amazing achivement and the children know they can fly onto the recognition board if they look after their classroom and tidy up, if they share and help their friends and if they do good listening, follow our carpet time rules and participate in discussions.

The children have settled in so well and are really trying hard to follow the Roebuck rules!


Phonics- We have begun by looking at Phase 1 phonics- listening to and matching sounds as well as exploring instruments, syllables and rhymes.

We will soon move onto Phase 2 phonics and the children will learn the sounds of each letter in order to begin reading. Please stay tuned to class dojo as we will be sharing videos and ideas of how you can support your child at home.

Your child has also been given a bug club login- we have added books to match your child's reading band. This will be updated for you as we go along and as your child learns new sounds.

With reading it's also very important that your child understands what they're reading and can retell whats happened in the story as well as identify main characters and predict what might happen next in the story. As your child grows in confidence in reading, encourage them to read with expression in their voice. 

Literacy- We will be learning a nursery rhyme a week. Please follow Class Dojo for progression of our learning. You can support your child at home by singing nursery rhymes and discussing rhyming words.

Maths- We follow the Whiterose scheme of work. we will begin with concepts- such as matching shapes, objects, colours etc before moving onto our number focus.

You can support your child at home by practicing counting forwards and backwards to 10 or 20. Talk about days of the week and language such as before, later, yesterday and tomorrow. Also discussing how things are the same and how they're different to each other. Also by recognising numbers and shapes.


P.E. Will take place on Fridays- please no jewellery be worn

More information to follow regarding Welly Wednesdays, homework and home reading


EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS. 

We use the Age Bands in Development Matters to plan, teach, observe and assess our children in Reception, ensuring their progress and to prepare them for Year 1 and beyond (LIFE). We will share observations with you throughout the year which will link to the EYFS standards. 

For more information please see the following website:,nurseries%20and%20school%20reception%20classes.

Our classroom, in doors and outdoors are planned for and organised to support children in the Prime and Specific areas of Learning...

Prime Areas of Learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communciation and Language 
  • Physical Development 

These three Prime Areas are vital for children's development and to ensure they are happy and engaging learners. 

Ways you can support your child at home:

  • Playing games or doing activities together which teach about sharing and taking turns.
  • Lots of talking, reading stories and singing songs and nursery rhymes together
  • Talking about feelings
  • Outdoor activities
  • Using scissors/knives/forks
  • Dressing and undressing- using zips too and fastening buttons 

Specific Areas:

  • Mathematical Development 
  • Literacy Development
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Designs

Ways you can support your child at home...

  • Counting forwards and backwards and recognising numbers to 20.
  • Looking at shapes in the environment and being able to name shapes.
  • Talking about family and the traditions you have.
  • Making up own songs and dances together.
  • Talking about stories you read together and predicting what might happen next. Talk about what happened in the story.
  • Supporting your child's imagination by making up stories especailly using props and objects/toys. 

For any more information or other ways you would like to support your child at home, please speak to a member of staff. smiley 





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