Chestnuts 2020 - 2021

Miss Hughes



A huge welcome to all new children and parents to Roebuck School and Chestnuts' 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


Getting ready for school...

Starting school is a HUGE transition for your child and this may even be the first time your child has been away from you for long periods of time. Here at the Roebuck we support and encourage children to become independent learners and thinkers, who persevere and "have a go". 

Here are ways you can support their independence and also support them for the transition into school...

  • Bed time routine- Having a set bed time routine every night; your child being away from a technological device at least an hour before bed time and sharing a story before sleeping will ensure your child wakes the next day after a good sleep ready for the day and new adventures in school. 
  • Dressing and undressing themselves including coats, zips, buttons and velcro shoes
  • Helping with chores either cleaning their rooms, tiding away toys and helping lay the table etc.
  • Lots of stories and communication "talk" time together.
  • Using good manners.
  • Using the toilet and washing hands independently (unless a medical condition)
  • Being able to use a knife and fork and to cut with scissors.

Here at Roebuck we enjoy close links with parents as we really do feel this supports your child holistically. If you have any concerns or would like any advice please talk to a member of staff and we would be very happy to help.

We will also be sharing with you your child's learning and information on Class Dojo and also on Evidence me throughout the year.


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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