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Reception - Chestnut

Welcome to Reception

Chestnut Class


Class teacher: Miss Thasan Nursery Nurse: Miss Walsh


We hope you had a lovely Half Term break and are ready for the last half term of reception!.

We have lots to look forward to this half term including our trip to Willow's Farm on Monday 3rd July, the summer fair and our end of year pirate themed class party!

Our topic for this half term is Vehicles.


We will be learning about the different types of vehiclesand parts. Each week we will be looking at a particular vehicle. We are collecting junk materials to make models and will be making hot air balloons, boats, aeroplanes and much more!

This half term in literacy, we will be doing shared reading and activities around our big books, which are : To Town, Grandpa, Grandpa, I want my Mum, Shark in the Park and The Wicked Pirates.


We will read our big book every day, and will focus on the tricky sight words in the text, as well as strategies we can use to decipher unknown words. The reading strategies we have been focusing on are looking at the pictures to give us clues, using our phonics to sound out words eg rain, looking for smaller words within longer words eg falling and breaking down longer words into smaller chunks eg fun-fair for funfair. We also have been working on learning more sight words that we recognise instantly when reading and have discussed how we do not sound these out. We encourage children to use a combination of these reading strategies, as this balance facilitates them to read more complex text as well as improving their fluency. We will also be reading lots of information books and stories about transport and vehicles.


We will continue doing guided and individual reading sessions twice a week. In guided sessions are group reading sessions, where reading strategies modelled to the children, and individual sessions are an opportunity for children to independently apply the reading skills we teach them in guided sessions. We are also emphasising the importance of reading for meaning with the children, and we are working on developing our comprehension skills. Please continue to support your child at home by reading with them daily, and helping them to learn their tricky words on their bookmark.



We are in Phase 4 in our phonics. Phase 4 does not introduce any new sounds, but reviews all the sounds we have learnt so far, in the form of more complex words. We will have fun Phase 4 activities every day.  If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page. We will continue to practise our Phase 2 and 3 sounds, and also segmenting and blending our words to help us with our reading and writing. Please encourage and support your child to use their phonics when reading and writing at home, in order to consolidate what they have learnt at school. The sounds we have learnt are on our windows. 

The children have lots of opportunities to write and draw. We encourage children to form their letters correctly when writing. Please continue to support children in forming their letters correctly at home, according to the school's handwriting policy.  We are working on the correct use of punctuation including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, and are  focusing on applying our phonics and knowledge of tricky words to help us when writing. We are also working on using adjectives and more complex punctuation eg question marks, exclamation marks and eclipses, to make our writing more interesting with those who are ready. 

 All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates. Children will be supported to speak in full sentences and use as much interesting vocabulary as possible. Our talk topics for this half term are 'Differences', Signs of Spring','Our Garden' and 'Pentecost'.

 Every day we have problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities.  We are teaching the children to count, read and write numbers to 20 and beyond. This includes counting backwards from 20! We are also learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We are exploring mathematical vocabulary such as more and less, so children will be confident in identifying 1 more/less than a given number.This half term we will be exploring practical activities linked to money, basic time (using o’clock), comparing weight, capacity and length. We will also be learning how to double and half quantities, as well as basic sharing. 

We will also continue learning to add and take away practically, and have started to record our answer. Please take any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away. 
We will learn to add and take away using different mathematical methods and apparatus, including cubes, objects, Numicon and number lines. Please take any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away.   

 Our RE topics this half term are Our Religious Education topics this half term are Friends, Neighbours and Our World. We will celebrate our feast day on 29th June and end of year Mass is on 5th July at 9.15am.


In PE we are focusing gymnastics with large apparatus. This will require shoes and socks/tights to be taken off, so please help your child to practise dressing themselves independently at home, so they are confident to do so in school. Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. 


The children have lots of opportunities to use computing to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will be using Easi- speak microphones to record ourselves and Tuff-cams to photo and video each other. We will continue to use Purple Mash to support learning at school. Please continue to explore this with your child at home. We will also be learning simple programming, through devices such as our Beebot. Children have also enjoyed learning from websites such as topmarks, phonicsplay and cbbc.

We try to cook once a week and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 20p to go towards the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the postbox' money box on the left shelf as you come in to the classroom. We have cooked lots of delicious treats, including biscuits, cupcakes, and fruit kebabs.

The children are provided with fresh fruit as a mid-morning snack. We like children to have constant access to water. Please refill your child's water bottle daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.   


Please feel free talk to us after school if you have any questions or queries, or arrange an appointment at your convenience.