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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Excellence through effort and enjoyment

Reception

Dear Parents

This afternoon we have enjoyed a traditional tale from China with Shane's dad. He told us the story of the animals at the Chinese New Year and we learnt why there isn't a cat in the Chinese New Year list of animals. We have worked with a number of other stories this week and have been thinking about the beginning and middle and of a story. We really enjoyed "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig" and "Goldilocks and Just One Bear" as well as a selection of stories the children brought in.

 

In maths we have been thinking about "one more than" and have also been using the language taller, tallest, smaller, smallest. For homework please could the children explore who is the tallest and smallest in your family. Could they think of different ways of measuring (preferably non standard units such as the bricks on a wall, a pile of books or just by observation - we don't use rulers in YR at present!).

 

In phonics we have covered v, w, x, y and z.

 

Thank you very much to the parents who have been able to come into school to listen the children read. It is very helpful and much appreciated.

 

Next week at Show and Tell it is ​the turn of:

Monday: Eddie and Emma

Tuesday: Mary and Nellie

Wednesday: Sebby T and Tilly T

Thursday: Charlie and Albert

Friday: Seb W and Rosie

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents

We have enjoyed hearing about, and reading, the children's favourite books. Next week it is the turn of the following to bring in a book for Show and Tell:

Monday: Shane and Tilly M

Tuesday: William M and William O

Wednesday: Bluebelle and Amelia

Thursday: Darcy and Penny

Friday: Oskar and Evie

 

In phonics we have recapped the sounds ff, ss, l, ll and j. We used our phonics to write labels for pictures to show how to plant a bean after we found a pot of magic beans left in our class. The beans have been planted and we are waiting to see if they grow as tall as Jack's.

 

In maths we have been practising subitising (instantly recognising the number of objects in a group without counting them). A good way to practise this at home is with a game that requires a dice. Have a go with your child and let us know how they get on. If you are doing it with objects, keep the number of items to no more than 6.

 

On Monday we will be reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Please could you send in a small box to make a bed for a bear. Any scraps of material to make the bed comfortable would also be welcome. 

 

The children will be taught by Mrs Hester on Monday as Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare are on a course.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents

Happy New Year! We hope you've all had a lovely break and are ready for the new term.

This term our topic is "Will You Read Me A Story?" We will be doing lots of activities relating to traditional tales and have made a great start this week role playing different stories, using the puppets and making wands, shields and crowns. For homework, please could your child tell us about their favourite character from a story (it doesn't need to be a traditional tale). What is it they like about the character. Perhaps they could draw a picture. 

 

We would like to start Show and Tell again. However, as trying to cover all children each week is very time consuming we would like 2 children each day to take part in Show and Tell. 

 

Next week:

Monday Caspar and Layla

Tuesday William C and Arthur

Wednesday Oscar and Henry

Thursday Nicholas and Rufus

Friday Sebby G and Fleur

 

Please could the children bring in a favourite book to talk about. 

 

This term in PE our class are doing gymnastics. For this term only please could the children come to school in PE kits with their school uniform in their PE bags. This is because our time slot has changed. 

 

Please could reading books and diaries be put in school bags EVERY day. Books will continue to be changed Monday Wednesday and Friday. 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

Well that was a busy term! We would like to say a huge THANK YOU for the kind gifts you sent into school for us. The YR team really appreciate the kind thoughts.

Our topic in the new term will be 'Read Me a Story', based on traditional and new fairy tales, which I am sure the children will enjoy.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Have a good rest and we look forward to seeing you all next term.

 

All the staff in YR.

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents

 

We hope your enjoyed our KS1 nativity on Wednesday. We thought the children did a fantastic job, singing so cheerfully in front of a large audience. Thank you all for coming.

 

Please keep PE kits at home til the New Year.

 

Despite everything else that has been happening this week, we have managed to keep up with our daily phonics lessons and this week we have recapped the sounds g, o, c, k, ck. Thank you for supporting your children at home with forming their letters and numbers. We have also been working on writing our names and if you could help your child with this over the holidays it would be very useful.   Thank you also for the offers of help with listening to children read. We are always grateful for any time you can give. 

 

Home Journals are coming home today and can ben kept at home over the Christmas holidays. It would be lovely if your child could let us know about one family custom / tradition they take part in over the Christmas holiday.

 

Please could you send in a named carrier bag on Monday so we can start to send home bits of school work. You are very welcome to pop into our classroom at the end of the day on Monday to see some of our Christmas work.

 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

 

Dear Parents

 

PE kits came home yesterday to be washed and checked. Please could you make sure a pair of named socks are included and all bags are returned by Monday in time for our first dress rehearsal. Any child wishing to wear a brightly coloured hair bow for our nativity performance may do so. Please could these also be sent into school on Monday along with any outstanding tops. 

 

In phonics this week we have recapped the sounds p, i, n, m, d. The children are doing really well at forming their letters. We have put a letter formation sheet in the home journals for you to practise at home with your child (so far we have done s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d). There is also a sheet for practising number formation and we would be very grateful if you could also help with this as many children find numbers particularly tricky. 

 

In maths we have been looking at partitioning numbers and have started to learn the part part whole model (how numbers can be split into parts). We have also continued to use the language "heavier" or "lighter" and had great discussions during a lesson where we felt wrapped presents of different sizes and different weights. 

 

In RE we continue to discuss the nativity and this week we talked about the shepherds visiting baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The children's recall of the details of the story is excellent. 

 

Due to the time taken up with the nativity rehearsals and performance there will be no Show and Tell again next week. 

 

After Christmas we would be delighted if any parents wanted to come into school and listen to readers or help in other ways. Please let us know if you are able to do this (Monday and  Wednesday afternoons from 2pm, or Thursday afternoons from 2.30). Please email the office if you would like to help.

 

 Ms Crespo has also asked if you would help your child learn the following songs:

 

Estrellita. We are going to sing the first versus twice. I have been practising with them in Spanish lessons

                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW-PtGpPzqs

 

     Feliz Navidad.

 

Apologies for the rather long message.

Many thanks,

 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents

 

Earlier this week in phonics we covered the sounds zz and qu. We have now gone back to the beginning of Phase 2 and are recapping all the sounds covered so far. This week we have revisited s, a, t. We have been practising forming the letters in our busy books and are starting to do more writing during phonics. If your child wants to practise at home please remind them to start on the line with the "whoosh".

 

In maths we are continuing to learn the different ways of making numbers  to 5 and have been using the language "if five is the whole, then three is a part and two is part"; "if four is the whole then two is a part and two is a part" etc etc.  We have also been discussing if items are "heavier" or "lighter". For homework could your child compare different items around the house and decide if they are heavier or lighter. They can do this by holding the objects in each hand or using balance scales if you have them. Can they use the language heaviest, lightest, the same etc?

 

In RE this week we read the first part of the nativity story up to when baby Jesus is born. As part of our Space topic we watched a lesson given by Tim Peake from the International Space Station. The children were fascinated by the experiment he did with his drink of water and table tennis bats. 

 

As we need more time to practise our songs for the nativity there will be no Show and Tell next week. On Monday we are going to watch the nursery nativity in the church and in afternoon we have the KS1 pantomime.

 

YR are Christmas presents in the nativity. Please could you send in a brightly coloured long sleeved top for your child to wear. Preferably plain. They will also wear their black tracksuit bottoms and black plimsolls / school shoes.

 

Thank you,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents

 

This week as part of our Space topic we have been learning about the moon. We have talked about the Apollo 11 spaceflight that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon over 50 years ago. We also made models to show how the earth orbits the sun and the moon orbits the earth. 

 

Next week we will learn about Sir Tim Peake and his time aboard the International Space Station. In the Home Journals please could your child think of 3 things an astronaut might need / want to take into space. They could draw a picture to show this. 

 

In phonics this week we have covered the sounds v, w, x, y, z. 

 

In maths we are continuing to learn the properties of 3D shapes and we have also been looking at different ways of making 5. 

 

In RE we have been thinking about why we perform a nativity at Christmas and today we talked about our own birthdays, made birthday crowns and remembered that Christmas is Jesus's birthday.

 

Please, please, please could you name all hats, gloves and scarves. We are already building up a collection. We also have 2 pairs of grey trousers, a white shirt, a grey hoodie and lots of socks. If you are missing any of these items please call in.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

 
 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents

The children really enjoyed dressing up as superheroes or wearing spots for Children In Need and World Diabetes Day.  Some did find going to the loo a challenge so you might want to run the costumes through the wash! As it is also Anti Bullying week we thought about what qualities a superhero might need to challenge bullying behaviour. The children were very good at this and decided the superpowers would be kindness, bravery, helpfulness, being friendly and the ability to make sweets!

 

We have also been learning about planets and the children made their own planets, exploring what happens when they mix different colours of paint.

 

In phonics we have covered the sounds ff, l, ll, ss and j. We have also been talking about capital letters and how they are always found at the start of a sentence or name. Perhaps you could point them out when you come across them in books or on labels or signs.

 

In maths we carried on with careful counting and have also started to explore 3D shapes. See if the children can go on a 3D shape hunt and find any around the home this weekend and draw a picture in the home journals. We have talked about cubes, cuboids, spheres, cylinders and cones. 

 

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have covered u, r, b, h and f. Please practise these at home.

In maths we are continuing to learn the properties of 2D shapes and have also been practising how to count carefully. Ask your child if they can remember how to do this.

 

Today we had a lovely trip out to Chiddingstone Nursery. The nursery children decorated biscuits for us and the children enjoyed playing with their toys. They were very well behaved on their walk to and from school. 

 

At home this weekend please could you look out for 2D shapes when you are out and about (road signs, clock faces, etc). How many sides can you see?  Are they straight or curved? How many corners? Let us know how they get on in the Home Journals. 

Some children are not secure in their knowledge of colours. Please could you also help them with this.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

 

We've come to the end of a busy first term and we are delighted at how well the children have settled in. They have had to get used to a lot of new things and have taken it all in their stride. Thank you for coming to our Parents' Evenings. We have enjoyed catching up with you and talking about how your children are settling into school life.  

 

In phonics we have now covered the sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck and e. Please recap these over the holidays and practise making 3 letter words using these sounds.  When reading stories it would be beneficial if you could ask questions about what you are reading. For eg: 

  • What do you think this story will be about?
  • Who is in the story?
  • What might happen next?
  • How might the story end?
  • What was you favourite part in the book? Why?
  • Which character did you like best?
  •  

Please also continue to count with your child and help with number recognition. Playing board games is a great way of doing this.

 

Next term our topic will be Space. Over the holidays please could you and your child find out one fact about space and think of one question they would like to find the answer to next term. Please use the Home Journals to record this information. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely half term  holiday and look forward to seeing the children next term.

 

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,
 

This week in phonics we have covered the sounds i, n, m, d, g. Please continue to go over these sounds with your child. In maths we have been looking at the number 5 and the different ways it can be made.

 

As mentioned last week, reading books are changed on Mondays and Fridays. The reading book and yellow diary that come home on Friday should be returned on Monday and the books that comes home on Monday should be returned on Friday. 

 

This week in RE as part of our topic on how we look after our world we have been talking about recycling. Next Monday we will be making something useful out of recyclable materials (small boxes, yoghurt pots, etc) - please could you encourage your child to think about what they would like to make (it can be anything from a bed for a teddy to a jewellery box to a toy rocket etc). Over the weekend please help your child collect the resources they need to make their chosen creation. They could use their Home Journals to show what they would like to make. Nothing too big or complicated please - these will be coming back to you at the end of the day! 

 

Have a great weekend.
Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Forest School

Forest School 1

Term 2 Forest School rota

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children have enjoyed Forest School on Tuesday and a whole school RE day on Wednesday. We have also started our daily phonics lessons and have so far covered s, a, t, p. Encourage your child to think of words starting with these sounds - perhaps by playing I Spy. Please remember to use the sound the letter makes and not the letter name. See the link below to help with sound pronunciation. Hopefully your child will correct you if you make a mistake!

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=letters+and+sounds+correct+pronunciation&&view=detail&mid=05B4FB74A52B1B4911CD05B4FB74A52B1B4911CD&rvsmid=E6B97686F1CF37A94425E6B97686F1CF37A94425&FORM=VDRVRV

 We have really enjoyed finding out about each other's pets. If anyone would like to bring a pet in (along with with the parents of course!) for a special Show and Tell please let us know. Your child has a book from our library for you to enjoy together. We will change the books every Monday and Friday. Today they read with their Y6 buddies. 

 

If anyone has unwanted kitchen utensils (whisks, ladles, spoons etc) please could you send them in. They would be very useful in our mud kitchen.

 

PE bags have been sent home today. Please could you check that your child has the correct PE kit and it is all labelled, including socks. Written initials on the bottom of PE socks is fine. Once they misplace their socks it is very difficult for us to find the correct owner. Please also check all uniform is labelled. If things are unnamed it makes changing for PE very time consuming. On a positive note, as a class, they are generally improving at getting changed independently. 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Parents Evening over the next 2 weeks. Please do sign up if you haven't already. 


Thank you
Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,
Next week in RE we will be talking about our world and how we can look after the animals in it. In the Home Journals please could your child tell us about any pets you have and how you look after them. If you don't have a pet perhaps you could tell us something about an animal your child is familiar with - a Grandparent's pet or a favourite animal, etc. We will use the Home Journals for Show and Tell next week.

 

This week in maths we have been exploring repeating patterns. If you get chance over the weekend perhaps together you could make a pattern with things you find on a walk or have at home. This could be with 2 or 3 objects. For example, leaf, stone, leaf, stone; or apple, orange, grape, apple orange, grape.

 

Today the children met their Y6 buddies. Every Friday they will have the opportunity to read stories with their buddies and later on the year they will be able to read to them!

 

It has been a busy week with Forest School, PE, Funky Fit Friday and everything else that goes on in YR. We hope you all have a relaxing weekend.


Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

Forest School

Forest School 1
Dear Parents,
We have come to the end of part-time sessions and next week the majority of children will stay until 3.30. Pick up is still from the Reception Class play area. In the mornings please bring your child to the quiet area (turn right as you come through the main gate) and when the bell goes we will line up with the rest of the school. Staff will be in the quiet area to supervise the children. Some children have been using the Drop and Go system - please remind them to come to the quiet area rather than the YR gate. 
 
This week we have continued settling into school and this morning enjoyed an energetic start to the day with our first Funky Fit Friday with Mrs Gold. In maths we have been working with on patterns and numbers up to 2. We have also been practising our harvest song and thinking about the changes that occur in Autumn. 
 
Next week the children can start doing Show and Tell. Their day will be as follows:
Monday – Caspar, Mary, Arthur, William C, Oscar, Henry
Tuesday – Nicholas, Rufus, Sebby G, Shane, Fleur, Tilly M
Wednesday - William M, William O, Amelia, Bluebelle, Penny, Darcy
Thursday – Oskar, Evie, Eddie, Emma, Nellie, Sebby T
Friday – Layla, Tilly T, Charlie, Albert, Seb W, Rosie
 
The children might want to tell us about something interesting they have done at home, or something they are proud of, or show something they have found on a walk or made. Sometimes we will ask them to find out something related to our current topic or learning and this would be noted on our class website on Friday afternoons. They can use their Home Journals if they want to include photo or pictures.
 
Thank you for coming to our class curriculum meeting. If you didn't get the handouts please ask at pick up next week.
 
Thank you
Mrs Edwards & Mrs Clare

Dear Parents,

The children have continued to settle into school very well. This week they have toured the school, church and lunch hall. They have now all had a PE lesson and been to Act of Worship.

 

In maths this week we have talked about how one and another one makes two and have also started to learn the names and properties of some 2D shapes. In literacy we are very much working on our listening skills. Playing Chinese Whispers was an interesting experiment!

 

Next week we look forward to the children all being in class together and staying for lunch. Pick up is at 1.30 from our class play area. Monday is also school photographs and don't forget Roahl Dahl Day on Wednesday.

 

We hope you have a good weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Week commencing 9th September

 

Dear Parents,

We've had a lovely week getting to know the children. They've all coped very well with their first week at school. We hope they're not too tired and you have a relaxing weekend.

 

Next week we will continue getting to know each other, our classroom and different parts of the school.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask at drop off or pick up.

 

Best wishes,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

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