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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10



Dear Parents,

This week the children have been busy planting, making leaf prints in clay tiles, writing about their favourite mini beast and measuring play dough caterpillars. We also looked at summer poems and the children had a go at writing their own poems. 

This week we have covered sounds 'ure' and 'er'. We have come to the end of phase 3 phonics and we will continue with phase 4. 


In maths we have been looking at coins up to £2. Because of lockdown the children have not been able to experience spending pocket money and finding the value of coins. In their journals please let them draw around the coins and write the value on them. We have already done coin rubbings at school, so please do not repeat this. You could also set up a shop at home and play shops. They will love to use coins to 'buy' toys, or tins etc. 


For next week, please could you send your child in with a named pebble, large enough to paint a mini  beast on. 


Thank you.

Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

Forest School

Chicks! Mrs Vicary brought 7 baby chicks into the classroom. They are 4 days old.


Dear Parents

This week in maths we have continued with odd and even numbers and have also been practisiting addition using a number line (counting on). A good way to practise this at home is to play games such as snakes and ladders. Please continue to look for numbers when you are out and about and if your child writes down a number, for whatever reason, please help them to write them correctly. 


In phonics we have reviewed "ow", "oi", "ear" and "air" as well as working on reading and spelling tricky words. Please make use of the Oxford Owl online books to help with this. You can always read the books to your child and ask them to find the relevant sounds if they don't want to read the whole book. The children have been putting their phonic knowledge into practise in their new writing journal and are making great progress with independent writing. 


In RE we have started to think about people of different faiths and over the coming weeks we will be looking at stories from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths.


As part of our topic "Sunshine and Sunflowers" we have been weeding and preparing the school beds near the Chiding Stone. We have also planted sunflower seeds in pots so we can have a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. 


Now that all of us have had time off from home schooling, we are starting to send home the children's journals. This weekend please make time at the end of the day for the children to take a family member on a tour around the garden area. Create a book or display with the children to show how their garden is planed out. As the children take their family member around the garden area, encourage them to name the different plants, explain how they are caring for them, talk about the different plants and animals, and show how they have decorated the garden. The children could draw a plan of their garden in their journal. 

Prompts, questions and challenge
  • What did we plant in the garden?
  • How have we looked after the different plants?
  • What animals live in the garden?
  • How do the animals that live in the garden help the plants?

Encourage the children to use their phonic knowledge to write about their garden, using the robot action to sound out words.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards


Forest School

Wk beginning 19.4.21

Dear Parents,


This week in phonics we have recapped the sounds oo, or, ur and ar. If you haven't already done so, please use the Oxford Owl online books to help with this. The books for these sounds are available until the end of Sunday. 


In maths we have been learning about odd and even numbers and how you can tell if a number is odd or even. When you are out and about this weekend see if you child can spot numbers and say if they are odd or even. If they are unsure, gather a few objects to help - if you see the number 7, find 7 stones and see if they can be evenly shared between 2 or if there is an odd one out.


We have made a great start with our new topic and the children have sketched flowers using pastels, rebuilt our bug hotel and drawn a diagram of a plant, labelling the different parts.


Now that the weather is improving and getting warmer, please make sure you put sun cream on your child before school as they will be learning and playing outside more frequently. Please could you also make sure your child has a red school cap to shield them from the sun, clearly named. These can be bought from the school office. 

Have a great weekend


Thank you

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards


Forest School

Happy Easter!

The start of this term seems like such a long time ago - home schooling and cold weather seems like a distant memory! It was lovely to get to the end of term with everyone in school, beautiful weather, party games in the classroom, amazing singing from the children as part of the Easter service and a lovely display of wonderfully creative bonnets and boots. 


Over the holidays please make use of the the Oxford Owl online library. We have set up some books from the Letters and Sounds section that match our recent phonics teaching. If you want any additional reading you could also make use of the other library books where you can choose books for your child to read. If you have any additional spare time, a little bit of handwriting practise would also be useful, using the precursive style we use in school and maybe practising just a few of the letters at a time that your child finds tricky. 


We hope you have a lovely Easter break and are able to make the most of meeting up with family and friends. We look forward to seeing the children back in school in a couple of weeks.


With our very best wishes,

The YR team. 




Dear Parents,

Just three days until the Easter break. The children have enjoyed the Dangerous Dinosaur topic and they have worked very hard making junk models, ammonite pictures, creating their own play dough dinos and using their phonics for writing. Please continue to point out the phase three digraphs and trigraphs when reading at home. Next term we will be focusing on more writing and if the children are confident with the sounds, it makes it all the more easy for them to use them in their writing. 

Next term, in the Sunshine and Sunflowers project your child will explore their local environment and see how it has changed throughout the year. They will grow flowers, fruit and vegetables in the garden area. They will learn how to care for plants and animals, identifying some different types. They will take part in outdoor learning activities and find out how to stay safe in the sun.

To support your child's learning during this topic you could;

  • Grow some quick growing plants together, such as salad leaves, radishes or cress.
  • Plan and go on a picnic.
  • Go on a local walk and talk about the changes that have happened to living things throughout the year.


On another note, during the holidays please check the labels on all uniform as we have noticed that some items of clothing are not named. help your child practise fastening and unfastening zips and buttons. This really helps them when changing for PE.

In the meantime have a fabulous weekend. 

From the YR team


Measuring dinosaurs using metre rulers and trundle wheel.

Forest School

Dear Parents,

It has been a very busy week and the children have been enjoying the dinosaur topic. Please do look at Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures on CBeebies. It’s a great way to learn about our topic. 

Next week the children will be making their own dinosaurs out of junk. Please could you send in SMALL boxes and kitchen roll tubes with your child/ren.

We hope you have a good weekend. 

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards



Week beginning 15.3.21 Back in school and lots of learning and fun.

Forest School


Dear Parents,

It is so lovely to see the children coming into school smiling and enjoying playing and chatting with their friends and the staff. They are really settling quickly into the routine once more. This week they have had lots of children's choice to help them to settle and they have started the new topic about dinosaurs, which they are really enthusiastic about. 

We have also been learning a new dance to the song called 'Jerusalema' and the children love it. There is a tutorial to go with it. We thought we would share it so they could have a go at home.


All the staff in Reception class would like to say a huge thank you for the lovely gifts you gave us. We really appreciate the kindness you have shown. We would also like to say a big thank you to the parents for all your help teaching and supporting your children over lockdown. You did a grand job!


We hope you have a lovely weekend, enjoy Mothering Sunday. You will be pleased to know there is no homework!


Mrs Edwards and Mrs clare

Friday 5th March 2021


Well done for getting to the end of Home Schooling! We have been delighted and impressed with the way the children (and parents, grandparents and other carers!) have risen to the challenge of learning from home and engaged with lessons on Zoom. Many adults find Zoom a challenging way to communicate with others and the children have adapted fantastically; engaging well, waiting patiently for their turn and always doing so with a smile. We have very much enjoyed looking at the photos that have been sent in of work completed and have been amazed by the creativity and commitment demonstrated. 


We are all very much looking forward to seeing the children on Monday morning and below are a few reminders:


  • Please bring a morning snack and water bottle.
  • Please bring in PE kits on Monday - we will be incorporating more physical activity into our timetable and so PE kits are needed all week. Please check trainers fit and fasten properly. 
  • Forest School will continue to take place on Thursday afternoons starting the first week back. 
  • On Monday, please send in reading diaries and any school reading books you have at home. As far as possible please tick off books your child has read in the reading diaries.
  • Please keep school work completed over the last few weeks at home until the week beginning 15th March. You can then send in any phonics, writing, maths work in a folder but topic work, art work can be kept at home. 
  • Please remind your children of how to wash hands carefully, especially after going to the toilet and of good hygiene relating to coughing and sneezing, nose wiping, etc. 


We do appreciate that returning to school on Monday will be exciting for many but also daunting and unsettling. The emphasis will very much be on the children's well being, getting to know each other again, school routines, how to share resources, being kind to each other, good listening etc.  We also look forward to starting our new topic "Dangerous Dinosaurs". 


With our very warmest wishes from everyone in YR. 

December 17th 2020


We have finally reached the end of a very busy but very lovely term. The children have worked really hard over the last few weeks and have made fantastic progress in so many different ways. The have become much more independent at looking after themselves and can now get changed for PE in record time; their work in phonics has been impressive and their handwriting has improved hugely; and to top it all, everyone in our class was in school today to join in the school nativity, performing "Little Donkey" which such enthusiasm and confidence in rather unusual circumstances. We hope you enjoy the video and photos. 


Next term our topic is "Starry Night" and we will be exploring the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. We will learn about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and discover what is happening in the world while we are sleeping, including finding out about nocturnal animals. Alongside this we will be finding out about the changes that happen during winter, including the types of weather associated with winter.  We will explore places that have snow all year round and the types of animals that live there. Hopefully, we may have some snow of our own!


So, from all the YR team, we wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.  We are very grateful for all the cards, gifts and kind messages we have received and looking forward to seeing the children in 2021.


From Mrs Edwards, Mrs Clare, Mrs Scott, Mrs Vicary and Mrs McCoy

Dear Parents,

Nearly there!!

This week the children have enjoyed lots of Christmas and light festival activities to do with our topic Sparkle and Shine. They have painted their Diwali lamps (find them in their bags), they have made lanterns with clear cups and tissue paper and they have looked at Christmas around the world. 

We have sent home the 'Home Journals'. There is no homework this week, so keep them at home until after the holiday, so that you can add anything you like to the journals, photos, children's crafts/drawings etc. Or perhaps letting us know what the children have enjoyed over the holidays. 

For next week, please send in a named carrier bag so that we can send home the crafts that the children have made. 



Thank you all very much for your kind gifts and the bottle of Presecco. I wonder what the staff are doing tonight!!?

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Clare, Mrs Edwards and all the staff. 

Forest School

Christmas Jumpers

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoy the video below. We were very impressed with all the windows, they look amazing. 

This week we have covered sounds 'i, n, m & d' and the words 'I, the, to, no, go, into, to & can'. 

In maths we have continued with positional language and some weighing. 

The children have enjoyed different activities in the 'Early Birds' session. Each group makes and creates a different craft everyday. This week they have enjoyed making angels from pine cones, attempting wrapping boxes and tying a bow, cutting snowflakes, making cards and writing letters and threading beads to make repeated patterns. 

For homework this week, please could you help your child to find out a fact about how Christmas is celebrated in a different country.

The children are very tired now and Christmas is on its way! A week and a half to go and they will need the rest for sure. 


Sparkle & Shine

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This term the children in YR have been learning about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons. They have each created an illuminated window with the focus being on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. Their individuality shines through! A big thank you to Ed Miles for putting them all together.

Forest School

Term 3 Forest School rota

Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have recapped 's, a, t & p' and having a go at writing words and practising the formation of the letters in their busy books.  We have also learnt words such as 'the, to, I, no & go'. Please go over them and see if they can be spotted in story books. 

In shape, space and measures we have been using words such as 'below, above, between, next to, left, right. on top, & under'. The children were very good at this and understood positional language well. 


In class we have made magic potions and puppets. The children have used their wooden spoon puppets to make up a story in small groups. Each group performed their stories to the rest of the class. 


We are very impressed with the window displays that you have all created. They look amazing! Please email them in by Monday if you have not already done so. 


For homework in their journals- Could the children to bring in pictures of themselves celebrating special events in their lives. Explain that a celebration is a way of remembering a special event or day. Encourage them to talk about their pictures, including the name of the celebration, why it was a special time and how they celebrated. Support them to ask and answer questions about what they have heard and compare their celebrations with each other.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards



Once Upon A Time Puppets

Forest School


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Dear Parents,

This week in class our work has focused on the story of Cinderella. We have discussed the characters and whether or not we enjoyed the story and we have thought about different roles for fairy tale princesses, rather than waiting to be rescued by a prince. The children decided they could be train drivers or dentists, fight their own dragons or just relax on the sofa and watch a bit of tv!

In phonics we have continued learning new sounds and this week we have covered w, x, y, z and zz. Next week, after learning qu, we will start recapping the sounds we have learnt so far, practising forming the letters, writing words and learning some ‘tricky’ words (words that we can’t sound out). In maths we have started on positional language and have continued with careful counting and adding and taking away using dice and counters. In French the children have been learning the words for different colours. In PE they have practised throwing and catching and in RE we read the start of the Christmas story.

For homework please could you and your child continue with decorating a window for our Sparkle and Shine topic (see last week’s web page below for more details). Please could you email a photo of your illuminated window to the office by Friday 27th November so we can put together a photo gallery ready for the start of the following week.

Please also talk to your children about ordinal numbers, 1st,2nd, 3rd 4th etc. Line up toys facing one way and then the other, does their position change?

We hope you have a lovely, and slightly drier, weekend.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

Forest School

Elf home

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Dear Parents, 

Thank for you joining us for consultations this week. We look forward to catching up with others on Tuesday next week. 


This week in class our work has focused on The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs. We've thought about how the story might have turned out if the troll had been kind and friendly and how to build a house that a wolf was unable to blow down.  


In phonics we have continued learning new sounds and this week we have covered l, ll, ss, j, v. In maths we have been learning more about 3D shapes and have also been practising careful counting. We also used number cards to pick an amount of bricks to build a tower and worked out how many we had if we added another number. In French the children have been counting to 10, learning how to greet others and singing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Feet. In RE we have continued to think about why we act out a nativity at Christmas and made birthday crowns. 


Heads Up - Sparkle and Shine Topic
Towards the second half of this term our topic will change to Sparkle and Shine. This project teaches children about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons, and focuses on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. As part of this topic we had hoped to get involved in the Wonderlights project Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions this is no longer going ahead in November. However, we would like to carry out our own version of this and thought it might be a lovely project for families to do over the next few weeks. Have a look at the website for ideas, although your children will probably have their own! Please send a photo of your illuminated window display by the end of the month and we will put together a class photo gallery we can share on our school website. 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

Forest School

Dear Parents


We hope you've all had a lovely break and are ready for the new term. The children seem to have grown over the half term holiday!


For the first half of this term our topic is "Once Upon A Time" and we will be doing lots of activities relating to traditional tales. This week we have looked at Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood and have had lots of fun in class acting out the stories. For homework, please could your child let us know who their favourite character is from a story (it doesn't need to be a traditional tale). What is it they like about the character? What words would they use to describe them? They could draw a picture in their Home Journals and then use this for Show and Tell next week. 


In phonics we have continued learning new sounds and this week we have covered r, h, b, f, ff. In maths we have been learning more about 3D shapes and have also been practising counting and remembering that the last number you say when counting tells you how many there are. With your child, count aloud up to 10 items into a pot and then cover the pot. Do they still know how many are in the pot? Emphasise that if 6 was the last number we counted then there are 6 items in the pot. 


Please could you make sure that your child has their yellow reading diary and school reading book in their school bag every day even if they haven't yet read the book (it will be returned at the end of the day). This is to enable staff to read with your child in school when possible. 
By now your child should have brought home a school reading book without words. Please refer back to the letter we sent home last week about questions you may like to ask your child when reading the book with them. The idea of these books is to develop their understanding of stories and story structure. 
We will aim to change reading books on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday. If your child hasn't finished their book and you would like to keep the book for longer please make a note in the reading dairy. We would be very grateful if you could let us know in the diary how your child gets on with the books and any other observations. 


Please remember that snacks should be healthy and crisps are not allowed. If you send in an apple or similar fruit please make sure it is in a sandwich bag with your child’s name on it. There have been a couple of packets of snacks un-named and the children are unsure if it is theirs or not. Also, please ensure that all items are named (including socks and tights).


Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards



Forest School

How to make a swing

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Parents Guide to Phonics in YR

Dear Parents,

The children have had a fantastic first term, however we are all ready for a break! 

Please keep going over the sounds we have learnt so far; s,a,t,p,i, n,m,d,g,o,c,k,e & u. Using their collaged letters that they have brought  home, make CVC words eg cat, dog, sit, sat etc so that they can segment the word using their robot action and blend the sounds to make the word. 

In their bags you will find their home journal ( with a note of explanation inside the front cover), where you can add some photos or a sentence about a lovely day out or something they have enjoyed over half term. They can use this for their show and tell next term (we are now discouraging bringing in toys and moving on to something of a different interest).Next term the topic will be 'Once Upon a Time' and also 'Sparkle and Shine'. For the latter topic, please add a photo in the learning journal of your child celebrating an event, eg, Christmas, birthday, Easter, christening or wedding (in the past) that they can talk about. It could be celebrating Xmas in another country, for example in Sweden they open their presents on Xmas eve. 

We hope you have a restful holiday, ready for term 2!

See you next term

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Forest School


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Dear Parents,

This week, in maths the children have had a super time learning about weighing objects on the balance scales. Please talk to them using language such as light, lighter, lightest, heavy, heavier and heaviest. They have also been sorting sticks colours and order of length and using words such as long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest. 

In phonics so far we have learnt the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n, m, d, g & o'. The children have been bringing home their collaged letters which they should be using at home to help them spell simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant)  word such as cat, dog, pat &  pot. Say the word for them and ask them to robot the word, then find the letter sounds that they need for that word, putting them in the correct order. The sounds could be kept in a box for the children to use. 

The children have been enjoying their show and tell, so please encourage them to bring in something interesting on their show and tell day. 

Finally, if anyone has any wooden crates for our outdoor area, please contact the office. 

Thank you

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare


Forest School

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Forest School

Forest School Rota Term 2

Dear Parents,


This week the children have enjoyed French on Tuesday, PE on Wednesday and Forest School on Thursday. We have also started our daily phonics lessons and have so far covered s, a, t, p, i. 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. You could also make up a card for each sound and then use them to make three letter words eg t - a - p   tap. Sound out the word and then blend the sounds together to read the word. See the link below to help with sound pronunciation.


Please could you check that your child has the correct PE kit and it is all labelled, including socks and returned to school on Monday. Written initials on the bottom of PE socks is fine. Once they misplace their socks it is impossible for us to find the correct owner.  On a positive note, as a class, they did very well at getting changed independently! 


​Thank you
Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards. 

Forest School


Dear Parents,


This week we have continued settling into school and have enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones now we are a class of 30. In maths we have been working with on 2D shapes and looking at the number 2. We have also been practising our harvest song and thinking about the changes that occur in Autumn. If you go for a walk at the weekend, please collect the following; conkers, different length slim sticks (but no longer than 30cms please), 5 different leaves of different colours and sizes and cones. Please send them into school on Monday.


Next week the children can start doing Show and Tell. Their day will be as follows:


Monday – Alfie, Alice, Anna, Arabella, Artie, Bodie

Tuesday – Charlotte, Emily, Freddie, Freddie, Georgiana, Henry

Wednesday - Jack, Jacob, Josephine, Kitty, Lilly, Lyla

Thursday – Matilda, Mia, Molayo, Noah, Oscar, Raphael

Friday – Sahara, Seb, Teddie, Theo, Theo, Victoria


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. 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. 


Please encourage your child/children to practise cutting with children's scissors and let them do lots of colouring to encourage good pencil grip. 


Do make sure your child knows where to find their name on their garments and do write their names on packets of snacks and banana skins. The helpers of the day (the children) give out the snacks and if they are not named, it takes twice as long. This is a good exercise for the children to recognise their own name as well as their peers. 


Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.








Dear Parents,

We have had another super week in Reception Class. The children are settling in very well and are very happy to be coming in to school. Don't forget next week all the children will be coming in the morning and staying for lunch. Pick-up time will be from 1.15pm-1.30pm. In the morning children can join the drop and go system if they are confident and happy enough to do so. However, at home time please continue to pick-up on foot and park in the castle. When the children are here full time, they will be able to be picked up

by car as there will be more staff on duty from 3pm-3.30pm.

To help your child's fine motor skills, please help your child to use scissors and let your child do lots of colouring to help with their pencil grip, (the tripod grip). 


Have a super weekend. See you all next week.


Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.


Dear Parents,

The children have settled in really well and are having a super time at school with their friends. It's lovely to see so many smiling faces as they come in to school and skip out again. We have really enjoyed the first week. The children have been learning to sit beautifully on the carpet and listen to instructions. We have also talked them through the fire drill and where we have to go to our safe place in case of an emergency. They were all superstars at the practice!

We have noticed that some uniform, snack boxes and water bottles are unnamed and it would really be helpful if all items could be named. If the children bring in fruit for snack could this also be placed in a named snack box or bag. Please bring a snack in for afternoon sessions as well as morning sessions next week (afternoon snack not required once children are in full time).


Please put sun cream on your child if it's going to be warm and make sure they always have a red school cap in their bags (named).


PE kits need to be in school week beginning 28th September. 


Thank you so much for your help.

Have a super week end.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.