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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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

On World Book Day we would usually invite parents, grandparents, carers in to read a story to the class. Obviously, this is not possible this year.  However, if anyone would like to read a story during our Zoom sessions this week you would be very welcome. Just drop us an email. 

Measuring and other stuff.

Week Beginning 22nd February 2021

We hope you've had a good half term and a much needed and very welcome break from home schooling! Thank you for all your hard work last term. The children are making fantastic progress under very difficult circumstances and from what we can see on Zoom, always with a smile.  We very much look forward to seeing the children on Monday on Zoom or in the classroom and, hopefully, it wont be too long before we're all together back in school.


This term we are starting off with a mini 2 week topic "Puddles and Rainbows".  Perfect for the weather we've had over half term!

The Finale

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Zoom to the Moon!

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Zoom to the Moon!

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Week Beginning 8th February 2021

Dear parents and children

Another week done! It has been lovely to see the children on Zoom this week and we are very impressed at how they have adapted to learning via Zoom.  Thank you for sending in photos of work completed. It looks like you've all been very busy and we can tell the children have been enjoying the topic. Now we have covered more sounds in phonics, it's fantastic to see how they are coming along with using phonics in their writing.  Thank you for all your efforts and encouragement at home. 


Don't forget to  access the Oxford Owl website for reading scheme books and we hope to see as many of you as can make it for the zoom baking on Monday at 2pm. 


Best wishes for a lovely weekend. 

From all in YR


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Week Beginning 1st February 2021

Dear Parents

We hope you have had a good week and a relaxing weekend. We've really enjoyed reading all your messages and looking at the work your children have been doing this week. It looks like you're doing a great job with home schooling. We do appreciate what a challenge this can be and we would ask you to email us if you would like additional support or advice.  During this week Mrs Clare and I will be in school on our usual teaching days and look forward to seeing the children on Zoom.

Don't forget to  access the Oxford Owl website for reading scheme books.


Best wishes

From all in YR



Dear Reception Class


Thank you for all your fantastic French learning.  I've really enjoyed watching some of the videos showing your home learning.  This week I thought you might like to play this game to revise your colours.  Remember, there are two ways to say brown in French 'brun' and 'marron'




Mrs Glover

YR Bake Off with Mrs Scott

Week Beginning 25th January 2021

We hope you have had a good week and are keeping well.

Thank you for the emails sharing your children's work. We have included photos of topic work on the photo gallery below.  It's lovely to receive them and see how everyone is getting on.

Please continue to use our class email to stay in touch and ask any questions. We look forward to seeing you all on Zoom this week and please join us on Monday afternoon for the optional baking session.


Best wishes from all in YR 


There are some reading scheme books available on the Oxford Owl website:


Other resources can be found at:

French week 4


Dear Class R

I thought you might like to listen to this greetings song in French last week and see if you can learn it.


Have fun

Mrs Glover

Reception class work week 3 18.1.21

We will continue to use our Zoom sessions to teach phonics. The sounds we are covering this week are x, y, z, zz, qu.  We will also go over tricky words / common exception words.  Optional work is attached for each sound.



Dear Reception Class


This week, I thought you might like to practise your numbers 1-10 in French.  You could watch this little clip to help you.


Mrs Glover

Week Beginning 11th January 2021

Welcome back. What a lovely weekend for our "Winter Wonderland" topic!

We hope you found last week's remote learning manageable. If you have any questions, however big or small, please do not hesitate to contact us on the email address at the top of this web page. Don't worry if you don't have access to a printer - either miss out the activity or make up your own if you have the time and resources.  


Thank you for sending in photos of work and activities completed. It's lovely for us to be able to see what you are doing at home and we are also very grateful for your messages of support. 


This week will be a little different in school. However, in terms of remote learning, this week Mrs Edwards will be supporting the class from home on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Clare will be doing the same on Thursday and Friday.



We will continue to use our Zoom sessions to teach phonics. The sounds we are covering this week are l, ll, ss, j, v, w.

Tricky words: the, to, I, go, no

A letter formation sheet is attached and some blank lined A4 sheets you may like to use if it helps.



Please complete the daily activities on the attached plan. You can also support your child by playing board and card games, counting out loud together, pointing out numbers in the environment and practising number formation. 



See attached plan.

Wk 2 - French from Mrs Glover. This week, explore your colours in French

5th January 2021

Happy New Year!

We wish we were welcoming all the children back into school this week and we very much look forward to that happening soon.

Our plan for this week is as follows:

Phonics: We will use our daily Zoom sessions to teach phonics so you don’t have to do this at home. Please make sure your child has a pencil and some lined paper ready at the start of each session. (We haven’t taught phonics via zoom before so please bear with us in the early days whilst we try to get it right!)

Maths: A weekly plan is attached. Please support your child to complete the activities over the week. Where appropriate, please email a photo of their work to our class email address.

Winter Wonderland Topic: A plan of activities is attached. Please choose at least 2 activities to complete. We would love to see a photo showing how you get on and will include these on our class web page.


Please keep a folder of any paper based work your child completes and return to school once we are all back in.


Best wishes

The YR team

Dear Reception Class

For French this week, would you like to watch Papo the parrot again?  This is the link where you can watch him visiting a French school! Enjoy!

Mrs Glover

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.