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Chestnut Class - Years 3 & 4

The Teacher in Chestnut Class is Mrs Taylor.  The Teaching Assistant in this class is  Mr Baldwin.  

The two year groups of children aged 7 - 9 years are together for most sessions, but split into their work groups or smaller working groups that require more individual learning needs.


Chestnut Class - Spring 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,    

Our topic for this term is ‘Up and Away’. This is an exciting and fascinating topic which I’m sure the children will love. We will be taking an imaginary hot air balloon trip around Great Britain, stopping off to explore our some of our major cities and places of interest. This is a geography based topic which is enriched via the text we will be teaching in class which is ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. This book tells the story of Phileas Fogg and his extraordinary journey.

Please see the topic web planner attached for more information. If your child has any books, pictures or artefacts they would like to bring in related to the topic we will happily share (Fridays 3-3.15pm) and display them.

Home Learning

New reading records have been given to the children and we will be asking for your support in continuing to read at home at least 3 times a week. Mr Baldwin will collect the reading records in every Friday.  Remember, we have set our ’50 Reads’ Challenge this term so every parent/carer signature counts!  If they have been signed 3 times by an adult, your child will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into our reading challenge. At the end of each half term a name will be drawn from each class box and the child with the winning ticket will receive a prize for their committed reading. We hope you will encourage your child and support them to collect as many raffle tickets as possible. 

Spellings and times tables will continue this half term with weekly tests on Thursday. We are also asking every child to participate in the ‘TT Rock Stars’ online times table challenges and we would encourage every child to log on and practise their times tables as often as possible.

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and collected back in on Wednesday’s. The children will have the option of completing their homework on Friday lunchtimes at the homework club.

Can we please ask that every child brings a named water bottle to school. It can be filled up at school and we will send them home on a Friday for washing. It is extremely important to keep the children hydrated both for their health and for their ability to learn.

PE will be on Tuesday afternoons when the children will be exploring the skills involved in gymnastics and on Thursday afternoons with Mr Baldwin where they will be learning football.  Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly named and that earrings are not worn for safety reasons. If your child has recently had their ears pierced and they need to keep studs in, please provide your child with tape to cover the earrings.

We would really appreciate more parents willing to give up 20 minutes in the morning to hear a few children read as this is an invaluable skill for the children to learn. Please contact the school office if you can help.

We are always happy to discuss any questions or queries that you may have about your child so please feel free to come in and see us. The end of the day is always preferable as we are teaching in class from 8.40am. However, there are adults on duty at the entrance should you need to pass on a message.

Kind regards,

Mrs D Taylor

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