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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!

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This week in Chestnut we have experimented with colour mixing, started blending CVC words, represented numbers using blocks and created Autumn pictures using conkers and leaves. 

14.10.19 Book Buddies


This week in Chestnut class we have continued our topic 'Marvellous Me'. We are coming to the end of learning all the phonetic alphabet sounds with only 'z' and 'qu' to go! In Maths we have been exploring our numbers 0-20 and creating our own numberlines. This week we have also enjoyed participating in book buddies with Willow class (Y6). This is where Willow and Chestnut merge to share their favourite books together working in partners. We will be continuing this for the rest of the academic year to help broaden children's knowledge of literature. 


This week in Chestnut we have started our new topic “Marvellous Me”. We have discussed all about ourselves alongside what makes us unique and special. We are coming to the end of Phase 2 sounds and are continuing to practise writing the phonemes we’ve learned so far. Keep up the good work Chestnut!


This week in Chestnut we have been practicing our fine motor skills in the classroom by participating in our 'dough disco'. We have learned sounds c, k, ck, e, u, r and numbers 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. We have also enjoyed singing along to some harvest songs and the 'tricky word song'. 


This week we have focused on phonics sounds n, m, d, g, o and our special numbers have been 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. We have continued with our topic 'Playground' by talking about safety when playing games, which games are sensible to play, and which adults children can approach for help at playtime. We also worked as a class to plant some new herbs in our garden area - we worked very well as a team!



This week we have focused on sounds ‘S, A, T, P and I’ in phonics. On Wednesday afternoon we went down to our Forest School and explored the outdoors. We have also looked at our playground game of the week which was 'Duck, Duck, Goose'. We spoke about playground rules, being fair and safety during games.


An activity for home this weekend is for children to build up a more positive mindset and be independent (e.g. dressing independently, feeding themselves and more 'I can have a go' confidence.)


Below are some links to songs we have been learning this week: 


Phonics 'Tricky Word' song -

Number Blocks: Count to 5 -





We have had a fantastic first few days in Chestnut class! This week we have made new friends and have started to find our way around school. We have started to memorise the Kempsey ‘school day’ routine, classroom location and the names of our teachers.  We are excited to see where our learning will take us this term starting with our new topic ‘Playground’.

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