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Kempsey Primary School

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

Weekly Updates



Please check up on our school closure page for daily activities and ideas.


This can be found on the school website under:

Children > School closure class pages > Reception


This week we started our new topic of Rainforests with a flight to Brazil. On Tuesday morning we prepared our ‘Passports’ and collected our ‘real’ boarding passes ready to jet off to Brazil. Chestnut class were very excited to be flying across the world, but some were a little bit disappointed that we were on a pretend plane and not a real one. Even though we were not really in the air, we still managed to ‘pretend play’ allowing us to enjoy our inflight sound effects, reading, music, and snacks.


This week in Chestnut we finished our topic ‘Cats’ by visiting the final country Japan. 

We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday this week. We decorated some bookmarks and created our own story characters which we used to write a story for the Big Friday Write with Willow class. Throughout the day, we shared a 16 stories in Chestnut class and a total of 123 books throughout the whole school!


We have had a very busy week in Chestnut class. On Monday we travelled to Berlin as the ‘cat from Berlin played the violin’. We have learned facts about Berlin, looked at the Berlin Wall, and researched the different types of popular food in Germany.


On Tuesday we participated in Art Day, after discussing the effect of plastic waste on our ocean, we decided to construct Jellyfish out of recycled plastic. The children really enjoyed sorting through the plastic deciding what would be suitable to make Jellyfish.


This week we have travelled to Brazil as ‘The cat from Brazil caught a very bad chill’.


To celebrate Safer Internet Week, we have read some stories and looked at various scenarios that can take place when using online devices. Chestnut have made a classroom agreement after reading the ‘Smartie the Penguin’ story that “Before you tap and click….you need to stop and think…and TELL someone.”


This week we have travelled to Greece. We have enjoyed looking at Greek cuisine, the city of Athens, and the Acropolis building. We have also used wooden blocks to build homes for cats. We have thought about the care needs for the cats and what they would need in their homes. 


Next week, we will be travelling to Brazil as “the cat from Brazil caught a very bad chill”.

Gym Festival at Hanley Castle High School


Pop Lacrosse Taster Sessions





This week we have enjoyed exploring the country France. We have enjoyed reconstructing the Eiffel Tower using bricks and looking at the traditional French food dishes - which included making onion soup. Our English topic this week has been based around making lists and creating a factfile about the country France. This term in Maths we will start to look at and identify number bonds in more depth, so to begin with we will be recapping simple addition and subtraction.


This term in Chestnut class we will be looking for parent readers to come in and read with the children. Let us know if you are interested. 



Welcome back!

We are kick starting our term with the topic 'Cats'. This week we have discussed what we already know about cats and what we want to investigate over the course of our topic. We will be looking at the book 'My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes'. Next week, our focus country will be France.




Visit from Father Christmas.


Christmas Jumper Day - children came dressed in Christmas jumpers this Friday to help raise money for the charity Save the Children.


This week in Chestnut class we have been very busy. We have been looking at the book "How to Catch a Star" which has fitted in nicely with our Space topic. We made our own 'star-catchers' and had a go at sequencing the story in groups.


This week we have continued learning our Nativity songs ready for stage rehearsals next week. The children have all been allocated their parts and will be bringing home more information regarding costumes/outfits.


On Thursday we had some visitors from New College Worcester who came in to talk about visual impairments and being blind. We raised lots of money for New College and the children really enjoyed asking questions when participating in the activities they had planned for us. 


This week in Chestnut we have enjoyed continuing with our space topic. We have created telescopes to look into space with at night time, written lists of “things you would find in space”, and designed our own underpants for aliens! 


This week in Chestnut we have been busy investigating why 'Aliens Love Underpants'. In English we have been retelling the story and identifying the rhyming words. In Maths we have been looking at mathematical symbols '=' and '+' within number sentences. We also had a visit from Sohan Kailey who introduced us to the dancing style within a 'Bhangra Rave'.


This week we have been busy practising our tricky words, learning about rhyme, and starting to explore simple addition. We have continued with our “Zooming into Space” topic and have really enjoyed reading a few topic themed stories that some children have brought in from home! Our next topic book will be ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman. 


We have had a busy start back to the term in Chestnut class. We have had a great start to our new topic ‘Zooming into Space’. We have been fascinated by the planets and excited to recreate our topic themed story ‘Whatever Next’. 

This week in Chestnut we have been very busy looking at our Marvellous Me boxes and sharing our most precious belongings with our peers. We have become more confident in our numbers, letters and sounds and have been practising the correct formation. 


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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