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Kensworth CE Academy

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Chestnut (reception)




Mrs Giddings - Class Teacher 

Mr MacLeod - Class Teaching Assistant


Welcome to Chestnut Class. 

Where we have fun exploring and learning through play.


Our school value for this half term is 


Please let us know if your child shows this value at home so we can celebrate it in school!

About Chestnut Class…


Our classroom is part of the main school and we share a wonderful outdoor learning area with Saplings Class (Pre-school). At Kensworth we are very fortunate to have extensive grounds and we take full advantage of this by learning in the great outdoors as much as possible.

Chestnut Class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which is organised into seven areas of learning.

These areas of development provide a foundation for, and lead into, the early stages of the National Curriculum.

There are 3 prime areas:

1. Communication and language

2. Physical development

3. Personal, social and emotional development.             


and 4 specific areas:

4. Literacy

5. Mathematics

6. The world

7. Expressive arts and design.


The children learn phonics through our ‘Read, Write, Inc’ programme and develop their story telling and writing skills through our ‘Talk for Writing’ lessons.

Activities and opportunities are carefully planned so children can build on their existing abilities, interests and experiences. Learning through play activities allows them to rehearse and practise their skills and meet individual targeted challenges.

Spring 1 

Let's Explore!

This project teaches children about the environments that they share with others, including their homes, school and places in the local community.


Spring 2 

Dangerous Dinosaurs!

This exciting project teaches children about the different animals that roamed Earth millions of years ago and how they are related to animals that live on Earth today.

Some of the stories we are reading during our theme Let's Explore!

Some of the stories we are reading during our theme Dangerous Dinosaurs!

Forest School

Chestnut class have weekly Forest School sessions  led by our forest school leader, Mrs Whitmore. Children are naturally inquisitive and stimulated by the great outdoors. Forest School allows children the opportunity to explore, take risks and learn new skills in a variety of ways. Forest School allows those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces to become confident in using them and this can form the foundation of a life-long relationship with natural spaces. Forest School over time increases in self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being. Forest School also links in very well with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and provides many opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all 7 areas.


School uniform is as follows:


  • Grey trousers or shorts
  • White polo shirts
  • Red school jumper with school logo
  • Grey/white/black socks
  • Sensible black shoes


  • Grey skirt/trousers/pinafore dresses
  • White polo shirts
  • Red school jumper/cardigan with school logo
  • Grey/white/black socks or tights
  • Sensible black shoes

Forest School

Children should come into school on a Thursday in their Forest School clothes and wellies should be left in school. In Forest School we are out in nearly all weathers therefore please dress your child appropriately to the weather conditions. A full change of clothes and spare shoes should be brought in separately in a named bag (including socks!).


Children should bring in a named water bottle each day.



Please see our full Uniform Policy on the school website.

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