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Chestnut (reception)




Mrs Whitmore - Class Teacher & Forest School Leader


Welcome to Chestnut Class. 

Where we have fun exploring and learning through play.


This half term our value is FRIENDSHIP

Thessalonians 5:11

"Encourage one another and build each other up"


Please encourage and praise your child if they show our value at home and do share this with us so we can celebrate 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) curriculum 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. Understanding the world

7. Expressive arts and design.

The children learn phonics through our ‘Read, Write, Ink’ 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.

Our Themes for this term are Let’s Explore (Summer 1) and Sunshine and Sunflowers (Summer 2)

Some of the stories we are reading during our theme Let’s Explore…

Some of the stories we are reading during our theme Sunshine and Sunflowers…

Forest School

Chestnut and Saplings class have weekly Forest School sessions together which is led by Mrs Whitmore who is the Forest School Leader. 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 build on in all 7 areas.

Chester the Squirrel

Meet Chester the Squirrel. Chester is a new addition to Chestnut Class and the children in turn shall have the opportunity to take him home and look after him. He comes with a book where the children can share the adventures they have had with Chester though drawings, photos or writing. Each week Mrs Whitmore and other members of staff shall choose somebody to take Chester home. They may be chosen because of some fantastic school work they have done during the week or shown or demonstrated an act of our school values.


School uniform is as follows:


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


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

Forest School

Children should come into school on a Friday in their Forest School clothes and wellies or boots. 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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