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Year R Chestnuts

Welcome to The Chestnuts

Class Teachers: Mrs Lisa Foxley (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs Laura Albury (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Teaching Assistants: Miss Hayley Thomas / Mrs Laura Albury

Year Group: Reception – Foundation Stage 

Age Range: 4-5 years


Class Information

Reading books:

Your child will be assigned a day to change their books, which will be written in their reading diary. Please ensure any comments have been entered into their reading diary before that day. All reading books should be brought into school everyday as we endeavour to listen to the children read several times a week.

A guide to help your child read

  1. Choose a quiet time
    Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.
  2. Make reading enjoyable
    Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.
  3. Maintain the flow
    If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to ‘sound out’ words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than ‘alphabet names’.
  4. Be positive
    If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don’t say ‘No. That’s wrong,’ but ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.
  5. Success is the key
    Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Remember ‘Nothing succeeds like success’. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.

Letters and Downloads

Coming soon…

Class Time Table

Forest School Information

Topic Overview


Wednesday & Thursday but PE kits must remain in school all week as we do shorter sessions on other days.

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