Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

Chestnut class

 reception and Year 1

Miss richards



Welcome to our classroom!


Click here for a tour of Chestnuts Class.


Click on the link below to see an introduction to Chestnut Class for parents and carers:

Induction meeting



Welcome to Chestnut Class

Autumn Term 2023


Welcome to Reception/Year 1 and our class page! Hopefully you will find our class page useful. On our class page we have details of our topics for this term as well as other useful information about Reception and Year 1. We love to share what we learn in school every day via Facebook, so please head over to our school Facebook to see what we have been up to. Here's to a great term!

Miss Richards


What will we be learning about this term?


Chosen texts: Elmer by David McKee, Elmer and the wind by David McKee, The Rainbow fish by Marcus Pfister, Owl babies by  Martin Wadell, The night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Hurry, Santa by Julia Sykes 

Maths Reception

Match, sort and compare, Talk about measure and patterns, It's Me 1,2,3, Circles and triangles, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Shapes with 4 sides.

Maths Y1

Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and Shape

RE Reception

The Big Story, God, Creation and Incarnation 

RE Year 1

God and Islam

Science Reception

All about me and Material

Science Y1

My body and the senses and Materials and their properties

History (Autumn 1)

How can I find out about me? I'm making history

Geography (Autumn 2)

What is my place like?  What is my country like?


Mark Making




Ball Skills, Throwing and Catching and Forest School (outdoor and adventurous)


Jigsaw: Being Me In My World


Online Safety 


Charanga: Hey You! and Rhythm in the way we walk/Banana Rap


Key Information

Our arrival time each morning is between 8.45 - 9.00am and we leave at 3.10. Reception children can be dropped off and picked up at the reception door in the EYFS area.  Year 1 children can come into school through the front door and will leave via the front yard.


Bringing things in from home

The children should bring in a water bottle which they will leave in for the week and take home on a Friday.   They need wellies that will stay in school. They do not need any other equipment. 


PE/Forest school Days

Our PE day is a Tuesday and our Forest school day is a Thursday. On Tuesday, the children should come into school wearing their PE kit (it can be their purple shorts or black joggers/leggings when cold). They do not need to bring in their normal school uniform to get changed into, they will just stay in their PE kit all day. For Forest school days, they should wear their normal PE t shirt, black track suit bottoms/leggings and purple school jumper or purple hoodie. 



We have Core Homework (weekly) and Optional Topic Homework (half-termly). Please see a further explanation of our Homework approach this year in the letter below.

Chestnut Class Homework



 Supporting your child with reading:
  • Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

  • A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently and will have already read this with an adult at school. This will be available via the online system and changed weekly.
  • A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.


Your child will learn and practise their spellings within their phonics sessions. Any additional work will be sent home to help your child to practice their phonetical skills. 

Spelling practice 2x per week. Please see the attached list of words in our Chestnut Class Homework letter. These are the common exception words that children are expected to spell by the end of Key Stage 1. We teach spelling patterns in school across the year as well as these common exception words, however it would be beneficial for the children to practise spelling the words on the attached list at home across the year. The websites below are a great way to practise these words at home in a fun way.



Number Bonds and Times tables (2x,5x,10x) practice 3x per week. Suggested websites and apps to help to practise times tables include:



Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building (fourth floor), Coble Dene, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6DE.