Who has taken part in the extreme reading challenge? If you have read in an unusual place, please share your picture with us.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing everyone next week. First day back for the children is Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 at 8.45am.


Some wonderful artwork from our year 4s at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Christmas at Kent House


Library Visit – EYFS


Library Visit – EYFS


Road Safety Workshops


Then there was light!


Harris Conference 2019


Cross Country Heroes!


Inspired by the work of Stephen Wiltshire some of our pupils have been imitating his cityscapes. Great job Ruby!


Book Fair Is Coming


Read Write Inc @ Kent House


Remembrance @ Kent House


Read Write Inc Information Session


Chartwells School Meal Parent & Pupil Survey

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1:
Beech and Birch class


Miss Coxon is teaching in Beech Class and Mr Hayward and Mr Turner are teaching Birch Class.

Welcome to year 1! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn 2. Homework is due in on the 14th of February.


In year 1, the PE days are on Monday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days and all jewellery is removed.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS1, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20.



Read it

Research it

Make it

This half term we will be reading the book ‘Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett. Your task is to choose and read another book by the same author. Please think about the following questions-

What do you think is going to happen in this story and why?

Who is your favourite character and why?

Would you change anything in the story and why?

Would you like to live in the story?

Is there anything you would change in the story and why?


In Music, we are learning about Blues, Funk and Latin Music!

Can you listen to any of these types of music at home?

What do you like about each style of music?

What instruments can you hear being played?

In Science we are learning about the human body!

Could you create something to show your learning about the body? Perhaps you could create a labelled body-part? Perhaps you could present your understanding of the body in your own way!

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practicing the skills we are learning in school:

Spelling – practise weekly spellings.

Reading to an adult every evening.

Handwriting – practise forming the letters of the alphabet clearly and accurately.

Counting to 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.

In history we are thinking about important times in our lives, and about what happens in the past, present, and future.

Can you write about an important thing that has happened to you in the past?

Your task is to design a sorting machine (i.e. draw it!) that could sort different shapes, to support with our maths learning this term!


A note to parents, over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

Homework is due in on the 14th of February.

What are we learning?


This term we will be focusing on Geometry and Money. We will be learning how to identify 2D and 3D shapes and how to recognise and count coins.


Our focus book this term is Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett. We will be describing characters’ feelings and the setting in our story. We will be continuing to improve our descriptive writing skills. We will also be writing our own poems.


In history, we will be talking about how we are making history every day. We will be focusing on the important events in our lives and learning about which events take place in the past, present and the future. We will also be focusing on who we think the significant people are in our lives.


In Science, we will be leaning about the human body. We will be leaning the names of all the parts of the human body and the functions of our organs. We will also be talking about what makes us different to animals.


In Art this term, we will be focusing on learning new drawing skills. We will be looking at the works of Pablo Picasso, Anthony Gormley and Stephen Wiltshire. We will be learning to use pencils to create different tones, textures, patterns and shapes. 


This term in Geography we will be investigating our school. We will be talking about the features of our school environment and how we travel to and from school. We will also be learning how to use a compass and describe where our school is using North, South, East and West.


In Music we will be listening to Blues, Funk and Latin Music. We will be comparing the differences between these genres as well as leaning how to keep a rhythm and even practice performing some songs as a class.

R. E

In RE we are continuing with Christianity with a focus on what we are thankful for.


In PE this term we will be gaining skills in both football and dance.


All the children have been reassessed and have been placed in new phonics groups for the spring term. We will be continuing to learn new sounds and improve our reading fluency and our comprehension.


How can I help at home?.

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children have a Mathletics login in the back of their reading journals – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. They are also given a login to “Literacy Planet” which can be used regularly to help develop fluency in Literacy.

If you have any questions, please talk to Mr Hayward, Mr Turner, or Miss Coxon, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Mr Hayward, Mr Turner and Miss Coxon