Chestnut Classes: Year 1 and Year 2

Welcome to our Chestnut Class page! Year 1 (Horse Chestnut) is taught by Miss Arnold and Year 2 (Sweet Chestnut) is taught by Miss Bowen. Supporting the children across both Chestnut Classes are Mr Tuckey, Mrs Grundy and Miss Foster. Most afternoons, the children will be joined together to form a collective year 1/2 class.


Welcome to term 5 of the 2023-2024 school year! We are so excited for all of the fantastic learning coming up this term and are looking forward to taking our learning outside more as the weather improves!

We have some fantastic and enriching learning coming up this term and cannot wait to share these experiences with the children.

Here at Shoscombe, we are passionate about making strong cross-curricular links across all of our subjects to allow for deeper understanding and better long term memory retention. Here is what we can look forward to learning in term 1:

  • In Year 1 and 2 Writing, we will be writing about the book ‘Emma Jane’s Aeroplane’ which links to our Geography writing this term.
  • In Phonics, Year 1 children will be continuing to build on their previous learning and learn new phase 5 sounds. Year 2 children will be continuing with the Jane Considine ‘Spelling Programme’.
  • In Maths, both year 1 and year 2 will be looking at Multiplication and Division.
  • In Science, we are exploring habitats specifically micro-habitats and will be outside making little bug hotels!
  • In Geography, we are learning about the continents and oceans of the world!
  • In R.E, we will be thinking about what Christian’s believe The Kingdom of God is.
  • In DT we will be continuing to think about design and structure, making links to our previous history unit(learning about the Crystal Palace built in Victorian times).
  • In P.E, we will be outside doing athletics.


In year 1, spellings are sent home every Friday via Dojo. Spelling tests will be carried out the following Thursday.

In year 2, spellings are taught and tested in school. Please continue to encourage your children to practice year 2 common exception words which were sent home as part of their homework menu.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of the Chestnut Class team if you are unaware which group your child is in.  Please ensure your child is practising their spellings every day.

Reading books

Please make sure reading books come into school every Friday alongside your child’s reading record. We will change your child’s book and send home a new one on this day. We encourage children to read their book many times to develop fluency in their reading. Each time your child reads please date the relevant box and add your signature, we do not require a comment each time.

Please ensure your child is reading for 20 minutes at least five times per week.


Each week, a summary of what children have been learning in their phonics lessons is uploaded onto dojo at the top of the week’s spelling list. This includes a list of new sounds learnt that week and any new common exception words.

Please support your child at home with their phonics learning. We also suggest using websites such as Phonics Play which are free to use and a quick way to access quality phonics resources online.


For Sweet Chestnut Class (Year 2): A homework grid will be sent home at the start of each term with possible activities that the children could be doing at home to support their learning in school. These activities relate to all areas of the curriculum. Please upload pictures to Class Dojo so we can celebrate their learning at home!!

Please note:

  • Both Chestnut Classes will have P.E every Friday this term. Please ensure that your child comes into school wearing their P.E kit and trainers.
  • Please make sure that children have a coat and waterproofs in school as we try to be outside as much as possible when the weather allows us to be!
  • The children will be taking part in forest school this term on Tuesdays and will need to wear PE kit to school as well have appropriate waterproofs and wellies in school.

Supporting your child with reading

Reading isn’t really just one skill- it’s a whole collection of skills- that children must learn to become fluent and independent readers. When hearing your child read at home it is important that you share books together and talk about what they might be about, by looking at the front cover and illustrations. As well as asking their opinion of the story. These conversations help to give them a sense of what is inside the book before they start to read it and preparing them for some of the vocabulary they come across. This means you are setting your child up for success right from the start.

Identifying vocabulary your child does not know is essential to help them become fluent readers. If there are more than five words on a page, or in a passage, that your child is unable to identify they will not be able to comprehend the text. This means that the text is too difficult for them. Therefore, it is important to consider the vocabulary in a book and have discussions around this. Encourage your child to be independent by looking up the word in a dictionary, discuss what specific words mean, and relate them to real-life to build an understanding for your child. Thus, helping them to comprehend the text.

Model reading with your child or taking turns to read is great to build up confidence. For example, modelling a sentence that they may have misread is a good way to support this, and then ask your child to reread the passage ensuring they address what they have learnt.

Additionally, it is important that they read the punctuation, pausing where appropriate and adding expression. If your child has enjoyed a book, encourage them to recall what has happened so far, can they remember the key events. This helps showcase their understanding of what has been read.

Lastly, praise is crucial to foster a love of reading. Notice what your child has done well and tell them, often.

Cycle A- Year 1/2- 2023-2024

Please see the following link for the Year 1 and 2 long term overview: Long Term Planning Chestnut 23-24.doc

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