Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

Chestnut class

 reception and Year 1

Miss richards



Welcome to our classroom!


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

Induction meeting



Welcome to Chestnut Class

Summer Term 2024


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: Book of Butterflies (an animation), The Deep Dark Wood by Algy Craig Hall and Grandad's Island by Benji Davis, The Snail and the Whale by Juila Donaldson and Look Up by Nathan Bryon.


Maths Reception

To 20 and Beyond, How many now? and Manipulate, Compose and Decompose, Sharing and Grouping, Visualise, Build and Map and Making Connections.

Maths Y1

Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Position and Direction, Place Value (within 100), Money and Time.


RE Reception

Being Special - Where do we belong?  

Which places are special and why?  


Who am I?  Where do I belong?


Science Reception

Plants/Living Things and Habitats/Looking after our World/Space

Science Y1

Identifying Plants/Scientists and Inventors


History (Summer 1)

Fantastic Firsts/Space Explorers


Geography (Summer 2)

What might we see on an expedition? - Let's go the the jungle!



Andy Goldsworthy (Year 1 develop deeper skills)


DT Reception

Fruit Kebabs


Structures - freestanding structures




Outdoor Explorers - Forest School



Jigsaw: Relationships/Changing Me


Computing Reception 

Using Purple Mash

Computing Y1 

Coding/Animated Story books/Spreadsheets



Little Fingers (provided by Durham Music Service)

Charanga: Reflect, Rewind and Replay!


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 - My 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 changed weekly.
  • A sharing book - Our 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 2 x 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 3 x per week. Suggested websites and apps to help to practise times tables include:

Useful Websites

Visit these websites for some games to practice your English skills.

Mr Mc Phonics-


Visit these websites for some games to practice your Maths skills.

Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (


This is a useful website to practice a range of different subject areas.


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.