Week beginning 13th July

Before I begin planning for the week I need to say a big thank you.


Thank you to the children for their enthusiasm, confidence, trust, enjoyment, learning and incredible resilience in the face of so many changes. 

Thank you to the parents and families for their trust, friendship, support and engagement.

Thank you to the staff who have all worked incredibly hard throughout the year to give the children the best experience possible and have continued to plan and provide lots of wonderful opportunities in sometimes challenging circumstances.

Some of you may be leaving us this week, however, you will always be a special member of the Chesterton community. Please move forward with confidence and belief in yourself, you are set to achieve incredible things. 

Letters and sounds

Describe and find it

  • Set up a model farmyard. Describe one of the animals but do not tell the children its name. Say, for example: This animal has horns, four legs and a tail.
  • Ask them to say which animal it is. Ask them to make the noise the animal might make. Children can then have a go giving their own descriptions. 
  • This activity can be repeated with other sets of objects such as zoo animals, toy sets based on transport (e.g. aeroplane, car, train, bus, boat) and musical instruments. It can be made more challenging by introducing sets of random objects to describe and name.


Enlivening stories

Involve the children in songs and stories, enlivened by role-play, props and repeated sounds, for example acting out:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall (bump, crash, bang!)

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men (gallop, gallop, gallop)

Couldn’t put Humpty together again (boo, hoo, boo, hoo, boo, hoo).

This weeks math

Count to 20 and Workout | Fun Counting Song for Kids | Count by 1's to 20 | Jack Hartmann

Have fun practicing counting and number recognition. Daily counting can really help the children's understanding of number, alongside matching stickers, seeds or objects to the correct numeral.
Story of the week

I Am Too Absolutely Small For School by Lauren Child - Read Aloud by Heather's Story Time Corner

Song of the week

CBeebies | Mr Tumble Nursery Rhymes Playlist

Whatever you choose, wherever you go, always remember how special you are.


Sesame Street: Believe in Yourself Song (Michael Bublé & Elmo)

Activities to support this weeks theme

'I like to' playdough action song

Pirate Playdough remix: Row your Boat, Pirate dance, Baby Shark Nursery Rhyme/Dough mashup

We have been exploring sculpture, using language such as roll, squash, mould, flatten, splat, sculpt and shape. We have been thinking about the things we would like to create and the shapes we will need.

We have been practicing our scissor skills, why not have a go at home.

Dodgson the Dodo | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Our yoga adventure Dodgson the Dodo is all about discovering that no one is quite like you – but that’s a brilliant thing. We’re all different! Hooray!

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