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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School


Meet the teacher - September 2020

Due to COVID restrictions, unfortunately, we cannot meet with parents this year. Therefore, we have produced this video to introduce ourselves, give a brief update on how the start of term has gone and tell you how you can support your child or contact us if you have any queries.




Transition Day - Wednesday 8th July

Apologies for the confusion in the transition letter: in error 4OM were told they would become 5AY.

If you are from 4SU continue on this page, if you are from 4OM, you need to check out 5KM - Miss Maskell's page.

Watch our transition video to find out a little more about the new 5AY class.

Don't forget to check out the Daily Learning for our Transition Tasks -we would love to see your postcards so don't forget to email them to us, please.

Hopefully this will answer all of your questions, including the questions asked via the form responses.

If you have any further questions, or to post your postcards on the page (take a photo),

please email us:     and

We look forward to seeing you all in September.



Here are some suggested reading books suitable for Year 5 pupils - happy reading! We can't wait to hear about your summer reading.


And don't forget to start some Year 5 IXL to get you ahead as well as improving your times tables on TT Rock Stars.

Be the Best You Can Be!

A little bit about mrs arkinstall

Hello 5AY! I am very excited to be returning to teaching in Year 5 (I think it is one of the best years). I thought I would just let you know a little bit about me as we will not get to meet until September.

I have two daughters - Izzy (6) and Jazz (3) who keep me very busy at home. We enjoy watching Disney movies, baking and crafting together. Recently we bought our first tent and we are looking forward to some family camping trips. Lately, I have been investigating different ways that my family can reduce the amount of single use plastic that we use. I have learnt about alternative ways that products can be packaged to reduce the amount of waste and I am sharing these ideas with my friends and family. During lock down I started running. This is not something I ever thought I would do but I am now close to running 5km without stopping. I am very proud of this achievement and I hope to reach my target very soon. Just to let you know I don't always have purple hair - usually just in the holidays.

I have been teaching at Chesswood for 12 years so I've seen how the school has grown and changed over the years. Mrs Lucas and I work together to develop the Religious Education curriculum across the school. I really enjoy this role as it is fascinating to learn about some of the main world religions and discover the similarities and differences between them. Science is another of my favourite subjects because I love learning about how and why things work and act in a certain way. I think the Year 5 Science topics are some of the best! What are your favourite subjects and why?

Shared postcards

Well done to Nilima for being the first to send in her postcard.


Thank you Arthur.


Thank you James.


Thank you Leia.


Thank you Chiara.


Postcards from children in school - thank you Jude, Ziggy, George, Alex, Leland, Eliza, Miley, Christina, Matilda, Sydney, and Mason. Click on the picture to open the PDF document - then rotate counter-clockwise.

Thank you Harrison.

Thank you Sydney.

Thank you Dillan.