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Meet the Teacher: Miss Coates

My name is Natalie Coates and I have been teaching for 19 years - 13 of those have been at Chacombe!

I started teaching in year 3 and 4, moved to year 5 and 6, have taught Foundation and Key Stage 1 and I am now back teaching Year 3 and 4!  

I have 2 children: Charlie is 14 and in year 9 at Chenderit and Ruby is 11 and in year 7.

I love teaching all subjects, but my favourites are art, maths and P.E. - particularly dance! I love to dance and take any opportunity to have a little boogie - much to the embarrassment of my children!

Out of school, I enjoy pilates and tap dancing classes every week and like to keep as busy as possible!

My door is always open so please come to see me with any questions or worries that you have.

Class Routines

PE Outdoor games  - Monday pm.

Gym / Dance - Thursday am


P.E. will take place twice a week. This term it will be outdoor games on a Monday and indoor gym/dance on a Thursday. As we work using a flexible timetable these days may change sometimes so can children please have their PE kits with them all week.

Children only need shorts and t-shirts for dance and gym as bare feet is best. Warm trousers, jumper and old trainers for outside games. Even if the weather is cold and wet, we will still try to get outside as much as possible for games so an extra pair of socks is always a good idea too!


Children have a spelling book that should always be in their book bag. Their spellings will be tested in class as a formal test every Monday. They have been given 10 words from the new Year 3 or Year 4 curriculum list. They need to practice them as often as possible at home, using as many different methods as possible - these could include the look, cover, write and check method, writing them out lots of times, saying them out loud, focussing on 1 each day etc. They will have new spellings to learn each week and it would also be great if they could practise any that they got incorrect in the test the week before. I hope you will be able to encourage your children to practise their spellings.

Here are the lists for March-April, please click to see:

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It is vitally important that the children are reading regularly at home to an adult. The more they can practise at home, the better they will become. 

If your child has read 5 or more times at home, over the week, they will receive a house point and a sticker on their reading chart - this year it is a 'pirate' reading chart. Every time they achieve 5 stickers, they receive a certificate in celebration assembly. 

We have a class guided reading session every week where we share the class text.

Times Tables

The children are tested every Tuesday and if they achieve 12 / 12 for 2 consecutive weeks, they move onto the next times table. They will always know which times table they are working on and, again, it is vitally important that they practise regularly at home in lots of different ways.