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Chestnut Class

This half term our learning enquiry focus will be:


Once Upon A Time………

Once upon a time The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The 3 Pigs, The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, Humpty Dumpty, The Little Red Hen and The Big Bad Wolf came to visit Chestnut Class!

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development/RE we will be learning about the importance of the Easter Story in the Christian calendar. We will be taking part in whole school events including World Book Day and Red Nose Day.

In Communication, Language and Literacy/English we will be using the whole school Talk 4 Writing approach to retell stories.  As you can tell from the list of visitors, we will be reading lots of familiar and alternative versions of different fairy stories and traditional tales.  We will be talking about different characters’ actions and whether they were “good” or “bad” and why this might have been. We are going to be using lots of interesting words to describe our characters and write our own versions of these stories.  We will also be writing our own fact books about “Wolves” to help our story book friends be aware of what they can get up to! 

We will be using our knowledge of segmenting and blending our letter sounds, alongside all the words we can now read and write, to help us read lots of story and information books and write our own amazing books.

In Physical Development/PE we will be learning how to play different games that involve us in throwing and catching. Our PE sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Please make sure your child has their PE bag, with everything named (including the bag) on Monday morning. These will come home with your child every Friday so that they can be refreshed for the next week!

We will be linking our traditional tales closely to our Maths.  The Big Bad Wolf will help us with learning to tell the time and The Little Red Hen and her pizza will help us find about fractions. The Gingerbread Man is going to help us learn how to sort sweets by different characteristics – we might have to try some to find out which we like the best!  As part of our weekly cooking we will be learning how to use the balances to weigh out all the ingredients. We will be continuing to practice our addition and subtraction skills using lots of different resources, including 10 frames and Numicon.

In Understanding the World/Science, Geography, Design Technology, Computing we will be exploring different materials.  We will be exploring ways of keeping The Gingerbread Man dry and making a bridge for The 3 Billy Goats Gruff to help them cross the water safely.  Many of our traditional tales see characters going for walks through woods, across fields and over water.  As well as making maps of the characters’ journeys we will be exploring the school and village. After going on walks we will be making our own maps and including all the things that we have seen. Monday afternoons sees our weekly whole class cooking session. Watch out for some delicious home made treats coming your way! If you would like copies of our recipes please just ask.  We will be using our class iPads to take photos and make films of our stories and walks.

In Expressive Arts and Design/Art and Music we will be exploring how to use lots of different collage materials to help us create pictures, resources for our role play areas and some special surprises for Easter and Mother’s Day! Our house, café, hospital and construction shed and role play will all help us to learn about different jobs and experiences. In music we will be learning new songs based on the characters from our traditional stories.

Thank you to everyone who has completed last term’s homework challenge activities.  The pictures, photos and models brought in were great.  This term’s challenge sheet is now in your child’s homework book. Reading books will be changed twice a week and will complement the reading that your child is involved with in class.  New sounds and word cards will continue to be sent home every fortnight. Please can you make sure you comment and sign in the reading log so we know when books need changing. 

Many of you have started to borrow the phonics’ games from the basket in the cloakroom area. If you would like to borrow one of these please come in and see us at the beginning or the end of the day.

Dr Hardie, Mrs Powell and Mrs Buckfield