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Chestnut Class

 

SUMMER TERM 2019

This half term our learning enquiry focus will be:

 

What’s In The Garden?

 

This term Chestnut Class will be outdoors, creating growing spaces and exploring the surrounding natural environment.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development/RE we will be learning about Judaism and Hinduism and symbols, places and festivals that are important to people from these faiths.

 

In Communication, Language and Literacy/English we will be continuing to use the whole school Talk 4 Writing approach to help us develop as readers and writers. As you can tell from our learning enquiry, we will be focusing on plants and minibeasts.  The story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is going to help us use our imagination to create new giant plants to explore and let us go on new adventures.  We are going to use the story “Oliver’s Fruit Salad” to help us with our information writing and create our own recipe instructions for making a delicious fruit salad.  We might have enough left over for you to taste!  We will be learning “The Tickle Rhyme” and adding in more minibeasts to create new verses.

 

We are really amazing at reading and writing an amazing range of letters.  This term we will be continuing to practice these sounds as well as learning some more complicated ones. Watch out for your child talking about digraphs and two syllable words!

 

In our reading time we will be learning how to use our voices to make the story sound really interesting.  We will also be developing our comprehension skills by talking about what might happen next and answering questions based on what we have been reading.  These are great activities that you can do together as you share your child’s reading book.

 

In Physical Development/PE we will be learning how to play different team games and exploring moving in different ways. Our PE sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Can you make sure that if your child has long hair, it is tied back, and if they wear earrings that these are either taken out or taped up. Please make sure your child has their PE bag, with everything named (including the bag) on Monday morning. As the weather has started to get warmer, many of our sessions will be outside.  Please make sure that your child has suitable PE clothes (trainers, black shorts, white t-shirt) with them. PE bags will come home with your child every Friday so that they can be refreshed for the next week!

 

In Maths we will be learning about 2 digit numbers and how these are made up.  As part of this we will be learning how to count in 2s and 5s.  We have already aced it counting in 10s!  We will be learning how to count on and count back to help us solve addition and subtraction problems and use different resources such as 10 frames, Numicon and 10 blocks to help us with these.  Our outdoor Garden Centre and Fruit shop will be a great way of introducing the children to money – both recognising different coins and how to spend it! Watch out for them helping you to spend money at home!

 

In Understanding the World/Science, Geography, Design Technology, Computing we will be exploring how to grow flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables and learning about different minibeasts.  We will be making great use of the school grounds to help us find out about the natural world and to identify plants and trees. After the success of our weekly cooking sessions last term, we have decided to continue with this. Hopefully we might even be able to use some of the produce that we are planting in our cooking! We will be using our class iPads to take photos and make films of our stories and walks. The children will be introduced to the concept of coding through the use of our recently purchased Coda-pillars.  I’m sure these will prove very popular as we program them to move, sing and flash!

  

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 and use different media to create some 3D models. Our house, garden centre and fruit shop will help us to learn about different jobs and experiences. In music we will be learning new songs based on story and rhyme characters and using instruments to create music and dance pieces to accompany these.

Thank you to everyone who has completed last term’s homework challenge activities.  We have created a gallery in the cloakroom where we can display the amazing pictures, photos and models that have been brought in.  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. 

We have added to the collection of phonics’ games that are available to borrow.  These are kept in 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

 

 

 

SPRING TERM 2019

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