Chestnut News October 2020

Chestnut has had a great couple of weeks! We have now fully settled into routines and have really become stuck into our topics.

In English, we’ve been learning lots of new SPaG, including plurals and past tense; why not try asking us about some of the new rules we have learnt during those lessons? In writing, we have created stories, written instructions for roasting marshmallows and we are now beginning to create newspaper articles based on The Great Fire of London. In Phonics, we are continuing with Set 2 and 3 sounds. Not long until we start putting our phonetic knowledge into practice using the RWI Spelling Zone.

During Maths lessons, we have been securing our understanding of numbers to 100. We have been comparing numbers using the <,> and = signs, counting in steps of 2,5,10 and 3 and representing numbers in different ways. We are now moving on to addition and subtraction of numbers to 30.

We have really enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London in History. We put our acting hats on and became Thomas Farriner on the night he started the Great Fire. We have also enjoyed looking at extracts of Samuel Pepys’ diary. During Forest School lessons with Oak Class, we have enjoyed the seasonal tradition of drilling conkers to have (safe!) conker battles! We have also been collecting and comparing tree seeds; it has been really fascinating looking at the different seeds and how they disperse from the trees. We have also had our first fire of the year and roasted marshmallows - we’re looking forward to cooking more on the fire soon.

Being part of the autumnal season, we have a week appreciating the harvest. This week we have been learning about the process of how bread is made, from ploughing the fields, sowing seeds, grinding wheat grain into flour and making bread. We have learnt that something as simple as bread has a huge process behind it. We’ve also created some beautiful harvest art.

We cannot believe Term 1 is almost coming to an end, it has been very exciting and we are all looking forward to Term 2.


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Chestnut News September 2020

We have had a wonderful start to the year and we’re settling well. We are enjoying  new learning and familiarising ourselves with new routines.

In our English work we have begun to write alternative stories based on ‘Silly Billy’ by Anthony Browne, in Maths we have been learning about Place Value and different representations of numbers. During History lessons, we are learning about The Great Fire of London and the events which caused it. In Science we are learning about ourselves and how we grow.

We  loved P.E. this week, learning ball control skills and how to dribble around objects. Finally, in Forest School, we spent time building dens, finding and comparing seeds from different trees and looking for signs of Autumn. We will be using tools for conkers over the next few weeks and will be soon starting fires for cooking.

What a great start to the year! We are really excited to continue our learning over the rest of the year.