What a start to the year (2021) we have all had. First I would like to say a huge well done to all the children in Chestnut Class; they have coped so well with all changes (both in and out of school) with a very grown-up attitude, I am proud of your efforts and resilience. I would also like to say how wonderful it is to have the whole class back together. Everyone was very pleased to see each other and we are now getting back in to a solid structure and routine of school.
In English, we’ve been learning about Australian Dreaming Stories, which are traditional indigenous stories based on how the earth’s landscape, animals and people came to be. We have enjoyed learning the different stories and having a go at writing our own. Next term we will be focusing on writing descriptions and a narrative based on a certain enormous crocodile.
Since coming back into school as a whole class, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction in a column both with and without exchanging. We have really enjoyed this, especially relating both pictorial and abstract methods of the Maths. We have also been learning some new vocabulary around addition and subtraction, why don’t you ask us what it is?
During this term we have been learning about Australia in Geography. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning different facts about Australia and its population, human and physical features and especially learning about the native wildlife there. Now that the weather is much better and the forest has recovered from the cold, wet weather we have been able to get out there. We have liked looking for the different signs of spring that the forest offers and have even had a chance to make predictions about what will happen during the next season. We have also enjoyed making feeders for some of the birds and wildlife we have around the forest. Next term we are looking forward to cooking a little more on the fire and begin to use some different tools.
Now that we are all back together, we have learned to appreciate how much we enjoy P.E. lessons outdoors. This term we have been looking at different elements of circuits and how we stay fit and look after ourselves. It has been very fun. At the end of term, as a special activity, we have written instructions on how to make chocolate spring time nests. The best part was then using those instructions to make the nests, they tasted delicious!
Now that we are fully back together as a whole class we cannot believe how quickly 4 weeks has flown by. In Term 5 we are looking forward to learning about WW1 and remembrance in History, having a focus on measure in Maths and learning how to use new and different tools in the forest.
Chestnut’s News- Term 2
Wow! What a busy term this has been! Have a read and find out about some of our learning adventures this term…
In SPaG we have been learning lots of new concepts, including knowing what the four sentence types are and co-ordinating conjunctions. During writing lessons we have explored poetry this term, including writing our own Haiku and Kennings poems! Why not ask about the special rules that need to be followed when writing a Haiku? We have written persuasive letters to Santa and posted them so hopefully he will receive our letters very soon! We are finishing our writing this term with The Polar Express; we love this story and we will be using it to write our own versions of the story.
During Maths lessons we have been focusing on our understanding of the 4 operations. We have been adding and subtracting numbers within 100 and we are now beginning to divide and multiply using the ÷ and x signs. We have also learnt more about different types of money and finding change. Next term we will be beginning to learn about different types of graphs and collecting and interpreting data.
Our Geography learning this term has been excellent. We have been looking at the different oceans and continents of the world and the features of them. We have particularly enjoyed learning about human and physical Geography and demonstrated our understanding while walking to the post box earlier in the week; we could identify lots of human and physical aspects of Geography on our way. During Forest School lessons with Oak Class, we have been using tools! We have demonstrated our skills in sawing and drilling to complete Christmas decorations. We have also continued our learning on fire safety, cooking and safe den building. It has been cold, but really good fun!
As part of our R.E. and Art this term, we have enjoyed learning about the festival of Diwali and creating Diva Lamps out of clay and Rangoli Patterns to celebrate this special time of year. We also participated in a Diwali Dance workshop and created the story of Diwali with movements- it was great fun. In the last week of term we have lots of seasonal events to look forward to, including watching a pantomime in class, a class party, Christmas Dinner Day and a special Christmas Maths Problem Solving morning!
We cannot believe Term 2 is almost coming to an end and it will soon be Term 3! Next term our History Topic will be Significant Victorians, in particular Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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.
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.