Welcome to Chestnut Class 2019-2020

A warm welcome to all of the pupils and parents in Chestnut Class.  So much has happened already and we have started the term with a magnifcent trip to Slimbridge Wetland Centre to help underpin our learning linked with our school focus of 'Our World Other Worlds'. We have based all of our learning so far on a wonderful book written by Oliver Jeffers and have been making sour dough stars, writing postcards to a star and looking at where we are in the world.As a class we will be focussing on our local area, seasons, migration, where we are in the World and and we will be looking at our sky through different artists including Vincent van Gogh.

English: As well as daily phonics and weekly spellings on a Tuesday we will base all of our writing on our class book 'How to Catch a Star'. This will include writing a postcard, descriptions and writing instructions on how they would actually try and catch their own star. At the end the children after learning the story will write their own version in true Pie Corbett style. In their writing they will focussing on their handwriting, capital letters, full stops and making sure that their writing is clear and has finger spaces to separate each word.

Reading is a vital skill in life, both for pleasure and for understanding the world around us. Please remember to hear your child read five times per week for about 5-10 mins. It really does make a huge difference to their fluency, helps them to learn the meaning of new words and topics and gives you time to share quality time with your child. 

We will hear readers throughout the week and a guided reading group will take place in the class too. Library Friday has already started and the children love choosing a book from our large selection of lovely books we have. Once a book is chosen it will be signed out and when returned another  can be chosen the following week.

After half term a show and tell box will go home and if it is your child's turn then they will have the chance to talk to the class about what treasures they have placed in the box. This builds confidence when talking to others and it helps them with their speaking and listening skills too.

Maths: Throughout this term, we are making sure that the children are secure with both writing numbers in words and in digits, counting accurately both forwards and backwards, understanding place value using concrete objects and representations and being able to estimate where a number might sit on a number line, counting in 2s,5s, 10s and 3s. We will then move onto addition and subtraction. When learning this there will be games to help support their learning, songs, concrete objects, reasoning and problem solving activites so that these skills become secure.

On Fridays there will be Stops and maths passport.

Yr 1 children will have maths with Miss Mallon and yr2s will have maths with Mrs Bartlett and Miss Liddell.

RE will focus on Judaism.

Science will explore seasons and weather and how it is measured through a variety of experiments and activities.

On Tuesday afternoons Chestnut class will have P.E. so please make sure their PE kit is in school. Also, remember to label all clothes so that items don't get lost when changing. Children are not allowed to wear earrings, jewellery and if their hair is long please make sure it is tied back. This is for safety reasons.

Our topic umbrella is 'Our World Other Worlds' and from this we will underpin our learning in Geography, Art, DT and Music.

We have already started our Geography by exploring where Stone is in the UK and finding out which countries make up The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. By using maps, atlases and globes the children will be able to name the capital cities of the UK, where it is positioned in the UK,they will be exploring their local area and making maps using a simple key. 

In Art, we will be looking at mark making with thick and thin brushes and at colour looking at Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night painting which ties in nicely with our book choice of 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers and then to link with Vincent van Gogh  'Katy and the Starry Night' by James Mayhew, which shows the children his work through a story about a girl who wants a star of her own.

Music this term is about call and answer songs and learning a cannon.

Homework will be given out each Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

Thank you to all the parents who came to the parents meeting; it was lovely to see so many of you.

I think that is all for now apart from if you would like to help in any way such as hearing readers or helping out during trips please let us know and we can inform you of what to do next. 

Thank you.