Autumn Term 2021-2022 - Welcome To Chestnut Class

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 Cam Peak and Longdown to help underpin our learning linked with our school focus of 'World War II and Oral Story Telling'. We have based all of our non fiction learning so far on traditional tales, local myths and how to tell a story to hook the listener in. We have also looked at instructional writing based on helping to save bees. Our approach has been creative and they have designed and made, learned the text so that the stimuli and skills have been embedded before writing their own piece of fiction or set of instructions.

As a class we have been focussing on our local area, seasons, where we are in the World and how their daily lives compare to the lives of a child during the War. The children have been looking at the artist Lowry and they have taken a pre war painting he did and recreated their own Lowry of the local area with water colours and then turned these into Fuzzy Felt Pictures. (A toy invented in America during WWII.)

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

I think that is all for now but do have a look so that you can see all of the lovely activities that we are getting up to. Also don't forget to use SeeSaw as this is where you will find homework and any activities to do.

Thank you for all of your support.


Reading is a vital skill in life, both for pleasure and for understanding the world around us. Our class book is, 'Where Dragons Fly' by Hannah Sparks. The children look forward to hearing this story read to them daily and they can see how text comes to life through voices, expression and flow. 

As well as daily phonics and weekly spellings on a Monday/Tuesday we will base all of our writing on rich texts chosen to give the children the opportunity to hear, read and ask questions about stimulating writing and to be inspired to write in a similar style.  At the end the children after learning the story will write their own version of the text 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.

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.


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 Baker and Ms Liddell.

Our Topic Umbrella

Our topic umbrella is 'WWII' and from this we will underpin our learning in Geography, HistoryArt, 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. Our trip to Cam Peak and Cam Longdown brought the locality to life and it gave the children an idea of the birds eye view. 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 and they will also be exploring their local area and making maps using a simple key. 

Our History is already underway and we have been listening to people in their 90s about their lives during the war when they were about 8 and 9 years old. The children have compared housing, toys and food with today. 

Music this term is all about long and short sounds and they will have the wonderful opportunity to learn about this with a trumpeter focussing on marching music. They will use their voices and use the musical instruments to produce various musical pieces.

Already in PSHE this term Chestnut class has focussed on friendship and what makes a good friend and how to be a good friend and they will now learn and celebrate difference. 

Over the next few weeks in RE the focus will shift to the question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' This is all to do with incarnation and the birth of Christ. This will taught using a variety of creative activities and drama.

In DT during the second half term the children will be focussing on textiles.





Our Topic Umbrella Cont'd

ICT this half term will be looking at a famous person during the war, Alan Turing and the first computer and pupils will have the chance to programme using a machine which uses levers and marbles.

Science will explore seasonal changes and then forces. This will take place through a variety of experiments and activities.

In Art, we will be looking at mark making with thick and thin brushes and at colour looking at Lowry's work 'A Market Placew Berwick on Tweed' which ties in nicely with our topic on WWII and what kind of toys children played with during this time. The children have produced their own scene in the style of Lowry and then made their own Fuzzy Felt picture in this style which links nicely to History and DT.

This term in PE we will be focussing assending and receiving skills and target games. It is all about accuracy when throwing and catching and learning the skills required to do this. 

On Thursday 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. Please remember that for their safety they are not allowed to wear earrings or jewellery during lessons and if their hair is long please make sure it is tied back.