Welcome to Chestnut!
'The Chestnut tree is a symbol of justice, honesty and a happy future. '
Chestnut Class is made up of some of our Reception and Year One children. During the children's year with us we hope to provide exciting and fun opportunities to add to their learning journey through school where they develop the confidence to tackle new challenges ready for their future.
In Chestnut class the adults are Mrs Louisa Webster and Mrs Sue Hart.
Please come back and check this page regularly to see Class Letters and photos of the work we have been doing in the classroom.
Week Beginning 5th November
This week has been full of exciting things!
On Monday, it was Bonfire Night; we learned about Guy Fawkes and the reason we have bonfires and fireworks. We did some firework painting, described the way fireworks move in the sky and built models of the houses of parliament out of junk and wooden bricks.
On Wednesday, it was Diwali, the festival of light. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita which taught us why Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali. The children made Diva lamps out of clay, dressed in saris, created their own Rangoli and Mehndi patterns.
Also this week, we read the story called "Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish". This story is all about how we should care for our environment. On Friday morning we had a surprise from our class Fairy, Sparkle. She left us a letter which said that she had been on a litter pick around school with the Dinosaur! She left us an adventure door too in the hope that we might write her some adventure stories that she could go on herself. We also went around the school on another litter pick, to help the fairy and dinosaur clean up the school grounds. There was lots of litter - we sorted it out into different categories.
Week Beginning 22nd October
This week, we have been reading Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We wrote our own versions of the story and imagined what we might find up in the attic. We found magic castles, a secret door, a ghost amongst other things!
On Thursday, we dressed up for the Halloween disco - for some of us it was our first school disco - we had a great time!
On Friday, we got into the Halloween spirit again and decorated pumpkins. We used tools to scoop out and carve them. We also glued wax crayons to the pumpkin and melted the wax using a hairdryer. It made a beautiful rainbow of colours all down the pumpkin. Mrs Webster thought it was so beautiful that she has taken it home to put on her kitchen table!
Happy Halloween and Happy Half Term everyone! What a great first half term we have had!
Week Beginning 15th October
This week, the fairy in Ash class brought us all a REAL T-Rex dinosaur! The children in Ash class came to tell us that the box that he was delivered in had been ripped open and all of the classroom had been left in a mess. The dinosaur must have been on the loose somewhere! We decided to go on a dinosaur hunt to see if we could find any clues as to his whereabouts. The children found lots of evidence on the field. We checked our CCTV and we spotted him! He seems a very friendly dinosaur - he liked to play hopscotch and had a run around in the playground before setting off through our school gates. We also wrote him a letter and made him some biscuits to eat in case he was hungry. When we came in on Thursday, the biscuits had all gone and all that was left were a few crumbs!
Have you seen our dinosaur?
Key Stage 1 Trip to the University of Worcester
On Wednesday, Key Stage 1 went to UoW to participate in Storytelling Week. They heard a story about a magic porridge pot, we visited the Infirmary Museum and learned about the history of the University building. We also finished the day with a wonderful performance from Garlic Theatre of the Billy Goats Gruff. The children had a fantastic time and were retelling the stories all the way home!
Week beginning 8th October 2018
This week we have continued our work to do with Julia Donaldson's book "Stick Man". We have been measuring sticks, using sticks to make letters of the alphabet as well as writing some letters to Stick Man himself. The children have thought about how Stick Man might have felt after finally arriving back home after a long and tiring journey around the country while he was lost.
Autumn Term - October
Chestnut Class have started a new topic this week called "Detectives"!
We began our topic by spending the day in Forest School with the rest of KS1. We were Nature Detectives and we loved making pictures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and finding different leaves on the floor, admiring their beautiful autumn colours.