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 4th February
This week the children have read "A Friend for Little Bear". This is all about a lonely little bear who lives on a desert island and needs a friend. The children have loved making their own shelter in the construction area out of cardboard boxes. They used a net to camouflage it and used torches inside to see. We have also worked hard to partition numbers and work on our understanding of conservation of numbers.
This week has also been Internet Safety Week. We talked about what the internet is and how it works. We made a web out of some ribbon to symbolise how the internet sends information. The children talked about their digital footprint and what apps and websites they had visited this week. In a special assembly on Friday afternoon, we had a live chat with Hanley Swan Primary School and we talked to them about what we had been learning about this week! It was fantastic!
Also on Friday we began to learn Peer To Peer Massage which is one of our schoolwide activities that we do after lunch. The children learn about good touch and respect. It is a fantastic way of encouraging the children to take ten minutes of calm and over the years that we have used this in school we have seen how much of a difference it makes to their concentration levels in the afternoons. The children have been taught specific techniques that they can perform on each other during these sessions, after asking permission. If you would like any additional information about this then please visit the link below:
Week Beginning 28th January
This week has seen the first snowfall of the year! The children loved going outside in the frosty air to spot how their breath froze! They also talked about how snow is formed and what happens when it gets warmer. The children finished off their work about the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and we did lots of practise with our number bonds to 10 and even up to 20.
Week Beginning 21st January
This week, we have looked at another Bear book called “Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?”. The children have thought about different verbs and adjectives to describe the animals that their bear could see. We also worked really hard with our number bonds to 10 and to 20.
Week beginning 14th January
This week, we have continued our theme of Bears with Michael Rosen's book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. On Monday the children enjoyed a trip to Forest School where they acted out the story and went on their very own bear hunt! Apparently there are plenty of bears in Forest School! We have also made our very own copy of the bear hunt story, creating our own obstacles to go under and over, as well as rewriting the ending. The children made their own front covers and were really proud of their work.
Week beginning 7th January
What a start to our Spring term! The children had a visit from Harnaam Kaur, a bearded lady, this week. Harnaam is a model, anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker. At the age of 12 she was diagnosed with a condition which causes the growth of excessive facial and body hair. Her experiences with bullying and discrimination growing up make her a very moving speaker on the subjects of body positivity and acceptance. The pupils found her very inspirational.
In Chestnut this week we have begun our new topic, ‘Bears’. The children have loved having their teddy bears in school with them. They have used them in their work, measured them, described them and talked to them about their learning. We will be learning all sorts of things about different bears this term; next week we will be starting off with Michael Rosen’s well-loved book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.
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.