Welcome to Chestnut Class

Class Teacher:   Miss L. Taylor

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Butt , Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Gibson 

 

Year 1 and 2

Hello and Welcome to Chestnut Class!

 

 

This term our topic focus is ‘Out and About’!

During Literacy this term we will be looking at and writing stories about journeys. Our first story is called ‘Bramble, Cat and Heron’. We will be learning the story through ‘Talk for Writing’ putting actions to the words and then adapting the story to write our own versions. For non-fiction writing, we will be looking closely at how to write instructions and explanations. In Maths we will continue using Numicon to develop our mathematical understanding and using this to solve multiplication and division problems. We will also be looking at the properties of 3D shapes as well capacity and weight.

Our topic will have a focus on Science and Geography. We will be comparing farms and woodlands to learn about living things in these areas and how the animals survive in their habitats. Our ‘Out and About’ topic will also lead into our Artwork this term, where we will be looking at work by Andy Goldsworthy to create our own nature inspired artwork.

For more details of what we will be looking at this term please see the attached curriculum map for Chestnut Class then ‘Year B Term 3’.

The children will continue to be given a Maths or Literacy homework task each week which is handed in on Wednesdays and a list of spellings to practice at home which are tested on Fridays. We also expect every child to read at home, any children that read 15 times or more in 3 weeks receive a certificate from Mrs Obank in assembly.

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Spring 1- Up, up and away!

 

During this half term in their literacy lessons, the children will be learning how write super stories, and will write information texts about both imaginary and real creatures.  We will also start to learn how to write a riddle.  In maths, we will be working on place value, and understanding what each digit in a 2-digit number stands for.  We will use number bonds to 10 and 20, and will use these to help us add and subtract.  We will look at 2D and 3D shapes and use mathematical language to describe these. 

 

Relating to our topic of ‘Up, Up and Away’ we will base much of our learning around kites.  As designers we will be looking at kites and exploring out how they work and evaluate the best ones. We will then use our knowledge of materials from our science explorations to design and make a kite that can fly. This will mean using tools and techniques to carefully build our kites in groups. We will then evaluate our kites by testing them.  As scientists we will be learning about different materials. We will be able to distinguish between objects and the material it was made from and name everyday materials and describe their physical properties. We will investigate the suitability of materials through different experiments.  As artists we will be looking at colour and patterns. We will explore how colour and pattern is used in our lives. We will use different media to create different patterns on different materials, before choosing on colours and patterns to decorate our kites. As Geographers we will be looking at the area around our homes and school. We will look at maps and aerial pictures to identify different features such as high/low ground and use this to identify the best place to test our kites we are making in DT. As part of this work we will need to study the weather patterns and seasonal changes to ensure our kites will withstand the British weather!

 

As Musicians we will be using our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. This will be through the topics ‘In the Groove’ and ‘Rhythm in the way we walk’. We will explore different types of music and look at how rhyme and rhythm work together.  In PE we will develop our coordination and ball skills by throwing and catching accurately. This will then develop into participating in team games. In Gymnastics and dance we will focus on our coordination and movement.  In computing we will be painters and develop our creativity by illustrating an ebook.  After half term we will become collectors and will use computer networks to find images using the web. In RE we will be focusing on special symbols and objects in the home and the community. In the second half of the term we will learn the Easter story.

 

Year 1 will be continuing their forest school education with Mrs Goddard each Friday morning, weather allowing.  These sessions will be conducted on the school site.  After February half term, Year 2 will join in with forest school, and some sessions will be off-site, with the children being transported in the mini-bus. 

 

The children will continue to have weekly spellings to learn.  Each Monday, a new spelling list will be glued into the children’s spelling books, and the spellings will be tested the following Monday.  Anyone who manages to spell all their words correctly for three weeks running will also receive a certificate during our celebration assembly from Mrs Obank.  Also, the children will have one short piece of either maths or literacy homework each week.  Again, this will be handed out each Monday, and is due to be returned the following Monday.  Finally, please ensure that your children are reading to an adult every day, and that the reading diaries are signed.

 

 

Autumn Term 1 - Getting to know you

Well, what a busy and exciting half term lies ahead of us!

During this half term in their literacy lessons, the children will be learning how to use their senses to describe things around them.  They will write captions, short sentences and poetry to describe the weather.  Also, the children will be writing a recount of a walk around the outside areas of the school.  In their maths lessons, the children will be developing their number skills, counting forwards and backwards, ordering sets of numbers, and doubling and halving.  Also they will be investigating the properties of shapes. 

Our history lessons will focus on changes within living memory, and the children will be thinking about how they have changed since being a baby.  In RE, we will be studying the Christian values of forgiveness and truthfulness.  We will also be learning about special places, both at home and in the community.  As musicians, the children will learn about different aspects of music, such as rhythm and pitch, through the song ‘Hey You!’  In our art lessons, we will be creating self-portraits, while developing our sketching skills and pencil control.  We will use our design skills to then construct 3D models of ourselves.  As scientists, we will be learning about our bodies, including naming parts of our bodies and knowing about the different senses.  In our ICT lessons, we will be learning about e-safety, and then developing our programming skills by learning to use programmable toys.  Finally, in PE the children will be developing their throwing and catching skills, and in gymnastics they will be working on balance and movement patterns. 

Year 1 will be continuing their forest school education with Mrs Goddard each Friday morning.  These sessions will be conducted on the school site.  After Christmas, Year 2 will join in with forest school, and some sessions will be off-site, with the children being transported in the mini-bus. 

The children will have weekly spellings to learn.  Each Monday, a new spelling list will be glued into the children’s spelling books, and the spellings will be tested the following Monday.  Anyone who manages to spell all their words correctly for three weeks running will also receive a certificate during our celebration assembly from Mrs Obank.  Also, the children will have one short piece of either maths or literacy homework each week.  Again, this will be handed out each Monday, and is due to be returned the following Monday.  Finally, please ensure that your children are reading to an adult every day, and that the reading diaries are signed.  

 

Summer Term 2 

What an exciting term lies ahead!

During this half term pupils in Chestnut class will be following the numeracy and literacy programmes of study including work on speaking and listening. The literacy units will include writing about a real person and event (Grace Darling), writing character descriptions, invitations and stories based on pirates. The numeracy units will include time, measures, plans and grids, real life money problems involving addition and subtraction and data handling.

Our topic is all about water. We will be exploring how plants use water (transpiration) and will try to understand what happens to puddles (evaporation), recording what we find out. We will look at seaside holidays in the past finding out how people travelled to their holiday destinations and how they entertained themselves when away from home. We will also explore how people travel today, why holiday locations are so far away and talk about the things we like to do on holiday. We will do some simple map work labelling maps and identifying where we live.

ICT will be used in all curriculum areas to enhance and develop learning.

Pupils will also undertake work from the school schemes on Music, Art, Design and Technology and Physical Education.

In RE the children will be exploring the natural world and how people celebrate it.

We will continue to make regular visits to the woodland site and hope to have a ‘pirate’ day towards the end of term.

Please encourage your child to read or share a book with you or other responsible adult for between ten and fifteen minutes each night and then sign and comment in your child’s diary. As in previous terms all pupils will be expected to learn weekly spellings.

From time to time children may be given small assignments to complete related to their work. Pupils should be encouraged to talk about the work with an adult and to complete the task with some support.

Click here to view the Overview of Learning Summer 3:2 for parents

 

Summer Term 1 

Water

As spring gives way to summer the children will embark on a water based theme finding out about where water comes from and what we use it for. We will be reading The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch, thinking about the seaside and what seaside holidays were like in the past

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Spring Term 2

Farming

As the weather warms up we will start looking at different places. The children will have an introduction to maps and map making, they will talk about places they have been to and find out about what other places are like. We will be visiting a farm to find out about the animals that might be there and will hopefully have eggs that may hatch into chicks in the classroom!

 

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Spring Term 1

The Great Fire of London

We start the New Year exploring a historical theme about The Great Fire of London.  We will be finding out about the significant events that led up to the fire, the writings of Samuel Pepys and the consequent rebuilding of the area  destroyed by the fire including the building of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Autumn Term 2

Celebrations

As we enter the second phase of the term the children will explore some of the prominent autumn festivals including Diwali, Guy Fawkes, Advent and of course Christmas! The children will find out about light and dark and will reflect on the significance of light during celebrations. We will also start preparing for the Christmas season by practising the KS1 play and learning Christmas carols. During this time the class will be attending an Advent and Christmas workshop at Chelmsford Cathedral.

 

 

 

Autumn Term 1

Growth

We start our new school year thinking about ourselves. The children will start by thinking about who they are, who is in their family and who their friends are. The children will explore how they have changed as they have grown and will be able to make a timeline and talk about the things they can do now compared to when they were a baby. The children will also find out about the stages of and conditions for plants to grow. During Literacy the class will also complete work about The Enormous Turnip exploring characters and settings.

 

 

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