Welcome to Chestnut Class
Hello! My name is Miss Pettman and I am the class teacher of Chestnut Class. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Slater, Miss Spencer, Mrs Omerod and Mrs Diwan working with us this year.
I hope you have all had a lovely break and are ready for a fantastic year ahead!
Our topic for the Autumn term is...
We have a very busy, fun and exciting term ahead of us!
To begin our topic, we will be thinking about what we already know about fire and what we want to know about the Great Fire of London. We will look closely at what it was like in the past and why the fire started. We will then explore the changes that came about as a result of the fire.
We will be linking ourScience learning with our topic, by investigating the properties of different materials. We will then use what we know, to think about why certain materials are used nowadays to build houses, instead of those in the past. Within the subject of geography, we will locate London on a map and identify its key physical and human features. To develop this further, we will also explore the worlds continents and oceans.
Alongside all our Science, Geography and History learning linked to our topic, we will be designing and making our very own houses to re-create the Great Fire of London street scene, in both our art and design and technology lessons! In art we will study the work of Stephen Wiltshire and use his observational drawings of London as inspiration for our own skyline paintings, which we will then enhance by creating fire tints and tones.
Amongst all the fun, we will be having a visit from the local fire service, firstly to discuss fire safety. They will then come back later in the term to help us start and extinguish our ‘Great Fire of Longshaw!’. We will also have a visit from Warburtons the bakers, where we will learn all about the different food groups and how to make bread.
This year in English, the children will be following a story telling approach, known as talk for writing, to develop their oracy, imagination and writing techniques.
To start this term, children will recap the features of explanation writing; they will then plan and write a detailed explanation, following our visit from Warburtons the bakers.
They will then read and perform a variety of stories with familiar settings, and use their work on descriptive writing to enhance the middle part of a story.
Next, the children will look closely at the features of diary entries, which will link to our topic work on the Great Fire of London. They will then plan and write their own well-structured diary entry, in the first person.
Later in the term, the children will perform and write a poem based on a fireworks theme.
Finally, they will read and enjoy a selection of traditional tales, and following this, plan and write their own version.
In Maths, the children will read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words. They will practise counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10, both forwards and backwards, and begin to show multiplication as repeated addition.
Whilst solving problems, they will apply what they already know and use pictures and objects to help them calculate. We will be encouraging the use of critical thinking and reasoning, whilst solving problems.
They will also identify, sort and describe 2D and 3D shapes and begin to tell the time to 5 minute intervals, in addition to half past and quarter times.
Finally, they will interpret and construct charts, tables and graphs and measure length and weight in standard units and apply this in practical activities.
Please ensure that your child's book bag is in school every day. Please read with your child every night and discuss what you have read. You do not need to read the whole book at once.
Homework is given out on a Friday and will reflect the work that the children have completed in class, it will then be collected in on the following Thursday.
If there is a problem or you have any questions about the homework, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to me about it.
The children will have 2 PE lessons a week, including a specialist FUNDA session. Please, please ensure all your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their full name.
Thank you for your continued support with your child's learning.
Miss Pettman :)