Welcome to Chestnut's class page. I am Mrs Thomas and I am the class teacher in Chestnut Class. We are very lucky to also have the support of Mrs Johnson and Mrs Ormerod
We have a very exciting half term ahead!
We will be beginning our new topic 'By the seaside' and our enquiry question for this term is 'How has British summertime changed over the last 100 years?'
We will be covering many subjects throughout this topic:
History: The children will make distinctions between present and past by making comparisons between seasides in the local area. This will include identifying some similarities and differences between the ways of life in different periods of time. They will also learn about Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and they will plan and enjoy a street party based on historical events.
Science: The children will observe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. The children will also identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials. This will be done through our weekly forest school sessions. In addition, they will investigate how solid objects can be changed by squashing, bending and twisting.
Design and Technology: The children will investigate where food comes from and make links to their previous learning all about food groups. They will research traditional British desserts and be tasked with planning and making a dessert fit for a queen! They will think carefully about the cost of the ingredients and determine how much to sell them for. They will make further links to their Maths learning through measuring the mass of each ingredient.
Computing: The children will explore a variety of ways that information can be presented. These include E-books, fact files, quizzes and presentation software. They will apply this by collecting, organising and presenting data and information in digital content.
Art: Over the summer term, the children will explore a variety of techniques used to create portraits. They will focus on facial features and use different media to explore and sample before using their drawing and painting techniques to make a portrait of Queen Elizabeth.
PSHE: Children will consider their health and wellbeing this term and build upon this to learn about their growing and changing bodies from baby to old age. They will also explore their role in living in the community and the wider world. The children will consider media literacy and E-safety throughout.
The children will begin this half term learning about Jeannie Baker's story "The Window". They will be applying their grammatical skills to write s well-structed discussion using the word 'however' to contrast ideas about the events of the story. During grammar lessons, the children will read and write words that contain the suffix -ness, -ment, -ful and -less. The children will also use their grammatical knowledge to write an accurate extended story.
This term will begin with the children identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations including the number line. They will be learning about different ways we can measure and use the appropriate standard units to estimate and measure capacity, volume and length. The children will also be applying their taught maths skills to reasoning and problem-solving challenges. They will identify features of 3D shapes and collect and analyse statistical information using a bar chart or pictogram.
Notices for Parents:
Homework will be uploaded onto Seesaw on Fridays and is due to be completed for the following Thursday each week.
Maple Class have PE on Thursdays. Please ensure your child has a kit in school. This term the children have swimming so they will need their swimming kit on Mondays throughout the term.
Children are expected to read at home each night and reading books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please note that the children's reading records must be signed at least twice before their book is changed.