Chestnut

Welcome to Chestnut Class
 
Chestnut Class is home to the year 3 and 4 children, Miss Haile (class teacher), Mrs Tattersall (Teaching Assistant), Mrs Anderson (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Foster (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
CURRICULUM JIG-SAW for 2019-2020

This PDF document contains an overview of the topics to be taught this year. Please note, whilst we try our best to cover as many of the topics as possible sometimes other exciting opportunities crop up that we just can't resist and therefore some of the topics noted on this overview may not happen.

PE
 
Chestnut Class has PE on a Tuesday afternoon.

Please ensure PE kit is in school at the start of each term.

                                     PE Kit

  • Black shorts/track suit bottoms
  • T.Shirt in your house colour (red, green, blue, yellow)
  • Track suit jacket or jumper (for the cold days)
  • Trainers/daps which must remain in school

Earrings and watches MUST be REMOVED for all PE lessons.

READING
Reading is an essential life skill. At the same time as ensuring our children become confident readers we also encourage children to develop a love of reading.
 
We always have a class reading book. At the moment we are enjoying the Demon Dentist by David Walliams
 
Below is a list of phonics games to assist children in developing decoding skills as well as grammar and spelling support:
Phonics play - resources for parents and children
 
 
SPELLING
Children are given opportunities to practise their spellings during morning registration everyday. We encourage the use of the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. Spellings are tested Thursdays. Below are the year 3/4 and year 5/6 statutory spelling lists.
SPaG
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is an important part of the writing process. The children in Maple Class have daily SPaG lessons and at the end of KS2 they will be required to sit a SPaG SATs test. Below is a glossary of punctuation and grammatical terms that children need to understand:
MATHEMATICS
Mathematics, like reading and writing, is an integral part of our lives. We do not set weekly focused maths homework however, like reading, we do encourage daily practice (approx. 10mins) of mathematic skills, such as, learning/practising quick mental recall of times tables and the corresponding division facts, learning the days of the week and months of the year in order together with knowing how many days are in each month, learning measurement equivalents, etc. Please record in the reading record (in the notes section) when mathematic skills have been practised.
Below is a PDF containing the Mathematical Facts children need to learn and also an overview of the mathematics curriculum for each year group.
Hit the button - Great for practising times tables, division facts, numbers bonds and square numbers
HOMEWORK
This year we are continuing with our Take-Away Menu approach to homework. In addition to daily reading and maths practice, we would like you to spend time completing one activity from the menu per week. The menu is stuck in children's yellow homework book, however, should you misplace the menu find a replacement below:

KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS

We are introducing a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Each term, the children will bring home a document called a Knowledge Organiser. This document contains the essential knowledge that children will need to know as part of the different topics that they will be studying in class. 

We will be using the Knowledge Organisers in school as part of our lessons and it would be useful if the children could also spend some time looking at them at home.  Some of the activities within the children’s homework grids will be linked to the Knowledge Organisers in order to encourage the children to study them more closely. 

Internet Safety
 
This week we have been learning how to keep ourselves safe online. We had a visit from PC Darren Peters and PCSO Amber Jenkins to get more information. We thought about how we might feel if we saw something that made us feel uncomfortable and played Simon Says with actions that related to these feelings. We thought about how to keep ourselves safe, who we can talk to and trust and the importance of secure passwords.
Pointillism
 
Our art topic this term is - Can dots be powerful?
We art studying work by George Seurat. So far, we have used felt tips, cotton buds dipped in paint and computer software (Paint) to create pictures similar to George Seurat's work. 
Term 1
Guided Reading
 
In guided reading we have been focusing on using the text to retrieve information. We have been introduced to Rex Retriever who always reads the question first and hunts for the answer in the text. We have done lots of paired work to help us improve this skill.
Adverbs in English
 
We have been looking at adverbs to add to our sentences to show how an action is being carried out.
After thinking of many together, we decided on our favourites ones and created actions for them to help us remember them.
Golden Time
 
Every Friday we have golden time that we have to earn during the week for excellent behaviour and effort in class.
 
We choose the activities that we would like to do. We like to:
  • Use the laptops and tablets
  • Make models out of play dough
  • Use KNEX
  • Use props and take funny photographs
  • Draw and colour 
  • Use watercolours to paint
  • Play board games
Rock Steady
 
Some of the children in Chestnut Class take part in Rock Steady on a Thursday morning. 
 
We work as a team, whilst learning different instruments, to play songs of our choice. 
Young Voices 2019
 
Children in years 3,4,5 an 6 are currently practising ready to perform and the Genting Arena in January.
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