Welcome to Chestnut Class
Chestnut Class is home to the year 3 and 4 children, Miss Haile (class teacher), Mrs Lyons (class teacher Tuesday afternoon), Miss Mace (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Foster (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
CURRICULUM JIG-SAW for 2018-19
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.
Chestnut Class has PE on a Tuesday afternoon.
Please ensure PE kit is in school at the start of each term.
- 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 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:
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.
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, 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
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:
Science - Plants
We have just started our unit on Plants. So far we have explored what the roots, leaves, stem and flower do and we are starting to look more closely at the female and male parts that make up the flower.
To start with, we looked at Botanist illustrations and created some observational drawings of lilies which we then painted using water colours.
Please click on the link below to see some examples of our work.
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.
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
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.
The Diamond Skulls learning 'Rocking around the Christmas tree' and 'Human' by Rag N Bone Man
Rock Tongue learning 'Shotgun' by George Ezra and 'Shut up and dance' with me by Walk the Moon
Young Voices 2019
Children in years 3,4,5 an 6 are currently practising ready to perform and the Genting Arena in January.
On Tuesday we welcomed members of St. Ethelbert's church to carry out Prayer Space with us. We considered the parable of The Good Shepherd and reflected upon its meaning to us.
In Chestnut Class, we have talked about the conditions within the trenches, what it would have been like to live through a war and what remembrance means to us. We created acrostic poems, used water colours for sunsets and used collage to create an image of a soldier at war. Also, we have been writing diary entries from a soldier's perspective.
Young Voices 2019
On 25th January the Young Voices choir performed at the Resort World Arena in Birmingham.
6,379 children joined together to sing a range of songs that they have been learning (as well as dance routines and actions) since September.
An enjoyable day was had by all!
In history we have been looking at the Egyptians. We have written about the mummification process which was very strange and disgusting! We decided to replicate the process...but don't worry, we used a tomato!
We had fun mummifying our tomatoes and weeks after they still hadn't gone mouldy!
First we washed our tomato.
Egyptians would have hooked out the brain through the nose - we plucked off the stalk!
Then we made a small incision.
And.. scooped the insides out. Some of us left part of the tomato inside to show how Egyptians would have left the heart inside.
Scooping out the insides - we loved this bit!
Filling the tomato with salt and bicarbonate of soda to dry it out.
Give it a good stir and add more salt!
Then we wrapped it carefully in a paper towel - the Egyptians would have wrapped the body in linen.
Then we buried our tomatoes in a salt bath.
We have been lucky enough to go to Gloucester to take part in GAMELAN lessons. Our first session was so exciting and we got to play instruments we had never seen before! At the moment, we are composing our own music back in school.
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