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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young Voices 2019
Children in years 3,4,5 an 6 are currently practising ready to perform and the Genting Arena in January.
In R.E. we have focused on the question - What can Christians learn from the creation story.
We have looked carefully at the creation story and discussed how Christians can look after our world better. We made leaflets to give people ideas about what they can do. Our ideas included:
Recycle, reduce and reuse
Sharing cars or taking the bus to reduce pollution
Stop littering to protect the wildlife
The effects of deforestation and how we should plant trees to replace the ones we cut down.
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To continue our unit on Pointillism we continued to look at the world of George Seurat. We found out that he didn't always mix colours in order to make new ones. He relied on our intelligent eyes to mix the colours together. E.g. Green - we would rely on our eyes to mix small blue and yellow dots together to form the colour green.
We had a go at using primary colours to create secondary colours in this way. We also then worked together to produce one of George Seurat's famous paintings 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte'
Hit the Button
At the start of every maths lesson we practise our times tables during a 5 minute challenge. We all have our own targets because we are working on different times tables. In the afternoon we rotate in groups to work on the laptop. In pairs, we use hit the button to help us become faster at recalling multiplication facts.
In maths we have been looking at area and perimeter. At the end of our work on perimeter we designed out own theme parks and measure the perimeter of the whole park, the paths and our rides.
To help us remember the different between area and perimeter we thought about actions that we could use.
For perimeter, we draw the outline of a shape to show that we need to calculate the outside of the shape, either by counting the squares or adding the numbers together.
For area, we create an 'X' with our arms across our body. This is to remind us that the area is the inside of the shape. By forming an 'X' it also reminds us to multiply the numbers if there aren't any squares to count.
In French we have been learning numbers 1-10. We played a game in class where our teacher would call out a number in French and we needed to group ourselves into that number. We have also been playing bingo.
For harvest we looked at how a range of fruits and vegetables are harvested. We wrote acrostic poems and used pastels for some artwork. The artwork formed the background for our poems when we read them in church during the Harvest Service.