The start of Spring term has seen the beginning of a new project focus. This term we are looking at 'Protecting our Planet for the Future' with the key concepts of sustainability, responsibility and choice. The class have been busy completing map work locating the Equator, the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. We have discussed the tropical climate in this area and how that results in the growth of a 'Rainforest'. The class have studied the 4 different layers of the Rainforest and the animals that live there. We have linked our project to English by writing a poem about 'Deforestation' using language techniques such as 'onomatopoeia'. In art, we drew Orangutans as this is linked with our project work on 'Deforestation'. Alongside this we discussed how the use of 'Palm Oil' has affected the Population of Orangutans.
In English, we have a new class book 'Charlotte's Web'. We chose this book for it's link to our project work on the environment and because it features on our Class READING BINGO CHALLENGE which the children are very excited about!
In English, we have been using our drama techniques (Conscience Alley/Freeze Frames) to help with our understanding of our class book. We had a debate about whether Mr Arable should kill the runt (Wilbur) or not. Following this, the children were able to write diary entries from the perspective of Fern (the daughter of Mr Arable) who clearly didn't want any harm to come to the pig!
This term has seen our music specialist return, allowing the children to enhance their musical knowledge and skills playing the recorder.
In French this term, the children have been focusing on shape, colours, adjectives and prepositions. It's great to see the children really enjoying their lessons with our French specialist.
This term has seen the introduction of the PE 'Star of the Week'. The awards are weekly recognition of the children's work in their PE lessons across both Key Stages. The children's achievements are acknowledged in celebration assembly and then displayed on the PE noticeboard. The notice board also allows the children to see the forthcoming competitions; Inter-house (termly) and external sports fixtures.
Year 5 have been learning about Forces in Science. Today, we have looked at how different surfaces cause different levels of friction. We used force (Newton meters) to measure the amount of friction over the different surfaces.
In English, we have been using drama techniques such as hot-seating to help the children understand the feelings and motives of the characters from our class book Charlotte's Web. In this lesson, 'Fern' and 'Mr Zuckerman' were in the hot seat discussing their thoughts on the MIRACLE of Wilbur (pig) spinning webs.
Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Chestnut Class 2019-2020
When I arrived back after the summer holidays, it was great to see where Chestnut class had been during their break by reading their postcards.
To start the academic year, Chestnut class will be reading Phillip Pullman's The Firework makers Daughter. The children will be exploring their understanding of the book using a variety of writing genres and drama techniques.
Chestnut have already used their French knowledge by writing greetings and explaining where they live.
Year 5 enjoying a Growth Mindset lesson with Mike Mullens from the BMX Accademy
Autumn Half Term 2 - Chestnut class had the opportunity of showcasing all of their hard work so far this year with their Class assembly. The class used the format of 'Who wants to be a millionaire'. The class showed the school what a fantastic group of young people they really are - well done everyone!
This half term saw the introduction of our class 'BOOK BINGO'. The children have been encouraged to win a range of prizes by completing the reading challenge. All of the books listed are age appropriate and allows the children to widen their experience of different authors. Good luck everyone!
A number of children from Chestnut class took part in the school inter-house curling competition after school. It was a brilliant first experience of playing the sport for some. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time. It was the members of the blue team that eventually won!
The whole of Key Stage 2 went to London to visit the British Muesum. The purpose of the trip was to enhance their knowledge of the Egyptians. The children got to experience the artefacts in the flesh! They were also lucky to experience a workshop all about mummification which was very informative.
Year 3 and 4 students from Chestnut class represented the school in the Stanway and Tiptree football competition. The school was really proud of how the boys played. The boys managed to finish 2nd in their group. A great achievement - Well done!
In Chestnut class this half term, we have been using a number of drama techniques to help the children understand our class book 'The Firework-Makers Daughter'. The children have used hot-seating, conscience alley and play scripts to allow them to further their learning.
The children have continued to broaden their knowledge of our key concepts; wealth, influence and power. They have exposed to using different genres of writing; diary entries,informal letters, story writing, play scripts and sets of instructions.