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Welcome to Chestnut Class

(Year 4 & 5)

             2021 - 2022 



Our create project for this term is called:

Let's Celebrate!

Our Key Concepts are: 

Pride, Loyalty & Service

This term's Arts-based project will be focused around the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We will be starting off by looking at Her Majesty's reign and creating timelines of the most significant events. We will also be looking at the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Commonwealth charter. In Art, we will be designing and printing our own stamps to mark this historic occasion.


At the end of term, we will be having a special, whole-school Jubilee Picnic. We will be designing and sewing our own bunting to hang up at this event. We will also be researching and making food items from around the Commonwealth to eat at the picnic. 


In English, we are enjoying reading our class book 'His Royal Hopeless' by Chloe Perrin.

This book tells the story of Robbie, the heir to the Sinistevil dynasty, the most evil and wicked dynasty in the world. Robbie is excited to embark on his bloodthirsty future by taking on the throne. However, Robbie is very different to the rest of his Royal family - is he too nice to be King of Waning? Will his mother allow him to pledge his heart to the sceptre? 

This book ties in well with our concepts of loyalty, service and pride. 

In Science this term, we will be exploring Earth and Space in Year 5. So far, we have looked at the Sun, Moon and Earth and we modelled how this looks in our Solar System in terms of the orbits. We then drew models of this in our Science books. 

In Year 4, we will be exploring Sound and then moving on to Electricity after half-term. 

This term, we are fortunate to have Music lessons with Mary (from Essex Music services). We have recapped on our knowledge of playing the recorder and have embarked on transferring our skills to play the toot (an instrument which is a cross between a recorder and a flute). 


This term our explore project is called: 

How Can We Plan For The Future?

Our Key Concepts are: 

Democracy, Reform & Growth

Our project this term is geography-based. We will begin by exploring the contrasting country of Cuba. Cuba is an archipelago with an interesting history. It is a communist state which is beginning to open up to the western world and welcome tourists. We will be comparing it with our own country and thinking about how we plan for the future of our town and Essex, including looking at local government planning and sustainable building design to take us into the future. 

Here is some of our Geography work so far from this term...


Our class text for this term is The Week at World's End by Emma Carroll. 

The story is set across a week in 1962. Stevie lives with her mum and sister in World's End Close. One day, she finds a stranger sleeping in her shed. She rushes to tell her best friend, Ray. Together, they embark on a journey to protect and look after this stranger. At the same time, the world is engrossed by the Cuban Missile Crisis and Stevie learns to use her voice for good...

We have been exploring what it would have been like to live in the 1960s. We researched this period of history and wrote non-chronological reports. 


This term in Science we are looking at living things and their habitats, including humans (Yr 5) and classification of plants and animals, plus teeth (Yr 4). 

So far in Year 4, we have looked at the life processes of living things and how to classify them. We have begun to create our own branching databases.

In Year 5, we have been looking at the reproductive parts of plants and how they reproduce. We have been looking at the advantages and disadvantages of different types of plant reproduction.  


This term our history-based project is called:

'Who Do You Think You Are?'

The key concepts we will be exploring further are: belonging, individuality and transformation. We will be discovering how our local area has transformed over time, from the time when the Romans conquered up to the present day. We will be thinking about the individual characteristics and features of our town and surrounding area. 


In English, our class book is 'The Night Bus Hero' by Onjali Q. Rauf. It is a story about a boy who is very naughty but wants to transform his life and become good. We have enjoyed reading about Hector and thinking about what we have found out about him so far. He often bullies other children at school, alongside two of his friends. We have been thinking about what bullying is and what we can all do to prevent it as well as what we can do if we are bullied. We have looked at a variety of anti-bullying posters to gain ideas to create our own to put up around school. 


In Science this term, we are investigating and exploring materials. In Year 4 we are looking at States of Matter, and in Year 5 we are looking at Properties and Changes of Materials. So far, we have enjoyed investigating soluble materials and looking at the properties of solids, liquids and gases.  

In R.E. this term, we are looking at Christianity and Hinduism and making comparisons between both faiths. So far, we have been exploring what 'faith' means, especially to Christians.