This week the children have completed a 'Big Write' where they showed off their English skills and wrote their own adventure story. The class enjoyed being the 'author' and complimented their work with some great illustrations.
Maths work this week has included practising addition and subtraction strategies using practical equipment to help with calculations.
In Science the children used what they knew about the properties of materials to create a collage. It was lovely to see the class enjoying some cutting and sticking whilst talking like a scientist telling me what they knew!
I hope you all have a lovely Easter
We have continued to enjoy the Room on the Broom as the text in English this week. The children have immersed themselves in the characters and have acted out how they may have responded to events. They have started to think about their own stories which we will be writing next week.
We have rearranged the reading corner and the children having been enjoying rediscovering some of our books which they have come to share with the class.
In Maths this week we have been consolidating knowledge of addition. Children have used their skills to answer problems including some more complicated word problems.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend
It has been a busy week in Chestnut Class this week. In English we started our new book “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson. We have created a story map to help learn the first part of the text by heart. The children enjoyed a drama activity where they became the characters; adding some great actions and sound effects which they then performed to the class.
In Maths we have continued to concentrate on measure. This week we have been learning about capacity. Miss Heffer led a fun practical investigation outside with water and lots of different sized containers.
In Science we have been looking at materials. Children have been learning about different materials around the classroom, identifying key properties and reasons chosen for use. We also watched a video about clay and how teapots are made!
Friday was Red Nose Day. The children started with cross country running and everyone completed a mile which was a great way to start the day.
The children have come back to school with a positive attitude towards learning which is fantastic and it’s been lovely to see such enthusiasm.
Well done Chestnut Class!
We have had a busy time in our first week back at school. We have felt very welcomed by Chestnut Class who have helped us the daily routines, shown us what they can do and have generally been brilliant! This week in Maths we have been looking at weight and mass. Children have been using balance scales to say what object is heavier/lighter and weigh objects using cubes.
In English we have been looking at poetry. We have learned ‘The Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan; changing some of the nonsense words to make it our own. I have been so impressed with the children when they have stood up in front of the class to recite their poems.
Mrs Doyle and Mrs Denney
The children have worked tirelessly to maintain the learning throughout the lockdown. I have been so impressed by how you have all engaged and have persevered even when you were all missing us. You managed to work out the technology and I have loved seeing the creative way in which you have tackled the tasks.
Ernest Shackleton provided a recipe for Bannocks. This week as 'Young Explorers' many of the children tried this recipe out, although I am not sure Ernest and his team would have eaten it with a curry!
The fact files have been wonderful! Choosing one of the many animals that survive and thrive in these extreme conditions and presenting this information in so many wonderfully creative ways – super work!
In Science the children have also been experimenting with ice and seeing what happens when icy water is poured over ice cubes! Interesting results and very impressive presentations on live videos from budding science reporters!
Maths this week was all about measuring and I see that your brothers and sisters have been able to help you out.
World Book Day was amazing! Keep up the reading (lots more pics on the School News).
Getting ready to return
You are no doubt feeling a little anxious or a little apprehensive but I hope relieved that we are soon to return to school. The children will be continuing their hand washing routines and will be reminded at all times of the importance of hygiene. Hand sanitiser will be applied every time we enter and exit the room. We will continue to work in our safe class bubbles and will dine in the hall but suitably distanced from Oak and Beech classes.
Please do bring a pencil case which includes a good quality long HB pencil and pencil sharpener, an easer and rule. It would be helpful to have a pair of scissors and some pencil crayons too. A water bottle filled with only water (another drink for lunch time is allowed) is essential to keep hydrated.
All the rooms are well ventilated and so the children will need extra layers underneath their school uniform.
Arrival 8:45 Departure 3:20
Please come alone to collect and identify yourself by stepping forward when collecting.
We are really looking forward to seeing the children again and will be making sure they all settle down with Mrs Doyle, Mrs Denney and of course Miss Heffer and Mrs Mathews.
Thank you and have a great weekend with your family. I am sure the little siblings are really going to miss the older ones. Hopefully, you will be free to get on with your work uninterrupted.
We have continued to work really hard in Chestnut Class and wish Mrs Budiman all the very best as she recovers. Those children who attend the CWC are very busy under the guidance of Miss Heffer and Mrs Mathews and are being very industrious throughout the busy day. Equally at home the work posted is completed daily and the portfolios are truly bulging with top quality and very creative photos of the results of all the tasks set. You are all taking full advantage of living in glorious Devon with the added sunshine this week. I am super impressed with the dedication and attitude shown by all the children who are trying their best to keep up with the learning in Mrs Budiman's absence. Well done.
Lots of work on measurement this week and a superb Science experiment. Don't forget to SHARE A STORY on World Book Day and dress up if you can find a favourite story character. You will need a toilet/kitchen roll cardboard tube to get creating too! Good luck.
We have one more week until we can all return. Do try on your uniform and pack your pencil case! We can't wait to see you all and I will be posting a link for you to join me for registration daily at 9:15. It would be lovely to see and hear from you.
Well done Chestnut Class.
We are all missing Mrs Budiman but I have to say how marvellously well you have all coped giving Miss Heffer a chance to share her talents! The class have been very busy with a morning packed with phonics, writing, reading and maths learning. The afternoon sessions are a little more relaxed now and have opened up the opportunities to be more creative. We had to design a special 'Thinking Cap' and had to try to make a catapult that actually fired and had the challenge of designing a working marble run!
I am pleased to see the many, many ways that you are making the home learning fit in with your own home circumstances. I was so pleased to hear how, despite the lockdown restrictions, the children are caring for the environment, for their mental and physical health and of course not to forget Valentine's Day!
Wishing you all a well deserved restful half-term break.
Thank you to Miss Heffer, Mrs Nuthall, Mrs Mathews and Mrs Cassels.
Wishing mrs Budiman a speedy recovery.
Lockdown Week 5
The children in Chestnut Class are working so very hard. They have continued to complete their daily phonics and they have read an impressive amount of books accessing the Oxford Reading Owl library. See below for the link as we know you are missing the real books.
The work in Science continues as the children develop their understanding of Materials. The portfolios are full of work as the children found examples of all the materials in their homes. This was then followed up by research into Biographies, in particular looking at the work of the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This famous engineer built the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge. Have you ever been there? The children produced some amazing artwork looking very carefully at the detail. This engineer became the focus of the history lessons this week as the children tracked his marvellous achievements.
On Friday the children finished their week's work thinking about Children's Mental Health by 'Dressing to Express' themselves. It was a delight to be able to see the creative ways they wanted to express themselves at school and at home. Well done everybody and keep up the great work at home.
Chestnut children had a great week working hard to complete their stories based on Boa's Bad Birthday. We saw some great stories with innovative ideas and excellent technical detail. I was very proud of how hard the children worked on this.
In Maths we are looking at place value to 50 - consolidating counting backwards and forwards to 50 as well as thinking about what each number means in terms of place value.
In our wider curriculum we have been working on our skills in computing. The children have explored a variety of 'Paint' programs learning how to use various tools to create and save their own pictures. They have also used this to add text to their portrait.
I was pleased to hear about all the Chestnut's achievement's in our Show 'n' Tell class assembly on Friday and those in the CWV class performed their own dance routine to 'Fight Song'.
Chestnut class has been working hard this week on our Literacy learning to write the beginning and end of stories. Next week will complete this work with a Big Write, writing our own story in the style of 'Boa's Bad Birthday'.
We continue to work on our maths, developing our addition and subtraction within 20. We have also been working on counting in 10's through song and games.
In the wider curriculum we have focused on Art and Design and developing seascapes through line, texture and collage as well as developing our knowledge of colour mixing with paints.
As ever we enjoyed our PE session with the Saints which saw the children developing their core strength and ball skills.
Children have also responded marvellously to the Science challenge I set earlier in the week by both designing and building their own floating pirate ships out of recycled material.