Summer 1: Dinosaur Planet
We have had great fun this term finding out all about dinosaurs and the people who discovered them (Mary Anning) and work to find out more about them (palaeontologists) - we actually met a real one: Chris Jarvis from Oxford Natural History Museum.
We worked together using all this knowledge to make our own dinosaur models and fact files to create an amazing 'Dinosaur Museum' for our parents and siblings to visit. We made sure that there was plenty of space and all the windows and doors were open of course - our museum needed to be Covid safe!
Welcome back Chestnut Class!
Our topic this term is Rio Da Vida!
Look out for our curriculum information letter.
We are starting our term by exploring our wonderful world by reading 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers.
Dear Chestnut parents,
As you will no doubt be aware, today (Friday 20th March) is the last day school will remain open for most children for the foreseeable future. We have been discussing contingency plans as a staff for some time, and plan to set learning activities for the children during the days and weeks ahead that would have been normal days in school. These will be emailed at 9 each day, and, where possible, should be returned back to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 3 each day. I understand that each family's situation will be different, and that some households may be limited in terms of what they can offer their children while the adults still work from home; however, we felt that we wanted to offer what we could in these unprecedented times.
The government has recently expanded on what it means by 'key workers' and 'vulnerable children', and this is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision. If you feel that you work as a key worker, and you intend to keep your child at school, you must let the school know by 11am today. As far as we understand from the government's guidance, no children in Chestnut class meet the conditions for 'vulnerable children', but if you feel differently, please speak to Mr John by 11am today.
As things stand, I intend to be available via email between 9 and 12, and 1 and 3 each week day; however, things are changing daily and this may not be tenable if teachers are are expected to work in different ways over the coming weeks. I will keep you updated where possible.
I personally feel very sad that this is happening, but understand fully why it should be the case. I hope that everyone keeps safe, happy and healthy over the coming weeks.
Dear Chestnut parents,
Welcome back! I hope you all had a good half term. I’m writing to let you know that our new topic will be focusing on North America, in particular the Caribbean. We will also have a look at Christopher Columbus and how he compares to Neil Armstrong as an explorer.
This term has a whole lot of different events going on – the trip to We The Curious is coming up quickly, on Wednesday 13th. Thank you to all those who offered help, we have got the right number of helpers now. Parents’ evening will be on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th November, with sign-up sheets available immediately before and after school in the staff room. Reminders for other events will be sent out closer to the time.
There is no forest school at all this term for either year group.PE will be on Wednesday and Thursday, and Year 2s will continue swimming on a Thursday morning.
Amazingly, we’ll begin practising the Christmas play pretty much immediately – this year’s selection is “Lights, Camel, Action!”. Typically, Year 3s get the biggest roles, followed by Year 2s and then Year 1 taking more of a supporting role.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Here’s to a good festive term!
Recommended Books for Chestnut Class.
If you are wondering what books your child could read asan extension to their school practise reader then take a look at The Scottish Book Trust website.
This site gives age appropriate book recommendations as well as book suggestions for particular interests.
For example: Chapter books for emerging readers, books for animal lovers, books about trains, friendship , other cultures and many more