Chestnut Class

January 2018

November 2017

Chestnut class have had a very busy Autumn first half term. Our topic of ‘May the Force’ be with you, had us testing how fast our cars would go on different surfaces and we even came up with how to make a fair test ! This half term we are investigating the properties of magnets and the children have thought of questions they want to investigate.

In Maths, we developed our knowledge and understanding of the number system including place value and addition. We played lots of games and solved problems to help us build fluency in these areas. This half term, we are developing our skills in subtraction, length, height and weight.


In Literacy, we have explored various texts. Firstly, we looked at the picture book   ‘The Silver Serpent Cup’ by Johnan Emmett and work on creating an audio report. The children thoroughly enjoyed role plAying this story and commentating on the race. 

Next we enjoyed the story ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’ by Mo Willems. We investigated this picture book and the emotions of how the pigeon used persuasive language to try to drive the bus.

Finally, we are enjoying ‘Naughty Bus’ by Jan Oke and exploring calligrams from this story and creating our own adventure story practising our sentence building. We are linking this to designing a stop motion animation.

We are also planning on looking at Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake, Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham, Vintage Vehicles, non-fiction books about Victorians and a variety of Christmas stories (time permitting).


We have also had a very active half term. We really enjoyed our Dance sessions with Dawn and our katakanuing sessions at North Harbour were very exciting and developed our physical and teambuilding skills.

Our school value for the first half term was ‘Respect’. We are proud to say that other adults working and visiting in our class have commented how respectful the children are to each other. We have also had other opportunities to practise showing respect such as when the farm visited. The children were very kind and gentle with the animals.

This half term we are working on ‘Individuality’ and we have begun to look at what special qualities we have.

May 2017

With the Summer Term well underway and half-term fast approaching, Chestnut Class have been enjoying many activities to engage them and enhance their learning. In Maths, we have been using Beebots to help with our position and direction work:



In English, the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” has been very popular with the children. They have produced letters, found alternative names for colours, made crayon hats and laughed at the plight of Peach Crayon – just ask them!

This week is “Outdoor Week” and a full programme of activities has been planned, including Problem Solving (pictured), a Nature Treasure Hunt (also pictured), Orienteering, Pond Dipping and many more.




The School took delivery of 6 duck eggs last week – which duly hatched to the great excitement of the children. They are now “named and tamed,” and on a more active note, the large apparatus in P.E. is really being put through its’ paces by all the children.

April 2017

March 2017


February 2017


Chestnut & Ash Classes have really enjoyed their ‘Amazing Animals’ topic. They have created information books about their favourite animals, including researching facts and imagining a day in the life of their favourite animal. 

The children have grouped animals by thinking about their features and they have thought about what some animals need to survive, and possible threats to their environments. 

The children have created their own animal stories using computer animation and they have enjoyed acting out animal stories. 

A highlight of this topic has to be our visit to Marwell Wildlife. The children got up close to a range of wild and exotic animals including meerkats, snow leopards, geckos and tigers.


Chestnut Class - May 2016