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Chestnut Class [Year 2]

Welcome to Chestnut class.

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Term 1 2018-2019: Happy Families

Term 2 2018-2019: Let's Celebrate

Term 3 2018-2019: Toys

Term 4 2018-2019: Down at the Bottom of the Garden

Term 5 2018-2019: Destination Outer Space

Term 6 2018-2019: A Pirate's Life for Me!


Chestnut Class – Ahoy… and goodbye.

We started Term 6 with lots of excitement with a visit from pirate Captain Rocky Cliff! The children had great fun dressing up to learn the history of pirates and play some entertaining pirate games. Although… Miss Stead wasn’t impressed with being stuck in the stocks!

From this, Chestnut class have written some fantastic pirate descriptions, pirate adventure stories and a recount of their pirate day experience. We also enjoyed a treat at the end of a sunny afternoon playing pirate-themed games outside.

We spotted our first woodpecker of the year outside the classroom window this term. With Mrs Bruce, we watched it hop along our fence and we observed it pecking for food in the ground. The children decided the woodpecker had given them ‘Woodpecker Vibes’ …which made for a very happy, hardworking morning!

Our Sports Day gave us the great idea of running a ‘Chestnut Marathon’ to raise money for new books for the school’s new reading house. We walked, jogged and ran around the field for 15 minutes which averages 1 mile per child… most likely to be a combined achievement of a real 26-mile marathon – well done Chestnut class! Thank you for the huge generosity in sending in sponsorship money - we raised over £200!

On that positive note, I would like to say how proud I am of Chestnut Class. It has been an incredible year watching them all grow and being a part of their learning journey. Thank you for all the support from parents and carers this year too. I wish all the children lots of luck for September as they start in KS2.
Good bye! x


Chestnut Class ‘Marathon’

On Monday 1st July, Chestnut Class completed their sponsored run, raising money for new books for the school’s new reading house. We all completed circuits of the field during a 15 minute session. It is generally said that children cover at least 1 mile within that time through a mix of walking, jogging and running. Every single child who took part did incredibly well and with 24 of us taking part (plus Miss Stead and Mrs Leyman!) We definitely will have completed a marathon between us. Well done Chestnut Class and THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored - we raised over £200!


Chestnut Class - Challenges Complete!

What superstars we have in Chestnut Class! Year 2 completed their May Challenges this term – Miss Stead is bursting with pride at how hard they have worked. Well done!

We enjoyed celebrating the end of the challenges with an afternoon of fun activities and treats in the sunshine!

We had great fun practising our maths reasoning skills with a ‘Maths Hunt’ working well in pairs to find the hidden questions and answer them together.

Our Space topic for our Learning Journey has been an exciting adventure. We have designed our own solar systems to inspire descriptive writing, as well as making the real solar system whilst including planet facts following our lessons on Space.

With the summer weather on its way, we have enjoyed outdoor learning this term - particularly in Science. We have identified plants and trees, observed how plants grow, and worked scientifically when investigating thrust by observing Miss Baker’s film canister rockets!

We also had great fun during Forest making s’mores over the fire which led on to some fantastic instructional writing in English.


Chestnut Class - Happy Easter!

What an exciting term Chestnut Class have had! We kick started Term 4 with an Educational Visit to The Wild Place Project in Bristol. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We were given a fantastic session on nocturnal animals by the park keepers. The children played lots of games involving using senses other than sight to show them how nocturnal animals have a heightened sense of smell and hearing.

Book Week was a huge success. The children took part in lots of activities including a KS1 Where’s Wally Hunt and a Book Quiz on their favourite characters. The costumes on World Book Day were so imaginative - thank you to all our parents/carers for helping the children put so much effort in - Chestnut Class looked amazing!

We also enjoyed experimenting during British Science Week. The week was launched with a visit from Cassandra Wye who is a Science Storyteller. She gave us a very interactive session learning about the contrast of habitats on the moon and the earth which lead to discussions about what animals and humans need to survive. We carried out experiments during the week and particularly enjoyed using balloons propelled by pressure to deepen our understanding of the forces of push, pull and friction. The children learnt that the mechanical force that pushes a rocket or aircraft through the air is known as thrust.

The Chestnut Class team wish all our families a fantastic Easter holiday and look forward to seeing you all next term.


Chestnut Class Trip to Wild Place Project, Bristol.

On Thursday February 28th, Chestnut Class travelled to Wild Place Project, Bristol, linking to their learning about ‘Down At The Bottom Of The Garden.’ The children enjoyed exploring the woods; learning about different birds’ songs and playing Forest games that helped them understand more about how various animals use different senses. They answered clues about British woodland animals.
Later, the day became more exotic as they visited the giraffes, ventured near the wolves, sought out the cheetahs and walked amongst lemurs. The children were full of enthusiasm, questions and information and their behaviour was exemplary.

 

Chestnut Class - Happy 2019!

Chestnut Class blossomed over the Christmas holidays and have had a wonderful Term 3.

We started the term with the story of Dustbin Charlie and had an excitable week when Miss Stead found our very own ‘Tin Man’ in the builder’s skip! Chestnut Class worked extremely hard on writing persuasive letters to Mrs Bazeley to ask if Ronnie the Robot could have a job at Longvernal… we are awaiting a response!

The children have continued to apply their incredible maths skills every week and have progressed to multiplication and division, as well as revising their addition and subtraction skills learning about money.

In PE we have been combining gymnastics and dance in the theme of Toys.

Their ‘Learning Journey’ books are filling up beautifully with work on forces in Science, creating toys in D&T and PSHE work around friendship.

We also had a lovely RE session celebrating Chinese New Year with Hadley in the hot seat sharing his experiences of celebrating The Year of The Pig with his Chinese family. A huge thank you for his mum for sharing her beautiful art work with the class.

We have really enjoyed our new classroom so far – its so bright and spacious! We look forward to starting Term 4 in our new learning space.


Chestnut Class - Our Second Term

Chestnut Class have had a fantastic second term and have transformed into a confident and hard-working team.
The children have been applying their incredible maths skills every week and have progressed to addition with carrying and subtraction with exchanging – they have risen to the challenge of laying out their work just like Year 6!
We have been doing a lot work around traditional tales, in particular ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Chestnut Class proudly and confidently performed the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ (with actions!) in Celebration Assembly. We have not heard so much applause in a long time – the rest of the school were very impressed. WELL DONE CHESTNUT CLASS!

It’s been a lovely time in the lead up to Christmas. Miss Stead gifted the children with a named bauble which they decorated for our class Christmas tree. There were also some lovely treats from our old friend Little Mouse!

As well as writing our own versions of The Three Little pigs during English, we had the very important task of writing our letters to Santa. The children wrote lovely letters to tell him what they would like for Christmas and why they had been good this year … It sounds like many of Chestnut Class are very helpful at home making their own beds and doing the washing up! We took a walk to the post box together to send them to Reindeerland.
Our Nativity rehearsals have been a pleasure – the children were very focussed and learnt their lines quickly which meant we could do lots of practising. The Nativity itself was a huge success – thank you to everyone who came to watch and for supplying such wonderful costumes. The children worked extremely hard and we are all so proud of their performances.
Miss Stead wishes all the children and their families a very ‘Merry Christmas’ and looks forward to seeing the children again in 2019 ready to carry on the incredible hard work and fun in Chestnut Class!

We have really enjoyed our singing assemblies with Mrs Thomson and it was great fun walking down to Methodist Church in Midsomer Norton to perform our songs at the Harvest Festival.
It was made extra special by the display of Longvernal’s Harvest Art in the church. Chestnut Class collected lots of different leaves in Forest. We created our own ‘leaf animals’ which included rabbits, butterflies and even a chameleon!

We have received letters this term from ‘Little Mouse’, our shy new friend at Longvernal Primary who tells us he lives in the KS1 corridor. The children have really enjoyed finding and replying to his letters and telling him all about what they get up to after school! We haven’t caught sight of him yet (although some children are sure they have heard a squeaking behind Miss Stead’s desk!) but we are hoping to receive more letters next term…!


Chestnut Class - Our First Term

What a lovely first term we have had! Chestnut Class have really settled into Year 2.
We have continued to enjoy P.E sessions outside learning multi skills in throwing and catching which has developed into using tennis rackets and hockey sticks to control balls in different ways.
We have been learning about lifecycles in Topic, including the interesting life cycle of the butterfly. In English, we retold the story of The Cautious Caterpillar and enjoyed it so much that we went on to learn all about symmetry when creating our own butterflies for a display in school. We were amazed at the short video we watched about the Woolly Bear Caterpillar in the artic which takes 14 years to complete its lifecycle and change into a butterfly!

We have really enjoyed our singing assemblies with Mrs Thomson and it was great fun walking down to Methodist Church in Midsomer Norton to perform our songs at the Harvest Festival.
It was made extra special by the display of Longvernal’s Harvest Art in the church. Chestnut Class collected lots of different leaves in Forest. We created our own ‘leaf animals’ which included rabbits, butterflies and even a chameleon!

We have received letters this term from ‘Little Mouse’, our shy new friend at Longvernal Primary who tells us he lives in the KS1 corridor. The children have really enjoyed finding and replying to his letters and telling him all about what they get up to after school! We haven’t caught sight of him yet (although some children are sure they have heard a squeaking behind Miss Stead’s desk!) but we are hoping to receive more letters next term…!


Chestnut Class - Our First Week

What a lovely first week we have had! Chestnut Class have enjoyed circle time games outside with lots of ‘getting to know you’ team activities.
Our new Year 2’s have settled very quickly into their new classroom and new routines with Miss Stead.

Making the most of the good weather, we have enjoyed P.E. sessions outside learning multi skills in throwing and catching which ended in team games of King of the Castle. There is already a lovely team spirit in Chestnut Class so we very much enjoyed working together in improving our ball skills.

On their return to school, Chestnut Class were very happy to explore the Forest once again! During their first Forest session with Miss Leyman they played games of Leaf Snap and created their own forest areas using only resources from the nature around them. Their team work shone yet again!


               

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