Chestnut Class [Year 2]
Welcome to Chestnut
Term 1 2018-2019 -
Term 2 2017-2018 -
Step Back in Time
Term 3 2017-2018 -
Term 4 2017-2018 -
Term 5 2017-2018 -
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Term 6 2017-2018 -
She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore!
Chestnut Class - Our
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!
Chestnut Class loved
recreating the Great Fire of London during
Forest School. We had a fantastic discussion
about why the houses burnt so quickly,
properties of materials and general fire
Chestnut Class Term 3
In Term 3 we welcomed
Miss Stead to the Chestnut Class team!
Miss Stead has implemented our new ‘Creative
Writing’ lessons in Chestnut class. Each
week the children are given a stimulus
(whether it be a video or an image) to
inspire them and have been exploring
different writing genres such as alternative
endings and character description. The
children have really enjoyed the freedom of
writing creatively… especially as the work
is only marked with a tickled pink pen!
Our Castle Quest Topic
began with the children exploring the
features of castles which proved useful for
their half term challenge of creating their
own castles. Thank you so much – their magic
has filled the classroom and spilled out
into the learning corridor.
The children have had
lots of fun making crowns for circle time
and role play to discuss what makes a ‘true’
prince or princess. They shared lots of
ideas about what make someone a good person.
They have also made
these beautiful crowns by layering colourful
tissue paper for a ‘stained glass’ effect –
they have really cheered up our windows!
The children drew and
described their own mythical creatures. They
then used these creatures to write
incredible stories, character descriptions
and instructional writing on how to catch
their creature! The work even influenced an
artistic afternoon making dragons for the
Our Castle Quest Topic
has been so enjoyable that we have decided
to carry it on into Term 4 with lots of
exciting things planned….watch this space!
End of Term 2 2017
Chestnut Class have
been busy this term learning how to draw and
record data in tally charts and pictograms.
They also enjoyed using the tools to make
their Christmas decorations.
Term 2 2017
We have had a busy
start to the new Term. During maths week,
Chestnut Class spent a morning busily
problem solving to find out who the ‘mystery
marshmallow muncher’ was. They had to apply
all their maths skills so far, including
their knowledge of place value and addition
In Forest School this
term, we are going to be practising our tool
work whilst beginning to make Christmas
decorations. It is never too early to start
Christmas preparations! Our first project:
whittling sticks to make a wooden Father
Christmas. Watch this space!
Chestnut Class are
enjoying learning about the Great Fire of
London. Thank you for all the amazing houses
created for the home learning challenge.
Pudding Lane is looking pretty impressive.
Term 1 2017
Chestnut class enjoyed
creating their harvest art pictures, which
were displayed in the Methodist Church
during our Harvest Festival.
In Forest, we loved
carving funny faces into the large apples
which had fallen on to the ground.
We have also been busy
learning how to collect and record data in
Chestnut Class have
settled into the routines of Year 2 really
quickly. They have been showing off their
maths skills and understanding of place
value using different resources.
We’ve also had fun in
the forest, getting wet and muddy and then
enjoying a delicious hot chocolate!
We also enjoyed
listening to poems written and read by James
In Forest this term,
we have made photo frames using sticks and
square lashing. We have created natural art
pictures to go inside. We have also
practised building and lighting mini fires.
To link with maths we have made tally charts
by collecting natural objects. We have taken
this back into class and answered questions
based on the information found in the
forest. To end the term, we whittled sticks
and made yummy s’mores they were delicious!
The children have
really enjoyed learning about Arctic animals
and have written some fantastic
non-chronological reports - we look forward
to sharing these with you at the next
parents’ evening. The children have also
enjoyed making penguin pompoms and pictures
with a moving sledge.
The children have come back from the
Christmas holiday refreshed and
ready to go. To begin our topic
Frozen Lands we took a trip to
Bristol Zoo. What a great way to
start the term! The children were
fantastic ambassadors, their
behaviour and manners were
excellent. We got to explore the zoo
and go on an expedition to the South
Pole during the Frozen Lands
Click on the image to see more
pictures of our trip!
Our Christmas Nativity this year was
called ‘Read All About It’, written by our
very own Miss Ashdown. Our play was a huge
success due to the children working so hard,
spending hours rehearsing. They learnt their
lines and delivered them superbly. A huge
thank you must go to Kate and Donna for all
their help with scenery and props. Also, to
Tom Courtier, for organising the sound and
lighting. We hope you all enjoyed the
With all the
excitement of Christmas, we have been
learning how to use tools safely in the
forest. This includes bow saws to cut wooden
medallions and hand drills to make holes,
which could have wool threaded through.
These created some fantastic hanging
We have also been
lucky enough to collect apples, use a real
apple press and make juice. We all enjoyed
sitting in the forest area to taste!
In forest, children
have enjoyed pond dipping and identifying
bugs and creatures found in that area. They
have also enjoyed putting up shelters and
learning to tie knots to secure them. The
children then added a few home comforts,
seating areas, log fires and even gave their
new homes a name. ‘Iggy’ was a strong
favourite and it was an absolute joy to be
given a guided tour followed by a sausage
sandwich for lunch (sticks wrapped in
Chestnut class have been fortunate
enough to venture to Norton Hill on
a Thursday afternoon for computer
science sessions with Mr Martin.
We started by learning how to log on
to our own workstations, then
thinking about the importance of
having a sequence and putting things
into the correct order. We then
started work, following
instructions, to build our own
robotic Rover. After they were
built, we could begin programming
the Rover so that he could go to
Mars and explore. The children had
great fun and it was incredibly
exciting when our Rovers started to
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Making bread on the
fire was a huge success. We had lots of
thumbs up for lemon curd as well as jam.
Most managed to go back for seconds!
After making and
filming using iPads, the children have been
busy back in class this week writing
instructions for making bread on the fire
and most have tried to include a few of our
top safety tips! Look out for these in
English books at parent's evening!
Welcome to Chestnut Class
The children from
Chestnut class have come back with great
enthusiasm and energy. I am looking forward
to an exciting and busy term ahead. The
children have settled in very well and
started the ground running with what is a
We are looking forward to Harvest and
creating art work using materials both
inside and out!
Next week the children in Chestnut will
become 'outdoor TV chefs', making bread on
the fire and recording their 'shows' using
As part of our topic, Magical Me, we will be
thinking about our hopes, dreams and
ambitions. We will be bottling our dreams
for our BFG inspired display.
Watch this space for updates and pictures.