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Chestnut Year 5

Welcome to Chestnut Class 2020-2021



Welcome to our class page. Over the year, we will use this page to capture snapshots of our learning, progress and experiences - so keep checking in for updates! If you ever have any questions or would like to learn more, please get in touch with our class team (Mrs Ash, Mrs Atkins, Mrs Ramira) who would be very happy to help.


Updates - our PE days for this term will be on Wednesday and Friday. Please can children come dressed in their PE kits for these days (please see our Parents Information Document for further details on PE kit) - PE will start from Monday 7th September.

Term 1 - Take One Picture Project

Rousseau Fact file
Blending and shading to match colours
Creating texture with the oil pastels
Josie's finished leaf
Maisie's finished leaf
Mia's finished leaf
Adding colour to our enormous tiger sketch
Tiger Quiz
Tiger sketch using key shapes
'Fleshing out' our initial shapes
Adding details and features
Our finished rainforest - complete with tiger!

Chestnut class have settled in brilliantly and we have thrown ourselves into our Take One Picture Project with wonderful enthusiasm and creativity. We have been exploring Rousseau’s painting ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!)’ and have worked very hard to accumulate a huge amount of learning in such a short time.


During the week, we investigated the life of Rousseau and we used our research to create eye-catching information pages. Later, we applied our retrieve skills to become experts about the subject of the painting – tigers – and devised our own quizzes using the facts we had gathered.


In reading, we have explored the imagery and ideas of William Blake’s poem ‘Tyger Tyger’; we used our understanding of each stanza to create illustrations and even learned to recite the first stanza off by heart.


In Art, we have carefully studied tropical leaves and have used our observations to sketch our own leaves using oil pastels. Our colour matching, blending and use of light and shade helped us to create incredibly realistic leaves. Later, we challenged ourselves to learn to draw tigers using a technique of finding shapes within the tiger to help us draw the tiger’s body to scale. When we finished our leaves, we assembled them to create our own rainforest – complete with a crouching tiger!