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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 Tuesday 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).

In the case of self-isolation or further lockdown


In the event of your child needing to self-isolate, please use the homework website links above that your child can access for a range of subjects. 

In the event of our class bubble isolating, or a school closure lockdown, we will be using Teams Online. Your child will need their username and password to access teams (these have been emailed). 

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Recognition of Achievement

Term 2 - Maths Day

Mrs Jackson, our Maths lead, challenged us to use Maths in as many different areas of the curriculum as we could during the day.


Being the Body Smart bunch that we are, we applied our Maths data handling skills in PE to record our team scores for variety of sporty challenges. We got better at:

  • Using tallies to record scores in a systematic way
  • Counting in 5s 
  • Adding totals together
  • Recording our data into an organised table


We linked our learning in RE about Diwali to Maths by creating symmetrical, geometrical Rangoli patterns. We learned about lines of symmetry, 2D shapes and using a mirror to reflect a pattern. 

Chestnut class have been full of enthusiasm for our latest, science-based, project ‘Out of this World’; we began the project by thinking about what we already knew about Space and then generated a bank of thoughtful questions we’d like to investigate further.


We used these questions to help design our homework learning menu, which has given us an opportunity to personalise our learning and develop our self-led investigation skills. Mrs Ash was so astounded by our first set of projects that we turned the morning into a mini-sharing museum where we got the chance to explain our new learning to each other. These are just a few of our amazing projects so far which have taken the form of models, movies, sketches, presented Powerpoints, collages, information posters (and even cake!).

Term 1 - Shakespeare Project 'Hamlet'

Term 1 - Learning about 'Forces' in Science

In Science this term, we have loved exploring all about different types of Forces.


To help us to understand the main types of forces  (Friction        Reaction Force        Air resistance        Gravity         Buoyancy       Water resistance) we created information posters with diagrams.


We have learned that forces typically work in pairs and how BALANCED and UNBALANCED forces can affect an object in different ways - we found a fun way to investigate this using malteasers and straws at home.



We asked Mrs Ash if we could investigate friction by using a big slide and a toy car; we designed our own investigation by changing the surface when the car drove down the slide and then measured how far it travelled. We learned how to repeat our results to check for any anomalies (unusual results that don't seem to fit the pattern) and got better at making predictions using previous results. Our results showed that the rougher the surface, the shorter distance the car travelled; whereas the smoother the surface, the further the car travelled. We concluded that this was due to the increased surface area of the rougher surfaces creating more friction on the car's wheels which slowed the car down. 



Our next investigation involved learning more about mass and weight - we discovered that weight was affected by the amount of gravity acting on an object and that it could change depending on where an object was (e.g. we would weigh less on the Moon because there is less gravity). We also learned that weight was measured in a unit called Newtons, named after the scientist Isaac Newton who was famous for his ground-breaking ideas about gravity. Next, we learned about mass and the units it is measured in (g, kg, lb, oz) and we came up with a clever mnemonic to help us remember: 

M ass

A lways

S tays the

S ame (it's not affected by the strength of gravity)


To help us understand the link between weight and mass, we learned how to use a piece of measuring equipment called a 'Newtonmeter' to find an object's weight in Newtons and then compared our readings with scales to measure mass; during the investigation, we began to notice a pattern in our results. If an object's weight was 3N, it's mass was 300g. Amazingly, we applied our current learning in Maths about Powers of 10 and could explain: mass = weight x 10 to the power of 2 (e.g. x by 100).


Term 1 - Take One Picture Project

Term 1 - Take One Picture Project

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!