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Welcome to Chestnut Class 2023-2024



Welcome to our class page. Over the year, we will use this page to capture snapshots of our fantastic 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 - Teacher; Mrs Somarakis, Miss Millsom and Miss Lucas - TAs and Mrs Fairbairn - Teacher on Fridays) who would be very happy to help.


Our PE days for Term 1 (Autumn 1) will be Tuesday and Wednesday. Please wear your PE kit for both of these days from week commencing Monday 11th September (PE kit will not need to be worn in the first week of school). 


Homework is handed out on Tuesday and due back in the following Monday. Please see your child's homework book for home learning expectations and ideas.  

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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Term 1 - Shakespeare Project 'Hamlet'

Term 1 - Take One Picture

Chestnut class have settled in brilliantly and have thrown themselves 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 hard to accumulate a huge amount of learning in such a short time.

English / Art - Making Inferences and Predictions using Right There Clues

English / Art - Investigating the Life of the Artist, Henri Rousseau

During the week, we investigated the life of Rousseau and we used our research to create eye-catching information pages. Later, we applied our retrieval skills to become experts about the subject of the painting – tigers – and devised our own posters and Kahoot quizzes using the facts we had gathered (we even challenged ourselves to use 5ws and how to start our sentences in a variety of ways).

Art - Developing our Sketching techniques to recreate tropical leaves

Art - Recreating Leaves using Oil Pastels

Art - Our finished leaves


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 investigate colour mixing and creating a range of textures using paints on large paper sheets; we then sketched and cut out our own leaf shapes. We also developed our braiding, coiling and collaging techniques with tissue paper to create highly textured leaves and vines. When we finished our leaves, we assembled them to create our own rainforest – complete with a crouching tiger!