Welcome to our homework page. Here you will find daily ideas to help you continue your learning while you are at home. Every day there will be a selection of different challenges – try to complete as many as you can!
Each day, please try challenge yourself to:
If you find any of the challenges a bit tricky at home, please don’t worry – make a note of what you were unsure about and we will go through these together when we’re back at school.
We want you, while school is closed, to be able to practice your reading, writing, maths and problem solving skills. When you’ve chosen your homework research project from our menu, think about what kind of things you could write about. What text types could you write about when linked to your projects (e.g. diary or recount / newspaper report / instructions/ discussion/ persuasion/ instructions/ story/ poetry) and remember our steps to success (how is the text organised? What types of sentences do you need? What types of words? What about punctuation and presentation?).
If there's anything you'd like to ask me about the work or you'd like to share: *some of your brilliant learning *top tips *useful or interesting internet links *book reviews or *anything else, please ping me a message here! Remember to ask your parents first, as you'll need to include an email address.
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you've all had happy weekends - it was lovely to have some sunshine after the rainy end to the week. E and A are very excited to find that we have raspberries growing in the garden; up until now the raspberry plants have been tall, green and spiky (and of no interest to my two because they couldn't eat them!) but now we are finding little clusters of sweet, pink berries nestled amongst the leaves and they are, according to E, "deeelicious". Have you got any tasty fruits or veggies growing in your gardens/allotments?
On Saturday morning, E and A enjoyed a piano jamming session with Mr Ash and discovered a love for rock and roll music - if you haven't heard the song "Hippy Hippy Shakes" by The Swinging Blue Jeans, you should check it out as E and A haven't stopped boogying to it (I'll pop the video below this incase you wanted to have a listen!). On Sunday, we made the most of the sunshine and went for a walk - A was besotted with the deer and watched so quietly that one of the hinds came up very close to us, which he was delighted by. Have you got a favourite walking spot or have you discovered a new place to wander since Lockdown?
I've uploaded the usual Monday documents:
I hope you have happy days and I'm really looking forward to seeing you for our Zoom chats this week - ours will be tomorrow (Tuesday 7th July) so make sure your permissions are in so that I can include you on the call - I will email with details today! Take care
Eve has been busy using her brilliant Technology Smart coding skills to create a Scratch quiz about her chosen Ancient Greek mythological creature: The Sphinx. I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I did!
Here's the link to her quiz: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/409342012
Lucy has been busy using her Word and Picture Smart skills to create an incredible Ancient Greek Vase design; she has thought really carefully about every detail in her design - from the lettering to the meaning of each image. Amazing job, Lucy!
"There are simple illustrations (the Greeks couldn’t draw detailed pictures with the materials that they had) and also Greek lettering. (Translation: Άρτεμις means Artemis, the symbol on on the top right is 60, and ονόματα means names). The design is based off of the poem I did. Artemis had 6 wishes granted by Zeus, her father. The 60 represents the 60 nymph friends she requested, the sunshine is the bright light that she wished to bring to the world, ονόματα represents that she wanted more names than her brother (Apollo), the mountains mean that she wanted all the mountains as her domain, the two crossed-out rings represent her wish never to be married and the bow and arrow with the tunic represent just what they look like, a bow and arrow and a tunic."
Happy Friday, Chestnut! I hope you're all well and are looking forward to our Ancient Greeks Challenge today - it's another fun one in which you get to choose 1 consolidation activity (or as many as you like!) from a selection of 3 different challenges. We have a Picture Smart challenge to design a Greek Vase, a Game/Quiz challenge linked to the Gods and Mythological Creatures we've been investigating this week and a Top Trumps challenge, too. I can't wait to see what you brilliant people get up to - please send your learning in, if possible, because:
a) very selfishly, I miss you all and it brings me lots of happiness to get emails from you and see your awesome work
b) it will bring a smile to your lovely classmates as they will get celebrate in the wonder of your brilliant learning, too.
As it's Friday, I have a new OP at Home music video to share with you from Oxford Philharmonic - this week it's all about Flutes - which I hope you'll enjoy; the video is posted below.
Take care and have happy weekends!
Roxana has combined her fantastic Picture Smart sketching skills with her Word Smart reading retrieval skills to create a Wanted Poster for a Griffin, I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do!
Eve has had fun creating brilliant wanted poster; she really enjoyed stepping into the shoes of a police detective, today! As always, Eve has applied her ever-increasing Technology Smart skills to create a clear, eye-catching, document full of lots of information (both text and images) and creativity, too. Well done, Eve!
Happy Thursday, my lovely Chestnut class! I hope you are having a great day so far and have been keeping safe and well. Thank you so much for sending in your incredible Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses poems yesterday - my inbox was chock-full of amazing, Word Smart writing (and videos). I hope you enjoy today's Greek Task, too; it's a Picture Smart/Word Smart challenge to create a 'Wanted' poster for a mythological Greek creature. As always, it's wonderful to hear from you - whether it's to share work or just to say 'hi' and let me know what you've been up to.
Henry has shown a phenomenal level of creativity and has put a huge amount of time and effort into creating an amazing rap about the Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. Henry - and his family - are so talented and fun (both from the writing and performing side!) and I love that not only is his rap rammed full of brilliant facts, but it’s incredibly entertaining, too (I have now watched it 4 times and it gets even better each time!). I know you will love it as much as I do - make sure you turn your speakers nice and LOUD!
Lucy has created a wonderful poem about Artemis. I love her use of an acrostic poem to guide the first letter/word of each new line. She has chosen her fantastic vocabulary really carefully and has brought an authentic, ancient tone with phrases like ‘indeed, she wished never to be married’. She has framed the poem beautifully by linking the start line to the end line and has a great example of alliteration too. Absolutely beautiful poetry, Lucy. Well done!
Eve has used her Word Smart skills to create a poem about Zeus - King of the gods, God of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order and justice (he was busy!). I love Eve's use of an acrostic to guide the first letter/word of each new line. She has used her fantastic vocabulary to select some really powerful, effective word choices (which is so important in poetry as you often don’t have as many words to use so you need to make sure each one has a purpose, as Eve has). I also love the way she has used a mixture of different types of word to start each line; she has alternating of adjectives (zealous, unseen) and verbs (enduring, surviving) to emphasise each word for the reader.
Jasmine has applied her brilliant Word Smart skills to craft a fantastic poem about Athena - goddess of wisdom, handicraft and warfare. She has been so selective with her vocabulary; in poetry, it's a huge challenge to make every single word have a purpose and an effect on the reader and Jasmine has aced this challenge.
Jasmine has also applied a super rhyme pattern called 'rhyming couplets' which is when the last words of two lines rhyme (e.g. be/strategy, led/head, tall/small, eyes/despise).
Can you see some great examples of figurative language, too? I can spot alliteration, similes and a metaphor, all used expertly to create an effect. Fantastic work, Jasmine!
Roxana has created another beautifully presented piece of Ancient Greeks learning; I love her incredibly Picture Smart drawing of Demeter (her face and hair are so realistic!) and she has used her Word Smart skills to both investigate and record lots of fascinating facts about her, too. An amazing piece of work - well done!
Roxana has been busy - her family tree of the Greek Gods/Goddesses is fabulous! She has used her Word Smart skills to collect and record lots of brilliant facts about each one - showing what they were responsible for as well as their relation to each other. I love how she has used her Picture Smart skills to create a beautiful tree with leaves, too.
Hi Chestnut Class, I hope you've had fun weekends and have been able to get outside (and possibly made a mad-dash back indoors when the rain started pouring?!). We ventured out for a walk on Saturday morning; we started out in sunshine but as the walk progressed, the sky looked more and more ominous...luckily, we had seen the forecast and came prepared with coats - as well as snacks! We had our little break in huddled under an umbrella but the little ones didn't seem to mind as long as they were given their fruit and oat bars. Fortunately, the sun quickly returned for the rest of our walk and we were (almost) dry by the time we got home. Have any of you been out and about this weekend?
E and A love playing with Lego and they had a couple of new (re-homed) bits sent in the post by their Nanna and Grampy this week so E got to work constructing; she worked tirelessly until she had created a home for her latest Lego friend, 'Winnie the Pooh'. His new residence includes: a lawn (with rabbit), a beach for building sandcastles, a pool for keeping cool on hot days, a house number: '2', twice (she has just learned to recognise this number so is very excited when she sees it anywhere!) and a hose for putting out fires (safety first!). A watched E closely, then created a brilliant tower using blocks but, he was equally excited to lead the demolition team and, hence, the tower was a pile of bricks before I got the chance to take a picture! I know lots of you have amazing Practical Smart skills, have you got any projects (Lego or otherwise!) you'd like to share? I'd love to see
I've uploaded a few bits and bobs today:
I hope you have a happy day - please get in touch if there's anything I can do to help or if you'd like to share some of your wonderful learning
Maya has been busy creating a brilliant Greek Myth to explain why we have hail - it’s such a clever idea and I love how she has presented her myth using a comic strip. The images Maya has chosen, her 5ws captions and her use of speech make the events of the myth really clear to the reader. It’s a great touch to include a ‘warning - this is a myth’ explanation too! Fantastic Word and Picture Smart Work, Maya!
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I hope you had a great day yesterday and enjoyed investigating our latest Greek Myth - 'Demeter and Persephone'. Today's Greek Task is a choosing one which I hope you'll enjoy - as always, I would absolutely love to see your fantastic learning if you could send it in to me when you get the chance, that would be wonderful.
Yesterday, we spent time in the paddling pool again to keep cool and after breakfast, E wanted to draw a flying superhero - so here she is! E is very into superheroes and she loves pretending she is 'Iron Girl'/'Spider Girl' as she 'flies' around the garden saving people, hunting down stolen possessions - which she returns to their rightful owners - and catching thieves in her webs and taking them to the police station. Lately, she has been requesting the 'Wonder Woman' theme tune to dance to, and is also loving 'Tornado' by Hans Zimmer which we accidentally discovered when asking Alexa to play us tornado sounds. (Another of E's current interests is the Weather, particularly tornadoes and thunderstorms, so she was very excited when I told her about the weather forecast for the next couple of days!)
I hope you have happy weekends
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra has a new video series for Primary School Children called ‘OP at Home.’ This series has been created by musicians during lockdown in hopes of sending music, fun and creativity from their own homes to children watching at home and in school.
The videos feature different instruments and themes as well as encouraging lots of interactivity. They explore many different topics such as creating sound effects with the objects around you, call and response rhythm and pitch, ensemble playing and lots more.
I will post a new video each Friday for you to see and enjoy! If you enjoy the video and feel inspired to create some related learning, that would be fantastic and I would love to see!
Roxana has been sharing her fantastic 'Ancient Greeks' home learning - I love her 'Theseus and the Minotaur' comic strip. It was such a clever idea of herrs to use a ‘key’ of having different colour crowns to show each character. She has also used lots of brilliant speech bubbles and thought bubbles to show what the characters are saying and thinking. As always, her Picture Smart skills are fab too.
I also love the pictures of Roxana and her brother keeping cool in the paddling pool today - looks loads of fun!
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you're managing to keep cool during these veeeery hot days? E and A have been chilling in the paddling pool and polishing their water shooter skills (with me as the target, obviously!) and E fancied a bit of quiet time drawing in the afternoon - she drew a mummy and baby turtle from 'Moana'. If you wanted to send in any of your 'keeping cool' pictures, I'd love to see!
Thank you so much for sending in your brilliant Greek Myths learning, it has been such a pleasure to see your fantastic ideas and creations. Today's Greek Task will help you to learn more about a different Ancient Greek Myth, this one is a rather tragic (but you've probably worked out this is pretty typical for the Greeks!) explanation of the Four Seasons.
Mrs Giles, our Arts Lead, has sent through a fun, Music Smart activity you may like to try at home:
"Join Beat Goes On for a weekly body percussion session starting on Tuesday 2 June for five weeks. The body percussion sessions are suitable for KS1 and KS2. They will take participants on a music journey, exploring the percussive potential of their bodies. The sessions will be delivered by Ollie Tunmer, who is a former cast member of STOMP and now runs Beat Goes On, who work throughout the UK and internationally.
The five sessions will be available via You Tube at the times and dates shown below and for the week following.
10am, 2 June - https://youtu.be/rh-WTb0KkqI
10am, 9 June - https://youtu.be/4YZ2pS6rwWg
10am, 16 June - https://youtu.be/9bX9WMRm6hM
10am, 23 June - https://youtu.be/SodiHL8pv9M
10am, 30 June - https://youtu.be/59dKSPE7NtA
This is the link to the page, if you'd like more information: https://www.severnarts.org.uk/body-percussion-with-beat-goes-on "
Henry has been combining his Word and Picture Smart skills to create some fabulous comic strips. I love his version of ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’, he has sequenced the events brilliantly, summed them up so well using images and dialogue and it has a fab ‘tongue-in-cheek’ humour to it in some parts (for example, when Theseus leaves Persephone asleep on the island and says ‘This will be fine’ or King Aegeus’ ‘Nooooooo’) which is so perfect for the comic genre.
Henry's original myth explaining tsunamis is fab too and shows a great use of the comic strip format (he definitely have a knack for this!). I like that it has a bit of a moral message to the violent, warring, navy ships. I wonder, if they had they remained peaceful towards each other, rather than attacking one another (causing debris to hit a sea monster below), whether the tsunami could have been avoided? Nice work, Henry!
Maya has been working hard to use her Word and Picture Smart skills to create a 'Theseus and the Minotaur' comic strip - she has sequenced the events of the story brilliantly and has used lots of dialogue to explain what is happening and how the characters feel about it. As always - her artwork is fantastic, too!
Hi Chestnut! I hope you had a lovely day yesterday and enjoyed creating your 'Theseus and the Minotaur' comics. Today's Greek Task is a fun one - we'll be thinking about the Science behind the myth as I know lots of you were interested to find out why the Ancient Greeks created so many myths in the first place. Don't forget to send me your learning when you get the chance - I would absolutely love to see what you've been up to
For those of you Picture Smarties, we've discovered a new challenge for you in this week's edition of 'First News'. If you create something for this, please could you also send it to me as well as to First News? Thanks and have happy Wednesdays!
Josh has used his reading retrieval skills brilliantly to find so many amazing facts about pugs and has presented them so clearly, carefully and professionally to create a wonderful, eye-catching poster.
I didn’t know pugs were susceptible to colds and that they didn’t like the hot weather either! Poor little ones, hopefully Billy is able to keep cool in this heat! Billy looks like he has some amazing football skills, too; Josh has has clearly been training him well! I didn’t realise Queen Victoria loved pugs too - she obviously had very good taste in dogs! Do you know what sort of dogs our current Queen (Elizabeth II) likes?
If you, like Josh, would enjoy creating an information poster/factfile about your pet (or a favourite animal of yours), I would love to see!
Eve has been inspired to use her Word Smart skills to create a Minotaur acrostic poem - it’s amazing! I absolutely love the line: ‘Amber, the colour of his blood stained chin’. The effect she's created is so creepy, especially as she has implied the blood has dried to an orangey colour, rather than fresh, crimson, which makes me think he has been eating humans for a long time (and also that he doesn’t wash!). The fact that the blood is on his chin, too, is such an incredible detail as it shows he has not only been killing humans, but devouring them - incredible!
Eve's word choices are incredibly powerful and I love the feelings she has create through her poem; it’s extremely chilling and horrifying.
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you're having a happy start to the week and are enjoying the wonderful sunshine. Thanks to those of you who have been in touch to share your learning from our Greek Myths yesterday; I'm so pleased you liked the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur! It's such a good one and I hope the video and activities yesterday have helped it become more secure in your memory. If anyone else has some lovely learning they'd like to share, please send it over as I'd love to see.
Today's Ancient Greek Task is following on from our learning yesterday; we're going to use our knowledge of the story to create a comic strip which will retell the myth using visual images, dialogue (speech bubbles), thought bubbles and captions to explain the 5ws and how of each event.
I've attached a few documents that could help you - different comic strip templates and an editable one you could type into if you liked. I really hope you will love this and I would be thrilled to see any of your amazing comic creations when they're finished, so please send them in!
I've also uploaded this week's edition of 'First New's (see below) with lots of fun-looking activities and pages that go with it, I'm sure you'll find lots of fab, interesting information. Keep smiling
Happy Monday, Chestnut Class! I hope you've had lovely weekends and that you enjoyed the 'Hello Video'? It's a new version today, I wonder if you can spot the change? I've also uploaded this week's Spellings (words with the prefix 'over'), today's BBC Bitesize Maths challenge and today's Ancient Greek Task. This week, our learning will focus on Ancient Greek Myths, as I know that many of you listed these as an area you wanted to learn more about during the project.
This weekend, the Ash team enjoyed another walk in the great outdoors. During our expedition, we were very lucky to see a herd of deer; lots of the hinds had recently given birth to fawns which E was besotted with as she's been learning about 'Bambi' in her Disney book (and I learned that 'hind' was another name for a female deer, as opposed to 'doe'). As we walked back home, both little ones were over the moon to see a crop sprayer in action (lucky for us, it wasn't spraying anything too pungent!) and A was most certain that: a) we needed to remain with the tractor forever, or b) the tractor needed to come home with us. Needless to say, neither happened, but A did have lots of fun recreating the events of the morning with his toy tractor for a huge part of the afternoon. Yesterday, we had a wonderful time looking through some of Mr A's childhood treasures - E loved his very old football kit and has now decided she is a Manchester United fan (sorry!) and A couldn't be more excited to be wearing his Daddy's 'Thomas the Tank cardigan' (knitted many, many, moons ago by Mr A's Gran). If you'd love to send any snaps or anecdotes of your weekends, walks out and about, wildlife spots, or other adventures, I'd absolutely love to hear all about them
Jasmine has been working exceptionally hard to create an incredible Powerpoint - she has used her Word Smart skills to have gather a huge amount of information from a broad, really creative, range of topics within Greece’s Geography and has collated them brilliantly in a hugely professional, eye-catching and entertaining Technology Smart quiz. Massive well done! Click on the Powerpoint document or watch the video below to see the fab quiz for yourselves
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I hope you managed to find some fun things to do on a wet, rainy, day yesterday? My two have been enjoying Cosmic Yoga; yesterday we had an adventure in space and learned some fab Body Smart yoga moves, including 'the Star' and 'the Rocket'. I wonder if you can guess from the photos which is which? I'd love to hear about how you've been keeping active and Body Smart!
E has also been continuing to work on her Picture Smart skills - she loves drawing on her magnet board and I'm not usually quick enough to take a photo before her pictures get rubbed away but this one I managed to snap and it's of a monster, called 'NooNo', who has lots of plaits, very long eyelashes and can jump to the Moon!
I hope you had fun learning more about Greece's location in the World and some of it's geographical features in our Ancient Greeks Task yesterday? Today's task is a choice of 3 challenges which will give you the opportunity to deepen your geographical knowledge through a travel brochure, weather forecast or a quiz/song/game! I really hope you enjoy it and I would love to see your brilliant work when it's finished so please send it over Take care and have a happy weekend.
Hi Chestnut class! I hope you had a happy Wednesday and enjoyed learning more about some of the main events that happened during the Ancient Greek era, yesterday. Today's Ancient Greek Task moves away from a historical learning focus to a geographical one; you'll be investigating more about the location of Greece in the World and learn to label a map of Greece with key geographical features. I hope you find it interesting! Please send me in your fab learning as I'd love to see!
Eve has been in touch with a fab idea from Blue Peter called '6 Badges of Summer' - I've posted her amazing, Technology Smart, poster and a link to the website below as I'm sure lots of you would be interested, too!
Thanks for sending your lovely 'Hello' Videos - I had a few more yesterday; if you'd like to be involved, but haven't been able to send in your video yet, please could you get it to me by today so that I can edit the clips together?
"Hi Mrs Ash,
Have you heard about Blue Peter's new challenge called 6 badges of Summer? Eve (and Lydia) have been inspired to take up the challenge and have started by applying for the 2020 Blue Peter Sports badge (they both applied for their first Blue badge last summer).
Here's the link: Blue Peter - Blue Peter's 6 Badges of Summer
Please find attached the document Eve put together for her Sports Badge application which we've sent off today via email.
We wondered if it might be something to suggest to the rest of Chestnut Class?
Zoe (and Eve)"
Happy Wednesday, Chestnut! I hope you found yesterday's Ancient Greek Task interesting and helped you to deepen your knowledge of different historical eras and a sense where the Ancient Greeks sit. Thanks to those of you who have shared your brilliant timelines with me - if you'd like to send yours, or any of your recent home learning in, too, I'd love to see!
Today's Greek task will hopefully help you to gain a better understanding of some of the key events that took place within the Ancient Greek era and also provides a great opportunity to investigate more about different areas of Ancient Greek life, too. Let me know what you find out!
If you haven't had chance to send in your 'Greeting Video' for the class, please could you get it to me today so that I can get to work editing it together for you all to see...I'm so excited!
Take care and keep smiling!
Hi Chestnut! I hope you had happy Mondays and enjoyed the first day of our Ancient Greek project, yesterday! Thank you so much to those of you who have been in touch with your mindmaps, new learning and questions you'd like to investigate more during the project - you've blown me away with your memories, explanations and brilliantly thoughtful areas/topics you'd like to research. I'm sure you're going to love this project as much as I do (it's one of my favourites!).
It's been so lovely to see so many of your 'Hello Chestnut' videos - if you'd like to be involved, it would be fab to have your videos by the end of today so that I get onto editing them together ASAP.
Take care and have happy days
"This morning, I have been looking at your Ancient Greek task and watched the video in the link. I wrote some bullet points all about the myths that it touched on. :) Here is what I wrote:
- The Greek god, Cronus, ate all of his babies, so that they wouldn’t take over his job of being the head of the gods.
- Cronus believed he had eaten all 6 of his babies, but the last one was just a rock his wife had wrapped up in a blanket! Zeus, the last son, had survived and not been eaten!
- Zeus then poisoned his father’s drink, making him sick up all of his sons and daughters that he had eaten! By then, they were all fully grown adults.
- Obviously, that was all just a myth, but many Greek legends were hard not to believe they were true! Like this one, Helen of Troy.
- Helen’s father believed it was time for his daughter to choose a husband out of all the kings and princes of Greece.
- Helen chose Menelaus of Sparta, a prince from the Greek city, Sparta.
- Helen and her newly chosen husband were married the next week.
- But then, another man turned up, Prince Paris of Troy!
- Helen preferred Paris over Menelaus, so she decided to marry him instead!
- Helen ran away to Troy with Paris, thinking that Menelaus would forget about her in no time.
- But he didn’t forget her, and Menelaus decided to kill every citizen of Troy and get Helen back.
- The war lasted for 10 long years.
- A man called Diephobus came to Helen one day, and told her Paris was dead.
- Helen liked the look of Diephobus and decided to get married to him.
- Shortly afterward, Menelaus of Sparta turned up, and told her that Diephobus (her husband) had been killed.
- Then, deciding she actually rather liked Menelaus, she got back with him again!
5 things I’d like to learn more about:
1. Greek myths, legends and different Gods they believed in 2. How did the Greeks live and what was Greek life like?
3. What food did they eat?
4. What clothes did they wear?
5. What important things did the Ancient Greeks invent?
6. What astronomy and philosophy did the Ancient Greeks study?"
Happy Monday, Chestnut Class! It's the start of a new project today - the Ancient (Groovy) Greeks! I hope you find our upcoming project as fascinating and fun as our 'Victorians' learning! Today, I'd love to find out what you already know about the Ancient Greeks and what you're most interested to learn more about - maybe you've visited Greece on holiday, have read 'Who Let The Gods Out', or have watched 'Hercules' and know about some of the Ancient Greek Gods and Myths? Have a look at today's Task to find out more, along with our new weekly Spellings and today's BBC Bitesize Maths.
I hope you've had fun weekends - we've had a busy one! E has been learning how to make orange biscuits; she was intrigued to know what the 'scratchy' part of the grater was for so we tested it out with a yummy, zesty biscuit recipe. Have you been doing any cooking/baking lately and would like to share your recipe(s) with us?
E has also been into storytelling - A was gifted a lovely book for Christmas called 'Who's Tail is That?' and she loves reciting it to us (and to A, in particular), her favourite part is the end where it's revealed by a huge tiger, very loudly, that 'it's MY tail!'. Obviously - she wanted to make a tiger, so there was lots of painting, cutting and sticking before the tiger was ready. Have you got some recent Word Smart reading recommendations for us? Or have you been getting Practically Smart with crafts?
The 3rd picture was taken at breakfast by E, who is getting pretty Technology Smart nowadays, and is of me attempting to retrieve my phone while A seized the moment to sneak into the fridge. Talk about partners in crime! Have you been learning any new Technology Smart skills that you'd like to share?
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I can't believe another week has whizzed by - I'm missing you all very much but your messages, pictures and videos are so wonderful to see. I hope you enjoyed the Queen Victoria portrait challenge yesterday? I'd love to see your art so please send them into me when you get the chance! Thanks so much to those of you who got in touch about E and A's mystery bird - we've learned, with your help, that it was a Goldfinch.
Today's, final, Victorian Task is a choice from the menu which I've uploaded. Of course, if there is something linked to the Victorians that fascinates you which I haven't popped on the menu, please feel free to surprise me! I've been watching, on Lucy's recommendation, a programme called '10 Ways The Victorians Changed Britain' and I've discovered so much I didn't know before; advancements in sewers, medicine/hospitals, prisons, seaside piers and warships are just a few topics that have fascinated me!
I'm really looking forward to receiving your 'hello' videos and putting them together (Mr Ash has promised to help me so that I can expand my Technology Smart Skills!). Take care and have a happy weekend
Chestnut Video Message
This has been sent out by the Office via email but I've popped it on here, just in case:
"Hi Chestnut Class,
I hope you and your families are all well. I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone for all of the hard work you’re putting into your learning from home – I’ve been blown away by your Growth Mindset approach to learning challenges and how many of our Smarts and Values you’ve been developing through both your school work and in all of the other amazing home projects you’ve been exploring, too. I am also so grateful to parents and families for the support, patience and creativity you’ve shown in the past months; I completely understand that balancing school learning with home and work commitments is not easy, and you’re doing an incredible job.
I realise it’s been such a long time since we’ve seen each other, I miss you all very much and school are working really hard to get online virtual learning up and running. In the meantime, I had an idea which I thought might be fun and help us feel a bit more connected – I could put together a video of us ‘greeting’ each other, just like we would if we were arriving at school in the morning.
If you would like to be in the Chestnut video message, could you please send me a short video clip of you saying ‘hello’ (this can be in English, or in any other language you like, just like we do in register time at school)? I’ve put a few languages on the attached image as a memory jogger if you’d like them, but you’re welcome to choose a different language if you’d prefer. Please send your video clip to me by Tuesday 16th June and I will work as fast as I can to edit them together and post the video on the Homework section of our class website.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks for your help and keep smiling"
Maya has been busy creating her portrait of Queen Victoria. She has been very Picture Smart to capture her face so brilliantly – the scale of her eyes, nose and mouth are excellent and I love the way her hair and crown look so real. Great work, Maya!
Today Roxana and her Mum both had lots of fun drawing Queen Victoria! They are both so Picture Smart - can you guess which one is hers?
This term, Year 5 are going to dive deep into a fascinating period of British History called ‘The Victorians’. During this project, you will have the chance to investigate a range of different areas, including:
There will also be lots of opportunities for you to independently research areas that you find particularly interesting and record your learning in lots of different ways (similar to our ‘Homework Menu’).
Each day, to help keep your learning bubbling, we would love you to do your best to complete:
Hello, my lovely Chestnut class. I hope you're having a good day so far! It's a shame the weather has been a bit dodgy the last couple of days but I'm sure the plants and wildlife are appreciating the rain - we've spotted lots of birds in the garden today including a family of these beauties. I wonder if we have any Nature Smart ornithologists out there who know what they're called and know any facts about them? E and A would love to see!
I hope you had fun with the Queen Victoria research yesterday - as I'm sure you discovered - she was a remarkable person and well worth using your Word smart skills to research. Today's Victorian Task is our penultimate (the one before last) as we will be moving onto a new topic next week and it's a Picture Smart/Practically Smart one which I hope you'll really enjoy. Please, as always, send me your amazing learning as I'd love to see (if you'd rather it didn't go on the website, that's absolutely fine, too, just let me know in your email). Take care and have a happy day
Lucy has been very Self and Word smart by investigating even more ways to deepen her knowledge of the Victorian Era and it's impact (Mr Ash and I started watching it after her recommendation and we completely agree - it's fascinating!):
"I have been watching a really interesting TV programme on Channel 5 called 10 Ways the Victorians Changed Britain. There's a lot more than 10 ways mentioned, however! So far, it's talked about:
- Trains and railway lines.
- Standardising time across the country (For example at the start of Victoria's reign, if it was 12:00 in London, it would be 11:56 in Oxford - this made train timetables impossible!)
- Cotton mills and sewing machines
- Natural History Museum
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel built the Clifton Suspension Bridge
- Sewers helped reduce cases of cholera and many other diseases in over-crowded cities
- 6 million new houses were built throughout the period
- Electricity, power stations and lightbulbs were invented
- More prisons were built
- New impressive warships were built, such as the legendary HMS Warrior
- Seaside holidays, piers and travelling for leisure (fun) instead of just work.
We've only just started watching the section about healthcare and I'm sure there'll be so much more to write about when I finish it!"
Maya has been working hard designing a hugely Picture Smart train design – I am so impressed at how she has challenged herself to draw the train as though it is driving towards us! I love the idea of turning her train into an ambulance so that she can help people all over the World – she is so People smart. She has also been really Practically smart to think of ways to enable her train to travel in different terrains too so that it could get to anyone, anywhere who needed medical help.
Maya has also challenged herself to become an expert on Queen Victoria today - she has used her Word Smart skills to investigate lots of different facts about her and her life and has creatively turned these into Quiz Cards that she can use to strengthen her knowledge and that of her family too! Great work, Maya!
Happy Wednesday, Chestnut Class! I hope you're having a great week so far and had fun with the Picture Smart 'design a train' challenge yesterday - don't forget to send in your fab ideas when you've finished! Did you have a look at the street artist video yet? He's such an inspiring artist and shows our Growth Mindset approach to learning in lots of ways.
Today's Victorian Task is taking a new direction; we're moving away from Victorian transport and towards the name behind the Victorian era itself - Queen Victoria. I hope you find her a fascinating subject of study! As always, please get in touch if you'd like to share any of your fab learning or pictures from home (these can be shared on the website if you'd like, or just for me to see!) or if there's anything I can help with. Keep smiling :)
I really love the idea of Eve's ‘green’ eco-train – she has been both Technology and Nature smart in her design and her Picture Smart drawing is amazing too; I really hope the trains of the future can be as environmentally friendly as Eve's.
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you're having a good start to the week and that you enjoyed learning all about Stephenson's Rocket in the Victorian Task yesterday - thanks to those of you who have shared your work with me, it's fab! Today's Victorian Task is a Picture Smart one to conclude our learning in the topic of Transport and I can't wait to see your fabulous drawings, paintings and models so please send them in when you're finished!
Whilst I'm on the subject of being Picture Smart, Mrs Giles, our Arts Lead Teacher, has sent me a link to share with you all and I'm sure lots of you will be hugely inspired to get creating some street art of your own - this can, of course, be in your own garden rather than out in the street if that is easier! If you do choose to create something, please could you send it onto me so that we can celebrate it and be even more inspired!
Henry has been very busy:
His technical sketch of Stephenson’s Rocket has absolutely blown me away – the detail, scaling and shapes are so accurate and I love his explanations about how the different parts work. He is so Picture and Word Smart and I forwarded his outstanding work onto Ms Khan as I know she will be so excited and proud to see it, too.
I love Henry's Bill Sykes wanted poster – he is certainly someone to keep away from and I agree, the boys were definitely not looked after with much care in both the workhouse or by Fagin. Thomas Barnardo is someone you may like to investigate more about as he, like you, thought children deserved to be treated with much more care and he did lots to help! Henry's Brunel poster is brimming with facts – he is so Word Smart to have retrieved all of that information, turned it into his own notes and then presented it so beautifully on a page. Well done!
Henry has also been developing his cooking skills and has been learning how bake lemon drizzle cake which sounds of fun and delicious – he is so People Smart that he also plans to bake a cake for his Granny's birthday.
Henry has combined his brilliant Technology smart and Picture smart skills to create a hugely personal, and very professional -looking, Minecraft themed birthday card!
Henry has been enjoying reading 'Skullduggery Pleasant' in his outdoor swing seat in the garden - sounds utterly perfect to me!
Eve has been busy creating a fab poster on the Rocket – I love it! She's used her brilliant Word Smart skills to collect so many facts about it and has deepened her incredible Technology Smart skills to learn to take 'snips' and arrange them onto her poster, what a clever idea!
Maya has been busy deepening her knowledge of Victorian Britain - she has used her Word Smart reading retrieval skills to collect so many fascinating facts about Brunel and his achievements and has skillfully turned these into her own timeline. I didn’t realise Brunel was injured in a flood while he was in charge of designing the Thames tunnel (a tunnel under the River Thames in London).
As you can see, Maya has also been so Practically Smart to design and build such a fantastic Victorian building. The details are incredible – the lead beading on the windows is so carefully drawn and I love the roof tiles!
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you've had happy weekends! My little ones have been busy again - E is very into superheroes (she currently alternates between Iron Girl / Spider Girl and sometimes a combination of both!) and has been requesting superhero songs; she LOVES the Superman theme tune and has been 'playing' this on our electric piano for A's entertainment (he was allowed to join in at the higher end of the piano in this picture!). How are your Music Smart skills going? Have you found a new song/singer/artist since being home?
We've also been visited by Cinnabar Moth III who landed on E's hand! She was overjoyed and waited so patiently until the moth flew away. When the sunshine came back on Sunday, we went out for a family walk; we saw a herd of deer, a brood of hens, a gaggle of geese and a tractor (A's favourite)! Have you been exploring your Nature Smart skills lately?
Today's Victorian Task is linked to a very famous (not quite Victorian) steam engine and I hope you'll enjoy it - I'd love to see your brilliant work when you've finished so send it to me or the office and I can pop it onto the website, too! I've also popped this week's spelling words and First News for you to enjoy too.
Josh has been busy – this (like all the amazing work he has produced in the Victorian Project) has absolutely blown me away. Not only has he discovered a huge range of fascinating facts about Brunel, but he has put so much effort into the way he has presented them that this looks like it could be published into an encyclopaedia.
I absolutely love Josh's Victorian Sweet shop ideas too; he's clearly done some extensive research to find so many examples of Victorian treats and like his toffee apple invention, it’s definitely got my tummy rumbling (I think I’d go for the coconut ice and cherry liquorice…mmm).
What a lovely picture of Josh and his dog Billy - I wish we all had a Pug like Billy to cuddle, he’s such a cutie!
Josh has shown so many smarts, I would struggle to fit them onto one certificate, Word and Picture Smart for his research and presentation, Nature Smart for his Billy pug love and Self Smart for his incredible effort and patience to produce such high quality work.
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I hope you had fun investigating Isambard Kingdom Brunel (best name ever) yesterday? He is such an iconic engineer and I feel that he showed so many of our Smarts in his life; he was Technology, Practically, Number and Self Smart as he was able to invent, calculate, problem-solve with his designs and he showed such perseverance and determination, too, when things didn't quite work out how he planned. I think Nelson Mandela's wisdom in our Thought for the Day summed up Brunel's 'Growth Mindset' approach to things very well!
I wonder how many of you aspire to be like Brunel? Maybe you'll be an engineer in charge of designing a new road system; a different style of bridge; a rocket for space travel; a completely 'green' train/car/aeroplane or a new way of powering our homes in the future?
Today's Victorian Task is a free choice using the Victorian Menu - you can choose any of the tasks that most interest you, today! I can't wait to see what you choose and how you present your learning; don't forget to send me your fab work when it's finished so I can share it on the website for everyone to see and admire!
Today's BBC Bitesize Maths Challenge is all to do with developing your problem solving skills and looks great fun!
I hope you have a happy day and a lovely weekend with your families. Take care, keep smiling and please get in touch if there's anything you'd like to share, ask me, or would like some help with - I'm here to help
Fantastic Practically Smart baker, Roxana, has been busy in the kitchen again, this time it's something for the four legged friends in our lives (I think they actually sound delicious to eat...but that might be me and my love of biscuits!):
"Today after my School Homework,I learnt how to make homemade hamster and dog healthy treats. I used mashed up Banana, oats (you can use any soft fruit) mix, then make little balls out of the mixture, put into the oven for 10 minutes (160°)"
Happy Thursday, Chestnut! I hope you enjoyed the Maths challenge, new spelling words and Victorian transport task yesterday - thanks to those of you who sent in your fab work, it brings such a smile to my face to see your names pop up in my email inbox and to see how you're getting on. Today's Victorian task will help you to become an expert on a particular individual who had huge impact on Victorian transport and you'll get to choose a fab way to present your new learning. Have a great day!
Hi Chestnut class! I hope you're all well and have been enjoying this beautiful sunshine - my two little people have used it as an excuse to spend most of the day drenched in water. The following picture started off as helping me to wash my car; it soon (immediately) descended into a much wetter game and E actually ended up cleaning most of the car whilst sitting in the washing up tub of warm bubbly water!
We have also been captivated by our nature camera and a couple of days ago we had some brilliant footage; our front garden was visited by a fox (named 'Felix') and you may be able to see from the picture, E was so over the moon that she couldn't keep her hands still!
This term we're going to spend a little while continuing our investigation of the Victorians (as there's still so much fascinating learning to be had!) with some 'Homework Menu' style self-choices on Fridays and then, in a couple of weeks, we'll be exploring a very different historical period...all will be revealed soon!
The Maths challenges are a bit different this term as Ms Khan would like us all to be using the fantastic resources on BBC Bitesize; each day I will pop a link to a specific lesson on their website which has great videos that explain and a range of ways to help you record your learning, as well as some fun games, too. As we missed Monday and Tuesday, you can either start from Monday 1st June today or go to today's lesson instead, it's up to you! Here's the link to the Year 5 page which has all of the lessons on it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zhgppg8/year-5-and-p6-lessons/1
Macey has been busy challenging herself in lots of different Smarts. I love how helpful she's been at home and also the idea of recreating old photos:
Hi Mrs Ash,
yes I have had fun in this hot weather and we have got some fun stuff today. We’ve got a tie-dying set we’re going to be dying some clothes with that which is going to be fun.
I’ve been practising my gymnastics with David he catches me when I do a cartwheel into a backbend kick over.
I have also had sleep overs in my tent and had fun with my sister with glow sticks and dancing.
Mummy helped me re create old photos after we found all our photos and spent ages looking through them, we had so much fun. And I have been helpful helping Mummy do housework.
Sometimes I try to practice my guitar but I find this very difficult.
Me and my sister made a surprise whipped coffee for our lovely mum that we see on the internet, we worked together as a team to make this and it made mummy smile.
Hi Chestnut Class, I hope you're all well and have been making lots of lovely memories with your families over Half Term. It was great to hear from so many of you over the break; thank you for sharing your fantastic learning with me, it was a lovely treat!
Today and tomorrow are INSET days so the next learning challenges will be popped on here on Wednesday. I have uploaded a 'Daily Active Calendar' for June to give you some ideas of different exercises you might like to try to keep yourselves fit and Body Smart.
Have a happy day!
Harvey has continued to challenge himself in lots of Smarts - he has worked hard to create a beautiful, Picture Smart, cover for his home book and has been doing such an amazing job at keeping his Number Smart skills and knowledge up to date with lots of daily practice. I love his creative, Victorian vocab poster, too – such a clever way of presenting his new learning.
Word Smart Jasmine has been busy reading lots of books and would like to share her recent reads with us - I'm sure, like me, you lot are always on the hunt for new books and I love that Jasmine has given such a thoughtful review to each one. ‘The Infinite’ sounds incredible and I’m going to share her recommendation with Mrs Hillier as she is a ‘Leapling’ too!
Jasmine has also been continuing her Nature Smart learning and has ordered ordered some caterpillars to watch grow into Painted Lady Butterflies - she and her family love the miracle of the life cycle and do this every year. (Insect Lore is the company she buys them from.)
Joshua has been busy deepening his Victorian knowledge - I love his creative, Picture Smart, toffee apple invention (it's making my mouth water!) and his poem is so moving – the line about wanting to sleep but being beaten and wanting to weep is incredibly powerful and really made me imagine how it felt to be working in the factories. I'm sure you'll agree - he is so Word Smart.
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I hope you had a great day yesterday and enjoyed getting creative with the nonsensical invention task! Today's Victorian Task is a choice between 2 different Word Smart challenges - either to discuss the positive and negatives of the Industrial Revolution and it's outcomes for the world now, or to create a poem which explores the experience of a Victorian child working in a factory. I would love to read your amazing writing, so please send it (and any other fab learning you get up to!) in to me when you get the chance.
I hope you have a really happy, restful and playful Half Term - I think Einstein's quote about play (our Thought for the Day) sums it up perfectly! As well as spending lots of lovely time playing (and being, as E now terms herself, 'Nature Smart') with my two little people, I'm looking forward to making a start on the stack of books recommended to me by Mr Wilcox; I'm part way thorough 'The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day' and it's absolutely amazing so I can't wait to begin reading the rest...I'd love to know what you have all been reading (or are planning to read) so if you wanted to send in your book recommendations for me to share with Chestnut, please do!
Jasmine has been busy using her Picture and Practical Smart skills to design a one-stop grooming machine invention for dogs - a smaller or larger version is available for other pets!
She would also like to share the following, amazing, picture of her dog, Chilli, who celebrated his first birthday this week and is loving the home learning challenges too. He is also the inspiration behind Jasmine's invention as he loves muddy walks, swimming in rivers and generally getting as mucky as he can!
Jasmine hopes that, as we are in Mental Health Awareness Week, the picture will try to make us smile or laugh...it worked for me!
Here is the link to the Mental Health Awareness Week website if you would like to explore it further: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
Hi Chestnut class! I hope you had a great day yesterday and you had an interesting time learning more about changes that happened during the Industrial Revolution? Today's Victorian Task is a Picture/Practical Smart one... I think you'll have lots of fun with it and I can't wait to see your brilliant, creative ideas!
This picture sums up my two little people in this sunny weather; I hope you've been able to keep cool in this heat. Do keep sending in what you've been up to (Victorian learning or any other lovely things) - I really miss seeing your smiley faces and I know how much you love to see each other on here, too!
Hi Chestnut Class!
I hope you had a happy day yesterday and enjoyed the 'Spot the Difference' Industrial Revolution task; I've popped today's Victorian Task up which is a sorting activity to help you deepen your understanding about some of the changes that happened in different areas of life during the Industrial Revolution.
Today's Grammar challenge is to do with relative clauses and I found a great BBC Bitesize video clip which explains all about them if you need any tips: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zsrt4qt
Thanks so much for sending in your amazing home learning - I love to see you and what lovely things you've been up to - keep it coming!
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you're having a happy start to the week and that you found our introduction to the Industrial Revolution interesting yesterday. Today's Victorian Task is taking our learning a little deeper, by helping you to make comparisons between two pictures; one of life before the Industrial Revolution and one of life after.
I hope this lovely weather has given you lots of opportunities for being active outside? I'm sure you Body Smart bunch are all keeping super fit in lots of different ways (maybe with Joe Wicks, GoNoodle and Cosmic Yoga or playing games in your garden, or going for safe walks?). E has recently discovered frisbee and, this afternoon, it was all she wanted to play - although I think she was enjoying throwing the frisbee as much as she was having fun rescuing (or watching me try to retrieve) the frisbee from our apple tree!
Technology Smart Eve has been busy again - she's investigated the Industrial Revolution and has created a fantastic Scratch quiz so that we can all assess our learning, too! Click on the link below this image to play her fantastic quiz!
Update from Nature Smart Max - the 2 frogs that he has been looking after in his pond are thriving! This week, Max has been investigating the life cycle of frogs and has used his Word and Picture Smart skills to present his learning brilliantly. I wonder if, like me, you learned something fascinating from Max's 'Fact Box'?
I love Max's comparison of the common toad’s defensive stance to a Star Wars All Terrain Walker… he is so funny, and is the inspiration for my Star Wars themed thought for the day today! Brilliant work, Max!
Hi Chestnut Class, I hope you have had happy weekends and have been able to enjoy the lovely sunshine. We went out for a family walk yesterday morning; E and A both had lots of fun spotting nature along the way. E noticed a rabbit hopping through the field (and was fascinated to see what rabbit droppings looked like!) and A was very excited to see a flying pheasant and a trio of horses (he can sign 'horse' and enjoys making their 'clip-clop' noise at the same time). On the way back to our house, we walked past a familiar looking tree... I wonder if you recognise it too?
There's a few things I've added to today's section:
Mrs Hillier has also sent me a really interesting link to a Newsround video; it includes information from 2 doctors who present 'Operation Ouch' who have some information about the Corona Virus which you may find useful/informative (we understand it's an article from March, but there are also links to more up to date information beside it, too). Here is the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089
I was so blown away by Maya's Nature Smart bee-keeping skills that I asked her to share her knowledge with us; here's what she said:
"We had bees for two months only, we just started at our allotment.
We check them once a week to make sure they are doing well, we check if the queen bee is in the hive and if she is laying eggs.
We don't have honey yet, but if we have any we will let you know.
To fill up a frame with honey it depends of the weather it might take from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
FACTS ABOUT BEES
Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
Bees have five eyes and six legs.
Worker bees are females.
Male bees in the hive are called drones and they do not have a stinger.
An average bee hive can hold up to 50,000 bees.
Honey bees are super important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables this means that they help other plants grow.
Please see my video homework:
and my Bee Video...
Henry has written a brilliant acrostic poem about the Victorians – he is so Word Smart to gather lots of brilliant information and turn it into such a creative piece of writing! He has also collected so many fascinating facts about Queen Victoria – I had no idea she had to share a room with her mum until she was Queen!
Eve's Home Learning
This is another of my Scratch projects. I'm really loving getting to grips with coding and at the same time showing my work. Today I learned a new skill - how to put multiple correct answers. So now you have 2 answers to choose from.
Click on the link below to test your knowledge and try Eve's brilliant quiz - I'm sure you'll agree she has been incredibly Word and Technology Smart!
"Josh has been busy this morning learning all about the invention of the first telephone 📞Josh thinks this was one of the best inventions ever made as he thinks it’s so important to keep in touch with all your family and friends , especially at the moment 🌈😍and also fantastic for playing games on too."
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I hope you like today's 'Thought for the Day' - I'm sure you are all missing each other, and other friends and family, very much at the moment but I feel this quote sums it up so well. In spite of this, I feel lucky that we have so much technology around us that can help us keep close with each other, even when we can't be physically be together. Can you imagine how tough it would have been in the past, before phones and computers, when people would have waited weeks (and even months in some cases) to communicate with their loved ones using letters?
Thanks so much for the AMAZING home learning you've been sharing today; your Victorian Mash-Up inventions have blown me away and I am in awe of your creativity (and also of your Picture Smart skills at translating your ideas onto paper). You are clearly going to invent some astonishing things in the future and I will be very proud to have the 'claim to fame' as to have been your teacher!
Keep up the brilliant work and enjoy your weekends, everyone
Lucy has been very Practically and Word Smart in the kitchen..
"For some extra Victorian homework, I made Victorian cucumber ice-cream! I found the recipe on the English Heritage website. They have great information and videos about English history. Here is the recipe (based on theirs but in my own words)
🍨 Cucumber Ice-Cream 🍨
-4 oz sugar
-1/2 a pint of water
-The juice a whole lemon
-Green food colouring (optional)
-1 pint of sweetened cream
1. Firstly, peel the cucumber, keeping your fingers a safe distance from the sharp blade. Now carefully chop and deseed (take out the seeds of) the cucumber.
2. After preparing your cucumber, cook it on the stove or the hob with the water and sugar until the cucumber is tender.
3. While the cucumber is still warm, add your green food colouring plus the lemon juice and pound it until it is smooth (or smoother).
4. Use a sieve to remove the lumps of cucumber and add your sweetened cream to the green liquid.
5. Freeze for about half an hour and then take it out to stir it a little. Repeat this step until it is the consistency of ice cream. Preferably, you should use an ice-cream maker if you happen to have one. (We used the first option as we don’t have an ice-cream maker and it came out as good as using one.)
And viola! Your ice-cream is finished, and even tastier than any shop-bought ice-cream!
Lucy has also been busy with her Technology Smart skills to present her ideas for the 'Victorian Modern Mash Up Invention' challenge:
"As soon as I saw the Lobster Telephone homework, I set to work on a collage. I used a special app on my iPad called Procreate to do this task, so I didn’t do it on paper. I started off by inserting an image of a typewriter and erasing the background, leaving just the actual typewriter. I then inserted an image of a modern keyboard and, again, erasing the background of the photograph. Then, I just moved the keyboard picture on top of the typewriter and it’s (nearly) finished! Except the background. I did a starburst background (like this: 🌅). Because of all the empty space, I decided to add some text and then it’s properly finished!"
Happy Thursday, Chestnut class! I've uploaded today's Victorian Task which is an Art/DT challenge linked to inventions that I hope you'll enjoy - if you'd like to share any of your brilliant work with me, send it over to the Office or get in touch using 'Contact Me' message on here. I've also popped two different spelling challenges linked to our 'Adverbials of Place' spellings this week.
Today, E and A have been using their Practical Smart skills today to make their own 'Nature Bugs' from playdoh and leaves and flowers they had collected from the garden. Mr Ash - who is a bit of a Technology Smartie - has helped E to set up a nature camera in the garden so that we can see what wildlife comes into the garden over night... E was amazed when we looked at the footage after breakfast and saw a picture of a hedgehog! E has called the hedgehog 'Flower' (we read the story of Bambi recently!) and she can't wait to see who visits our garden next!
Leighton has been busy in the garden, too! He is currently in the middle of two Nature Smart projects, both allotment related and he’s spent a lot of time growing seeds for our plot and watching them grow. He’s also been very Practical Smart in helping his dad make a bug house/hotel (it’s a lot bigger than first planned!) and he’s finding materials to fill it with. He’s using his Word Smart skills to investigate what sort of materials bugs like, before it’s completed.
Leighton has also been helping around the home with cooking which has given him lots of fantastic life skills, as well as a taste for new flavours and meals!
Cory has been busy today baking cakes for his birthday tomorrow - he is such a Practical smartie to make such delicious looking cakes and will have been using lots of Maths for weighing ingredients and timing how long it takes for the cake to bake, as well as using his Word Smart skills to read the recipe.
Cory - we all wish you a very 'Happy Birthday'! and hope that you have a fun day celebrating with your family!
Hi Chestnut! I hope you had a fun day yesterday and enjoyed the 'QWERTY' Inventions Task - I had no idea that the design for our keyboards had such history! I wonder how many of you are touch typing when you use the keyboard on your computer? There's a really fun game called 'Dance Mat' which is a great way to learn the positions of the letters; it's such a handy skill to have, especially when you want to type up your work onto a computer. Here's the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr
I've uploaded today's Victorian Task which is to investigate the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition, I hope you find it interesting!
We have been avidly continuing our Nature Smart learning here - E and A are loving watering the plants (or sometimes just the soil!) and finding lots of little creatures in the garden. E found a shield bug on her swing and was desperate to make it a home so she set about collecting various leaves and twigs to fill her shoebox! Unfortunately, the shield bug had different ideas and disappeared very soon after entering 'her' new home but E has left her home out in case she wants to have a rest. No signs yet but we'll keep you posted!
Max has some brilliant home learning to share – he has been applying his Number Smart Maths skills to fun, real life situations like bridge building and also has been deepening his Scientific knowledge of woodlice. Click on the documents above to see his amazing learning!
Macey has been building on her Practically Smart skills; she has baked banana bread after being inspired by looking at Victorians and the foods they eat. Macey wanted to add a twist on to hers and add banana. She to researched a recipe, wrote it down and followed instructions. (We have been informed that this was very tasty!)
Macey has also challenged herself to develop her Technology Smart skills build a Victorian house on Mine craft!
Practical Smart Macey has also been building with Lego; she wanted to createsomething to do with the current situation so built the Nightingale hospital. What a Values Smart idea, too!
Macey has also taken interest into photography and has been using her new Picture and Technology Smart skills to take pictures of her daily exercise walks.
She has been busy by bathing her dog, helping her family wash the card, teaching herself to stretch for gymnastics,
skating around the car park, doing kart wheels almost daily and walking to visit the horses.
Macey has used her brilliant Word Smart skills to investigate Victorian life and has written a diary in role as a Victorian child.
Hi Chestnut! I hope you're having a happy start to the week? I've uploaded today's Victorian Task - continuing our 'Inventions and Inventors' theme, as well as this week's edition of First News that you may like to read as a 'Non-Fiction' text. Mrs Hillier sent me a link to an e-book which you may like to share with your family called 'Everybody Worries': https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx which has been written to help children explore their feelings at the moment.
Thank you so much to those of you who have sent in some amazing home learning yesterday, my inbox was full of your fabulous emails and I can't wait for you all to see each other's incredible learning, too.
*Hint for the Maths challenge today - 'percent means out of 100 e.g. 30% = 30/100'
Nature smartie, Henry has been busy!
He has been playing lots of games, dressing up for VE Day and has watched the BBC bitesize clips about WWII. He's developed his cooking skills, made a small pond in the garden and has even made a bug hotel. For his birthday, Henry chose to spend money adopting an orangutan and did some research about deforestation. His Granddad made Henry his own veg trug from his old bed - Henry’s Bed made from Henry’s bed!! He’s sown peas in it and planted sweet peppers, a chilli plant and some flowers for pollinators.
Henry’s reading 'Skullduggery Pleasant' and is loving that and was given books 2-4 for his birthday; he is also reading Wild Animals of the South.
Henry's been exploring his his Picture Smart skills by working on various bits of art in the garden. He also had fun with Google’s AR features!
Eve and her sister have collaborated together to deepen their knowledge about Victorian inventions and inventors and create a fantastic information poster. I'm sure you'll agree that they are not only very Word Smart but very People Smart, too!
Avid FC Barcelona fan, Harvey has been working hard this morning using his Word, Practical and Self-Smart skills:
"This morning I have been very busy studying and researching my favourite football team: Barcelona.I learnt lots of interesting facts. I also made a 3D stadium puzzles as well, which I really enjoyed making. I must go now as I have lots of Maths questions and spellings to do this afternoon.
Enjoy the rest of your day."
Self Smart Roxana has been busy challenging herself to learn lots of new things - she has used her Nature Smart and Word Smart Skills to investigate ladybirds and present this in an amazing, beautifully presented piece of work. She has also been keeping her Word and Number smart skills bubbling with our Daily Maths and SPaG Challenges and has been deepening her picture smart skills by drawing lots of fantastic cartoons (and even a paper folding trick!).
Happy Monday, Chestnut Class! I hope you all enjoyed the special VE Bank Holiday weekend - it's been lovely to see pictures of your celebrations and from the look of your wonderful photos, this hugely significant day will be fondly remembered by you all in years to come.
E and A enjoyed painting their own VE Bunting:
This week, we're re-visiting our Victorians Project - with a new focus on 'Inventions' which I hope you will find really interesting; the Victorian Era was full of discoveries and I'm sure you'll be fascinated to discover more about these using your brilliant historical research skills. I've also uploaded this week's spellings which are all 'Adverbs of Place'.
Thanks so much for sending me pictures of your wonderful learning at home, I feel so happy and proud seeing how you're challenging yourselves to learn lots of new knowledge and skills as well as spending special time with your family. I hope you all enjoy looking at each other's pictures as much as I do!
Joshua had a lovely day celebrating VE Day with his family, he has been very busy helping to decorate cakes and help putting up the bunting and balloons for their garden family party.
Jasmine and her family had a lovely day celebrating V E Day - they used Jasmine's bunting and VE learning poster to help to decorate their front garden and had a truly memorable, special day from start to finish:
"Our celebration started when our neighbour, dressed in full uniform, played 'The Last Post' on his trumpet. It was incredibly moving and the whole road clapped for him.
We went for a lovely bike ride around Wallingford and Brightwell, it was wonderful to see the local community out (safely) and the decorations they had displayed - we were amazed at how many classic cars were out to admire!
Later in the day Jasmine & Nathan helped to prepare our lovely traditional English dinner of roast beef with all the trimmings and a trifle for dessert, we set up in our front garden for the afternoon and evening, all wearing red, white and blue.
We visited some elderly neighbours who were having celebrations in their own front garden, remembering to observe social distancing. Jasmine had lovely conversations with them, it was so nice to connect as a community, across the generations.
We stayed to sing Dame Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again" and to listen to the Queen's speech, which made everyone feel extremely patriotic!
A bit of a late night as Jasmine then wanted to watch the programme featuring experiences of people who were children during the war. It was fantastic to see the celebrations and to hear first hand experiences from a child's point of view."
Nature Smart Josh has been busy doing his homework this morning with some help from his Nan’s cat 'Puss Puss' - they both look so content in each other's company! Do you have any pet 'study buddy' pictures you'd like to share?
Eve has been a busy Word Smartie researching food in WW2 and has created a brilliant menu using her endless Technology Smart skills; I definitely love the sound of the ginger beer and marmalade pudding but I'm not overly keen on the idea of tongue...I'd have to get extra potatoes instead! What would you choose?
Here's the link she recommends if you'd like to find out even more: http://cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook/20-97-world-war-2-Food-facts.html
Morning, Chestnut Class! I hope you had a fun Wednesday and that you enjoyed the Winston Churchill research? He is such an iconic figure in British history and was full of inspirational insights and quotes, too. Thanks so much to those of you who have sent in your learning about him, it it such a pleasure to see your work (even though I don't get to see your smiling faces with it!).
I hope you find today's VE Task equally fun - it's one for you Practical Smart Bakers as it's investigating how home cooks in WW2 prepared nutritional, delicious meals with a very limited amount/range of ingredients; something we have experienced a tiny taste of in the last couple of months.
Our Practical and People Smartie, Joe has been busy in the kitchen during Lockdown:
"Joe also wanted to share his other learning with you. He has taken a real interest in baking/cooking while we've been in Lockdown and this weekend he wanted to bake a victoria sponge so he made one for the family and then decided he would like to bake one for the ambulance station where his Dad works to say thanks for all of their hard work! His Dad took the cake into work today and came home with a thank you note for Joe from one of the paramedics! Joe's cake had been well received and he was over the moon."
Joe has also been using his Picture and Word Smart skills to create some beautiful VE Day Bunting for his window ahead of celebrations tomorrow (Friday 8th May), see pictures below:
Eve and her sister have been working hard together to create an inspirational, celebratory VE Window at home - ready for VE Day on Friday. I'm sure you'll agree, it looks amazing and really reflects her Values Smart as well as Picture and Word Smart skills.
Eve has also been investigating the life and contributions of Winston Churchill and has presented her research using her Technology Smart skills in a very professional-looking, and informative, poster:
Jasmine has also been busy deepening her knowledge of Winston Churchill - yesterday she challenged herself extend her Technology Smart skills by creating a Scratch quiz using her newly acquired Winston wisdom; however, she had a set-back whilst working and, unfortunately, lost crucial and complicated coding that she had been putting together. Showing great perseverance and determination, Jasmine patiently restarted, and completed, the project and gained some brilliant skills in both computer coding and personal tenacity.
I'm sure you'll all be as proud of Jasmine as I am.
Click on the link below this picture to put your Churchill knowledge to the test!:
Welcome to Wednesday, Chestnut Class! I hope you're having a happy week so far and are still enjoying the VE Challenges - how did you get on with the Code Breakers yesterday? I've managed to learn my name in the phonetic alphabet: 'Mike Romeo Sierra - Alpha Sierra Hotel'! Today's VE Day Task is to investigate a key historical figure who was hugely important to Britain: Winston Churchill. I'd love to see your any of your wonderful home learning so please send it into the Office who can forward it onto me (and Ms Khan gets to see it too!).
Thank you so much to those of you who have been researching E and A's 'Mystery Butterfly' for me - you have blown me away with your Nature Smart, Word Smart and People Smart skills to put in so much effort into investigating the picture and collating your information for us. E was captivated by your work (she even tried to add some writing of her own on my laptop!) and we were both so excited to learn the difference between a moth and a butterfly. Something really lovely happened after we looked at your work on my laptop, too; we saw another Cinnabar Moth in the garden! E is certain it's the same one and is hoping 'she' will now live in our garden forever
Incredible Technology Smartie Eve has made an amazing times table quiz in Scratch to help you practise your multiplication knowledge! I'm sure you'll love playing it - and applying your times table knowledge - as much as I did! Follow the link under this picture to play!
Hi Chestnut! I hope you've having a happy start to the week and that you enjoyed the VE Day Street Party Task yesterday? We would all love to see some of your ideas so message them to the Office and I can upload them to the website! Thanks so much to those of you who have already sent in pictures of your VE Day bunting - they're absolutely fantastic and Mrs Giles would like to pass on her compliments, too! If you are still working on yours, please don't worry, you can send me pictures when it's ready (as well as sending it to the BBC, as explained on their website).
Today's VE Task is another fun one which I hope you'll enjoy - it's all about Code Breaking in WW2!
E and A are continuing to be avid bug and insect hunters in the garden at the moment - E loves befriending woodlice (she gives each one it's own name; her favourite names seem to be 'Bubble', 'Unicorn Twilight' and 'Nono' - I've no idea where the last one came from!). They also love spotting the birds in our garden; we have bluetits, lots of blackbirds, pigeons, a few red kites and a robin who hangs out on the apple tree - E reminds us to be really quiet so that we don't frighten them but this usually makes A more excited and tumultuous! A few days ago we found a green caterpillar snuggled in our rhubarb and yesterday they found a beautiful black and red butterfly! I've never seen one like this before so if we have any Nature Smarties who fancy investigating more about what type of butterfly it is, I would be very grateful and could tell E and A all about it!
Hi Chestnut! I hope you've had happy weekends. I've had a lovely time reading through your work and uploading it onto the website for everyone to see and celebrate - I'm so proud of the learning and wonderful activities you've been working on at home and I can't wait to see you all in person to give you a huge high 5! Please keep sending me messages/pictures/work to the School Office or via the Contact Me Form!
This week, we're continuing to investigate VE Day and I hope you enjoy today's 'Street Party' task. I've also uploaded this week's spellings (Adverbials of Time) and this week's copy of First News with additional quiz and puzzle pages which I hope you'll find entertaining/interesting!
Mrs Eaton has been avidly visiting our webpage to see what you've all been up to and she was so blown away that she's written you all a brilliant poem:
Three Cheers for Chestnut
This little note is just to say,
I hope you are smiling every day,
Enjoying all of your family time,
That you’re staying safe and feeling fine.
I check the class page every day,
I’m so proud of you all in every way.
Your ideas are colourful, creative and fun,
But don’t work too hard, enjoy the sun!
Keep up the work, it is so good,
I’d love to see it in person, if I could.
You’re working so hard, that I can see,
Can’t wait to see you all soon back at Fir Tree.
For those of you Nature Smarties, it's Hedgehog Awareness Week and Ms Khan has been sent some activities that she thought you might like to explore this week which I've attached here:
A message from Joshua - the VE Bunting Expert:
Hi Mrs Ash,
I’ve been busy again today making my VE bunting which I had fun making , getting messy with glue & glitter 😂 I made two buntings, one for my house and one for my Nan & Grandads house, they have brightened up the windows along with our NHS thank you pictures 🌈🇬🇧
I'm sure you'll agree: Josh's bunting is fantastic and is a true reflection of his determination, patience and creativity. He is such a People, Self, Values, Picture and Word Smartie (it would be a loooong Smart Certificate!!) and we are very proud. Keep up the fantastic work, Joshua!
I hope you are all well.
I would like to share with you, the cheesecake I made on my latest cooking lesson!
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/eBb9_d3BRoI
Eve has been busy investigating the impact of WW2 on her family:
" I had a Great-Grandma who we called GG. She was an evacuee in WW2. I was inspired by the evacuee story in your PowerPoint. I phoned my Nana (GG's daughter) and have written a word document about GG's evacuee experience that Nana told me.
Hope you enjoy it. It took a long time!
I'm sure you'll be as blown away by Eve's Word, Technology and Self Smart Skills as I am. Fantastic work, Eve!
Happy Friday, my lovely Chestnut Class! I hope you had an insightful day, yesterday? I've been blown away by your enthusiasm for the VE Project so far - I've been sent lots of wonderful examples of thoughtful, reflective and Values Smart work and I'm feeling very proud of you all. I've uploaded them below so that you are all able to feel inspired and proud, too!
Today's VE Project is to use the link below and begin to create you own bunting; BBC Radio Oxford has launched a special event ‘The Great British Bunting’ where they are encouraging everyone to make bunting to hang in their windows. They are asking everyone to send in photos of their bunting to be displayed on their website. This is quite a big project so it might well take you a couple of days to complete (it can be continued on Monday, if you need it to!).
Here is the link to the website which has all the information you need:
Jasmine has been investigating all about VE Day and has created a brilliant poster and reflection cloud which she is going to display on her window on the 8th May as part of the celebrations. Jasmine's Grandad flew Lancaster aeroplanes in WW2, so we are also going to find out more about his life.
Jasmine would also like to recommend this brilliant Horrible Histories video, too:
Hi Chestnut Class! Hope you had a happy day, yesterday and found out lots of things about VE Day? We're going to continue our investigations into VE Day today, as well as commemorate a very special birthday!
I am sure you have all seen the fantastic work Captain Tom Moore has achieved in raising funds for the NHS. If you haven't - watch this Newsround Clip: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52437767 to find out more!
Captain Moore's tenacity and perseverance have captured the hearts of the nation, not to mention all the other values and smarts we strive for at Fir Tree. With this in mind, it would be wonderful to acknowledge his achievements; it's his birthday TODAY and we thought it would be lovely to write him a birthday card, a thoughtful message or create some art/poetry which reflects how we feel about him and his achievements. Maybe you could create a poster which shows his values? You might draw, collage or paint a portrait of him? Please send any pictures of these to the School Office and we will collate them. Also, if you might like to find out some more about him and his life, too!
Our VE Day Task today is to watch the video below and record your own reflection page. You can use words, pictures (drawn your own or find some) or a combination of the two! Send your wonderful work to the School Office and they can forward it on to me.
Eve has put together a super Scratch quiz using her research about VE Day - try testing your knowledge, too! (Click on the website link)
Happy Wednesday, Chestnut! I hope you're having a good start to the week in spite of this soggy weather; E and A dressed up in their wet weather gear yesterday so that we could enjoy a splash in the puddles (it certainly made a change from splashing with the hose or in the paddling pool to cool down!). E loved the fact that the wet slide in our garden plus her slippy splash suit made for an extremely speedy descent...A soon discovered this, too, and they were both racing down (with VERY close supervision from me!).
Thank you so much to those of you who have sent work in to me, it has brought a huge smile to my face to hear from you and to see the wonderful things you've been doing. I have uploaded the pictures below!
For the next few days, the whole of Fir Tree are changing their project focus to 'VE Day' in anticipation of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on the 8th of May. I'll upload daily challenges, like with our Victorian Project, which will give you all the chance to explore the history and meaning of this significant day.
Keep safe and keep smiling!
Our first day investigating VE Day starts here:
1) Watch the short video above from the British Legion which introduces VE Day
2) Watch this fascinating video from the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr
3) As explained on the final slide of the first video, record at least 5 new things you have learned/discovered/realised about VE.
Lucy, a super Word Smartie, has a reading recommendation for you, inspired by our Victorian project:
During isolation I have started reading a book called A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (who wrote the Secret Garden). I have just noticed that the book is set in Victorian London. When a rich young girl, Sara, loses all of her great fortune, she is taken from being the star pupil to a scullery maid with no more than a penny to her name. She is no longer entitled to an education, even though she was one of the top pupils in the school. However, one of her best friends, Ermengarde, sneaks up during the night to do lessons together. I have attached a photograph of the book. I haven’t quite finished it but I’m really enjoying it and I am nearing the end. After I have finished, I plan to read The Secret Garden, which (I think) is also set in the Victorian Era.
Sophia has been busy developing all sorts of fantastic skills - from Cooking/D.T. to History to Art! I'm so proud of the effort (and outstanding presentation) she's put into these fantastic projects and learning opportunities and I know you will be, too.
Dear Mrs Ash,
I miss you all at Fir Tree so much!
Thank you for sending us homework, which have been kept me busy and I've also been practicing my maths with the "Maths factor" website which is free during the lockdown.
Easter was very different this year without my cousins but me and my sisters had fun decorating easter bonnets and I also drew a bunny on a t-shirt.
My mum has been giving me cooking lessons! Here's a picture of me making a vegetable lasagne and cupcakes!
I wrote Captain Tom Moore a birthday card as he's a hero, alongside the NHS and other key workers.
I have finished my Shakespeare project and I am now researching about the Victorians. Did you know that queen Victoria was only 18 years old when she became a queen? Wow!
Hi Chestnut! I hope that you had a fun and interesting Monday? How did you get on with the Victorian Diary task yesterday? I would absolutely LOVE to read some of your wonderfully imaginative, creative writing so please feel free to bombard my inbox (if you send them to the school office they can forward them on to me!) with your work.
After spending most of the weekend in the paddling pool, E has continued to be very into all things water and, this morning, she drew herself as a jellyfish - she was very clear that she was a happy jellyfish and wouldn't sting people! If you have any wonderful artwork that you've been working on since being off school, do send it over and I can pop it on the website for everyone to admire. I've heard from Ms Khan and Mrs Giles that lots of you have been sending in some inspirational artwork for our Heroes art competition, too; I can't wait to see them on the Arts Page in the next few days!
E's Happy - not Stinging - Jellyfish
Happy Monday, Chestnut! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the next week of Victorian investigating! I've uploaded today's Victorian Task, our new Spelling list for the week and the latest copy of First News which I know lots of you have been enjoying and using as some of your non-fiction reading.
Remember to keep sending your work/messages to me via the School Office or using the 'Getting in Touch' link on this page :)
Happy Friday, Chestnut Class! I can't believe another week has flown by without seeing you but I am feeling so proud as I look through all of the amazing work you've been challenging yourselves to achieve at home! There's so much to enjoy today - I'm sure you'll have the same pride and happiness as you look through it as I have :)
Jasmine, a super Nature Smartie, has a wonderful update about her pond: "We have lots of tadpoles now and two Common Newts that we have named 'Newton' and 'Newtington!' I am enjoying topping the pond up with water from a place we found in the Castle Meadows where we go for a walk, also I collect pond weed for them. They are doing really well!"
Lucy has created a fantastic Victorian Timeline Powerpoint by combining her Technology and Word Smart skills (reading and writing) with her Historical Enquiry skills.
Joe has been used his brilliant Word Smart skills to research all about Victorian Ragged Schools and has applied his Technology Smart skills on the computer to present these in a fascinating Powerpoint.
Jasmine has been deepening her Geographical skills in her own Take One Country over Easter. Her Dad has a cousin who lives in Italy, with her family; she was supposed to be visiting over the Easter holidays, and had to cancel because of Covid-19, so Jasmine wanted to investigate more about the country for herself and has created a fact-filled Powerpoint.
These are the links to the languages videos in the Powerpoint (as I turned this into a video for the website, the links Jasmine very cleverly included into the Powerpoint aren't 'live' now, so I've popped them here instead):
https://youtu.be/B_l3rDEw32U - Colours
https://youtu.be/J6eX74hrueI - Numbers
Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's Victorian task which introduced Victorian Schools and Education? I'd love to see some of your artistic impressions of what our classroom would look like in the Victorian times - send them to the office or ping me a message on here and I can reply.
Attitudes towards children in the Victorian era were quite different to those today; many people at the time believed that children should be seen and not heard which meant that, essentially, children should sit in silence, get on with their work and shouldn't be giving their ideas or opinions - that was only for the adults in the world to do. Thank goodness it's not like that today - I can't imagine not hearing your wonderful ideas, knowledge and insights about the world; it's what I love most about being your teacher :)
In addition to our daily Maths and SPaG challenges, I've uploaded today's Victorian task and a crossword for our 'ough' spelling words if you'd find it a useful way of practicing our spelling words today.
Stay safe and happy (and please get in touch/send me some work...I miss you!)
Hi there, Chestnut! I hope you're all well and are enjoying the Victorians Project so far? I really hope you've had fun deepening your historical knowledge as well as using your reading, writing and presenting skills to capture what you've learned!
Many thanks to those of you who have been in touch asking to send your work - I can't wait to see them and share them on the website. You can either email them to the school office who can forward them onto me or send me a message on the 'Contact Me' form and I can reply. Eve has worked hard to create a pair of superb Victorian timelines (one about Children and one about Queen Victoria) which I've listed below; click on the pictures to enlarge them so that you can read the fascinating facts and see if you can learn something new, too!
I have some exciting news for you...Mrs Giles emailed me yesterday with our latest Arts Competition which sounds wonderful:
It would be a brilliant project to get involved in and to create a masterpiece to remind you of the incredible heroes who are helping us all at this challenging time.
Hi Chestnut Class,
I hope you all had wonderful Easter Holidays and were able to have lots of fun. E and A had lots of fun hunting for Easter eggs - E enjoyed it so much she asked to have her eggs re-hidden for several days in a row so that she could keep finding them again!
For those of you Picture Smarties, E and I made some tie dye paper towels during the holidays which were really fun and only required kitchen roll, felt tips, elastic bands/hair bobbles and water; let me know if you want to know the instructions.
A has been very into drawing at the moment so we've had the chunky chalks out in the garden and he's turned the trampoline into a canvas (his favourite things to draw are fire engines, trains, tractors and cars and he tells us which one to draw by making it's noise...very cute!).
I'd love to hear about your Easter Holiday! Joshua has been busy - he sent the school office some amazing pictures of his modelling skills ('Max and the Millions' eat your heart out!).
Message from Josh:
Hello, hope you are all well 💙🌈
Joshua would like to share some pictures of the challenge we had of making a Super Mario figure out if 1,750 pieces 😮🤣 it was very challenging and hard to make as the pieces were so tiny but we persevered and finally finished it over 3 days , it did take a lot of patience but from the smile on his face , well worth doing 😆😊
As it’s the Easter Holidays next week, Fir Tree have agreed that work will not be set daily. I wish you all a happy and safe Easter and I’ll be back on Monday 20th. Of course, I know that most of you will carry on with bits (reading, times tables, projects/other areas of learning); I will still be responding to messages if you'd like to send me any pictures or work to pop on the website or to get in touch. I've set myself the task of finishing 'Max and the Millions' (Josh - you've definitely beaten me on this one!) as Jasmine had loaned me the next installment from the Murder Most Unladylike series called 'Arsenic for Tea' which I was desperate to finish so I could find out who the murderer was...fab plot twist again! If you're looking for non-fiction reading, I've uploaded the latest copy of 'First News' so that you can catch up, too - this edition has an interview with Cressida Cowell (author of 'How to Train Your Dragon'), some super Easter activity ideas (p.13-16) and an interesting article about food delivery robots!
In addition to the documents in the 'Activities to Help Your Child' at the top of this page, these are links to some fun activities you and your families might like to try over the Easter Hols (let me know if you find any other good ones and I'll pop them on here!):
Jasmine has some brilliant news about her Hockey Club, 'WildCats Hockey', where she plays with the Under 10's team.
They had a tournament in Bicester last month and did really well, despite the torrential rain! She demonstrated resilience and determination against some really strong teams, and kept her spirits up, encouraging other team members too. Jasmine was very much looking forward to representing Fir Tree for our hockey tournament too, before recent circumstances meant that it needed to be cancelled.
Jasmine and her family received an e-mail this morning to say that, although the annual awards ceremony had to be cancelled, they were announcing the winners - Jasmine won an award!
The following was written:
Most Improved Player of the Year - Jasmine Gibbin -
Jasmine started hockey at the beginning of this season, showing true commitment to hockey from the start. Attending sessions every week her confidence, skills and games awareness have developed greatly making her a valuable contribution to any team, and always with a smile. We look forward to helping her develop further over the coming years. Congratulations!
I’m not at all surprised Jasmine has been recognised for her progress in hockey – she’s been invaluable in our class lessons this year. She demonstrates techniques and strategies brilliantly and coaches her peers with patience and positivity (as well as helping her teacher to brush up on her skills!). We're so proud of you, Jasmine! Well done! :)
Hints for today's Maths Challenge:
Haaaaaappppy Friiiiiiday! Well done for making it to the end of another week, Chestnut class - I'm sure you've been working extremely hard this week and are ready for a restful weekend. Just before we get there, let's see what learning and progress you can squeeze into today! Keep going with those projects...I can't wait to see what fascinating information you've been discovering and how you're going to present it.
How have you been getting on with your spelling words this week? I'm sure you've found some great ways to practice and learn these super verbs; now you know what they mean and how to spell them, you'll be able to apply them into your writing in the future. If you haven't yet, try to use them in sentences today - you can use the 'Spelling Sentences' document below to fill in the gaps, if that helps!
Thanks to lots of you who have been in touch and have shared your fantastic learning - Eve has sent some great pictures of her family keeping fit to Joe Wicks (body smartie Eve has been doing this at 9am every day - such a star!) and a brilliant spelling wordsearch that you could print off to use as extra practice, too! Fabulous work, thanks, Eve! :)
Hints for today's Maths Challenge:
Hi Chestnut! Happy Thursday! How is it Thursday already? This week seems to have FLOWN by! Thanks so much for your messages and examples of work - I felt wonderfully proud reading through Jasmine's today, I'm sure you'll feel the same when you read it, too :)
The weather hasn't been quite so sunny this week, so maybe you have been keeping up your active minutes indoors rather than outside? Don't forget to use the 'Keeping Active' document in the 'Homework Documents' section at the top of the page for ideas of fun ways to exercise while you're at home and the poster below also has lots great links and ideas. E and A are still loving 'Go Noodle'; A becomes very animated when the Trolls start dancing to 'Can't Stop the Feeling'. His 'go to' dance move is spinning around with his eyes closed - which he has copied from his sister - for obvious reasons, we have to make sure he's not too close to any furniture, or people, for this!
If you'd like any ideas for linking Maths or Science into your learning at home, have a look at the poster below as it has lots of brilliant ideas to try and websites to visit. If you have any other recommended websites, videos or ideas yourself, do let me know and I can add them on here for others to see!
Again, I would absolutely love to hear from you (and if you'd like to share some of your work that would be wonderful, too) so don't hesitate to get in touch with the 'contact me' form!
Jasmine has been working extremely hard at home to develop her skills and knowledge in lots of different areas of the curriculum - History, Food Technology, English and Science, to name but a few! I'm so proud to see such fabulous learning and presentation, well done, Jasmine!
From Jasmine: "I have attached my Shakespeare family tree, I painted the blossom tree, using acrylic paint, before adding Shakespeare's family onto it.
In addition to the chocolate cheese cake, we also made a birthday cake for my Granda's 70th birthday - we were going to have a family party, but had to do a family 'Zoom' get together instead.
I completed the attached 'pond making' photo document, but unfortunately the birds in our garden thought the tadpoles looked like a tasty treat (or fortunately for the birds!) We will try again soon!"
Hi Chestnut! Happy Tuesday! Apologies for the Moana quote but E watched a little of it yesterday and it reminded me how many values are celebrated in the film - Moana's determination, courage, perseverance and kindness are truly inspirational - and I have decided that I'm going to try extra hard to show Moana values every day. If you haven't seen the film, I would definitely recommend it and I'd love you to let me know what values you think she shows; maybe you could make a powerpoint with screenshots of different parts of the film and captions to explain?
These are two of my favourite clips...
I hope you had a good day yesterday; did you manage to help with cooking or preparing meals at all? E assisted the prep of our bolognese sauce by chopping some of the softer vegetables - like the aubergine and peppers - and she particularly enjoyed squeezing in the tomato puree (it was, consequently, a bit more tomatoey than usual, but still very tasty!).
I hope you got on OK with the spelling challenge and maths problem yesterday? Let me know if you need any tips through the message me section!
Which projects have you started working on this week? Try, as much as you can, to think about choosing a range of projects to cover the different subjects, like we do at school. If you've already worked on a History project, maybe try a Geography next, or a Science one, or think of ways to develop your skills in the different subjects within your chosen project. If you're a bit unsure of how to do this, please get in touch and I can help! Also, please send me any photos/examples of your work or a message of what you've been up to, as I'd really love to hear from you all.
Take care and have a happy day :)
Hi Chestnut! I hope you're having a happy start to the week? We had a go at some Food Technology here yesterday; E has been very interested in the story of 'The Little Mermaid' lately and wanted to make Ariel some dolphin biscuits. There are so many fantastic ways that cooking can help us learn:
I realise ingredients may be a bit short at home at the moment, but if you get chance to do any cooking (it doesn't need to be extra to what is already happening at home - helping to prepare lunch or dinner is a great way to develop your Food Tech skills) send me a message or a picture and I can pop it on the website to inspire others!
Morning Chestnut! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend? E and A have had lots of fun being blown about by the wind over the last couple of days! Yesterday, E helped me wash my car; unfortunately (and not surprisingly for my daughter) most of the water seemed to end up on her, rather than on the car, but she had lots of fun and the car looks a little less mucky that it did before we started!
I wonder what project you'll choose from the menu, what writing you'll link to this and how you'll present your new learning, this week? I'd love to see some of your work so far - use the 'getting in touch' link at the bottom of the page to send me a message! In addition to your TT-Rockstars, Hit the Button, Reading and Read Theory, we've got new spellings this week...
This week, in spelling, we're going to focus on converting nouns and adjectives into verbs using the -ify suffix:
Your first challenge is to write each word into your book and use a dictionary (either book or website: ) to find and match the correct meaning of each word in the '-ify spelling challenge' document below; maybe you could draw a picture, too, to help you remember?
Happy Friday, Chestnut! I hope you've had a restful night and are ready for another day of learning and fun. How have you been keeping up your active minutes this week? GoNoodle is a fabulous place to start, as is Cosmic Kids Yoga (E has been loving this - we tried the Moana one yesterday which was brilliant!). Also, Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has been live-streaming a 30 minute PE session each morning at 9am from his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ. These are the links to each session so far, in case you have missed them:
We'll be ready for a new set of spellings next week but to secure your -ise spellings, how about writing them into sentences today? Think about challenging yourself with 5ws sentence starters, embedded clauses and using a range of punctuation (as well as experimenting with exciting word choices!).
e.g. At half-time in the tense changing room (with his team 2-0 down) the fearful football manager desperately hoped his players would be able to at least equalise, in order to go through to the next round.
criticise advertise capitalise
finalise equalise fertilise
terrorise socialise visualise vandalise
Happy Thursday, Chestnut! I hope you are feeling well and safe this morning. I'm missing seeing you each day but I'm having a lovely time - and feeling very proud - looking at some examples of your amazing learning from home. If you want to send anything to share with the class on here (or just to me!) then send a message using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
In addition to your daily spelling, reading and maths activities, I hope you're getting on well with your projects, too? You might even have completed one by now? I think my two little people would have chosen the 'Deadly 60 Cards' - A is loving finding insects in the garden at the moment and gets very animated whenever he sees an ant/beetle/ladybird (his favourite seems to be little spiders). I think, if he could, he would write a non-chronological report all about spiders and include lots of diagrams and pictures.
Jasmine has put so much effort into these blood-curdling, frightful, diary extracts from Hamlet. Can you see how she has used the S2S for a recount here to step into the character's shoes whilst recalling events they have seen and experienced?
I'm blown away - fabulous writing, Jasmine!
Macey was set an English challenge to write a letter to someone; she chose the NHS staff. First, Macey spent time planning her letter and thinking about what she wanted to say. With her ideas planned, she then put lots of effort into using the S2S for letter writing. After completing her letter, it was uploaded to an NHS support page on Facebook where it was shared and praised by lots of NHS staff.
Macey has had many responses from thankful NHS staff via comments, private messages and even in the post! Macey has today responded to one of those letters (a nurse in isolation called Kim).
As a result of this, Macey has developed her letter writing skills and she has learnt to respond to questions asked of her in a letter. Furthermore, she has discovered the wonderful, unlimited, power the Internet can have when used for kind, thoughtful things! We're so proud of you, Macey!
Hi Chestnut! Hope you've had a restful sleep and are ready for the sunny Wednesday ahead!
How have you been getting on with your '-ise' spellings so far? If you wanted another way of practicing, try to make a wordsearch like the one below (or use this one to find the words yourself!). Remember to always check the meaning of words using a dictionary, like this online one https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english, so that you'll be able to use them in your writing.
I hope you're learning lots of interesting things through your project choice? Try to include some writing each day that's linked to your project - think about what types of writing would work best (e.g. story/ diary/ newspaper/ poetry/ non-chronological report/ letter/ instructions) and the S2S (Organisation/ Sentences/ Words/ Punctuation and Presentation) for each one.
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you had a happy day yesterday and have been able to stay safe, learn lots and keep active. My little ones have been loving 'Go Noodle' today - particularly the 'Milkshake' song which they have taken to singing as LOUDLY as they can! Have you chosen your first project from the homework menu yet? I can't wait to see all of your fantastic work and ideas when we get back to school!
Hi Chestnut Class! I hope you have had a happy weekend! Lucy emailed school with some of her wonderful home learning which I thought you would all love to see too - she's put lots of effort into her fabulous timetable and comic strip recount of Hamlet *contains SPOILERS ... she's read to the end of the story!*