Welcome to Chestnut class! We are so excited to welcome the children as they start on this exciting journey through primary school. We are looking forward to seeing the children grow in both their confidence, curiosity and their ability as we progress throughout the year.
Teacher: Miss O'Neill
Teaching Assistant: Miss Randall
PPA Cover: Mrs J. Smith
For our Phonics sessions in school, we use a scheme called Read, Write, Inc. This scheme helps to ensure that every child is able to read and write with fluency and accuracy from the moment they come in to school.
We start our Phonics sessions after assembly at 9:30am. Our lessons start with Speed Sounds, where children learn new sounds and diagraphs and revise ones they already know, learn or revise green and red words which correlate with their story, partner read and implement this knowledge with writing tasks, such as hold a sentence.
We give the children many opportunities to explore Phonics in our continuous provision around the classroom and outdoors. The children love to use chalk to write their sounds and words in our outdoor classroom and have enjoyed their phonics whiteboard, where they can practice their new green and red words.
In our Maths lessons this summer term, we have been looking beyond 10 and learning all about our numbers to 20! We have been looking at both recognizing and composing numbers to 20.
We have also been revisiting our knowledge on repeating patterns and the composition of numbers up to 10.
We like to do lot's of practical based activities, both in and out of the classroom, to help both stimulate children's learning as well as showing children that Maths is not confined to a classroom - Maths is all around us!
We have two main Maths sessions a day - one in the morning where we follow units through White Rose, and one in the afternoons based all around building Maths Fluency.
The children have a mixture of independent, teacher led and group tasks to complete for their lessons, and they are offered an array of apparatus and materials to enhance their learning areas.
We like to give many opportunities to develop early writing within our setting, and one of the ways we have done this is through regular writing sessions.
We aim to get a literacy session in every day where the children can bring their phonics skills and knowledge into other areas of writing, such as writing about their weekend and holiday news.
This is done through taught input, where sentence structures and spellings are modelled, and with grouped or 1:1 support by staff where they have an array of resources, such as sound and word matts, to help with their writing.
The children in the summer term are encouraged to write full sentence, with capital letters, finger space and full stops, using their letters and sounds taught in their phonics sessions.
The children have been able to write fantastic alien descriptions in their last topic on Space and are looking at writing factual pieces on how to care for plants, linking to their new topic on Growing.
On a Wednesday afternoon, we are very fortunate to have Mrs J. Smith who comes to take the children to Woodland Wonder.
Woodland Wonder gives a wonderful opportunity for the children to engage in learning outside of the classroom, in a more natural setting. It helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering - it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Woodland Wonder creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for children to try stuff out and take risks. It helps to inspire a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. The children will be constantly expanding on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience.
This term, Mrs J. Smith has linked their Woodland Wonder with our topics on Growing, by creating challenges and games for the children to play, such as growing their own magic beans.
On a Tuesday afternoon, we have our P.E sessions. We believe that P.E is vital for children as it helps to keep them active and healthy.
Over the Spring term, we focused on activities which would help to improve and teach the children about physical movement, balance, eye co-ordination and core stability. This also offered children the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills through the provision of a range of resources.
We had lots of fun looking at Groovy Gymnastics and looking at how to use different equipment and resources to move around. In the summer term, we are moving on to core strength and have enjoyed being superheroes when engaging our core to lift and move parts of our body.
Continuous and Enhanced Provision
Throughout our day, we have an array of both continuous and enhanced provision for the children to engage with. These activities provide a variety of opportunities for the children to further their knowledge and understanding of different topics and units we are covering throughout our curriculum.
Our continuous provision allows familiarity for the children in the classroom and with their provision and resources, while our enhanced provision allows opportunities to enhance their learning in these areas and stretch and progress their imagination and play further.
The children have a variety of different areas, such as their reading nook to engage in both books that are linked to topics and phonetically decodable books to encourage enjoyment of reading, and their construction areas where they can let their imagination run wild with building anything from Pirate ships that have come to terrorize school to water systems to install toilets for our outdoor stage and theatre.
We offer a language rich environment for the children and pride ourselves on our quality first teaching and modelling when playing, exploring and learning with the children.
P.E. will be every Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that children come in to school wearing their P.E clothes (red top, black shorts / joggers) and that they bring in their black pumps if they aren't wearing them.
Woodland Wonder will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. J. Smith. Please ensure that the children come in their woodland wonder clothes, which consist of a long sleeved top and jumper, leggings or joggers, sensible footwear, wellies and a waterproof coat.
Children must not wear jeans, shorts, skirts or short sleeve tops.
We will be doing as much of our learning and play times outside as we can so please make sure that children come to school with their coats everyday. The children may also bring hats and sun-cream for when it starts to get hotter. The children will need to be able to apply their sun-cream independently.
Children may bring in either fruit or a cereal bar to school as their snack at break time. We also have fruit at school that the children may have.
We have a strict no nuts policy at school, so please ensure all snacks brought in are nut free.
If you have any queries, please email Miss O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org