Chestnut Class (Year 2/3)

Welcome to Chestnut Class.
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Chestnut Class is the year two and year three group of children who are taught by Mrs Fielder and Mrs  Truman our wonderful teaching assistant. On Wednesdays the children have Aspire PE taught by Mr Gardner and music taught by Mrs Lockrose. 
Our area of learning this half term, Spring 1, is 'Ancient Egypt'. Please see below, the knowledge organiser which details the history knowledge and skills the children will learn in this topic. Please also refer to the curriculum map which provides an overview of the learning in the other areas of the curriculum.
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Week ending 27.01.23
Since the last time of writing, we are really becoming experts on Ancient Egypt. It is lovely seeing how interested the children are and just how knowledgeable they are too. I am also really pleased that so many children have gone home and done further research. Thank you, and of course it will be shared with the class and put on 'The Homework Window'.
The children are also enjoying our class reading book called 'A Mummy Ate My Homework', written by Thiago De Moraes. At the start of every afternoon, without fail, they hang on my every word, as a young lad called He Ne Re (Henry) tries to find his way back to the present day after being sucked into a black hole and taken to Ancient Egypt. He has encountered the pet crocodile called Sobby, a monkey called Mumbles that got him and his new friends into trouble as well as trying to learn how to handle spears without being injured. He wasn't very successful unfortunately but he does enjoy the astronomy lessons instead!
In maths we have moved onto multiplication. The year twos have used numicon pieces to represent groups of 2, 5 and 10 and have begun to write the calculations using the x symbol. The year threes have begun to explore short multiplication by partitioning the 2-digit number first. 
We have finished writing the description of a scene from 'Cinderella of the Nile. We have worked hard this week to think of effective noun phrases and similes to describe as well as use conjunctions to help the narrative flow.  The children should be really proud of their efforts. 
We have also continued with our sketching in art and our Egyptian dance in PE. The children have become quite the experts in moving like an Egyptian!
Week ending 13.01.23
I can't believe, yet another week has passed. It has been a busy one with lots of learning in many subject areas. We started the week with our third jigsaw piece called 'Dreams and Goals'. We talked about setting realistic goals and how these can be achieved and then considered things they have achieved and how it makes them feel. We talked about how it is important to store these proud and positive feelings inside us. 'Imagine you have a treasure chest inside of you where you can store these special feelings'. We started our core text on Monday, Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo. Mysteriously a bottle was washed up on shore containing a message. The class had to use the message to work out who had sent it and why. Finally they wrote a short newspaper article to make the citizens of Samos aware that there are bandits on the loose and a boy or girl has been captured and are in need of help. In maths we have continued with subtraction but crossing the tens boundary, exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones. Our history this week focused on the importance of the river Nile. I wonder how many reasons the children can remember and if they can remember the names the Egyptians gave to the seasons. In order to get water from the Nile the Egyptians made a device called a 'shaduf'. In design technology the class learned how it worked and what it was made from. They also made their own prototypes out of straws, string and masking tape. They persevered, as it was quite a fiddly task, and worked really well as a team, helping each other where needed. Nearly all the prototypes were successful, and where they weren't, we looked at what we could  do to improve them. The 'Star of the Week' certificate was given to all Chestnut class, for showing endurance, (the value of the month), when making the shadufs. WELL DONE. 
Week ending 6.01.23 
It's been lovely having everyone back in school this week after so many being off with various illnesses just before Christmas. The children have settled back into the routine really well; we've had a good first week back, with lots of learning crammed into just four days.
In English, we have been thinking about conjunctions; words used to join clauses or sentences. In one activity we had to find the two parts of the sentence and decide which word successfully joined the two parts. In another activity the children worked in pairs to write sentences using these words. We had sentences such as 'We can go to the cinema if it is raining; I went riding although I was sick; They wouldn't let me play because I was wearing pink jogging bottoms'.
In maths we have practiced adding and subtracting within 20, trying to use our number fact knowledge to help us work out the answers in our heads. We have also played a game called 'strike it out' where the children practiced these skills. Next week we are going to complete our work on addition and subtraction before moving onto multiplication and division. 
Yesterday the children were introduced to our topic of Ancient Egyptians. They learned facts such as 'The Great pyramid took 5,000 men to build it; the ancient Egyptians had many Gods; they used a form of picture writing called hieroglyphics.
It was a pleasure to see how interested and engaged the children were after just one lesson, some even doing research at home to share with the class today. The children were so excited when we delved into the back of the classroom cupboard to find all the Egyptian resources; there were mummies, headdresses, pyramids, dressing up clothes and much, much more. 
We ended the week with our dance lesson moving to Egyptian music. The children were just fantastic, some have such a good sense of rhythm.
Week ending 9/12/22
A lot has happened during the past few weeks. The trip to the Weald and Downland museum was a great success. The children enjoyed visiting the different houses, looking for similarities and differences between them. The two workshops saw the children kneading dough as well as watching straw being lit to give them a sense of how this would have contributed to the Great Fire. They also had a go at making a spark which they thoroughly enjoyed. I was very proud of everyone and they were great ambassadors for the school.
Last week the class made a sleigh out of lolly sticks and characters such as Father Christmas or reindeer or snowmen out of plasticine, to sell at the Christmas Fayre. I was so impressed with their attention to detail and their concentration. At one point you could have heard a pin drop!
Recently the class have been learning the Christmas songs in preparation for the Nativity. They sound lovely and look really happy carrying out the actions. Definitely not a performance to be missed next week.
Although we are nearing the Christmas holiday, the children have still been working hard. We have just about completed our work on addition and subtraction; the year twos can confidently add and subtract two 2-digit numbers using resources; the year threes are confident adding and subtracting using the column method. We will learn how to 'cross the tens boundary' next term.
In English we have been working from the text 'The Lonely Beast' which I know the class are enjoying. They have been so eager to write the diary entry from the perspective of the Beast. Some of the turns of phrase and vocabulary used have been very impressive. All the children have now finished their first draft. They have proof read and edited them, so they are now ready to be copied out,  to form a diary which can be shared with everyone. 
In science we have set up an experiment to prove what plants need in order to grow strong and healthy. We have also put white carnations in red dyed water to show that water can travel up the stems.  Oh yes, we have also learned the life cycle of a plant and the importance of pollination. We even did some drama to help us understand this new learning. We have also played a matching game, where the children had to match the seed to the plant. We were surprised at how many different sizes, shapes and colours seeds can come in!
The week ended with happy children wearing Christmas jumpers and having a Christmas lunch, with crackers and music. 
Week ending 11/11/22
This week has seen us finishing our own versions of 'I'm not Scary.' The story has really captured their imaginations. They have been very keen to write and to edit with green pen which is a delight to see. We have now completed our work on place value and will learn how to apply this knowledge when calculating. Our area of learning, called Around the World begun this week with us making sure we know the meanings of the following words; world, continent, country, county, ocean and globe. We then 'flew' over the continents, naming them as we went. Our final destination was Europe, where the children had two sessions to research a country of choice using atlases, holiday brochures and the internet. They discovered some interesting facts, so please ask them what they found out. Next week we are going to 'fly' to Asia, research again, but this time look for similarities and / or differences between the two continents. Every day I look forward to our 'reading to the class slot', after lunch. We are particularly keen on Horrid Henry at the moment. I think that is partly my fault, because I really enjoy going over the top with the expression! It is great watching the children's faces and hearing them laugh at Henry's antics! Today the school watched a live assembly run by the National Literacy Trust and the Royal British Legion. The children listened to the Remembrance song, heard poems read by children and learned why we remember. The assembly ended with a two minute silence. The school stood in complete silence for the duration of this time. They were truly respectful, making all the staff very proud.
Week ending 4/11/22
When I opened the classroom door early Monday morning I was shocked to see, not a class of children, but a class of 'fairies and scaries.' All the children looked fantastic and I think it is fair to say that Chestnut Class had the greatest variety of costumes. Well Done. We had a day of spooky maths and creepy artwork which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Since Tuesday, it's been business as usual. We have had our daily spelling / phonic lessons as well as our daily reading sessions within the library and classroom. It is a delight to see children with their heads buried in a book, or small groups reading to each other. 
The text we read was called 'I'm not Scary'. Well actually it was read to us through a live scholastic event by the author herself, Raahat Kaduji. It is her first publication and is about a bat that has no friends. We have spent the week brainstorming ideas and writing our own versions. There is still some editing and proof reading to be done, but there are some great ideas with some really interesting word choices. 
In maths, the year twos have been partitioning two-digit numbers, whilst the year threes have been comparing three-digit numbers and reasoning as to their positions on a number line.
Thank you to everyone who brought in seeds from their walks as this enabled the children to handle and talk about the variety of seeds and the many ways in which seeds are dispersed. 
We have also started the second theme in the Jigsaw PSHE scheme, called Celebrating Difference. In this session we started to think about how sometimes people make assumptions about boys and girls and to understand some ways in which boys and girls are similar. I was really impressed with the children's understanding of stereotypes and how important it is not to make assumptions from just looking at someone. As one of the children said 'we shouldn't judge a book by its cover'. 
Week ending 20/10/22
The children have worked particularly hard this week. In English they have written diary entries in the role of Samuel Pepys, edited them and then written them out neatly onto 'old' paper. These have been stuck into a book, called 'Chestnut's Big Book of Diary Entries'. Please come and have a look at their super writing. Here is one entry to give you a taste of what you will find.
I woke up one morning and I was very, very hot. I threw on my clothes and that was when I realised that there was a fire. It was very scary because I heard people screaming for help. So I ran down and found people throwing water on the street and houses. I touched the cobble stones. I tasted the dark, yucky smoke. There were little children looking for their parents. I heard horses neighing because they were panicking and galloping around. I felt like I couldn't help with anything!
The class have also sequenced the Great Fire of London facts into individual little books. They had to read the facts and order chronologically. I hope the children can tell you the meaning of this word. We then discussed the features of a non-fiction book such as contents page, headings, index, glossary and blurb. Each child is now the proud owner of their own non-fiction book containing these features. It was wonderful watching them hard at work and engaged with the activity. I know the children are very keen to show their work so please do ask.
To round off what has been a very successful topic, we had our own 'Great Fire of London' this afternoon. Luckily the weather was kind, just a bit too windy, so the children were able to see why the fire spread so quickly when the houses are close together.
I hope everyone has a lovely restful week. On our return our new topic is Around the World. 
Week ending 14/10/22
On Monday afternoon we walked to the church for our harvest service. The class enjoyed watching Reverend Harriet making dough with the help of some children as well as singing their favourite song Cauliflowers Fluffy. 
In maths we have continued learning place value and representing both 2-digit and 3-digits numbers in a variety of ways. We ended the week with a challenge which the children enjoyed exploring. How many different ways can these statements be completed? 
7_ < 8_    5_ > 5_
In English we have discussed different sentence types, statement, command, question and exclamation. We then wrote a variety of these within speech bubbles to create a comic strip based on The Great Fire of London. We have also learnt what a regular and irregular verb is, in preparation for our diary writing next week.
The highlight of the week has been the completion of our Fire of London pictures. The children have work really hard and the finished pictures are amazing. There were lots of proud, beaming faces, including mine!
Week ending 7/10/22
What another busy week!
We started our key text 'The Great Fire of London' by Emma Adams and James Weston Lewis this week. This has involved looking at illustrations and watching short video clips so the children can compare London now and in 1666 using specific adjectives. We have discussed what London was like then and what it is like now and have written a short booklet about both eras. We all came to the conclusion that we would rather live in London in 2022 and not in 1666!
In maths we have continued representing 2-digit numbers (year 2) and 3-digit numbers (year 3) in various ways so that we can confidently explain the value of each digit in any number presented to us.
Last week we completed our 3-D Tudor houses. The children worked really hard to make them as realistic as possible. Many have the jetty, thatched or tiled roofs and windows comprising small panes of glass. 
This week we have started our art. Initially we looked at how to make secondary colours from primary colours, then practiced making tints and shades. We then practiced making tints and shades of orange, red and yellow in preparation for painting flames for our Fire of London paintings. 
Knowledge Organisers
Please find below the knowledge organisers linked to your child's learning this term. This document provides details of the key knowledge the children are expected to learn across the sequence of learning. We would encourage parents and carers to look at these with their children and regularly spend time discussing the facts on the sheets.