Welcome to Horse Chestnuts
"from proving to improving"
Within the classroom, we all model and build the characteristics of good learners through developing good learning habits and through an ethos of growth mindset and the power of 'yet'.
Topic Bodmin Moor- The Stone Age
Reading is a key focus for our class children will complete a Star Reading test and select books within the appropriate level to read independently. Children are expected to read every day and record their reading in their reading record book. Reading records books are regularly checked in school. We will read a selection of short stories set in Cornwall including the Beast of Bodmin written by Alan Kent, in addition we will read Kensuku's kingdom as a whole class guided read. Please set time aside each day to share reading books with your child, asking them questions and record their reading in reading record books.
In Maths, we will continue to develop fluency within the four number operations using our '99 club' challenges and fluent in 5 and will focus on place value of numbers up to 10 million and rounding. We will consolidate previous learning using 'talk it solve it' tasks encouraging fluency of mathematical vocabulary and reasoning.Times tables will be essential to your child not just in their primary learning but in Secondary education and beyond, as such - time spent learning these is never wasted time!
In writing, we will continue to explore ambitious vocabulary and spelling patterns of suffixes. We will use talk for writing to learn a warning tale about the Beast of Bodmim, a quest story, we will also write non fiction persuasive texts and newspaper reports. Children will learn to imitate, innovate and invent stories based on this theme.
In RE, we will be answering the big questions- What is the ‘Trinity’ and why is it important for Christians? Our value is Love with the creation story being used as a model to follow in God's footsteps. We are having weekly collective worships led by Revd Seymour and Revd Thwaites.
In Science, we will explore and design investigations about rocks learning the three main rock types and that by studying rocks will help us identify changes over time. We will fin out how Mary Anning contributed to the scientific world.
This term children will have the opportunity to learn the language of coding and will learn about branching keys in data handling linking to our science work and also learn about online safety to include phishing, malware, plagiarism and healthy screen time
Outdoor learning is proving to be very successful and will continue with a focus on lighting fires, natural art, making shelters and using our lovely the environment to support curriculum areas.
Every morning we complete a wake up shake activity, which may include activities outside weather permitting, this supports our drive to increase physical activity during the day and is led by our sports ambassadors. Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Redford-James and supported by a P.E specialist. Our focus this half term is health related fitness.
Mrs Bridle will teach the children the elements of music through percussion on a Wednesday afternoon.
Children are expected to complete homework independently:
Reading their school reader every day and recorded in their reading record book;
Spelling will be given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday;
Children will need to complete one topic activity per week from the homework grid;
In addition, weekly maths fluency questions will be set and should be handed in every Monday.
All homework books should be handed in every Thursday to be marked and handed back out on Friday.
If you need any further assistance about the way we work in the classroom please speak to either Mrs Howells or Mrs Redford James.
Typical week, however this is flexible as we will need to take advantage of fine weather to get out for PE and Outdoor learning when we can and then adjust.