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At Waterfoot School, we think for ourselves but feel for others.

Chestnut Class

Welcome to Chestnut class page.


We are a wonderful class of year 1 and year 2 children. Our class teacher is Miss Priestley and our teaching assistant is Miss Pickles. We are also very lucky and have Mrs Shorrock teaching us all day on a Wednesday. We have a lovely class where we are able to work hard and access provision areas both inside and outside of the classroom. 


Our PE days are Monday (outdoor) and Friday. Children should come into school in their full P.E kit. 

Please ensure that your child brings in a water bottle each day. 


Please can you ensure that your child brings their reading book and diary into school every day and that they try and read a little each night. Every time your child reads at home they are awarded a raffle ticket in hope to win a prize on Friday, if their ticket is drawn out. 




Remote Learning

If your child is isolating and absent from school because they are waiting for a COVID test result of a household member or themselves and they feel well, then please help them continue with their learning remotely at home as a short measure (2/3 days).   


To keep learning please can they access from home the following:  

  • EYFS play MiniMash - play the games to develop their maths and literacy skills  

  • Purple Mash (KS1/2)- complete the 2Dos for English and maths skills practice  

  • Bug Club (All key stages) – read some of the texts and answer the questions about the book. If they are in KS2 ask them to write a short recount or make a book review too  

  • Sumdog (KS1/2) – play in the games section to revise key skills and check and complete maths tasks/homework set by their class teacher  

  • TT Rockstars (Year 2 upwards) – play in the Garage Band to practise key times tables that have been set and play in the Studio Band to improve their Rockstar status  

  • Teach your Monster to Read (Phonics EYFS/KS1) – ensure your child logs onto their account each day to learn the sounds appropriate for their phonics phase  

  • Topic homework tasks (All key stages) – these are available to view on the school website in the Children’s section – Half Termly Theme Homework  


For any longer isolation 10/14 days home learning will be delivered through your child’s Microsoft Teams Education account. This is now set up for every child and will be used to ensure blended learning and to help your child keep up with their peers in school. Please ensure you have followed the instructions in the MS Teams letter (that you have received by email) and your child is signed into their new account using their username and password details (which you have received by app message). The class teacher will then begin posting and uploading work for your child through their class/year group team. Any problems please email or phone the office.  


If your child is unable to access the online platforms or MS Teams to complete home learning, which may be due to no internet connection or no suitable device, please contact school immediately where we will provide further support and a device if required.  

Thursday 14th January - We have been on the hunt for the three missing aliens. We came into school and found slime all over the door handles so we made WANTED posters to warn everybody about the aliens. In the afternoon we received a phone call from a gentleman who had spotted out WANTED poster in Waterfoot. He told us that he saw the aliens when he was walking the dog and said he would keep an eye out for them and ring again if he had any more information. We were very excited and pleased that our WANTED posters had been a big help to the local community.

Thursday 14th January - This term our art focus will be on printing. We experimented with printing using different objects. We found objects around our homes and school. It was so much fun!

Tuesday 12th January - We had a lovely morning reading our school reading books to our friends. We helped each other with words we found tricky and we really enjoyed talking about each others story.

Monday 11th January - We had a new sighting on the school CCTV cameras. We saw a spaceships. We were every excited and wondered why a spaceship might be at school? Then we had a special delivery, our new book 'Man on the Moon'. It came wrapped in shiny paper and was covered in slime. We made lots of predictions about who or what might have delivered our book.

Chestnut's Christmas song.

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We hope you enjoy our Christmas singing and dancing. We wish you all a lovely Christmas and a happy new year.

Merry Christmas from all the children in Chestnut class.

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We have been learning lots of BSL (British sign language) and have now learnt some Christmas signs.

Our last day in school for 2020. We spent the morning making Christmas cards for our family and friends whilst listening to Christmas music.

Thursday 17th December - We have had lovely afternoon designing Christmas moving pictures and then making them. We used the skills we have learnt over the last few weeks in our DT lessons.

Monday 14th December - We have had a lovely afternoon designing and creating a seasonal calendar for 2021. We used our fingers to create leafs on each tree.

Christmas Dinner - Friday 11th December. Today we had our lovely Christmas dinner at school. It was delicious!

Christmas party! Thursday 10th December. Today we had our Christmas party. We had a fantastic time, dancing and playing party games. We had some treats at the table with our friends whilst pulling Christmas crackers and listening to music. We had an amazing time.

Friday 4th December - What makes ice melt the fastest? Today we carried out a science experiment. First we made predictions about what we thought would melt the ice the quickest. Then we carried out the experiment, which we all found very exciting. Finally, we wrote up our results into a table. Miss Priestley was very impressed with all the scientist in Chestnut Class.

Christmas jumper day! Not only did we come to school in our Christmas jumpers we all worked together to decorate our tree and make the classroom look all christmassy. We had so much fun! We also found Christmas books wrapped under the tree. We are going to open one each day and read the story together.

We enjoyed our first sight of snow in 2020. We were so excited catching snow flakes on our tongues and building snowmen.

This week we have really enjoyed making some of our tricky and common exception words with the play-doh.

On Monday 16th November 2020 we celebrated ‘odd sock day’. We wore our odd socks to school to show how we are all different. We talked about what makes us unique and we loved sharing our ideas with our friends.

Outdoor learning day (Friday 13th November). Wow what a fantastic day we had! We played hide and seek, hunted for autumn colours, searched for hidden letters in the trees and toasted brioche and drank hot chocolate around the camp fire. We had a fantastic day and we cannot wait to spend more time in our fantastic outdoor area. Thank you for all the sponsor money. We will let you know the total raised to improve the outdoor grounds even further.

Here are some pictures of the children who have been spotted by their friends doing something kind this week. They have been demonstrating our school value for this term perfectly.

'Lest we forget' This week we remembered the important things which people did for us during the war. We looked at Miss Priestley's Grandads war medals and souvenirs that he kept. We also had a zoom school assembly and then made our own poppies and pictures in class to say thank you.

Our new school value for this half term is kindness. This week we have been talking about how we can be kind towards our friends and family. We all had lots of lovely ideas that we can do/say to be kind to others. We have made a kindness tree and put it on display in the classroom to remind us to be kind every day. We also have kindness cards that will be awarded to children in Chestnut class each day. The kind pupils will then award their card to somebody else the following day that they have spotted doing something kind. Here are some pictures of the children who have been awarded the kindness card this week…

Today (Thursday 5th November) we went outside to celebrate bonfire night. We sat round our magical ‘bonfire’ and watched the ‘fireworks’ in the sky whilst enjoying a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. We made sparklers using the sticks we found and decorated them with ribbon and glitter. Then as a final treat we made marshmallow lolly pops to take home and enjoy. We had a fantastic bonfire day in school.

Today (Tuesday 3rd November) we have been learning about day and night. We discussed why we have day and night. We used a globe and torch to show how the earth spins and why different countries around the world have light and dark at different times. We had some great scientific discussion.

Thankyou to everyone who donated something for our local food bank. As you can see KS1 really came together and the children were so proud of their kindness. Mrs.Evans and Mrs.Ginty delivered all the donations to the Rossendale RAFT Foundation today.

Today (Friday 23rd October) we have been busy singing songs to celebrate harvest festival. We have also been decorating biscuits (and eating them).

Today (Thursday 22nd October) we had a special delivery in KS1. We got to look at objects from the past. We asked lots of questions about each object and even got to try some things on.

This week we have started our new topic 'Castles'. We have loved dressing up as knights, dragons and princess and role playing scenarios from inside of a castle. We have also been busy using our recycled material to build our own knights costume and castles.

Home Learning! We might not have been in school for the past week and a half but we have been working really hard at home. We have had so much fun seeing our friends and playing games on zoom calls every morning. Miss Priestley is really proud of us all and how hard we have worked whilst being at home.

We went to visit to our school's new woodland area. We had time to explore the area and follow the new path around. We also took our class book 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and sat round the log seats and had a read. We had so much fun!

This week we we have been learning BSL (British Sign Language). We have been talking about disabilities and how we all have various needs. We spoke about how some people are deaf and they use sign language to communicate. We have learnt lots of signs and have been using them around school, to answer the register, and speak to staff/other children. Please ask us to show you what we can sign.

We love reading in Chestnut class! We like to take our shoes off, lie on the floor and get comfy whilst tucking into our books.

We went on our first welly walk around the school grounds. We had a look for signs of Autumn, it was fantastic!

We had a very special visitor appear in our class! We didn't know what it was or where it came from. Thankfully, a very kind man posted us a lovely book to learn all about our new friend. We have been busy making him a place to stay, maps to help him find his way home and we made our own Bog Babies. Ask us all about him and we can retell you the story.

Here we are enjoying our first week back at school.