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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 Thursday. 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.  

W/C 12th April – This week was our turn on the trim tail. We had lots of fun practicing our climbing, balancing and jumping skills.

Thursday 15th April – Today we took our phonics lesson outside in the sunshine. We practiced writing our phonemes and words on the floor in chalk.

Tuesday 13th April – Today we painted some beautiful daffodils. We looked closely at the flowers to see what detail we could add to our paintings. Our paintings were wonderful and we have put them on our classroom door to cheer everybody up as they walk past.

Monday 12th April - On our afternoon welly walk we spotted a picnic with some little animals by the side of the stream. As we got closer we noticed one of the animals was missing. We made lots of predications about who the animals are and why they were having a picnic. On the blanket was an envelope addressed to Chestnut class. We were all so excited! Inside the envelope was the book ‘The Wind in the Willows’. We can’t wait to start reading our new book in English and learning all about animals and their habitats in science.

Friday 26th March - We made our very own Easter chocolate. It was lovely to see the chocolate melt then decorate. We ate some and gave some in our Easter cards to family and friends. They were delicious!

We have been practicing our letter formation in lots of different ways. It is been lots of fun, especially using shaving foam on the table.

Thursday 25th March - We were very lucky this week. Miss Pickles arranged an Easter egg hunt for us around the school grounds. It was great! We found lots of eggs and inside were secret messages and instructions. Two eggs had golden tickets inside which Eviemae and Grace found. They won a chocolate Easter egg.

We have been really enjoying sharing our favorite books with our friends. We love to use our puppets to tell the stories.

Friday 19th March - We have been learning all about germs and how they spread. We did an experiment using glitter and flour to see how easy germs can spread between each of us. We then learnt how to wash our hands to make sure they are clean. We also made some germ art using straws.

Tuesday 16th March – We have been very busy in our creative area this week. We have been creating our own boats, puppets and theatres. We have been looking at the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. Some children made invitations to the the Owl and the Pussycat wedding and posted them in our classroom post box.

Thursday 11th March - Part of our science week we have been looking at seeds and plants. We found lots of different seeds and plants on our welly walk. Oscar brought them back to class and did his own research to discover what seeds we had found. Back in class we had a planting station where we had to follow instructions on how to grow our very own cress. It was great to see the seeds change and develop each day.

Tuesday 9th March – Today we went on another welly walk. We had a check list to see what leaves and minibeast we could find in our woodland area. Ruby and Freddie were super at explaining to the class why certain minibeast live under logs and rocks

Monday 8th March – This week is British science week. For one of our science activities we planted our very own vegetables. We have planted some radishes, carrots and spring onions. We are looking forward to watching them grown and eventually eating them (fingers crossed).

W/C Monday 8th March – This week on our phonics table we have been practising spelling lots of words using magnetic letters. Harleigh and Esme were super quick at finding the right letters!

Monday 8th March – It has been a fantastic day with all of the children back in school. We had lots of lovely activities where we could catch up and have fun with our friends. One activity was our morning welly walk. We went down to our outdoor area, played lots of games, explored the woodland and drank delicious hot chocolate. We had a brilliant morning.

Friday 6th March – The children at home and in school are all very excited to be back together on Monday. The children in school spent the afternoon creating a ‘Welcome Back’ banner. Everyone helped and it was a lovely team effort to cheer and welcome back the rest of our amazing Chestnut Class.

Thursday 4th March (World Book Day) – Today we celebrated world book day. Our school theme for the day was ‘A bed time story’. We came into school in our pyjamas and started the morning by getting comfy whilst reading some of our favourite books with our friends. We then went on to create some amazing theatres and puppets of our favourite story. It was lovely to then put on a performance for each other.

This week David has been teaching Chestnut class how to count to 10 in Russian. He did a fantastic job being the teacher!

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Tuesday 2nd March – Today we joined David Walliam’s online assembly as part of our World Book day celebrations. He gave us lots of tips on how to be creative writers and shared with us how he created some of the characters from his wonderful stories.

Tuesday 2nd March – The children at home and in school have been busy creating fantastic obstacle courses. They had to give a family member or a friend clear directions on how to move around the course.

Tuesday 2nd March - In science this week we have been learning all about the importance of healthy eating and making sure we have a balanced diet. The children created lots of healthy meals and snacks.

Monday 1st March 2021 – Today we went for a lovely walk in the sunshine. As it was the 1st March we had a look for any signs of Spring. We could hear the birds tweeting and spotted flowers starting to grow. We then had lots of fun exploring the school’s outdoor grounds.

Friday 26th February – Another week with children working from home and in school. Miss Priestley and Miss Pickles are so incredibly proud of all the children in Chestnut class. They have been working so hard but most importantly they come into school or join our meetings each day with a huge smile on their faces. We can’t wait to all be back together and reunited. Well done Chestnut class!

Friday 26th February - Today we created our very own maps to help us explore the desert. We used tea bags to stain the paper and make our maps look old. Some children then went on to create maps of Waterfoot and our school.

Friday 26th February – Miss Pickles has started doing a Friday lunch time disco. She brings the big speaker onto the yard and we listen to our favourite songs and show our best dance moves. It is fantastic!

Thursday 24th February – We were very excited this morning to discover that the seeds we planted in September had started to sprout. The children in Oak class spotted them and came and told us. We are looking forward to Spring and seeing how our plants change and grow.

W/C 22nd February – This week we have been learning all about measuring in cm and meters. We had lots of fun finding things around our homes and classroom to see how long or short they were. We made lots of estimates before using our cubes, rulers or meters sticks to find the correct measurement.

Friday 12th February – This afternoon we had a dodge ball competition. We all had so much fun! We had Miss Priestley and Miss Pickles team v Sports coach Dan’s team. We were all very competitive (especially the teachers). Everyone tried so hard and there were lots of red and sweaty faces. The final score was a draw with both teams winning two games each

Friday 12th February – This morning we celebrated pancake day early. We went into the kitchen and weighed the ingredients and each made a delicious pancake. We then cut up some fruit, spread on our spread or sprinkled some sugar. They were so yummy!

We have really been enjoying our morning yoga. We are getting very good at all the different poses. Parker and Harley are especially good at the poses where they have to balance on one leg.

11th February 2021 – Today we have been making lots of lovely valentines’ gifts for our loved ones. We made cards using our finger prints, photo frames and decorations for the window. We can’t wait to surprise our family on Sunday.

Monday 8th February - We have been looking at humans and animals’ basic needs for survival. Today in our science lesson we looked at shelters and what makes a good shelter. We then went on to build some amazing shelters for both humans and animals (teddy bears). Here are some of the brilliant shelters the children at home and in school have made.


Tuesday 26th January – Today we had an alien party, just like the one in our story ‘Man on the Moon’. We wrote our party invitations, made alien masks, decorated biscuits and played lots of party games.

Monday 25th January - We have really been enjoying the end of our morning yoga sessions. We lie down and stay as still as we can. We feel really relaxed and calm ready for the day.

Friday 22nd January - We had a fun afternoon making our very own rockets. We used recycled materials both in school and at home. We had lots of fun mixing colours and being creative.

Friday 22nd January - We had a lovely morning on our welly walk. We had a look for the aliens, enjoyed a biscuit on the log stools and played lots of games.

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.