North Star Academy

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Chestnut

Welcome to Chestnut Class!

Welcome to Chestnut Class 2019-2020.

Staff in this class: Ms Daisy-May Lewis and Ms Michelle Martin

Term 4

In Chestnut this term we are continuing with our exciting topic of ‘Potions':

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties. Now scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there – dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet!) Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class. Feeling sleepy? Hmmm – that orange juice did taste a little strange.

In English around we are really enjoying studying Lewis Carrol and his work and have innovated the 'Jabberwocky', we even had a Mad Hatter's Tea Party to launch our new topic! We are continuing this learning to find about more about Carrol's fantasy world in the story ‘When Alice Meets the Jabberwocky’ we will be story mapping our creative ideas and writing our own stories and diary entries about Alice's experiences. 

In Maths this term we are continuing to look in depth at the inverse relationship between multiplication and division through deriving multiplication and division facts. Bar models, Cuisenaire Rods and bead strings are supporting our learning and helping us to visualise our calculations. We will be challenging ourselves toward the end of Term 4 to look at Maths Mastery units on Time and Fractions. 

Our topic in PSHE this term is 'Be Yourself' covering lessons on doing the right thing, confidence, unique qualities, making amends, and comfortable and uncomfortable feelings. We will also be looking at SMSC awareness days such as St David's Day, International Women's Day, World Book Day and World Autism Awareness Day.  

In our extended curriculum this term we are continuing to take part in Gardening, Forest School and Judo; and our anti-bullying ambassadors will be spending time with students in Aspen and Elm showing them how to display kind behaviours whilst playing in a team. Our School Council members continue to make improvements to our school every day and will be joining our team mates in Bristol Gateway School with some team building activities and learning outside the classroom and Woodhouse Park. 

We hope to continue the many successes from Term 3 such as the Spelling Bee, Aussie Rules Football, earning new belts in Judo, sequencing the story of Chinese New Year and learning all of the nonsense words from the Jabberwocky - Well Done Chestnut! 

 

Term 3

       

In Chestnut this term we are focusing all of our learning around ‘Potions':

Potion: a poison, a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing magical world of potions and their properties. Now scientists, beware! There are some powerful and deadly potions out there – dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic (just ask Romeo and Juliet!) Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class. Feeling sleepy? Hmmm – that orange juice did taste a little strange.

We are focussing our learning in English around ‘When Alice Meets the Jabberwocky’ and story mapping our creative ideas, We are also writing some poetry about sensory experiences linked to Potions!

In Maths this term we will be studying Length and Perimeter and then Multiplication and Division we can show our understanding of the Number System using pictorial resources such as the part-whole model and number lines and concrete resources such as bead strings and dienes - we are enjoying showing our understanding of numbers and calculations in lots of different ways. 

Our topic in PSHE this term is 'It’s my Body' covering lessons on consent, healthy living, sleep, cleanliness, body image, harmful substances and making informed choices. We will also be looking at SMSC awareness days such as New Year, Chinese New Year, Internet Safety Week and Martin Luther King Day. 

In our extended curriculum this term we are taking part in Gardening, Forest School and Judo; and our anti-bullying ambassadors and School Council members continue to make improvements to our school every day - well done Chestnut! 

Term 2 

Our topic this term is I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle.Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on...

Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave fighter of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?  

In English we will be learning the story Vidor the boy warrior and story mapping our ideas, and looking at what a soliloquy is.

Pupils continue to develop their maths mastery with a focus on Place value up to 3 digets,graphs and addition and subtraction strategies.

We will continue to have  sessions of Forest School, Gardening and 5*U and of course rehearsals for the nativity which will be performed for parents and carers on Friday 20th December.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries

Daisy May Lewis

Term 1

Welcome back to Term 1:

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world. Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a model deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first! What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures! Look closely and create a colourful, 3-D art exhibition when you rise to the surface. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss.

We are learning a story called 'Why the Sea is Salty' in English and story mapping our creative ideas, we are also writing some poetry about the Oceans!

In Maths this term we have been focusing on Number Sense and show our understanding of the Number System this has included using pictorial resources such as the part-whole model and number lines and concrete resources such as bead strings and dienes - we are enjoying showing our understanding of numbers and calculations in lots of different ways. 

Our topic in PSHE this term is 'Being Me in My World' where we are looking at ourselves and our communities. We have also looked at SMSC awareness days such as Roald Dahl Day, International Day of Charity and International Day of peace. 

In our extended curriculum this term we are taking part in Gardening, Forest School and 5*U; and we have elected our School Council members and Anti-bullying ambassadors - well done Chestnut!