Chestnut: Year 1 and Year 2
Welcome to Chestnut Class - Years 1 and Year 2. Chestnut Class teacher is Mrs Phillips.
Children in Chestnut Class enjoy creative, cross-curricular learning with lots of opportunities for practical hands-on activities both inside and outside the classroom. We love going on trips that encourage us to explore and find out more about the amazing world we live in.
Children in Need 2019 co-incided with our Forest School day, so we collected autumn leaves and made our own nature-inspired Pudsey Bear in the classroom (the wind kept blowing the leaves away outside!). We were very proud of our creation and our great team-work.
We’ve had a very busy term finding out about life in homes and in Shoscombe in the past. We brought in toys and interesting objects from our parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods to talk about and enjoyed using Lego to build our own versions of houses from the past.
We were very fortunate to have a visit from Michael Gorley who works for Historic England. He took us on a fascinating walk around Shoscombe village, searching for clues that would provide us with information about the past. We loved the Wesleyan Chapel that also used to be a schoolroom and is now a house – it was surprising to think that a small village would have had two schools at the same time! We used a census to find out about some of the people who used to work in the local coalmines and tried to work out which houses they had lived in with their families.
Our favourite discoveries in the village were probably where the old train station was, especially when once we were back in school we found old photos of what it used to look like, and the tank traps which were built towards the start of WW2. Michael told us that tank traps aren’t very common in the south west of England and it made us feel that our village is very special.
We loved finding out about our village so much that we made a map of what the village looks like today with some of the important old buildings included in it.
This term we’ve also enjoyed hunting for and counting bugs in different areas of the school grounds. We’ll be revisiting these areas over the coming terms to find out how the mini-best populations change and will be linking this to seasonal changes in temperature and weather. We’ve begun to create a garden area for bulbs and an insect hotel in the area outside our classroom and in the coming months will be planning what to grow in our garden that we can harvest to make soup next year.
Working and playing outside means we can sometimes get very muddy!
As well as all of this, we’ve been busy in art making clay tiles inspired by the shapes and textures we found in the school buildings and have used clay in Forest School to make our own Forest Monsters.