Welcome to Chestnut

Teacher Grace Burton
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Chestnut is a class of 11 students with diverse needs and abilities whom are supported by 7 members of staff, we largely use symbols and signalong in order to communicate our needs, choices and feelings.

Chestnut class take a holistic approach to learning by following a topic based curriculum, where each subject is tailored to the individuals learning needs, thriving on routine and consistency, this approach enables learning to be teacher-led as well as child initiated.

Class activities are differentiated for each individual, ensuring that they are engaging and motivating to the individual child. Students particularly enjoy activities that are ‘hands on’ which relate to everyday life skills and promoting independence.

Chestnuts timetable – Summer term 1 – 23/24

Curriculum Info for Parents: Summer term 1 23/24 Class Planning - Growing up
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
MathsWe will continue on our journey of comparison. At this stage, the difference in size should be noticeable so that comparisons can be made by eye and not by measure. We will the use of language ‘big’, ‘little’, small’ and ‘large’. We will focus on recognising the differences and then use more specific language ‘tall’ and ‘short when describing height and ‘long’ and short’ to compare length. All of this alongside our usual number and problem solving activities.Continue to develop your child’s functional maths skills in a variety of ways at home and in the wider community. Some key questions to use day to day - Which is bigger/ smaller? - Which is taller/ shorter? - How do you know?
EnglishWe will be exploring poetry with links to ‘Growing Up’. We will be speaking to others, beginning to form sentences and discussing ‘When I grow up I will….’ Linked to our aspirations from our pupil views we will begin to experience some aspects of our future aspirations and begin speaking about our likes and dislikes. We will be exploring some dressing up and role-play linked to a variety of job roles. We will continue practising our reading through weekly library sessions using Rhino Readers, reading for pleasure and twice-weekly phonics. Linked to your child’s recent EHCP annual review, embark on an activity to support their aspirations within their pupil views. E.g. ‘To work with animals’ – visit a zoo or small hold. To be a ‘baker’ – Bake a cake. Continue to develop your child’s reading but sharing Rhino reader’s books at least once per week. Please complete ‘home comments’ within the home school diaries so we can share progress.
ScienceIn Science, we will be learning about Forces. We will explore a variety of experiments to explore, understand and evaluate pushes and pulls, making objects go faster and slower, how objects change direction and why items fall to the floor when dropped. We will begin use vocabulary to describe movement. To describe how to make things speed up, slow down, stop or change direction. To begin to know that friction slows things down. To know that objects fall down because the force of the Earth pulls them Try some simple everyday investigations at home: - Which every-day things will roll and which will not? - Find out how the size of the push affects the movement of the object e.g. ball, tower of bricks, a wall, table, door, balloon, wobbly toys. - How can you go faster or slower down a slide?
PSHE and Citizenship We will be focussing on Personal identity and positive self-esteem. We will develop our knowledge and begin to use descriptive language about ourselves, We will consider whom we are, what we like and dislike and what makes us special and unique. We will develop our sense of belonging and develop our friendships through a variety of activities. We will continue to learn about Zones of Regulation to support our understanding of our emotions. We use this daily. Please feel free to communicate freely if there are any elements of PSHE that we can support your child with in school and at home which aims to ensure knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.
ArtOur topic is Printing. We will explore a range of different printing methods using food, everyday household items, and natural resources and learn that images can be repeatedly printed in a variety of patterns. We will create wax crayon rubbings in our outside areas. We will explore monorptinting, using paint, adding lines and a variety of texture. We will discover these prints can only be made once. Have a go at Bubble printing. https://artfulparent.com/how-to-create-bubble-prints-for-kids/
PEThis half term we will be accessing the hall for sensory circuits to support our gross motor skills, body awareness, ball skills and sensory needs and to support a healthy lifestyle. We will begin to experience some yoga routines to support mindfulness and begin some calming strategies to support our emotional regulation. Try to enjoy 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week to increase heart rate. Please click on the link to sensory circuit ideas at home - here Enjoy some guided meditation with your child Guided meditation
ComputingWe will be learning about means of communicating using ICT. We will have a go at using a telephone to communicate, explore the use of walkie-talkies. We will use our learned knowledge of instructions to support us using a variety of items linked with ICT.
World Art DayWe will be aiming to have a focused World Art Day (19.04.24). It will be linked with Andy Warhol & will include recreating some of his artwork. Painting, printing & collages. Consider doing your own research on Andy Warhol. Look at some of his artwork and express an opinion about it.
Humanities Geography (led by Nikki Wardell) Our topic will be ‘Growing Up around the world. We will be making links with climate and weather. It will include looking at the types of homes found in different climates, and the types of activities that might be found if taking a holiday there. Think about a favourite place that you have been on holiday (or would like to go on holiday), can you mark it on a map? What do the local houses look like? Let us know what activities are linked with this area / climate, e.g. skiing, snorkelling etc
Music (led by Nikki Wardell) We will be looking at & listening to acoustic and electronic sounds. We will be exploring a range of instruments & technology that can provide both acoustic & electronic sounds. We will then be using these sounds to create an atmospheric story line on a well known traditional tale, For fun, we will be listening to some familiar songs and music in both acoustic and electronic styles & choosing which we prefer. Do you have a favourite song or piece of music? Which category does it fall into, acoustic or electronic? How does it make you feel (calm, relaxed, excited, happy etc)?
RE (Religious Education) (Led by Nikki Wardell) We will be aiming to have a focused RE day linked with Islam. We will be looking at some of their beliefs and where they pray. We will be learning how to handle religious artefacts with care and respect What do you know about the Islamic Faith? Have you ever visited a Mosque? Consider doing your own reaserch or visiting an Islamic Mosque. Norwich Ihsan Mosque Also known as, or co-located with: Ihsan Islamic Centre, Norwich Muslim Community, World Organisation of Islamic Dawa 17 Chapelfields East, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1SF Phone: 0870 730 0027, 0870 739 4959, 01603 626117 Website: http://muslimsofnorwich.org.uk/ .