Welcome to Chestnut

Teacher - Beech/Staff Governor Samantha Webster

Date of Appointment: 14/11/2016, 4 year term of office
Appointed via Staff Ballot

Photo of Samantha Webster

Welcome to Chestnut Class. We are Year 5, 6 and 7 pupils taught by Sam Webster and supported by our fantastic T/A’s Jason, Jordan, Sarah, Katerina and Caroline. We are a class of 8 pupils, seven boys and one girl.

We work really closely with our 8 children and tailor the teaching and learning experience to their abilities and interests, ensuring that they are really engaged and enjoying their time at school. We have a great outside playground and classroom that the children use every day for both teacher-led and child-initiated independent activities.

In Chestnut Class we believe in working hard, having fun and always trying our best.

Autumn Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Info for parents: Autumn Term 2 Topic: Toys & Games.........Activities covered during this time will be working towards students individual learning in areas such as • SALT/Communication. • EHCP outcomes. • Sensory integration.
MathsWe will play dice games such as snakes and ladders, encouraging recognition of numerals and addition. We will play hide and seek and take part in class racing games, exploring ordinal numbers and positional language.
EnglishDaily story time, reading comprehension, exploring what we have heard/read, discussing characters, phonic recognition.
Phonic ProgrammeWe will follow the read write inc phonics programme, as this will enable us to explore our previous phonic knowledge, our pencil control, listening and speaking skills as well as our signalong.
Focussed exploration and investigationHow things work-cause and effect. This will also include sensory play, sand/water tray, musical instruments.
Fine motor skills developmentPencil control, shoebox tasks, hand eye co-ordination activities, puzzles.
Creative (Art, Craft and DT)Using junk modelling we will produce a piece of Art that represents ‘my favourite toy’, we will be designing and making puppets that we can play together with and games that we can ‘sell’ in our role play area.
Communication/intensive interactionwe will explore the children’s likes/dislikes. Play together in a variety on games and using toys that are selected by individuals. We will exploring how friend’s work/play together, recognising what it means to be a good friend-listening, sharing and being kind.
Role play areaToy shop, role playing as customer or shop assistant, handling money, experiencing social interactions and appropriate behaviour, modelled by supporting staff
StoriesEach week we will explore a new story related to friendship. During the week we will engage in a number of activities that are topic related. Your child will be encouraged and supported to explore and engage in each of these activities. Each week your child will bring home information on their individual learning targets, individual targets may change weekly or in line with the topic, as and when experienced or consolidated. Please do feel free to explore these at home, it would be great to hear about your child’s experiences via their home School book. This holistic approach to learning will allow your child to progress at a pace that is suitable to their individual needs and abilities within a rich and enabling environment. Here is a list of stories we will explore this half term- 1.My Friend Bear 2.The smartest Giant in town 3.The selfish crocodile 4. Lost and found 5. The bad tempered Ladybird 6. The rainbow fish Activities will be as follows, each activity linked to the book/story of the week- there will be a carousel of 3 activities each session.
Profiles & Ideas for HomeEncourage your son/daughter to take part in activities that they enjoy which will support independence and the exploration of life skills, Please feel free to explore individual plans that you have at home such as EHCPs, SALT reports, or enjoy reading/sharing a story/book with your son/daughter.