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Making Winter Shelters
In science we have begun our new topic Materials. We have been exploring and investigating different types of materials and different properties that they have, whether they are waterproof or not, can bend or not, warm or cool etc. After our investigation into the different materials we had the chance to test out our theories by creating our own winter shelter in the garden. But there was a catch! Mr. Charles was going to test out how good our shelters were at keeping us dry by pouring water over the top! Have a look and see how well (or not?!) we did!
This was one of Chestnut Tree Class’ favourite days so far this year! Not only did we get to wear our pyjamas to school, we got to spend the day creating Christmas decorations, Christmas colouring, and reading books together. Then as an extra special treat we watched a movie in the afternoon with POPCORN! We had such a wonderful day and felt so cosy and warm!
During Autumn Term we have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh and looking at his different artworks. We have looked particularly closely at his work ‘The Sunflowers’ and had a go at re-creating our own versions. Here is some of our work we are particularly proud of!
We’ve begun our topic in history: ‘From the River Brent to the River Thames’. Our first task was to place different dates and events that happened in London onto a timeline in chronological order (which we learnt is the order that things happen in).
Within Science we have been learning about Habitats and Living Things. This week we looked closely at how animals rely on their environment to survive. We were each given an animal and needed to create our own food chains, thinking about which animal would be the prey to another. After that we thought about what would happen if there were limited, or nothing left of a particular food source (such as berries) and how that would impact the food chain. Slowly causing more and more animals to rely on a different food source, or worst of all possibly become extinct!
It’s really important that we look after our environment to make sure that something like what we acted out doesn’t happen!
Chestnut Tree really enjoyed celebrating Halloween and getting the chance to dress up. Even though we weren’t able to share our wonderful costumes in the parade like usual it was still great to see the costumes within our bubble. Here’s a sneak peek.
This week in our Gardening session we learnt the importance of garden maintenance. By keeping the garden clean and maintaining it, it will make sure that the plants can continue to grow and thrive in years to come.
Chestnut Tree Class 2019-2020
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Before the end of the school term, we needed to clear out our designated vegetable plot of the garden and plant new seeds so that when we return, there will hopefully be new crops beginning to grow. Unfortunately we will not be there to harvest these as we will have begun our new and exciting adventure in Year 3. But students that will come after us will have the enjoyment that we were able to experience, just like the Year 2 students last year did for us.
In Art class this term we created our own paper! We wanted to make sure we were thinking about our environment and tried not to make something that would create more waste, so we used different types of recycled paper to create something new! We then used this paper to create something special for someone who we consider as special in our lives.
We were also able to use this activity in Literacy as we wrote up our own instructions on 'How to Make Handmade Paper' so that other people who may not have known how to do this could follow our instructions and create their own handmade paper!
During Science week we were encouraged to research and bring in our own science experiments to share with our class! Chestnut Tree Class had many different experiments to share including invisible ink, contained tornado, using a gas reaction to inflate a balloon, the reaction that occurs between soap and surface tension, a bubble tube and many coca-cola and mento reactions! Because we had many of the same experiment we took this opportunity to change different variables to see if the reaction would change at all.
We considered what would happen:
- If we used bottled cola compared to different to one from a can?
- If the botte was shook compared to one that was kept still?
- If we put the mento directly into the container of cola, or poured it into a seperate cup?
We really enjoyed our time as scientists and used our learning behaviours of being CURIOUS and CREATIVE to help us think more deeply about our experiments and to ask questions.
Gardening: Seed Germination
During our gardening lesson we have been looking closely at plants. In past classes we have planted our own bulbs and will be observing them grow in our own school garden. Whist that is happening we undertook an experiment where we planted beans on different days and then after a week removed them from the soil so we would be able to see the process of germination occurring. Once we had observed the different stages closely, we were able to get creative and using clay, recreated what the process looked like.
This week we have been celebrating bird week. Each class was given a bird to research, learn about and create a project on. Chestnut Tree’s bird was the Magpie. We had lots of fabulous projects come in with plenty of information to share about Magpies. We also went outside and created a tally sheet keeping track of how many different types of birds we could observe in our garden.
We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Falconry UK! They shared with us some beautiful birds. We met a kookaburra, pygmy owl, and an African Saharan owl. Some of us were even lucky enough to hold the birds!
During the Spring Term Chestnut Tree Class are taking Chess classes! We are very excited to learn how to play Chess, to think and strategise, and to develop a growth mindset – which we found out is really important to have!
Our word of the month is Confidence!
The Student Representative Council shared with us some advice on how we can be confident in our learning. We also learnt how important it is to just believe in ourselves and not listen to the little voice in our head saying that ‘we can’t’.
Autumn 100% Attendance Assembly
The whole school gathered together to celebrate those students who achieved 100% attendance during the Autumn Term. We were reminded of how important it is to be punctual to school and to attend as much as we can to make sure that we are doing our best learning.
We congratulated children who had not missed a single day of school and also celebrated those children who had only missed ½ a day or 1 day of school.
Well done to Elisa, Felix, Henry, Pedro MR, Cyrus, Nikola and Svetlana who had 100% attendance during the Autumn Term. Well done to Davi, Saira, Maiya and Calebe for only missing ½ or one day of school.
School Trip along the River Thames
We had a very exciting and eventful trip on Thursday where we were lucky enough to take a ride on a boat along the river Thames! To get there, all three classes had to take a trip on the tube from Willesden Green to Westminster. We then had to wait a little bit for the captain to bring the boat – the River Princess – to the dock so we could climb aboard. Once on the boat we were able to see so many famous landmarks and monuments (some that we recognised from learning about the events that have happened along the River Thames in our history classes). We could see the monument for the Great Fire of London, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and so much more! We were very tired when we returned to school, but we had a wonderful time exploring the city along the Thames!
We were lucky enough to have a water workshop come and visit us. We had so much fun learning about the water cycle, rivers and streams, the impact water can have on us and our environment and how to make sure we care for the water we have. There were so many fun rotations that showed the ways that water can move, what we might find in a river, what we would need to do in a flood and how water falls from clouds. It prepared us well for our trip along the Thames!
No Pen Day
We challenged ourselves to a day of learning but with a twist! We completed all of our learning without the use of pens or pencils! There were some creative ideas in Chestnut Tree class, such as going back to ink and feathers because ‘that’s not really a pen or pencil’. Instead we learnt through different activities, games practising our number bonds and adding in maths, used our time in the garden to act out different food chains, and even used technology to create a fact file about St. John Henry Newman!
Odd Socks Day
After the powerful assembly ‘Power of One’ we celebrated anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks to school! We spoke about the meaning of wearing odd socks and how it shows that all of us are a ‘little bit odd sometimes’ and it is important to look after each other. We also designed our own pair of odd socks, and my, my were they strange and odd!
Power of One
We had an assembly about anti-bullying called the Power of One and learnt that we can stop bullying from happening using this one powerful tool – ourselves! We learnt that bullying is hurtful, intentional, and purposeful, and how to go from being a by-stander (someone who watches bullying happening) to an up-stander (someone who can help/try to stop the bullying). The most important thing to remember is to always tell a teacher or a trusted adult if you see or experience bullying.
Black History Month
During Black History Month we have been learning about different black men and women who have made an impact in history. Chestnut Tree’s focus woman was Katherine Johnson. We have learnt that she is a mathematician who worked for NASA as a ‘Human Calculator’ checking the engineers' equations for rockets planning on going into space. She was the first woman and African American to work for NASA and worked on important projects like Freedom 7 and Apollo 11! She is also 101 years old and still alive!
We have been practising number patterns and looking at what happens when we add and subtract 1 and 10 from numbers. We have used lots of different resources to explore this including 100 boards, number lines and counters. We also practised this concept in word problems, using the R.U.C.S.A.C acronym to help us understand and answer the questions to the best of our ability.
Last Friday we celebrated Halloween by dressing up in spooky costumes, and had the chance to present our creations to parents and the rest of Year 2 during a parade! It was a tough choice with so many creative costumes, but congratulations to Saira and Kacper for winning best costume in Chestnut Tree Class!
In Science we have been spending lots of time in our beautiful school garden learning about seeds, plants and habitats. We have explored different areas of the school garden and organised items we have found into groups of ‘living’, ‘once lived’ and ‘never lived’ groups. We also had the chance to plant our own sprouts! Hopefully they will continue to grow and we will have many more plants in our garden – we will check in with them throughout the next few weeks. Possibly the most exciting thing that we were able to do during our gardening lessons was harvesting our own carrots that we planted last school year!
We have been working really hard in Chestnut Tree class (and all Year 2 classes) this term. We are really proud of our maths work. We have been learning about Place Value, and practising how to partition numbers into Tens and Ones using lots of different resources to help us learn. We have also used our Place Value knowledge to learn about number bonds and fact families to 10 and 20! Have a look at our learning in action!
Our school was lucky enough to have a bug exhibition called MetaBugs come and visit as a competition prize for our hard work in science last year. During this visit we were able to look at, hold and interact with a wide range of different bugs and insects! Some were a little frightening such as the spiders and scorpion but we were brave! Many of us got the chance to hold a beetle, stick insect or a centipede!
Have a look at some of the photos of us with the bugs!
Chestnut Tree Class 2018-2019
Spring One 2019
This term has been really busy with lots learning both indoors and outdoors. The London Fire Brigade came into our class to talk about fire safety. The pupils in Chestnut Tree Class had the huge responsibility of going home to talk about Fire safety and where fire alarms were placed at home. I'm pleased to say that some of our children had even discussed fire drills at home and ways to improve safety around the home.
In January we had an exciting visit from Falconry UK as well as hearing about these wonderful birds of prey, the children were able to hold some of them. We shall be comparing these birds of prey with our garden birds later in the term. This was all part of our build up to Bird Watch week where we collected data from our garden . The children counted the birds, recorded this information onto a tally chart and finally used a computer programme to input the numbers. The children selected bar graphs, pie charts and line graphs to discuss and analyse the information.
The talents of Chestnut Tree were celebrated on 'Grandparents Day' and will be celebrated further as the children begin to read their stories to our school community. Their reinvented fairy tale and illustations are a delight to read. They worked really hard drafting and editing their writing but the final results are wonderfully creative and will be a joy to display around the school.
Chestnut Tree's commitment to recycling was explored further as we made book marks for Grandparents Day using handmade paper and dried flower petals. We collected paper from the recycling bins and created new paper by soaking and creating a pulp to form new paper. Our fragile and precious bookmarks were made with love and care and were given to families on Grandparents Day.
We had the pleasure this term of meeting our new Parish Priest Monsignor Roger. The children enjoyed his visit and we look forward to him visiting our school and celebrating Mass later in the term. The children are working hard on recognising and describing some of the Sacraments and will be continuing talking about Reconciliation as we move into Lent and Easter.
We had a great snow day in the garden, this was eagerly anticipated as we checked the checked the weather forecast a few days prior to the event. It was great to be able to explore the snow together and we had so much fun in the garden. Part of our learning in the garden has been reading temperature (maths) and presenting weather forecasts(Speaking and Listening). We hope to do more of this in the Spring Term. Each child has also planned their vegetable plot and will be ready to plant the seeds after half term.
This has been a really busy half term !
We have been very busy this term in Chestnut Tree class. We started the term with a lovely mass for All Saints Day in our Chapel. Fr Kevin was delighted with the children and their singing. Our trips this term have included an exciting visit to The Postal Museum in Mount Pleasant where we learnt a lot about the history of the Royal Mail, Christmas Post and an exciting ride on the Mail Rail.
Our trip to Willesden Sports Centre was a chance to explore all kinds of activity circuits. It was great fun! St Mary Magdalen’s invited us to their wonderful year 3 Christmas production called ‘Santa’s on strike’. The children thoroughly enjoyed the story and the songs. We have had a wonderful time in the garden preparing for the winter months. We have made bird feeders, measured sunflowers, created experiments on compostable and non-compostable materials, bug hunts and food chains. All will be revealed in the Spring Term.
During Advent our class calendar was created by the children. Each day the children share their prayer and promise during our morning worship. In English we have been exploring a book called ‘One Plastic bag’ and we are currently working on ‘The Polar Express’ for Christmas.. Our writing has included news reports, Samuel Pepys diary entry, letters to Santa and letters in RE.
The Metropolitan police have also visited Year 2 and gave a very informative talk on ‘Stranger Danger’, The Chelsea Pensioners came and spoke to us about Remembrance Day and the Charity work they do. We have raised money for Winston’s wish and contributed gifts to Love in a Box.
This has been a very rewarding term and as it draws to an end we are very busy rehearsing for our Carol Concert. The children have worked very hard learning the lines to all the songs. Their lovely singing will help us to remember the birth of Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas.
Thank you for your support,
Mrs Byrne and Mrs Tracey