Chestnut Class

Summer

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

We have all had a very busy half term and been engaged in lots of routine learning opportunities such as our story massage sessions and our bucket time sessions, which continue to be a big hit! Some pupils have also engaged well with whole class stories and wanted them to be read again and again. How amazing! This term we have also taken part in our whole school sing-along and loved performing our Chestnut class ‘Frozen’ medley! Some pupils even enjoyed dressing up as the main characters and we think they look fab! We hope that all the pupils have a fantastic summer and enjoy lots of rest as well as having lots of fun! See you in September!

         

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'Doctor's and Nurses'

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

This term in Chestnut Class we are covering the topic of ‘Doctors and Nurses’. We have all enjoyed lots of role play and are looking forward to a visit from our lovely school nurse Shakila very soon. We have been listening to the story of ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ and done some excellent matching of pictures and words where appropriate. We have also been learning about our bodies in Science and singing lots of new songs to learn about our body parts. In History we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and how she is a famous nurse from a long time ago. We have been looking at ‘length’ and ‘capacity’ in Maths with lots of fun play and water exploration. We have also been completing lots of sensory regulatory activities which the pupils have done so well with and been working on developing our fine motor skills during messy play. Very busy! We are beginning to get ready for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week with different arts and crafts and even a little bit of baking. We're really looking forward to all the fun.

          

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Who Lives Here?

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

Since returning to school after the Christmas holidays the children in Chestnut Class have been doing lots of amazing Maths work and also working hard on their Communication. From the pictures you can see lots of good number writing, number recognition and counting work, all the staff are so proud! Some children have also been working on their speech as they play and linking more words together whilst others have been asking grown ups to complete activities using lots of great gesture and giving lovely smiles to show they are happy. We are also super proud of how pupils have settled and been joining their class group for circle time. Well done Chestnuts, great work!

This term our topic is ‘Who Lives Here?’ We have already been busy looking at pictures of our houses and developing our art and design skills by making our own houses for our class display. We are also enjoying the stories ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and will be doing lots more exciting activities related to these very soon. Today we have been celebrating Chinese New Year in Chestnut Class and have all worked hard designing our own tiger pictures as this year it is the ‘Year of the Tiger’. We hope that you like them. We will also be experiencing the tastes and smells of China tomorrow, lots of fun!

              

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Space and Astronauts

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

We have had a very busy half term in Chestnut class adjusting back into school life; doing lots of fun activities to help us to feel calm and regulated as well as developing our communication. We welcome new staff members Stephen and Lisa into class, and also welcome Thomas, William and Demi too. This half term we have started our topic of ‘Space and Astronauts’. We have been making moon pictures as well as making moon dough and lots of fun messy play! We have also been lucky to go to the SPACE multi-sensory centre this term and all had a great time. We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of all the fun we have had.

        

       

  

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Transport and Wheels

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

This term we have looked at Transport and Wheels, the children have enjoyed exploring the different wheeled vehicles and we have linked the topic across all subject areas. The children have painted with wheels on sheets of paper, done some junk modelling and designed their own moving vehicles. They had to look at a variety of different sizes of wheels and different shapes that could be used; their work has been displayed in class. Class 2 are very creative!

      

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Class 2

Welcome back

Lauren O'Brien (lobrien) on: Class 2

Welcome back to class 2 children.  We have made all the new children who have joined class 2 in September very welcome.  They have all settled in very well and everyone is pleased to be back and enjoying the beginning of the new school year.

Our topic this term 'Big Cook Little Cook' which will incorporate lots of baking, tasting and sensory experiences.  We started this by making gingerbread men/women which we hope you all enjoyed!

My name is Sarah McEwen and I am the new class teacher for class 2.  I have been made extremely welcome by all the staff and children in school since I started on September 1st.  I have been teaching now for over 20 years and have always worked within special schools and with pupils with a wide range of SEND.  I look forward to meeting you all face to face in near future.  We may see each other at the McMillan coffee morning if you can make it.

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Teddy Bear's Picnic

Lauren O'Brien (lobrien) on: Class 2

Class 2 have been using their senses to explore our class story and theme, this half term.

First, we made honey sandwiches for a teddy bear's picnic. The teddies teased us by hiding in different places.  We took it in turns to hide the teddies and find them.  This also helped us to explore our new outdoor area.

After making the sandwiches, we wondered where honey came from.  Luckily, one of our teachers had the answer!  

The honey felt sticky and we loved watching it pour out of the honeycomb.  Feeling the hard ridges of the comb was interesting too and none of us could resist giving the honey a little taste!

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Chestnut Class

Summer

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

We have all had a very busy half term and been engaged in lots of routine learning opportunities such as our story massage sessions and our bucket time sessions, which continue to be a big hit! Some pupils have also engaged well with whole class stories and wanted them to be read again and again. How amazing! This term we have also taken part in our whole school sing-along and loved performing our Chestnut class ‘Frozen’ medley! Some pupils even enjoyed dressing up as the main characters and we think they look fab! We hope that all the pupils have a fantastic summer and enjoy lots of rest as well as having lots of fun! See you in September!

         

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'Doctor's and Nurses'

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

This term in Chestnut Class we are covering the topic of ‘Doctors and Nurses’. We have all enjoyed lots of role play and are looking forward to a visit from our lovely school nurse Shakila very soon. We have been listening to the story of ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ and done some excellent matching of pictures and words where appropriate. We have also been learning about our bodies in Science and singing lots of new songs to learn about our body parts. In History we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and how she is a famous nurse from a long time ago. We have been looking at ‘length’ and ‘capacity’ in Maths with lots of fun play and water exploration. We have also been completing lots of sensory regulatory activities which the pupils have done so well with and been working on developing our fine motor skills during messy play. Very busy! We are beginning to get ready for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week with different arts and crafts and even a little bit of baking. We're really looking forward to all the fun.

          

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Who Lives Here?

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

Since returning to school after the Christmas holidays the children in Chestnut Class have been doing lots of amazing Maths work and also working hard on their Communication. From the pictures you can see lots of good number writing, number recognition and counting work, all the staff are so proud! Some children have also been working on their speech as they play and linking more words together whilst others have been asking grown ups to complete activities using lots of great gesture and giving lovely smiles to show they are happy. We are also super proud of how pupils have settled and been joining their class group for circle time. Well done Chestnuts, great work!

This term our topic is ‘Who Lives Here?’ We have already been busy looking at pictures of our houses and developing our art and design skills by making our own houses for our class display. We are also enjoying the stories ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and will be doing lots more exciting activities related to these very soon. Today we have been celebrating Chinese New Year in Chestnut Class and have all worked hard designing our own tiger pictures as this year it is the ‘Year of the Tiger’. We hope that you like them. We will also be experiencing the tastes and smells of China tomorrow, lots of fun!

              

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Space and Astronauts

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

We have had a very busy half term in Chestnut class adjusting back into school life; doing lots of fun activities to help us to feel calm and regulated as well as developing our communication. We welcome new staff members Stephen and Lisa into class, and also welcome Thomas, William and Demi too. This half term we have started our topic of ‘Space and Astronauts’. We have been making moon pictures as well as making moon dough and lots of fun messy play! We have also been lucky to go to the SPACE multi-sensory centre this term and all had a great time. We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of all the fun we have had.

        

       

  

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Transport and Wheels

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

This term we have looked at Transport and Wheels, the children have enjoyed exploring the different wheeled vehicles and we have linked the topic across all subject areas. The children have painted with wheels on sheets of paper, done some junk modelling and designed their own moving vehicles. They had to look at a variety of different sizes of wheels and different shapes that could be used; their work has been displayed in class. Class 2 are very creative!

      

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Seasons and Celebrations!

Claire Howatson (chowatson) on: Chestnut Class

As part of our topic of ‘Seasons and Celebrations’ Class 2 have been super busy! As well as celebrating birthdays we have also looked at Halloween and enjoyed exploring sensory buckets full of slimy spaghetti and creepy crawlies. We developed our fine motor skills by grasping and pulling the spaghetti and some children even used scissors to cut and pick up items. We also scooped out and explored pumpkins and enjoyed seeing them lit up in the dark – we hope you like them. This week we have started to think about Bonfire night and have made some lovely bonfire pictures. Just look at how well some children are looking and focusing on their work. How amazing!

         

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Welcome back

Spring term news

Sarah McEwen (sarah.mcewen) on: Welcome back

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all! Everyone sounds as if they have had a fantastic time and have been very lucky with visits from Santa! We all arrived into school on Monday morning looking a little shell-shocked after our lovely relaxing Christmas holiday, but as the week has gone on the children have all settled back into the routine of class and school life.
We have exciting and busy times ahead! I have been assured that 'The School Production' is a wonderful experience so for all those children and families new to school this year I am sure you will be amazed when you come to watch your children performing in either the afternoon or evening production. We will be practising this in school over the next few weeks which I'm certain will be great fun. We will also be busy as 'Maths detectives' this term in our topic of 'shape and number all around us'. We will be sharing stories such as Goldilocks and the three bears, the three little pigs and three billy goats gruff. These stories will allow us to link numbers and size and even some design technology as we may try to build and test houses for the pigs and a bridge for the goats!

   

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busy term

Class 2, Having fun!

Sarah McEwen (sarah.mcewen) on: busy term

After what seemed like a very long time up to half term, now that we’re back the weeks seem to be racing by and Christmas is approaching fast!

Class 2 have been busy since the holiday making pretend fireworks with shiny and coloured paper and streamers and our small world has been a shredded paper bonfire with magnetic numbers to rescue using magnets. This has produced lots of lovely comments, such as ‘don’t touch the fire, it’s hot!’ but also hopefully an understanding of safety for the children.

We will be moving on from our work on Autumn, where we have made a fabulous autumn coloured tree more into Winter with exploratory play using ice. Of course, we couldn’t not include Frozen in this, so we will have ice castles along with small world figures of Elsa, Ana and all the gang!

The most recent highlight in class was our visit from Pudsey bear! The children were all delighted to meet Pudsey and all got the opportunity to get up close to say hello! We then enjoyed a fun filled fund-raising day a few days later.

As December approaches we will, of course be very busy making festive decorations and cards and lots of other things ready for Christmas. We are looking forward to you joining us for our Lower School Nativity on Monday 18th December at 10am.

    

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Class 2

Welcome back

Lauren O'Brien (lobrien) on: Class 2

Welcome back to class 2 children.  We have made all the new children who have joined class 2 in September very welcome.  They have all settled in very well and everyone is pleased to be back and enjoying the beginning of the new school year.

Our topic this term 'Big Cook Little Cook' which will incorporate lots of baking, tasting and sensory experiences.  We started this by making gingerbread men/women which we hope you all enjoyed!

My name is Sarah McEwen and I am the new class teacher for class 2.  I have been made extremely welcome by all the staff and children in school since I started on September 1st.  I have been teaching now for over 20 years and have always worked within special schools and with pupils with a wide range of SEND.  I look forward to meeting you all face to face in near future.  We may see each other at the McMillan coffee morning if you can make it.

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Teddy Bear's Picnic

Lauren O'Brien (lobrien) on: Class 2

Class 2 have been using their senses to explore our class story and theme, this half term.

First, we made honey sandwiches for a teddy bear's picnic. The teddies teased us by hiding in different places.  We took it in turns to hide the teddies and find them.  This also helped us to explore our new outdoor area.

After making the sandwiches, we wondered where honey came from.  Luckily, one of our teachers had the answer!  

The honey felt sticky and we loved watching it pour out of the honeycomb.  Feeling the hard ridges of the comb was interesting too and none of us could resist giving the honey a little taste!

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