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– and The McGinty Speech and Language Centre

"Let your light shine”, Matthew 5. 16

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Year R - Chestnut Class

Welcome to Lime class!

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Summer activities that you can bring to school with you in September

Friday 17th July

 

Morning Chestnut Class,

 

We can't believe this is our last day of learning together as Chestnut Class. We have been so proud of all of you. It has been a very unusual start to your school learning journey, but you have all worked incredible hard! It has been a real pleasure teaching you all and having the chance to share your achievements both in school and at home.

We have uploaded on Tapestry our last Friday story time, so please log in to enjoy the story. The children in school have also videoed their own story time for everyone to share, please again log into Tapestry to hear them retell the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.'

Below is the summer gird which has a range of activities all linked around a seaside theme. There are a number of suggested activities for each area of the Early Years curriculum. You can pick and choose which activities you feel your child would like to complete and would most benefit from. You may like to take photos of the activities you complete, you can email these at the end of the holiday to our Chestnut Class email or bring in your child's work in September.

Please remember these is no expectation to complete these activities or send any work in.

Included on the summer grid are some useful links to websites to support phonics, reading and maths.

 

Have a fantastic summer break you all deserve it!

 

Once again thank you so much for all the support you have given your child, us and the school!

 

Take care!

 

Thursday 16th July

 

Hello Chestnut Class!

 

It was lovely seeing so many of you yesterday at our transition morning. You were all fantastic and we hope you enjoyed catching up with your friends and meeting Mrs Woodhouse.

Our challenge for you today is linked to our story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

We would like you to get creative and make either your own caterpillar or butterfly. Below are some fun ideas you may like to try.

 

 

Wednesday 15th July

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

As lots of you will be attending the transition morning our challenge for you today is a communication and language challenge. We would like you to tell an adult about your morning at school: your favourite part, activities you completed, seeing your friends again, meeting your new teacher.

If you didn’t attend the transition morning, we would like you to talk to an adult about what you are most looking forward to when you start school again in September. You may like to draw these things and label them. Have you any questions about Lime Class?

You may like to complete the transition booklet below and email it to us so we can pass it onto Mrs Woodhouse.

Please remember you can email us any questions or just for a catch up. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

 

Take care

Tuesday 14th July

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

Have you being enjoying the sun? We can't wait to see lots of you tomorrow at our transition morning. If you completed a special picture for your buddy please bring it with you tomorrow.

We hope the sun continues to shine as our challenge for you today is to make your own picnic. In our story book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' the caterpillar enjoyed munching through lots of fruit during the week and lots of other food on Saturday. Like the hungry caterpillar in the story we would like you to choose your favourite foods to help an adult to prepare a lovely feast.

Below is a fun document that gives suggestions on how to encourage a little maths into your picnic.

Enjoy! Remember to send us some photos!

 

Monday 13th July

Hello Chestnut Class,

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. This is our last week of the school year and what a very unusual first year you have all had. We were so proud of all of you the way you quickly settled into West Malling school and before school closed you had all formed lovely friendships, grown in confidence and were enjoying your learning.  We all found it hard when schools closed having to adjust to learning at home and new routines but you all have let your light shine. Some of you returned to learning at school and quickly showed us how grown up you had become by following new routines and adapting to a different way of learning. Those of you who remained at home have continued to impress us with your amazing learning and determination to keep on progressing and learning new things. So please keep letting your light shine and enjoy your last week in Chestnut Class, whether your in school or at home school.

We are also looking forward to seeing lots of you on Wednesday for our transition morning. Below are some extra details so please read these carefully, any questions please either contact us on the chestnut email or the office.

 

*Please enter through the entrance to the ball park at 9:15. Mr Clark or Mr Rye will greet you there. They will give your child hand gel. Please follow the one way system and leave via the pedestrian gate.

*Please adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times.

* The children will stay outside for the entire morning until 11:45 and go home for lunch.

*Please explain to your child they will be asked to social distance from their friends

*Please bring a fruit snack, filled water bottle, sun hat or raincoat, weather depending.

*Please could your child go to the toilet before they arrive. They will, of course, be allowed to go if necessary throughout the morning and will use Chestnut class toilets but we are trying to avoid children entering the school building.

*When you arrive to collect your child at 11:45 please use the ball park entrance and again leave via the pedestrian gate.

Thank you.

 

Below is our activity grid for this week. We will continue to upload challenges everyday on the class webpage.

Have a great week!

 

 

Friday 10th July

Hello!

 We hope you have all had a fabulous week! We can't believe we have only one week left of this term! Keep up the amazing work, we are so proud of you all.

Friday Story time: Mrs Penfold is reading our Power of Reading book this week.  Don't forget to log into Tapestry to listen. You can also watch all the other stories we have recorded if you haven't seen them yet. Any problems logging into Tapestry please let us know via the class email. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

Normally at the end of term 6 we would organise a picnic with our year 6 buddies to say goodbye to them and thank them for supporting our youngest children, unfortunately this can not go ahead this year. We still feel it is important to do something special for our year 6 class therefore we are setting you an extra challenge today. The children in school have been making cards to give to their buddies and we would like you at home to draw, paint, use different materials to make a picture or card for your year 6 buddy. You may like to add a photo and a special message. You can bring these in on the transition morning or email a photo of your creation to our class email. Any questions please email us, we check emails over the weekend too!

Have a look below to find out our learner of the week!

 

The Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Thursday 9th July

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

Did you have any bugs visit your hotel?

In our Understanding of the World activities we would look closely at changes that occur in our environment, animals, and plants. So, our challenge for you today is to create the life cycle of a frog. You can paint, draw, or make the different stages of a frog’s life using different materials. Think carefully about each stage and talk about the changes with a member of your household.

You may like to look at Find out how a frog changes throughout its life cycle’ on BBC bitesize. You can click on each picture and listen to the information about each stage of the cycle.

A further challenge would be to label your life cycle.

Have fun!

 

Wednesday 8th July

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

Our challenge for you today is linked to our Power of Reading book. We would like you to use your fine motor skills to create your own spider web by threading wool, string or ribbon through holes in a piece of card or paper plate. You may even like to make your own spider to go on your web. Below are some ideas.

 

Have fun! We can't wait to see photos of them.

Tuesday 7th July

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

We loved hearing about the fantastic minibeast hunts you had last week. Well done for finding so many different little creatures.

Our challenge for you today is to make your very own 'bug hotel'. We have attached some photos to give you some ideas. Once you have built your 'bug hotel' you can record what minibeasts visit. You could take photos, draw or create your own tick sheet.

Happy building!

 

Monday 6th July

 Hello Chestnut Class, we hope you have all had a great weekend and spent some quality time with your families.  

Please continue to keep us updated with all your lovely achievements and generally how you are getting on. You can do this via our class email (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk) or Tapestry.

 

Below is the weekly activity grid alongside some extra documents to support your child's learning. Please remember we update the webpage everyday with little challenges that cover all areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

Take care.

Friday 3rd July

Hello!

We hope you have had a fantastic week and enjoyed all the activities.

Friday Story time: Miss Penighetti is reading our story this week.  Don't forget to log into Tapestry to listen. You can also watch all the other stories we have recorded if you haven't seen them yet. Any problems logging into Tapestry please let us know via the class email. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

Have a look below to find out our learner of the week!

 

Take care and have a lovely weekend.

The Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Thursday 2nd July

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

Your challenge today is to get creative. We would like you to choose your favourite minibeast and create it using any materials of your choice. This could be paints, chalk, ploughdough or you may like to experiment with a number of different materials.

Below are some examples to give you some ideas.

We can’t wait to see the results!

 

Take care

Wednesday 1st July

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

Did you manage to dodge the rain and go on a minibeast hunt? What minibeasts did you find? How would you describe them?

Below is a PowerPoint quiz titled 'What am I? Can you work out what minibeast is hiding from the given clues?

Our challenge for you today is to make your own 'What am I?' card.

Choose your favourite minibeast and think of your own set of clues you could write. Then inside your card draw a picture of your minibeast. See if a member of your household can read your clues and guess your minibeast.

Below is a template you may wish to use or you can make your own.

 

Have fun! Remember to use your phonics to help with your writing.

 

Tuesday 30th June

Hello Chestnut Class,

Do you know what minibeasts are? Can you name any? Our challenge for you today is to be minibeast investigators! We would like you to go on a minibeast hunt either in your garden or out in your local environment. You may like to take a little pot with you and a magnify glass if you have one. Please remember, once you have looked closely at any bugs you catch you must return them unharmed to where you found them.

Below is a visual check list you may like to take on your hunt or you can take photos/draw pictures of your discoveries.

Can you tell an adult what you notice about the minibeasts you find?  For example: Do they have legs? Or wings? How do they move?

You may like to watch 'What are minibeasts?' on BBC Bitesize.

 

We can't wait to hear what you have discovered. Good Luck!

 

 

 

Monday 29th June

 

Hello Chestnut Class, we hope you have had a lovely weekend. We have been so impressed with all your hard work. The children in school have adapted so well to the new routines and have been really focused with their learning. For those of you who are learning at home we love seeing all your photos and continue to be impressed with the amazing work you are doing. Keep up the fantastic work everyone!

Below is the weekly activity grid alongside some extra documents to support your child's learning. Please remember we update the webpage everyday with little challenges that cover all areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

Have fun and please continue to email us with any questions and or photos of your child's achievements. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

 

Take care.

Friday 26th June

Hello!

Chestnut class, we have been so impressed with all the amazing things you are continuing to do at home and at school! Keep up the fantastic work.

Friday Story time: Mrs Penfold is reading our Power of Reading book 'NO DINNER!' this week.  Don't forget to log into Tapestry to listen. You can also watch all the other stories we have recorded if you haven't seen them yet. Any problems logging into Tapestry please let us know via the class email. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

Have a look below to find out our learner of the week!

 

Take care and have a lovely weekend.

The Chestnut Class learner of the week is........

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Thursday 24th June

Hello Chestnut Class,

Our challenge for you today is linked to our Power of Reading book 'NO DINNER' . In the story the old lady is worried the animals may want to eat her now that she is full of delicious food. 

There are lots of traditional stories that are set in the woods and have animals in.

We would like you to re-tell the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.  You may like to make your own set of puppets on sticks to help you tell the story.

Below is a printable set of the characters from the story if you would prefer to use these.

Enjoy!

Wednesday 24th June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

Did you manage to try any of the sports activities? The weather is fantastic!

Our challenge for you today is a rhyming task. ‘What’s in the bag?’. Ask an adult to put different objects in a bag without you seeing. You then must close your eyes and pull out an object from the bag. What is it? Can you think of another word that rhymes with it?

You may also like to continue the theme of being physical and play rhyming tag with another member of your household. The person who is not the tagger must think of a word for example 'cat' they then must run around, when you tag them you must say a word that rhymes with their word. So 'mat'.

Have fun!

Tuesday 23rd June

Hello Chestnut Class,

I hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather!

This week is National Sports Week and today would have been 'sports day' at school so our challenge for you today is linked to physical development.  

 Below are two documents full of fantastic sports activities so you can have your own mini sports day at home.

You may like to make some medals or certificates to celebrate your sports achievements. We can't wait to see your pictures.

 

Have fun!

 

 

Monday 22nd June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

We hope you have had a lovely weekend.

This week's tasks are below with some handouts to support your work. Please keep sending us your photos and updates, we love seeing what you are up to and sharing your fantastic achievements. You can upload these to Tapestry or email us at chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk

Mrs Penfold has made another fantastic video to support you with this week's number work on subtraction so please have a look below. Also you may like to watch a video on 'Oak National Academy' called 'Exploring subtraction as taking away'.

Have fun!

 

Subtraction

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Friday 19th June

Hello!

Chestnut class, we have been so impressed with all the amazing things you are doing at home and at school! Keep up the fantastic work.

Friday Story time: Miss Penighetti is reading 'Handa's Surprise' this week for our Friday Story time. Don't forget to log into Tapestry to listen. You can also watch all the other stories we have recorded if you haven't seen them yet. Any problems logging into Tapestry please let us know via the class email. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

 

Take care and have a lovely weekend.

The Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Thursday 18th June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

Did you get the thunderstorm? I hope you managed to get outside and complete some natural weaving before the rain came.

Our challenge for you today is to make your own fruit salad. In our Power of Reading book 'No Dinner' the lady's granddaughter took her some lovely fruit.

Can you make your family a delicious fruit salad? Can you help prepare the fruit by washing, peeling, and cutting it? How would you describe the fruit? Remember to use all your senses to help you.

Enjoy!

 

Wednesday 17th June

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

We hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather. Our challenge for you today is all about being outside. We would like you to have a go at weaving using natural materials from outside. Nature weaving is a great way to teach children about different plants, natural objects and to encourage creativity. It also helps with fine motor skills.

Below are some examples for you to have a look at. We can't wait to see your creations so please send them to us via email or upload them to Tapestry.

Have fun!

Tuesday 16th June

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

Our rhyming challenge for you this week is all about 'the odd one out'.

Do you think you could spot the word that doesn't rhyme?

To start with have a set of three objects, 2 that rhyme and 1 that doesn't. Can your child identify the object that is 'the odd one out'? When your child becomes confident with this you can add more objects.

Below is a fun game and a set of rhyming strips you may like to use. Also topmarks.co.uk have some fun rhyming games.

 

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

Monday 15th June

Hello Chestnut class!

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. The sun is back!

We have uploaded this week's activities below. Please keep on doing all the amazing things you are doing and most importantly, have fun.

If you would like to show us anything or tell us anything please put it on Tapestry or email us at chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk we check these daily.

Please log onto Tapestry to listen to Mrs Penfold read our Friday story time book.

 

 

 

Pattern ideas

Friday 12th June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

We can't believe we are at the end of the second week of term 6 already. We are so proud of all your hard work. We love hearing about your learning achievements but we equally enjoy sharing your joy of other achievements such as riding your bike, cooking, dance classes and karate classes. Please keep sending us your photos and updates.

We have attached a poster which invites you to take part in a number of free yoga sessions, so please take a look.

Take care and have a lovely weekend!  

 

Chestnut Class learner of the week is.......

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Thursday 11th June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

Let's hope the sunshine comes back soon! Did you make a mud monster? I hope you enjoyed getting mucky!

Today's challenge is linked to ‘write dance’. Did you make a dance ribbon last week? Were you able to make different large and small movements?

To help practise writing we would like you to try some of the ideas listed below. There are also some images to give you further ideas:

*Using large pieces of paper transfer the shapes you have been practising with your ribbon onto the paper. You could use paint, crayons, felt tip pens

*Use large pieces of paper to draw pictures. You may like to create a scene for example, a road with houses, trees. Can you drive a car along the round, around the roundabout?

*Use sticks to draw/form letters in the mud

* Use water and a paint brush to practise writing your name on a wooden fence, patio or other hard surfaces.

 

Have fun writing in lots of different ways! Remember to send us your photos.

 

Wednesday 10th June

Hello!

Are you ready to get creative and mucky?

Today's challenge is a very messy task but great fun! We would like you to make your very own mud monster using any natural materials you can find outside. Below are some examples.

We look forward to seeing your photos!

Have fun!

Tuesday 9th June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

Our rhyming challenge for you this week is to match rhyming pairs.

*You may like to play the online game ‘washing line rhyme’ on topmarks.co.uk

*Complete the matching sheet attached

*Try some of the activities from the photos below

 

Have fun!

Rhyming fun!

My Active Rainbow Challenge smiley

Kent School Games & the Kent Children's University, in partnership with the School Games Organisers have developed a fantastic resource for primary aged pupils called the "My Active Rainbow Challenge."

 

Children and families need to complete an activity from each colour of the rainbow, from within the booklet. Once you have completed it, you must colour in that part of the rainbow. Depending on how many complete rainbows/activities you do, you can submit the work and win prizes including Kent School Games Medals - which are lovely medals! Your parents can submit the evidence and the medals get sent directly home.

 

A video on how the challenges and booklets work can be found here:

https://www.kentschoolgames.com/my-active-rainbow

 

The challenge booklet I have attached for you all below. This is such a great resource and it’s completely FREE OF CHARGE!!!

 

Any questions please contact Kent School Games directly : jade.dibley@kent.gov.uk 

 

Monday 8th June

Hello Chestnut Class,

 

We hope you have enjoyed the weekend despite the little bit of rain we had. Did you go puddle splashing?

Below are this week's activities, along with a couple of extra handouts. Please do not feel you have to complete all the activities. We have suggested a range of activities to suit the different learning styles of all the children, just pick and choose which works for your child. Some children need practical hands on activities, some need a visual, some enjoy doing a worksheet. The most important thing is your child is happy and engaging with some learning. We have also uploaded a video by Mrs Penfold this week to help with the number tasks. We hope this is helpful.

Don't forget to log into Tapestry to watch 'Friday story time' with Miss Penighetti.

​​​​​​​Lastly, please keep sending us your lovely photos. (email chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk or upload to Tapestry)

Have fun!

 

Numbers 11-19 - 'ten and ones left over'

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Friday 5th June

 

Wow! What a great start to term 6 we have had. Those of you who have been back at school have settled really well and we are so proud of the way you have adapted to the new routines. For the rest of you who are continuing your learning journey at home, we are so proud of all the fantastic work you are doing and enjoy sharing your achievements through all the photos you send us. So please keep them coming!

Miss Penighetti is reading our Friday story time book this week so please log onto Tapestry to listen to her story about the monster of the woods!

Take care and enjoy the weekend.

 

 

Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Thursday 4th June

 

Hello,

Our challenge for you today is to make your own ‘write dance’ ribbon.

The children have used these in school before.

Write dance is a unique programme with links across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Not only does it help to develop the prerequisite physical skills and co-ordination for writing, it also encourages creativity, self expression and confidence.

Below are some photos of examples of dance ribbons.

You could use a stick from outside or a lolly stick and attach either ribbon, cut up strips of material or paper.

The children can then use them to make large movements such as circles in both directions, up and down movements and side to side. These movements should then gradually become smaller.

Creating these shapes/movements will help children to build up their muscles for writing and support them in thinking about the correct direction when forming letters.

The children could use their ribbons to music then once they have practised the key movements they can express themselves freely.

Have fun!

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Hello!

Today's challenge is linked to our Literacy tasks. On your daily walk or in your garden can you go on a ‘monster hunt’? Where might they be hiding? Can you see any unusual footprints? Can you hear them?

You may like to create a little house or shelter in your garden for a monster. What might they like to sleep on? What do you think they might like to eat?

Good Luck!

Tuesday 2nd June

 

Hello Chestnut Class,

Every Tuesday we will be setting you a little challenge linked to rhyme.

Todays challenge is to say or sing as many Nursery Rhymes as you can. Can you identify the words that rhyme? Ask an adult to help you write these words down. What do you notice about them?

Have you got any stories at home that are rhyming? Can you identify the rhyming words as an adult reads the story?  (Julia Donaldson books are ideal)

 

Good Luck!

Monday 1st June

Hello Chestnut Class!

We hope you have all enjoyed the lovely weather over the half term and are all keeping well.

We are looking forward to having lots of fun and working hard in term 6!

Our topic for this term is 'The great outdoors' and we have closely linked the learning for children completing 'home learning' to those children learning in school.

Below is the weekly activity grid and other supporting documents. There is a slight change to how Mathletics will be set so please refer to the weekly grid for more information.

We will continue to update our class webpage everyday with little tasks/challenges. Please remember these are only suggestions and you can pick and choose which you feel are ideal for your child and family situation.

We love to see what you are doing so please send us any photos or updates either by our class email (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch) or tapestry.

 

 

 

 

Friday 22nd May

 

Hello!

Chestnut Class once again we are so impressed with all the amazing things you are completing at home. We are so proud of every single one of you for letting your light shine!

Below is a gallery to celebrate some of the amazing things you have been doing.

Also please see the video to find out who our special learner of the week is.

 

Friday story time: Mrs Penfold is reading 'Ruby's Worry' which we based our literacy tasks on this week. Don't forget to log onto Tapestry to enjoy her story.

 

We would like to wish you all a safe and fun half term together. We will not be setting any more 'home learning' until the beginning of term 6.

 

Below is also a special surprise from Mrs Head!

 

Take care!

The Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Celebration of learning

Hello from Mrs Head!

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Thursday 21st May

Hello!

 

Our challenge for you today is to try some of the fun activities below and on the documents attached. All these games support and encourage listening skills and following instructions. Listening skills are so important and help us in so many aspects of our daily lives. Sometimes it is nice to slow down and just listen. What can you hear?

Suggested activities

*Play a game of 'Simon says'.

*On your daily walk see how many different things you can hear. Can you draw or write them down?

*Play musical statues.

*Go onto the website topmarks.co.uk and play the game 'listen and match'

 

Have fun! Please remember to send us some photos.

 

 

Wednesday 20th May

Hello!

Today we have a blending challenge to help you practise your reading.

Check out the fun blending ideas in the photos below and give one or two a try.

​​​​​​​Or if you enjoy playing on the computer or iPad then go to www.phonicsplay.co.uk and choose one of the free games on Phase 2 such as 'Buried treasure'. 

We have also attached some blending board games and worksheets if this is something you would like to do.

Have fun reading!

Tuesday 19th May

Hello Chestnut class!

Thank you to Betsy, George, Luke and Sienna who made some beautiful Natural Art collages. They are amazing. Well done! Take a look in our gallery below. Maybe they might inspire you to make your own!

We hope you enjoyed watching Mrs Penfold's video on 'Addition Pairs' yesterday.

Today we would like you to get busy practising them. Look at the photos below and give some of these a try. Why not get outside to do it in the lovely sunshine?

If you would like to try another game on the internet then go to:

www.nctm.org  'ten frame'. Choose number 3. 'Fill' (finding how many more to make 10)

Have fun with your adding!

Chestnut class Natural Art Gallery

Monday 18th May

Hello Chestnut class!

 

One more week until half-term. Parents, children, we CAN do this!

We hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend with yet more glorious sunshine! What did you get up to? Don't forget to send some photos to chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk. We are missing you all and love seeing your photos. 

 

We have uploaded this week's learning for you and will add little challenges daily to the website. We are sorry but we forgot to upload the Literacy tasks for our story focus 'Ruby's worry' last week so we have uploaded all of it today. Please do not feel you have to do it all. As with all tasks we have suggested, please remember they are just that, suggestions. Pick, choose, adapt in whichever way you feel best suits your child and your family routines. There is another video below by Mrs Penfold to help you with the number tasks this week. We hope you find these little videos helpful in modelling some of the language and strategies we use in class. 

 

Today our challenge for you is to make a 'worry monster'. Some of our tasks are based around the story "Ruby's worry." Have you ever had a worry? What do you do when you have a worry? Can you make a worry monster for Ruby, yourself or the whole family? We look forward to seeing your worry monsters! Check out some of the ideas below to get you started.

 

Ruth Miskin 'daily phonics' lessons (speed set 1) continue on youtube at 9:30am.

 

Lastly, don't forget to log into Tapestry to hear Miss Penighetti read the story "You can't take an elephant on the bus!' Any problems logging in please do email us.

Have a good week, have fun and learn lots!

From the Chestnut Team

Addition pairs

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Ideas for making a worry monster. . .

Friday 15th May

Hello!

Chestnut class, we have been so impressed with all the amazing things you keep doing at home. We are so proud of all of you for working hard, learning, having fun, helping, being creative, singing and so much more! It was so difficult choosing learner of the week. Please see the video below to find out who was chosen as our special learner of the week. 

Friday Story time: Miss Penighetti is reading 'You can't take an elephant on a bus' this week for our Friday Story time. Don't forget to log in to Tapestry to listen. You can also watch all the other stories we have recorded if you haven't seen them yet. Any problems logging into Tapestry please let us know via the class email. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

Thank you to those of you who have sent their 'Natural Art' picture for our class page gallery. We are going to give you the weekend to do this if you haven't already and would like to. Scroll back through the class page to Wednesday 13th May to find out more. Please send any photos to us by Monday ready for 'The Big Art Gallery' on Tuesday! 

Lastly, we have uploaded a selection of all the amazing things you are doing at home below the Learner of the week! Well done everyone!

Keep having fun, keep learning lots and keep letting your light shine!

From the Chestnut Team

The Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Thursday 14th May

 

Hello! 

We are so pleased lots of you have been on Mathletics. Well done! You have the whole week to complete the tasks as no new tasks will be set for this week. Once you have completed all your tasks you can play on Mathletics live. 

Mrs Hillsdon has entered our school into a competition to win £5000 of book tokens! Wouldn't that be a lovely thing to return to school with!

You can help our chances by voting for us on:

www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools

So, spread the word and let's get voting!

 

Today we would like you to continue to be creative while practising your cutting skills. 

Why not try cutting a range of materials, you may like to try using some of the things you collected for your natural art. 

Can you cut different shapes out? Or cut along a wiggly line? 

You could try cutting different pictures out of an old magazine or newspaper and create your own collage.

Below are some more fun ideas to encourage and support cutting. 

Wednesday 13th May

Today we are getting creative! On a walk or from your garden collect some natural objects such as flowers, leaves, twigs, pine cones. Then make your own picture or collage. You could lay the objects out in a pattern and take a photo or glue them to a piece of paper. You might like to make a frame from a piece of card such as a cereal box to add a special touch to your artwork. Don't forget to send us a photo of your art work. We would love to make a gallery of pictures at the end of the week on the website. (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

Have fun being creative!

From the Chestnut Team.

Natural art and craft ideas

Tuesday 12th May

Our little challenge for you today is a key words game. Pretend you are at sea. Grown ups,  could you put some key words on pieces of paper to be the 'Islands'. Pretend to start swimming around the Islands. Grown ups say a key word, for example 'said' and you have to swim to the Island with the word 'said'. Each time you get it right you could get some 'treasure'! You could adapt this game for outside if you have chalk as in the photo below.

We have also attached the list of key words again.

Have fun!

Monday 11th May

Hello Chestnut class!

 

We hope you enjoyed the lovely long weekend with some glorious sunshine too!

We look forward to seeing some photos of you celebrating the VE Day with your family. (email chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk or upload to Tapestry)

 

Below are this week's activities, along with a couple of handouts for addition. Please do not feel you have to complete all the activities. We have suggested a range of activities to suit the different learning styles of all the children, just pick and choose which works for your child. Some children need practical hands on activities, some need a visual, some enjoy doing a worksheet. The most important thing is your child is happy and engaging with some learning. We have also uploaded a video by Mrs Penfold this week to help with the different addition strategies and language. We hope you find this helpful. 

​​​​​​​Lastly, don't forget to listen to Mrs Penfold reading 'On Sudden Hill' on Tapestry.

 

Have a good week and have lots of fun!

From The Chestnut Team

Addition strategies

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Adding ideas

Friday 8th May

Hello!

We hope you have a lovely day celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Please do send us photos of your decorations, flags, celebrations. We would love to see them! 

Don't forget to log into Tapestry this weekend to hear our next Friday Story time. Mrs Penfold is reading the story 'On Sudden Hill'.

Below is our very special learner of the week and below that is a celebration of work and activities from this week, with some surprising visitors! We have been blown away with all the amazing things you are doing! Wow!

Keep on having fun and keeping safe Chestnut Class!

From everyone in the Chestnut Team

The Chestnut class learner of the week is. . .

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Thursday 7th May

Hello! How did you get on with your activities this week?

Don't forget to send us photos of your story map, obstacle course, numbers or anything else you want to share!

Tomorrow is a Bank Holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day is also known as Victory in Europe Day and it marks the end of World War Two in Europe.  

We have attached a simple powerpoint about VE Day if you would like to share it with your family. Maybe you would like to make a flag or some bunting? We have attached a template if you would like to use this one or you could draw your own! 

Are you doing anything on Friday to celebrate?  This is a nice idea:

Please send in some photos of how you have chosen to celebrate VE Day. We would love to see what you've been doing. (email chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk or upload to Tapestry)

Our learner of the week will still be uploaded to the website on Friday along with our Friday story time on Tapestry.

Have a lovely and enjoyable weekend.

From all The Chestnut Team!

Wednesday 6th May

Hello! The sunshine is back so it's time to get active!

Have a go at some of these fun gross motor activities:-

*Create a hop scotch using chalk or masking tape.

*Set up an obstacle course inside or outside, make sure it is safe!

Try to include some activities that involve going under and over. You could even use a cardboard box to create a tunnel to crawl through.

*Using a 1 minute timer, how many jumps, star jumps, squats can you do?

*Make a skittle set with plastic bottles and a ball.

*Play ‘balloon tennis’- simply use a balloon and your hand!

*Do step ups on the stairs or a step.

*Hang a balloon from the ceiling, use a cardboard tube to practise hitting it. 

*Use recycled materials to make a golf club or a hockey stick. Then dribble a ball along a line such as masking tape or chalk.

Please send a photo, we would love to see them. There are a few photos of ideas below.

Lastly, we had one or two questions about the sight words on the website yesterday. These are the key words that are sometimes tricky to sound out and/or are 'common' words children will see in their books. In Read Write Inc, they are called 'Red Words'. We have attached a set of 'key words' and the list of reading games sent out in the Autumn term to assist you in supporting your children.

Have fun!

The Chestnut Team

Tuesday 5th May

Finding those sight words a bit tricky? Why not try out some of these fun ways to practise them below. Also, for a game on line try 'The Dinosaur's Eggs- High frequency words' on www.ictgames.co.uk

Happy reading!

 

Monday 4th May

Hello Chestnut class!

 

Hope you have had a lovely weekend. Thank you for sending us all the photos. It has been lovely to see what you are getting up to. Some of you have said you are missing your friends and school. We are missing all of you too! If you want to show us anything or tell us anything please put it on Tapestry or send an email to:

chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk  We check these daily.

We have uploaded this week's activities below. Please remember they are just a guide. It is not compulsory to do them, they are simple there to support you with your home learning. Keep on doing all the amazing things you are doing and most importantly, have fun.

Don't forget to listen to Miss Penighetti tell the Story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' on Tapestry. Mrs Penfold's daughter loved it!

Also try out the Ruth Miskin Daily Phonics Speed Set 1 at 9:30am and don't forget to log in to Bug Club and Mathletics.

If you need anything else, or want to ask a question please email us on the Class email. Thank you!

 

Have fun, stay safe, learn lots!

From The Chestnut Team

Further Home-schooling opportunities

Friday 1st May

Hello! It's 'Friday story time'. Log in to Tapestry to hear Miss Penighetti tell the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  

We would also like to celebrate some of the amazing things you have been doing at home by sharing a few photos. (See below Mr Clark's message for Learner of the term.) If you would like to share anything with us just send an email to chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk or put it on Tapestry. 

Have a lovely weekend.

The Chestnut Team

 

The Chestnut class learner of the week is....

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Celebration of learning. . .

Thursday 30th April

Hello! How has your week been so far? Well done to so many of you for logging into to Bug Club and Mathletics as well as continuing to keep having lots of fun.

This week there is only one activity on Mathletics linked to our 'topic maths' of Positional Language. If you are looking for more ideas you might find something of interest on the link below:

https://www.littlelifelonglearners.com/2013/03/positional-language-activities.html/

Have fun!

From the Chestnut team.

Wednesday 29th April

Good morning!

Struggling to get children to write at home? There are lots of fun engaging ways for children to practise their fine motor skills ready for writing such as threading, cutting, using tweezers or pipettes, picking up buttons or hanging out the washing! Check out these 'funky fingers' ideas below!

Have fun!

Tuesday 28th April

A blending and segmenting challenge for you today - 'What's inside the box?' 

In the story 'On Sudden Hill' the children enjoy playing with a box. Can you hide some things in a box, then sound them out to a grown up to guess what they are? For example, 'In my box is a p-e-n, pen!' Maybe they could hide some things and sound them out for you to guess.

If you are looking for more ideas on blending see the handout below.
Also, if you didn't manage to log into Tapestry yet, below is a message from everyone in the Chestnut Team.

Happy blending!

 

Monday 27th April

Hello! Hope you have all enjoyed a lovely weekend.

Thank you for all the emails and uploads to Tapestry. It's so lovely to see what you are getting up to and the fabulous learning you are doing. Keep them coming!

 

We have attached this week's activities below. Please remember these are for guidance only. Continue to do all the exciting 'fun' things you are doing and log into Bug Club and Mathletics.

 

Don't forget to try out 'The Body Coach TV' PE session at 9:00am and the

Ruth Miskin 'Daily phonics' Speed Set 1 at 9:30am. For a story time, Mrs Penfold has uploaded a video of her reading 'Stanley's Stick' to Tapestry.

 

If you would like any more support please do email us on chestnutteacter@west-malling.kent.sch.uk. We are still here and only to happy to help!

 

Lastly, log into Tapestry to see a special message from the whole Chestnut Team!smiley

Have fun, stay safe and learn lots.

The Chestnut Team.

 

Further home-school opportunities. . .

Friday 24th April

Good morning! Hope you have all had a fab week.

Don't forget to check out our special learner of the week in Mr Clark's video below!

We are going to introduce a Story time on a Friday. Our first story 'Stanley's Stick' read by Mrs Penfold will be uploaded to Tapestry today. We hope your children enjoy listening and talking about the story with you. If you have any problems logging into Tapestry please do let us know on the class email chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk 

Also don't forget to let us know how you are getting on. Send us a photo or a message of anything! It doesn't have to be any of the tasks we have set. So many of you have been doing such fun things at home like gardening, baking, building, making bug hotels, camping, helping out with some jobs. These are all so important in making special memories of our time at home. The best learning is done through play and first hand experiences. So play, play and play!

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine and our first 'Friday Story time'!

From the Chestnut Team

The Chestnut class learner of the week is...

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Thursday 23rd April

Hello!

There has been lots in the news this week about online learning. The attached document below has some free resources that have been offered by the BBC, the government's new online National Academy and our own PASS PE network. Our expectations for the children's learning have not changed from when we first started online learning. These are additional ideas that you may wish to use or for those who would like a more formal learning routine. As always all ideas offered are for guidance only, not to put any stress or pressure on anyone. 

 

Most importantly, keep on having fun, playing, talking, sharing stories and creating special memories with your family.

 

Do please email if you would like help or support with anything.  (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk)

Wednesday 22nd April

Hello!

How are you getting on? 

We have uploaded the RWI handwriting rhymes given out at the workshop in the Autumn term as well as the 'phonics games to play at home' if you wish to refer to them.

Also, if you are looking for a 'storytime' CBeebies have some lovely stories on iPlayer. Search CBeebies bedtime stories. There is also a lovely CBeebies story time app which is free.

Have fun!

From The Chestnut team.

Tuesday 21st April

Hello. 

A little challenge to make your maths fun today.

Have a look at the photos and try out one or two. 

Enjoy!

The Chestnut Team

Monday 20th April

Hello Chestnut class!

 

We hope you are well and have enjoyed some lovely sunshine this weekend.

Thank you for sending us such lovely photos. We love seeing what you are getting up to and have put some on the website for you all to see. See below!

 

We have attached this week's activities. Please don't feel that you have to do all of them. They are for guidance. The most important thing is that you are having fun and playing. Remember the best learning can be done through play and real experiences.

Joe Wicks continues his PE sessions at 9:00am (Body Coach TV youtube).

Ruth Miskin continues Phonics lessons at 9:30am (Daily Phonics Speed sound set 1 youtube)

Both are available for the day and can be watched at anytime throughout that day.

 

Please let us know how you are getting on via Tapestry or the class email (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk). We are always happy to answer any questions.

 

Lastly, if you haven't seen Mr Clark's 'Welcome back to Term 5' video do take a look. Go to 'Key information' on the website and scroll down to videos. 

Have a fun filled week!

The Chestnut Team

Thursday 16th April

Hello Chestnut class! How are you all? Hope you had a lovely Easter.

Welcome back to online learning for Term 5!

We will add some more fun activities for you to do from next week but until then we have another little challenge for you! Can you teach a grown up the Dinosaur song that Mrs Head taught you. We have attached it so that a grown up can remind you of the words. 

Also we have set a couple more tasks on Mathletics for you to have a try.

Thank you to those of you who kept sending us photos. We have loved seeing photos of you baking, gardening, building, painting, colouring, writing, digging and so much more! We would like to say a big thank you to parents for supporting your children so well and keeping in touch. THANK YOU!

Lastly if you made or drew a habitat for your Bog Baby or made an Easter garden we would love to see them! Please email a photo of them to chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk or upload a photo to Tapestry.

Have a lovey weekend.

From the Chestnut team.

Monday 6th April

Dear Chestnut class,

We hope you are enjoying the holidays, the lovely sunshine and most especially time with your family. How are you getting on with your acts of kindness?

We have another challenge for you! Tell your parents about the photo below. Do you remember why Tess put a cross in her Easter Garden? If you are able, and would like to, can you make your own Easter Garden? Or you may wish to draw a picture instead. Please send us any photos, we would love to see them! (email chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk or via Tapestry)

Stay safe and have fun!

From The Chestnut Team

Wednesday 1st April

Dear Chestnut class,

So, we have reached the last day of Term 4 and a strange term it has been indeed.

We have really missed you and have enjoyed seeing all your photos, work and videos. We have been very impressed that so many of you have tried the daily tasks on Mathletics and logged into Bug Club. Today will be the last Mathletics challenge until after the Easter break. If you haven't got your log in please do email us on chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk You can still play on Mathletics live. We will keep an eye on your books on Bug Club and update them if you run out.

Please keep photos of your Bog Baby habitats coming. Check out Sienna's at the bottom of this message!

Please check in on the website occasionally. We will update with little challenges if you wish to do them. It is the Easter break so please don't feel you have to but we hope you will feel they are something fun to do while we are all staying safe at home. The first challenge will be linked to Easter after the weekend.

So, a holiday challenge for you! Each day see if you can do one act of kindness - help set the table for dinner, tidy your toys without being asked, get dressed by yourself or anything that helps your family. 

 

Enjoy your Easter break.

Have fun, stay safe, be kind!

From The Chestnut Team

 

Sienna's Bog Baby habitat!

Tuesday 31 March

Dear Chestnut class.

A challenge for you. How many of these activities can you complete over the next 30 days?

Keep us posted with some photos.

The Chestnut team.

 

Monday 30th March

Dear Chestnut class,

We hope you have enjoyed your first week of home learning and had lots of 'Favourite days' with some very special people. 

A huge well done on your hard work. We have really enjoyed seeing photos of you learning and having so much fun. Please keep sending us photos either on Tapestry or the class email: chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk. We have been checking Bug Club and Mathletics and noticed that some of you have been on every single day. Gold star to all of you!

Below is our home learning for this week. Remember to give 'The Body Coach TV' a try at 9am and Ruth Miskin 'Speed sound set 1 Daily phonics lesson' at 9:30am. These are 'saved' on You tube so you can watch them at a time convenient to you. 

Stay safe and have fun!

The Chestnut team

Thursday 26th March

Dear Chestnut class,

Hope you are well and enjoying the lovely sunshine!

It's been lovely to hear from some of you. Keep the photos coming either via Tapestry or the class email. Here are some 'Spring activities' for you to try.

From The Chestnut Team

Dear Chestnut class

A special email address has been set up (chestnutteacher@west-malling.kent.sch.uk) that you can contact us on. The Chestnut team all have access to this. The email will act a bit like a virtual classroom, so it would be lovely to hear from you. Of course you can ask us questions about the work you are doing, and we’ll do our best to help you, but it would be lovely just to hear what you’re up to and how you’re keeping yourselves busy!

Stay home, stay safe. . .

As we enter a new way of virtual learning, for now, please find attached home learning for this week. We hope you will find these helpful and easy to use. 

Please send us any photos via Tapestry, we would love to see them!

We are missing you already. Please do keep us posted on your learning, either via the email set up or via Tapestry. We will check these daily.

Remember, we are still here to help.

From Everyone in the Chestnut Team!

Keeping fit - Try giving this a go. . .

Phonics

Ruth Miskin is showing free phonics lessons on her website for the next two weeks.

Please go to www.ruthmiskin.com

Go to the tab titled 'Find out more' and scroll down to 'Help during school closure'.

Choose videos (you tube link) for 'Set 1 Speed Sounds' at 9:30am

Bog babies

Term 4 information 2020

Happy New Year! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas.

Wow slips.

Please do send us in any 'wow' moments your child has at home. We will add them to their 'Learning journey'. Alternatively you may wish to upload any photos, pictures, writing or learning to their Tapestry account. We love sharing their learning at home in school!

Wow slips

Hello and welcome to Chestnut class!

We are so impressed with how Chestnut class have settled into school. 

They have quickly picked the routines and have already started learning their first sounds. Please do ask if you have any questions, we are always happy to help. 

From The Chestnut team.

 

 

Cued Articulation

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Here are some of our children signing the sounds of the alphabet A-Z and showing the 2 common ways of saying and signing Y.
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