Chestnut Class Staff

Mrs A. Cooke Class Teacher
Mrs C. Kippax Teaching Assistant
Mrs K. Richmond Teaching Assistant


Chestnut Class are not participating in Forest School or swimming this half term.  We are however doing Outdoor Learning every Wednesday morning.  For this, we would appreciate if you could send in spare appropriate clothing and uniform including socks to change back into. 

Our topic for this term has been “Town Mouse and Country Mouse”.  We visited Ashton on the bus and then Saddleworth and Piethorne Reservoir in the minibus.  We used our iPads to take photographs of features of town and country and we used these to make collages.  We then looked at maps and aerial photographs of the two areas, looking at familiar features and comparing the two.  We used Clips on our iPads to make a video about town and country.  We have been comparing similarities and differences between town and country and saying what we like and dislike about them.   We have been looking at the work of the artist Ton Schulten and we made our own versions of his painted town and country landscapes. We have also been working with Mr Large this half term and are building a model of a town and country.

In Science we have been looking at habitats.  We began by looking at plant and animals that live near our school, then locally, before looking at animals in the Polar Regions, Rainforest and Safari.  We particularly enjoyed investigating how a polar bear keeps warm.  We have also sorting living and non living, plants and animals and then categorised mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

For our Maths topic we have become experts at making a tally to record information.  We then used this information to make and interpret simple pictograms and block graphs.  This half term we are looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In PSHE we have been learning about keeping ourselves healthy.  We started with healthy eating, keeping fit and exercise then looked at keeping ourselves clean, brushing our teeth and finally hand washing.  This can all be continued at home.

In ICT we have completed the SMART award.  This means we know how to behave online, keeping ourself safe and what to do if we see something we are not happy about.  We have also been using apps for coding and programming the BlueBots.   We also enjoyed making animations using Folioscope, iMotion and 2animate on Purple Mash for ICT week.  If your child has an iPad making animations with their toys or Lego is a great activity.  They can then put it into Clips and add a poster for it! 

Some of the apps that we love using in Chestnut Class:

Kahoot! - the children love this but you will need to help them/make up a quiz for them as the quizzes I made are only available when hosted live in class.

Google earth/google maps - the children have enjoyed zooming in on familiar locations and recognising places. They also like the street view and flyovers!

Clips - We have loved making videos and vlogs using this app.  Your child could make a vlog about what they’ve been doing.  Just remember to hold the red button for 3 seconds!

Purple Mash - this is a website which you will need a login for.  There are lots of games and activities in this which the children enjoy and are familiar with.  They like the mashcams, 2animate, 2type and 2createastory.  You can type in a subject and it will bring up all sorts of learning and activities.  There are also phonic and maths games

Other activities that you can do with your child is cutting skills, fine motor and gross motor activities.  If you would like anymore support or symbol rewards/strips making please ask and I can email them to you.  Please email on


Chestnut Class staff 


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