Chestnut Class Summer Term 2016

Chestnut Class Curriculum Newsletter - Summer 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to another busy term in Chestnut Class. Here is a snapshot of what will be going on in class this term.

In maths Year 6 pupils will be comparing and ordering fractions and associating fractions with more complex decimal equivalents. We will also be looking at algebra, in particular using simple formulae. Year 5 pupils will be finding out about common imperial units of measurement and their metric equivalents. We will be continuing our work on area and perimeter and applying this to everyday situations. We will all be continuing with our arithmetic, using formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Pupils have continued to enjoy playing the popular ‘Countdown’ maths game in class which is having an impressive effect on the speed and confidence of their mental calculations. This game can be accessed through the Woodlands Junior website or by using this link

Regular practise of KIRFs (which will be sent home at the beginning of term for Year 5 pupils only) and times tables have a huge impact on your child’s maths and enable them to keep up with expectations in class. Our times table challenge last term made a huge difference for some of our children as they are able to calculate with greater speed and confidence. It is really important for KS2 pupils to know their times times and the corresponding division facts instantly.

Should you have any questions about the teaching of maths or how you can help your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. Parents often ask about how best to help their child with homework, in particular maths. I have previously recommended the Usborne Junior Maths Dictionary which can be used by adults and children alike. The new KS2 maths study book by CGP is also a useful guide. Both these books can be purchased through Amazon. These books would be particularly helpful for Year 6 pupils in their preparations for the upcoming SATs. Each Year 6 pupil also has their own CGP maths guide which was purchased by the school last term. These can be taken home to help with homework but should be in school each day.

In English our work will be based around the novel ‘Framed’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. After half term we will move onto writing non-chronological reports (informative writing) and will be writing personification poetry. We will continue to build on our knowledge and application of grammar, spelling and punctuation.

To help your child at home with writing you could:

  • Encourage any opportunity to write - lists, letters, notes, reminders

  • Encourage using a dictionary and thesaurus to investigate the spelling and meaning of new words they might see or hear

  • Talk together about current affairs or other issues to help them to formulate and express their thoughts and arguments and to hear you modelling doing this

  • Make use of IT to help with editing and improving writing

To help your child with reading:

  • Allow regular time for your child to read (independently or to you) and talk about what they are reading

  • Or, if they are not keen on reading, by listening to audiobooks they can still experience the richness of language, different sentence structures and characterisation etc

  • All reading is valuable - it doesn’t need to be a school reading book

To help your child with spelling, punctuation and grammar:

  • Make sure they practise and learn spellings that are sent home

  • When reading with your child talk about the punctuation in what they are reading

  • Play word games such as Scrabble

In science we are going to start by looking at light, involving shadows, reflections and light sources. We will then move onto looking at animals including humans focusing on circulation, diet and exercise.

Our history topic relates to our local area and the importance of ‘The Middy’. We will be studying this in relation to the importance of the railway system. Our geography will also link to our local area and will focus on mapwork and related skills. I am also hoping to be able to link this to orienteering.

Our area of study in RE for the first half term will be Christianity, in particular worship, pilgrimage and sacred places. After half term we move on to look at beliefs and questions related to Buddhism.

In French, pupils will be completing units of work entitled ‘On va a la fete’, which is largely a revision unit, providing an opportunity to apply the French they have learnt in different contexts . The final unit this term is ‘Les vacances’ where children will learn to discuss their holiday plans and activities.

Our art focus this half term is collage which will include producing images inspired by natural objects using overlaying and mixed media. DT work will be a unit of work on food.

In music we will be linking our learning with work on communities and then finishing with ‘Celebrations’ after half term.

In PSHE, we will start with some work on the environment before doing a Sex and Relationships unit on puberty and reproduction. You will be receiving a separate letter providing more information about this soon.

Computing this term will be taught by Mrs Doherty and includes learning how to make presentations on ipads using Prezi and learning about how search engines work and how to make efficient searches .

Finally, our PE focus begins with rounders and cricket. Mrs Taplin will be working with us on Friday mornings after half term  but until then PE lessons will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure children have full, named, kit every week. We are hoping to benefit from some cricket coaching this half term which has proved excellent in the past.


Mrs Doherty will continue to teach the class every Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Forest School will start again for our class after half term.

Our collective worship value for this half term is humility. We will be focusing on this area in assemblies and also other curriculum areas.        

As before, spellings will be tested on Fridays and times tables will be tested on Thursdays. Home learning will continue to be sent out on Fridays and it is important that this is returned by the following Thursday. It makes it very difficult to mark and send out again if homework is handed in late. Please remember we have homework club on Wednesdays for children who prefer to complete this in school. As always, children should ask for further help from me if they are struggling to understand their homework.

For Year 6 pupils SATs week will commence on Monday 9th May. Further information has been sent separately.


If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

Best wishes

Mrs Sharpe