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Chestnut Tree Class Newsletter Summer Term 2014

Chestnut Class Curriculum Newsletter

Summer Term 2014

Dear Parents/Carers,

In Chestnut Class, there are many exciting opportunities for the children this summer.  African Adventure is not too far away, there is a music concert at Debenham High School, as described in a letter that has already been sent home, a rounders tournament, a school outing and a Musical Production: ”Wind in the Willows”.

We look forward to helping the children learn this term, and hope the Year 6’s will take some special memories with them to their next school.

In Chestnut Class we will be following a unit of work on materials and focusing on Science, Technology, History and Art.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

·         About the chemistry of cooking

·         About conductors and insulators

·         About magnetic metals and their uses

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

·         How to make our own ‘clay’

·         How glass is made

·         How to create a brand new material

In History, we’ll be finding out:

·         About the importance of bronze, iron and clay

·         About wax, papyrus and paper

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

·         How artists use different materials in their work

·         How to choose materials to express an idea

In RE, we’ll be finding out about:

Buddhism and Christianity; regarding their view on the journey of life and death.

In PSHE we’ll be finding out about reproduction, so look out for information about this in a separate letter.

We would like to remind you of some routine matters:


Wednesday – There will be spellings to learn for the following Wednesday with an accompanying spelling activity to help reinforce the rule or pattern. Please bring the spelling book in every Wednesday spelling homework.

Whilst learning a list of spellings is not the only way to improve spellings skills, it is one of the ways we use in Chestnut Class.  The spellings usually follow a rule or pattern, and becoming familiar with these helps to reinforce the correct spelling.  Please continue to help your children to regularly practise their spellings and ensure they know their meanings.

Maths homework will usually be set on a Thursday, to be handed in the following week.


As you know, reading well, and reading a range of texts is a fundamental skill; it inspires and models writing, enables creativity and broadens general knowledge. So, please encourage your children to read as much as possible and as widely as possible. They should continue to record what they read in their reading journals, and we should use it to record when we hear and talk with the children about their reading.  We like the children to always have a book on the go, bringing their book into school every day.

In school, the children will be reading and discussing a range of texts: studying their purpose, analysing vocabulary and organisation and discussing layers of meaning and the author’s ‘voice’.


These lessons will mainly be on a Monday and Wednesday, and will consist of striking and fielding, net-wall and athletic skills, however, during the latter part of the term there will be cricket on a Thursday and athletics on a Friday led by ‘A Chance to Shine’ and Debenham High School.  In case the day of the lesson changes,  it is best to ensure that PE kit is in school all the time, although we will send it home for a wash at half-term!  There will be an opportunity to participate in a rounders tournament in the second part of the term.


A separate letter has been sent out regarding the arrangements during the SATS week.  Whilst the Year 6’s are being tested, the Year 5’s will be working on a project in the Village Hall.

Class Assembly

This is on Friday 27th June, and it will be an opportunity for the children to describe and explain what they have learnt at African Adventure.

If there is ever anything you want to discuss, please do not hesitate to talk with us.

Thank you for your support,

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Fenning, Mrs Taplin and Mrs Beaton.