Chestnut Class

 

 Welcome to Chestnut Class (year 2)

Miss Newins and Miss Rogerson

Pond Dipping
We enjoyed a wonderful, if somewhat wet, day at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on Monday afternoon. They took part in pond dipping catching a number of creatures in this micro-habitat including greater water boatmen, a water scorpion and even a newt!

Pond Dipping 10.6.24

 

Visitor from Romshed Farm  3.6.24
On Monday afternoon, Mrs Fish from Romshed Farm visited Chestnut and Ash class. The children learnt to identify seeds and planted some runner beans. In a few weeks, the children will then visit Romshed to plant these into the farm's allotment.
  
Tree Fact File
Chestnut class have created a fact file about trees in our field including Ash, Chestnut, Oak and Beech! These have been compiled into book which is being displayed in the reception area outside the school office. Please do take a look.
Micro Art 22/4/24
Inspired by Tillmann Lenz's "Small Man in a Big World", the children created their own mini-figure nature-inspired photos using perspective trickery.

Micro Art Photography v2

 

Interview with Rev. Serena
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Mapping an area of grass
Map
Following our most successful bake sale, Chestnut class are pleased to have a new map for our classroom to help us learn the continents and oceans. 
Chestnut trip to the Unicorn:

On Wednesday, Yr 1 and Yr2 took a trip into London to visit the Unicorn Theatre to see Ready, Steady, Lift Off and ended up becoming astronauts! 

Happy New Year!
Can you guess the St Lawrence staff member from the baby photo?
Download this PowerPoint and play Guess Who?
Nativity 6.12.23
          
          
Trip to the Unicorn - 29th November 2023
On Wednesday, Chestnut Class took a trip to the Unicorn Theatre followed by a walk across London Bridge to see The Monument. We spotted lots of landmarks we have been learning about during our “Cities” topic this term. We all had a wonderful day!
     
Great Fire of London Recreation 21.11.23
Hurray, the rain held off and we were finally able to recreate Pudding Lane on our field with our model houses. Mr Thompson started the fire, answered our questions and ensured we were kept safe. 

 

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Chestnut Class Great Fire of London Recreation

 

Rugby 15.11.23
Fire Safety Talk with Mr Thompson 14.11.23

Fire Safety Talk

 

Please remember to have in school your field shoes, a coat, reading and contact books, water bottle and snack everyday. On Fridays in November and December, you will need to come in your Forest School clothes and also have your swimming kit. 
We love reading in Chestnut Class. Please try to read as often as possible at home so that you can get new books regularly from the classroom to enjoy.
We will have lots of adventures in our Year 2 learning journey and you will be able to read about them here.

PLEASE COULD YOU ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAs:

  • a change of shoes for the field 
  • a coat or waterproof (we usually try to play outside, even if it is raining)
  • a fresh water bottle, a packed lunch and a healthy snack each day
  • all belongings and uniform named
  • small pencil case
  • reading book and reading record (every day please) 
  • Forest School clothes and swimming kits on Fridays.

Parent Presentation

We look forward to seeing the children's 17th Century houses in school after half term. Our recreation of the Great Fire of London will take place week commencing 13th November. We will also have a fire safety talk from Mr. Thompson our site manager who is also a fireman. Please look back here for photos after the event.

Maputo, Mozambique 9.10.23

 We boarded the plane at 9:15 and were flown by a very competent pilot and cabin crew to Maputo (and of course, no flight is complete without some light refreshments from the in-flight service trolley). On arrival, we had our passports stamped before heading off to the Maputo National Park for a safari. Among many animals, we spotted elephants, zebras and even a rare leopard and cheetah. 

Maputo part 1

 Next we visited a Maputo market, where we were met by Marley's parents. We spent our meticais on fresh pao (bread), fruit (mango, pineapple, papaya) and badjias (nuggets made of beans and garlic). After enjoying these delicious offerings, we learnt about life in Mozambique, looked at photos and real meticais, tried on capulana (colourful printed fabrics) and practised grinding beans. 

Maputo Part 2 Market

 

Later, we created our own batik style artwork using fabric and wax crayons inspired by a beautiful picture Marley's mum bought in Mozambique. Finally, we tried our hand at xingomana: dancing accompanied by some percussion in the form of clapping and djembe drums.

 

Maputo Part 3 Art and Dancing

 

Pizza Express

 

 

Pizza Express 26.9.23

 

Parent Presentation

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Homework

Please see the attached letter from Mr Eaton regarding homework opportunities in KS1:

/docs/Homework_Letter_KS1.docx

 

Purple Mash

Explore Purple Mash for some fun learning activities and games. Your teacher may have set you some activities in your 2Do folder. Username and password are inside your yellow reading record. To access Purple Mash follow this link :  https://www.purplemash.com/stlawrencetn15

 Spellings:

 

Year 2 Spellings started after Christmas. Your child will bring home their spelling book on a Monday with a list of words using a common spelling pattern. Please can these books be returned to school each Friday when an informal, in-class spelling test on these words will take place. 

For further ideas on how to practise spellings at home, please speak with Miss Newins.