Welcome to Chestnut Class

Mr Mark O'Dubháin welcomes you to Chestnut class, a class of Year 5 and Year 6 children.  Teaching is supported by Miss Montgomery.

In Chestnut class we ask questions and strive to find the answers. We show resilience by not giving up. We support each other and we aim to do our best in all that we do.

Learning in Chestnut Class

Our learning across the curriculum is centred on answering learning questions, which will involve children developing and improving new skills on a daily basis in order to answer them.

Along with developing each child's academic ability, we will also take care to develop their emotional and physical needs; allowing them to make sustained progress and fulfil their potential. Wherever possible, a cross-curricular approach to learning will be used in the class. This is to ensure children are able to make connections between other subjects and the world around them.

In Chestnut, we aim to provide a fun, safe and challenging environment.

Spring 2018: Investigators

Term Focus: Dreams and Goals

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self-Discipline, Gratitude

Investigators: The Present

This term we are taking on the role of investigators. We are learning about rivers, in particular The River Exe which forms an important part of the story of our city. Where does the River Exe begin? How is it used? What wildlife lives along the riverbank? What environmental issues affect the river? How have humans changed the course of the river? We will be taking part in a survey activity where we will discover how the Exe is used by the people of Exeter. What can we learn about how to protect this valuable resource?

Our Jigsaw focus centres around Dreams and Goals this term. We are developing ideas about our own futures. What are our 'Super North Star Goals'? We will be writing to people to ask for help as we research what it takes to achieve these goals. We're also holding a 'North Star' event where we are inviting our parents and carers to tell us about their journey into their chosen occupation...

Our scientific investigations will lead us to look at the formation of fossils, to study adaption and evolution. We'll learn about the life of Mary Anning and her pioneering work in Lyme Regis. We will also study human genetics and learn about our biological inheritance.

Year 6 children will visit the theatre and also try our hand at fim-making, whilst the Year 5 children are taking part in a short PE course.   

So much to fit in to  such a short term!