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Mar 26, 2021

This week in Nursery we talked about Easter, enjoyed the sunshine playing lots of turn taking games in the garden and talked about all the things we've noticed changing during Springtime. Looking for tadpoles in the pond!

This week in Reception we have been looking for signs of Spring. We went on a walk around the school to see what we could see and hear. We heard birds singing, saw the cherry blossom and found lots of minibeasts when we were digging in the soil. 

This week in year 1 we have been writing letters to future Chesterton pupils to put in our school time capsule. We reflected on what we enjoyed about and what we didn’t like so much since the start of the pandemic.

Have a happy Easter holidays and remember to do your Easter project and reading on the big cat Collins books everyday.

Feb 26, 2021

In Reception this week we have been introduced to our new topic, 'People Who Help Us'. We have been thinking about farmers and how they help us by providing us with lots of things we need from a farm, like collecting eggs from the chickens or milk from the cows. Can you think of any? 

This week in Nursery we are recapping the pirate language we have learnt so far and we are turning ourselves into subitising superheroes, practicing subitising up to 3. We are also making delicious pancakes to celebrate pancake day!

This week in year 1 we have been starting a number of new topics in our foundation lessons like: animals in science, growth and change in RE, puppets in DT and comparing the cities of Rio and London in Geography. The children have all made a great start both at home and at school

Feb 12, 2021

It may be the last week of the half-term but it has been a very busy week.  Have a look at what we have been doing in Nursery, Reception and Year 1!


This week in Nursery we have been learning all about Chinese New Year and how is celebrated around the world. We have been dancing and listening to traditional Chinese music as well as cooking lots of tasty Chinese food. We hope you have a safe half term and look forward to seeing you after the break!


In Reception this week we have been continuing to learn about Transport and writing rules to how to behave on public transport. We have also been learning about Chinese New Year by singing songs, dancing and making dragons. 

Year 1

Year 1 have been finishing lots of projects this week and answering big questions before the half term holiday next week, for example: we evaluated our jaguar sculptures, finished the story of Monkey Puzzle and answered our geography enquiry.  Miss Brennan, Mr Newman and all of the year 1 team are so proud of all the children both in school and at home this half term for being so resilient with their learning.  Make sure you enjoy the half term break J

It has been another varied year so far, with lots of challenges that we are all rising to!

Feb 5, 2021

This week in Nursery we are focusing on the story 'The making of Milton' and talk about what does braveness mean and what makes us brave. We are talking about e-safety and how we can be safe when we use a tablet for fun things. We are also introducing number 5.

In Reception we have been thinking about children’s mental health week – we read the story ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and thought of lots of things that Ruby can do to help her worry go away. We wrote a letter to her to tell her all the things that we do if we have a worry. We talked about and explored other emotions too.

In year 1 we have been learning about the different continents from around the world in Geography, as well as learning about the human and physical features of Rio de Janeiro and London. In English we have been continuing to read our story ‘Monkey Puzzle’ as well as writing a diary entry from the perspective of the monkey, pretending that we had lost our mum too! Don’t worry, we found her in the end! In maths, we have been working really hard on our understanding of number and counting one more and less than a number to 20.  

Jan 29, 2021

This week in Reception, we have been thinking about all the things that make us unique and things that we are good at!

This week in Nursery, we are focusing on sound "p" for parrots and making super cool pirate hats! We are also discussing about equality and exploring the meaning of this new word. For maths we are continuing working on number 4.

This week in year 1 we have been discussing climate change and how we can play our part in reducing carbon emissions. We have also been drawing and labelling plant diagrams in science and continuing to build up our techniques with clay ready to build our jaguars next week.

Jan 19, 2021

In Nursery this week we have been learning about Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs' adventures! We went on a pirates' objects hunt adventure and learnt the meaning of more pirate words, such as cutlass, hook, bandana. We also introduced number 4.

In Reception this week we have been learning about the sounds different types of transport makes. Trains go Choo Choo! Aeroplanes zoom! Cars go beep beep! The bell on the bus goes ding ding! We have written about our favourite sounds. What is yours?

This week in Year 1 we have been learning and D and 3D shapes in maths, creating travel leaflets for Rio de Janeiro and continuing our sculpture work by learning new techniques. Well done to all the families using google classroom and sending through examples of the home learning to the Year 1 email address. 

Jan 13, 2021

This week in nursery we are focusing on the 10 little pirates' book and we are working on learning the meaning of new pirate words. We are also working on cutting skills and the number 3.

In Reception we have been reading ‘the Naughty Bus’ and writing sentences about what happened to him. In the story, the Naughty Bus falls into the pond so we have been investigating objects that can float and sink too.

This week in year 1 we have been comparing subtraction and addition facts in maths. We had our first lesson of geography this year where we began to answer our new enquiry question: Are Rio de Janeiro and London near each other? A big thank you to all the children sending evidence of their amazing work to our year 1 email account. Here is an example of Tuba's maths tasks from last week.

Jan 6, 2021

In Reception this week we have been thinking about our new topic which is Transport. We have started to think about our favourite type of transport and created them using range of resources. Please remember to send any work through to the Reception email account: reception@chesterton.wandsworth.sch.uk 

We look forward to seeing all your amazing independent work. 

This week in nursery we shared news from Christmas holidays. We introduced the topic of this term, pirates, and focused on how pirates look. We also focused on recognising, writing and counting up to number three. 

Please remember to send any work through to the Nursery email account: nursery@chesterton.wandsworth.sch.uk 

This week in year 1 we have started our new topic Researching Rio both at home and at school. We hope you have enjoyed your video lessons and please remember to send any work through to the year 1 email account: year1@chesterton.wandsworth.sch.uk We hope you are all well and making each other smile ????

Dec 17, 2020

We are at the end of a very strange term but the Lower Phase have been working hard and also getting into the festive sprit with lots of fun things!  Here are some of the things that we have been doing:


In Nursery we have been reading lots of Christmas picture books. We have also met our new teacher Miss Lyri this week who will be joining us in January as Miss Brennan is going to teach in year 1.


In Reception we have been busy making Christmas cards and decorations. We decorated our own Christmas trees using our knowledge of numbers to 10. Merry Christmas everyone!

Year 1

In year 1 this week we were finally able to answer our enquiry question in History! After a lot of research, we found out the many ways in which the lives of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria were similar! 

We would all like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a fun and restful break.  We can’t wait to hear all about the time you have had on Tuesday 5th January!

Dec 4, 2020

Lower phase have been extremely busy this week; In nursery we have been reading ‘The Little Hen.’ We have baked bread together and been to visit our very own Chesterton chickens. Miss Meyer took some of us to forest school on Thursday to make mud soups with different scents using natural herbs from the edible garden.

In reception, we have been learning all about Christmas. We have been making Christmas decorations and writing special Christmas cards. We have even got our very own Christmas post office.

In year 1, We have been learning about Queen Elizabeth II and we found out that she is actually Queen Victoria’s Great-great granddaughter. We have also been continuing our drawbridges, which we have been making out of used cereal boxes!

Nov 27, 2020

In Nursery this week we have been reading the Gingerbread Man. We have made our own gingerbread men following a recipe and he even came to visit us in person! We caught the naughty ginger bread trying to run away from the Nursery oven.

In Reception this week we have been thinking about what it would be like to walk on the Moon! We have been using the VR headsets and going for space walks. We used this to inspire our writing by making astronaut logs to record what we could see from the moon. 

Year 1 have been having lots of fun in science this week, we have been designing a new umbrella for the queen. We have been learning about the properties of different materials and deciding which ones would be the best for a royal waterproof covering!

Nov 19, 2020

This week Year 1 has been learning all about different materials. We sorted objects into groups that were made of the same materials, like wood, metal, fabric, plastic and paper!

In Reception, our new number of the week is 7! We have been exploring all the different ways that it can be represented, using number blocks and paint to make stamps and record our findings.

This week in Nursery we have been reading The Three Little Pigs. We have gone on a building hunt around our school looking for houses made of straw, sticks and bricks to see if we could huff and puff and blow them down. We also tried building our own houses in small teams to retell the story. Our new number this week is 2!

Nov 13, 2020

Happy Diwali – it’s time for the festival of light! In Reception we  have been learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwali. We created our own rangoli patterns and retold the story of Rama and Sita!

In year 1 we have been reading 'That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown' where the characters go on an adventure in the Great Barrier Reef. We then decided to explore it ourselves with VR headsets. We say wonderful animals and fantastic corals, and used this experience to describe the reef in our writing. 

This week in Nursery we have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been comparing the bear household items using small, medium and large. We have also been retelling the story in different ways including: acting in the bears house, drawing pictures and ordering pictures.

Nov 9, 2020

Nursery began our number sense work with number one this week. Take a look at us in action!

Oct 23, 2020

We’ve had a wonderful end to the half term this week in Lower Phase. In Nursery this week we have been learning ‘Old Macdonald had a Farm’ we have been creating masks of farm animals, going on nature walks and playing in our own farm yard outside.

In reception we have been thinking about how to keep ourselves healthy; looking at healthy foods, why being healthy is important and how we can make healthy choices at home and at school. In year 1 we have been finishing our art projects about the royal family and painted our own portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. Also, we have been learning about what it means to belong and what different groups we belong to!

Oct 20, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been learning about ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ nursery rhyme. We have acted out, built large scale buses and drawn our own. Miss Meyer also took us on a forest school adventure to collect natural objects and use our senses in the Edible Garden.

In Reception we have been reading a picture book about 'Kevin' an imaginary monster. Although he has gone missing! So we have been making missing posters to try to find him. On Friday we visited Mr Kier in the forest school and found Kevin!! So we treated ourselves to hot chocolate and biscuits to celebrate. 

This week year 1 have been learning about greater than and less than in maths. In English, we have be reading the story ‘The Queens Knickers’ we are all extremely excited to what happens to the queens underpants and where they have disappeared to!! Also, year 1 were really excited to go and visit our new library!!! We feel very lucky to have such an amazing new space to read and discover new stories!

Oct 2, 2020

In Year 1 this week, we have been sequencing what we have read so far from the story 'Hector and the Big Bad Knight'. Working as a team, we all had turns ordering the events, and then we got to act out and retold the story in front of our classmates.  

In Reception this week we have been reading Bedtime for Monsters and thinking about words to describe how the monster looks. We have also been looking at the textures of different thing like ice and snow. 

This week in Nursery we have been exploring the home corner and taking turns with our friends using the equipment. We have been exploring and comparing capacity this week using the words full and empty in the water tray inside and the water world outside.

Sep 25, 2020

This week in Reception we have been learning about repeating patterns. The children have been using objects to continue or make their own!

This week in Nursery we have been exploring even more new areas of the classroom including the mud kitchen and the home corner. We have adapted to the new routines at school and have decided together some important rules for our class charter: to use gentle hands and walking feet, put our hands up on the carpet and wash our hands to keep us safe.

In Year 1 we have been learning all about castles! We have looked at the parts of a castle and explored what they are for. We have been trying to build examples of castles with all is parts using Lego and then writing sentences about them in English.

Sep 18, 2020

This week in Nursery we have welcomed even more children to begin the settling process. The children have been exploring both the inside and outside environments. They have particularly enjoyed using the climbing frame, playing in the sand pit and making new friends.

In Reception this week we have been learning about our new topic 'Monsters' we have been crating different types of monsters using lots of different art techniques and materials.    

This week in year 1 we have introduced our amazing new topic ‘The Royal Family’! We learnt all about Queen Elizabeth II and her coronation. Also, we learnt all about our bodies in science, naming the different parts of our bodies and discussed what they were for. Finally, and most importantly, we’ve been really enjoying seeing each other again and spending time with our friends now that we are back together at school.

Jul 17, 2020

This week in Nursery, we have been reading ten little princesses. We made our own magic wands, created our own magic spells, built castles and rescued princes and princesses from dragons!

This week in reception, we had our sports day! We had so much fun doing different activities including the obstacle course!

This week in year 1 we have been focusing on counting forwards and backwards to 100 and trying to be able to represent the value of each digit using dienes. It has been great to hear from the families at home also completing the work and joining in with special events like Sports day and international day.

This week has been busy with lots of fun events and special days. On sports day it was so nice for children to be able to display some of our core school values - pride, resilience and kindness. Children in school and at home have been supporting each other and themselves as they completed these challenges. It was also great for the children to explore their own heritage over the course of International Day. We were able to talk about where we were from and some of the special traditions we take part in. 

Jul 2, 2020

This week in Nursery we welcomed more children back. It was so lovely to see even more happy, smiling faces. We have been working on our name writing and mark making skills and the children love to practise this independently.

This week in reception we have been thinking about minibeasts. Some ladybirds have laid eggs in the garden of bubble three so we have been watching them. We are hoping they will hatch into ladybird larvae soon!

In Year 1 this week we have been continuing to read Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey and we have written his next adventure from our own imaginations. We have also been comparing reasons why people visit the seaside now and in the past.

This week in English Year 2 have been retelling the story of Gregory Cool using time connectives and descriptive language. In maths the children have been using their maths mastery skills to investigate mass. They have looked around their homes to find different objects in order to compare which items are heavier or lighter than the other.  

Jun 11, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been reading the snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson and making pictures of our own colourful snails. 

In Reception we have been using the construction materials to make our own cars.  Once we had made them we had a race! Can you guess who won?

In year 1 this week we have been creating our own seaside adventures about Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush underwater in the crowded rockpool. We have also been working really hard to remember which numbers are odd and even.

This week year 2 have been really busy with lots of exciting things to do. In English they have been writing a setting description of the seaside using descriptive language. They also explored 3D shapes. They looked for various things at home to see which objects were 3D. In science the children completed a science quiz based on how many plants you can identify and name. 


Jun 5, 2020

It has been lovely to welcome back some of our Nursery friends to school. The children have done brilliantly, learning the new rules that help keep us safe and clean. It has been lovely to see the children and families and all their big smiles. Well done, everyone!

Lots of reception have been busy settling back into school this week. There were some new routines to learn, and some new games too! We also thought about underwater animals- how many underwater animals can you think of?

 This week Year 1 has started a new book, Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey. We have been exploring possible plots to the story, basing our predictions on clues the front cover and title of the story give us.

This week Year 2 have been busy exploring 2D shapes. They have been on a shape hunt to see what they can find! What 2D shapes can you find in your house? They also started to research Florence Nightingale, who she was and why she is such an important person that we still remember today. 


May 29, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been thinking about Incy Wincy spider! We tried to make our own Incy Wincy spider webs and see how many flies we could catch!! We also thought about the foods that we like to eat (not flies - yuk!) and looked at using different vegetables and fruits for paint stamping.


This Week in Year 1 we have finished our geography topic where we have compared the two destinations of Battersea and Littlehampton. We are excited to hear how you answered the final enquiry question of the half term.

This week year 2 have been researching all about ocelots to write an information text using subheadings. Did you know Ocelots are medium sized cats found in Trinidad and Tobago? interesting right. They were also asked to create a life cycle of a plant and use their knowledge of life cycles to compare plant life cycles and animal life cycles. In RE the focus this week was on Islam and the Qur'an the children have been answering questions such as How many gods do Muslims believe in? and What does the Qur’an teach Muslims? Great work keep it up! 



May 15, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been looking at the world around us, from our windows or out on our daily walks.

This week in reception we have been thinking all about food! We have discussing which foods are healthy and unhealthy as well as looking through recipe books and creating a recipe for our dream meal. Yum!

This week in Year 1 a lot of children have taken part in the Chesterton VE day bank holiday challenge, making pictures or writing letters to a care home in the borough of Richmond. If you haven't yet joined in there is still time, check out our school website for more details! Below is Rjay's work he completed about the VE day celebration and why it was important.

This week Year 2 pupils were set the task to select different objects from their house, measure the length, compare AND put them in order from the shortest to the longest. Applying many mathematical skills all at once! They were also asked to write a letter from the perspective of Gregory the main character in their topic book - Gregory cool. They climbed into their imaginations and got into the heads of Gregory relaxing on a cool Caribbean beach... Miss Snell and Miss Tara BOTH climbed into their imaginations and pretended they were just like Gregory relaxing in the Caribbean. What a fantastic week!

On Tuesday Chesterton had their first online choir session via Zoom. If you would like to join the online choir sessions send an email to: music@chesterton.wandsworth.sch.uk 

Rehearsals are on Tuesdays 11:00-11:30 am. Get involved!!