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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!!


May 11, 2020

To all our children in the lower phase - well done for being very brave. We all miss you very much. We'll see you soon and keep in touch. Love from the lower phase team at Chesterton.

May 6, 2020

This week in Nursery we revisited our pirates topic for one week only! It was our favourite story, Pirates Love Underpants and lots of our learning was based around this. Lots of our Nursery children have been learning their new phonics sounds from the work packs which is really exciting.

The Reception children have been thinking about animals and their environments this week. Tuba in RS has drawn this beautiful butterfly, she has labelled it and written some facts about butterflies. Do you know anymore facts about butterflies?

In year 1 this week we have continued to look at our new book 'The Snail and the Whale' describing the characters and Amari in 1B even recreated the characters from clay and painted them! A lot of families have also been looking at the story of the Good Samaritan and think of ways they can help their families and neighbours.

This week year 2 have been learning all about the endangered leatherback turtles found in Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. The children have been using their researching skills to find out facts to write an information text using subheadings.  They have also been busy learning about Hinduism and its religious text. They have focused on Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas and explained what effect the text can have on the Hindu community.  Keep up the hard work!

May 4, 2020

This week Nursery's learning is based around the story 'Supertato!' They love superheroes in Nursery and children have been invited to do lots of activities based on this brilliant story. We hope they have enjoyed it! Below are some fantastic examples of Nabil's work from his Nursery home learning.

This week in Reception, we have been learning all about different animals, with lots of us using the story of "Dear Zoo" as inspiration. We thought about which animal we would like to have as a pet and did some bird watching from our window too!

In year 1 children have been busy making lots of art projects and enjoying our new topic of seaside collages. Some children have been practising their collage skills of : tearing, gluing, cutting and overlapping. Ruby in 1L used these skills to make a 3D swan where the feathers were made of hand prints! Very clever! 

This week Year 2 have been discovering the different parts of plants and using their scientific skills to label their diagrams of these plants. Whilst drawing a variety of different plants children have also been looking at the differences and similarities of these. They have also been busy discovering the physical features of the Caribbean! Children have been creating posters to show all the beautiful physical features they have found! Keep working hard Year 2!

Apr 23, 2020

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter holidays with your families staying safe at home.

All the teachers have been amazed at all the activities you have tried over the holidays some even completed every activity on the list! Well Done!

In Nursery the children have been decorating eggs and going on treasure hunts around their homes.

In Reception lots of children made salt dough dinosaurs for their new topic and some even made a fort in their homes or gardens to play in.

In year 1 children were busy making leaf pictures or following new recipes for no bake playdough to build characters of their choice. Below you can see Zakarya in 1B baking at home with his family.

In year 2 the children have made delicious pizzas and their very own board games!!

If you had a go at some of the challenges over the Easter holidays please send them to the class teachers on the school email or via our facebook and twitter feeds.

REMEMBER next week there is the very exciting launch of the new phonics videos being posted everyday at 10, 10.30 and 11am on this link: https://bit.ly/34KsiFS

A handy guide has also been made to explain the videos here: https://youtu.be/u8C8BCB4hvc

Apr 3, 2020

This week in lower phase the teachers have been ringing all the families and we have been amazed at all the fantastic work you have been producing! 

It sounds like your new home teachers are keeping you very busy. Above is a pictures that we have been sent from children in Reception and Year 1 following the work set on the school website under the Covid-19 drop down.

We now have email addresses set up for each year group so please don't hesitate to send any queries or questions you might have but also please keep sharing with us the work and projects you are completing at home.

Enjoy your Easter holidays and remember to create a rainbow and share it on our facebook or twitter pages.

Mar 27, 2020

Well done to everyone approaching the end of our first week of home learning and home working for teachers! We've heard about lots of children working very hard on their projects set this week and doing extra work using some of the websites posted online. There are some incredible free resources available online at the moment our favourite find of the week is the phonics play website which you can get to by clicking here that has interactive games for all phases of phonics. However, don't be overwhelmed by how many there are just choose a few a week to see if you like the resources and which ones are your favourites.

It is also so important to keep reading whilst at home if that means reading as family, to a friend on the phone or even on your own. Please try and spend 10-15 minutes of everyday reading a story or even a few pages. Here are some of the teachers in our phase reading at home this week there are also a few furry animals listening too! Share your photos of you reading on our twitter or facebook pages using @ChestertonSch.

Feb 28, 2020

In Nursery we made pancakes for pancake day. We followed the recipe, flipped them and tried lots of different toppings

In Reception we learned about Doctors, and how Doctors help us. We thought about how to keep ourselves happy and healthy inside and out.

Year 1:
In year 1 this week we were very lucky to have two different visitors on Tuesday. We attended an African Dance workshop and a workshop with the author of Poppy’s Tail.

Year 2:
This week in English, year 2 have been learning some interesting facts about Penguins and Seals. They have really focused on using their non-fiction writing skills to complete an information text.

This week all Year 1 children had a chance to use different Samba instruments.
In Year 2, children have learned how to play the note G on their recorders.

Feb 14, 2020

This week in science year 2 have been learning all about what things humans and animals need to survive. They learnt that they both need food, water, oxygen and shelter. Some interesting fact we discovered were humans can survive 3 weeks without having food, 3 minutes without oxygen and 3 days without water!

In year 1 this week we have been evaluating our clay jaguar final pieces, explaining what we like about them and how we could improve our techniques in the future.

Reception celebrated the end of their topic of transport by writing fact files all about our favourite kinds of transport. We also spent some time thinking about safer internet day and how we can keep ourselves safe when using technology.

Feb 7, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been making our own telescopes and using them to find buried treasure. Our book of the week is Pirates Love Underpants and it’s been so funny to make a pattern to design our own.

In reception we have been celebrating National Storytelling Week by a trip to Battersea Park Library! We thought about one of our favourite stories (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) and created our own Bear Hunt using the climbing equipment outside

This week Year 1 have been painting their final sculpture pieces. They have made jaguars out of clay and have put in their final touches with different textures and patterns in paint.

This week in Maths year 2 have been using their maths mastery skills to help them solve tricky equations. They have looked at the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication. 

Jan 31, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been learning about Chinese New Year celebrations; cooking our own Chinese dishes, listening and dancing to traditional Chinese music and singing new year songs.

In Reception we have been learning all about maps! We made some maps of the Bobo Road and thought about how we would make a map of our local area. In forest school, we practised climbing trees.

In year 1 we have started a new book this week called Monkey Puzzle by one of our favourite authors. We have been using more complex adjectives to describe the main character.

This week year 2 visited St Saviours Church. They had the opportunity to meet Reverend Ruth and ask questions about the features of a church.

Jan 24, 2020

In Reception we have been learning about the Chinese New Year story and finding out which animals won the animals, we re-told it using puppets and masks. 

In Nursery we have been learning about pirates and smashing open coconuts! We got to drink the milk inside and found out what they tasted like. 

In year 1 this week we have been discussing the job of a travel agent and creating our own persuasive leaflet to entice people to visit the city of Rio de Janeiro.

In year 2 this week in Music the children have been learning how to play buzzy bee using their recorders. They have practised playing different notes on their recorders and have mastered how to play the note b. 

Jan 17, 2020

This week in Nursery we have loved learning all about pirates in our new topic. We have been testing out some new pirate vocabulary and learning the names of some new objects too. We have also been reading the story Ten Little Pirates... Garr!

In Reception we have been working on our new topic 'Transport' we've been having lots of fun in our new 'Bus' and 'Train station' role play areas and writing rules for them.

In Year 1 we have been using clay to practise sculpting skills, like rolling, cutting and moulding clay.  We cannot wait to create our final sculptures! 

This week year 2 in RE the children looked at the features of a church and discussed the purpose of each feature. For example a bible is a holy book for Christians.

Jan 10, 2020

In Nursery we have been creating collage pictures of our Christmas holidays and talking about the different things that our friends did.

In reception, we have been thinking about what we got up to in the winter break and wrote some accounts describing what we did. We thought about the tradition of New Year’s Eve, and spoke about some ways that people celebrate the new year.

In year 1 this week we have been researching about sloths and predicting what will happen in our new book called Slowly, Slowly Slowly said the Sloth.

This week in English year 2 have started reading their new class book called Tom the Great Explorer. They have written a prediction piece based on what they think the story might be about. 

Dec 19, 2019

In Nursery we have been learning about the celebration of Christmas and how some of our friends will be celebrating. We have been busy practising our songs for our Nursery Christmas concert and cannot wait to perform them on Thursday!

Reception Year 1 and 2  have all been busily rehearsing for our 'I'm Gonna Shine' show! The show was a total success and everyone was amazing, remembering all the songs, actions and with some fantastic acting on stage. 

Reception and Year 2 teamed up again on Wednesday as part of Year 2's PSHCE WE Volunteer Now Campaign, they came down to Reception with their favourite picture books with us

Dec 13, 2019

Nursery have been reading the Jolly Christmas postman, we have been learning lots of new words to help us retell the story as well as making our own Christmas decorations. 

Reception have been reading the Jolly Postman this week. We have had lots of fun creating our own letters and ordering the story!

‚ÄčThis week Year 1 went on a trip to the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace. We were able to learn about other people from Queen Victoria's family and appreciate the amazing painting exhibit they had. We were also able to see the changing of the Queen's guard in Buckingham Palace!

This week in year 2 the children have been learning all about the importance of a Christingle and how those who believe in this festival/celebration use light to reflect on their thoughts and feelings.  

Dec 9, 2019

In Nursery this week we have been continuing with our traditional tales topic and retelling our favourite stories.

In Reception this week we have been Reading The Gruffalo Child. We have been re-tell the story and scaring people with our Gruffalo masks!

This week Year 1 have been using their art skills, developed last half term, to help turn their drawbridge cereal boxes into real life castles. We have discussed the purpose of the drawbridege on a castle to defend them from enemies.

This week Year 2 went on an exciting trip to London! We got the train to Waterloo and walked along the south bank to see all the amazing London landmarks. We saw the London Eye, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, Millennium bridge, The Globe and the Shard! It was like Katie in London came to life! 

Dec 3, 2019

In Nursery we have been reading the little red hen. We have made craft pictures and baked some bread, just like the little red hen does in the story. It smelled delicious and tasted even better!

In Reception this week we have been reading 'Aliens Love Underpants'. We've been taken over by Aliens who want to steal our underpants! So we have been busy designing new ones and describing them in our writing.

This week in Year 1, we have put our designs of drawbridges to the test! We built them using cereal boxes and string, creating a simple moving drawbridges! We added details such as turrets. We are very excited to add our finishing touches next week.

In year 2 this week in computing the children have been using virtual reality headsets, to look at different habits such as rain forest, antarctic and dessert habitats. They were able to identify which animals they think will live there and why.

Nov 21, 2019

In Nursery we have been reading the ‘Gingerbread Man’. We created our own Gingerbread Man designs on paper and used our EY kitchen to bake our own gingerbread people! We had so much fun, weighing out all the ingredients and exploring what happens to them as we mixed them together. The best part was getting to eat them! But we had to make sure we did before they could run away…!

In reception we have been using the VR headsets to explore space and become astronauts! It’s been so much fun exploring all of the different planets and the surface of the moon. We even watched a lunar landing.

In science, year 1 has been learning about what materials everyday objects are made of. We have been exploring which material would be best for an umbrella, and have designed one for the Queen using our chosen material!

Year 2 have also been busy as we have been on a walk around school to study the different habitats and micro-habitats there are. We discovered lots of different living things and compared the conditions in their habitats. We also go to see a wiggly worm moving through the soil, happy in its habitat!

Nov 15, 2019

This week in Nursery we have been reading the Three Little Pigs. We have making little pig handprints, writing and retelling the story and building our own brick houses that the big, bad wolf couldn’t blow down.

This week reception have been thinking about the seasons and looking at the autumn weather. Our first forest school group celebrated autumn by making a forest school curtain.

Year 1 are enjoying their new subject on a Friday afternoon- Design and Technology. We have been exploring current drawbridges and their purpose before designing our own next week.

Year 2 have been out this week to Battersea library. We got to read fabulous books like killer gorilla and don’t go there! We then got to explore the library and take books back to school for when we have time to do some reading for pleasure! 

In our singing assembly this week we have been beginning to rehearse our Nativity songs! We can’t wait to perform them to all our families.

Nov 6, 2019

In Nursery we started our traditional tales topic. We read our first tale; Jack and the Beanstalk! We loved pretending to be the giant, creating ‘huge’ ‘gigantic’ ‘massive’ castles in the construction area and using our bodies to make stamping noise as we walk. ‘Fee fi fo fum – watch out everyone, here I come!’ We loved using the pictures from the story to retell to our friends. We planted broad bean seeds to see if we can grow a beanstalk that is as tall as the giant!

In Reception we have been preparing for bonfire night by creating our very own firework pictures! We even went to the fire pit where we spoke about fire safety and how to stay safe on fireworks night.

In Year 1 we have been reading our new book in English this week, That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown. We made predictions about the story and discussed the different characters.

In Year 2 we have been on a science hunt around school this week to see what things we can find that are alive, dead and things that have never been alive!

Oct 3, 2019

This week in Nursery we have been learning how to listen to different types of music and moving our bodies in different ways. Our favourite was pretending to be robots, following instructions in the song and balancing on one leg! It was very wobbly and we had to try really hard not to fall over. 

In Reception we have been exploring different textures and their properties, at times it has been a little messy but if has been lots of fun! We have used water beads with or marble run and we have even made our own snow!!! 

In Year 1, we have been using our senses to explore our surroundings and objects around us. We used touch to feel the difference between different textured objects, taste to describe different foods and smell to guess which household product was on the table! 

In Year 2 we have been planning our own investigation in science all about what materials would be most suitable for our very own rain hat and why. We have also predicted what will happen if our hats were to get wet!

Sep 27, 2019

This week in Nursery we have been exploring our Nursery garden with our new friends. We have been using our mark making skills to draw self-portraits and joining in with the words to the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, using actions to help us remember what comes next.

Reception have been getting stuck in with their new topic- Monsters! We have started reading bedtime for monsters and have been using different materials to create our very own monster family.

In year 1 we have been learning all about the importance of the Queen’s coronation and this week we were looking at the royal family tree and discussing the succession to the throne.

This week in year 2 we have been focusing on the sustainable development goal life of land (15).  We have been learning all about deforestation and why this a huge issue to the environment. We have found solutions to how we can help stop deforestation such as recycling paper into the correct bins. 


Sep 20, 2019

In Nursery, we are welcoming more new children every day. We have been getting creative in our workshop area; painting, drawing self-portraits and using different craft materials to make pictures of things that we like to do

This week reception have been focusing on Billy’s Bucket. We have been thinking about different sea creatures that we might find in our bucket and exploring different ways of creating these creatures.

Year 1 have started reading Hector and the Big Bad Knight this week. The children have learnt what adjectives are and have been using them in simple sentences to describe the knight.

Year 2: In History this week the children have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. The children worked together to react the events of the Great Fire of London. They discussed how they would of felt during this time and ordered the events in chronological order. 

Sep 11, 2019

Nursery have been welcoming their first children to school this week. So far they have been exploring the workshop; painting, creating and building. It’s lovely to see so many happy and brave little faces. In Reception, we have been settling in to our new class rooms! We have been learning each other’s names through song and learning our classroom routines. We even went to see the ducks! In Year 1 we have been getting use to our new classrooms and timetables with lots of new subject areas including history and science. In Year 2 we have got stuck into the edible garden and got it ready to grow our own crops! We dug out some potatoes and fried up some of our home grown courgettes and peppers!