Chestnut Class

Welcome to Chestnut Class!

Class Teacher - Miss Horsfield

Welcome to Year 1!

My name is Miss Horsfield and I am the class teacher for Chestnut Class. In Chestnut Class, we have morning support from our LSA Mrs Dillon and Mrs Loxley and Miss Kerr who works in the afternoons with specific children. Mrs Saker teaches Chestnut Class Tuesday mornings.

Our topic for the Summer Term involves focusing on these Power of Reading books - '10 things I can do to help my world’ by Melanie Walsh and 'How to Find Gold' by Viviane Schwarz. Both books have a geography focus - what we can do to improve our environment and map work. As always, we are very excited about our books and we plan to spend lots of time in the grounds, exploring the pond and woodland areas and linking these to our texts.

During the term we will be enjoying reading and writing stories and information texts; in science we will be learning about plants and trees, including learning the names of common plants and trees in our area. We will also continue to observe and record how the weather changes with the seasons. Our maths learning will continue with place value and ordering and sequencing numbers (counting forwards and backwards to and from 100), learning to count confidently in twos, fives and tens, and learning how to multiply and divide.

We do have a focus in Year 1 on learning our number bonds (all bonds up to and including bonds to 10) and also our bonds for 20.

Learning will continue to take place outside as often as possible and children need to be dressed for the weather - warm shower proof coats for the cold and hats for sunny days please.

It is important for children to read and talk about books every day. As they become more confident at decoding words, please encourage them to look out for punctuation and begin to read with expression.

A little bit about me:

I am originally from Somerset but I studied teaching at the University of Brighton with English as a specialist subject. I love teaching all subjects but my favourites are art and English. I love reading and one day I would love to illustrate my own children’s book. I also have a huge love for sausage dogs!

I am very pleased and excited to be your teacher and can’t wait for the fun learning we have planned this year.