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Summer Term 2

Click the link to view the year 1/2 holistic plan and see how it links to the National Curriculum for the topic of 'Pirates'.

Click the link below to view the Year 1/2 Holistic Plan and see how it links to the National Curriculum objectives-

Click the link below to view the Year 1/2 Holistic Plan and see how it links to the National Curriculum objectives-

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! We went through the magic wardrobe into Narnia and used our senses to explore! We are getting excited about writing our own version of the story by C.S Lewis too!

WINTER WONDERLAND! Have a look at our topic and our learning over the next half term!


Fun in the snow!

Lyrics for KS1 Christmas Performance

Horse Chestnuts Class homework challenge

The children have been learning about what makes them special. One of these things is, of course, their families. As part of the history strand of our topic, please could the children (with your help), create a family tree. It can be as detailed and historical you like and can include whichever family members you want - just showing parents and grandparents is fine, for example. Be as arty and creative as you like.


Please return to school by Friday 19th November 2021. Enjoy!


*This project is not compulsory, but just an opportunity for the children to do some research and for parents/carers to get involved in our work in class. 

This week’s spellings

We will not be setting spellings this week as the children are focusing on the first stages of practice for their Christmas performance. 



Spellings W/c 20.09.2021 (please practice daily so that the children can do their best when we check the spellings next Monday). 

Mr Tupman - Green Group









Mrs Rudder - Blue Group









Mrs Somerville - Yellow Group







Home learning update!


The first Monday for spellings being sent out will be 20th September (this is to allow the children to get back into their phonics sessions and reading in and out of school).



Login details will being going home tomorrow (Tuesday 14th September) and tables have been set up until December. Please log on as often as possible and practice times tables frequently. Points mean prizes!



Holiday work


Well done everyone - we made it through to summer! Enjoy yourselves, stay safe and keep working on the reading and the times tables. I have set TTRockstars for the next 6 weeks and also allocated online reading on Bug Club. Feel free to pick and choose which books you read on bug club (I have mostly allocated by book band but a couple of glitches in the system have caused lower-band books to also be allocated to some children so just enjoy whichever books you choose). 


See you all in September!

Mr Tupman

Children needing to work from home 

If for any reason your child is awaiting a C19 test or is isolating, I will be putting useful links and setting some work on this webpage and on the bug club website ActiveLearn: Login ( throughout the day (on days where I have been informed that we have children who may need to learn from home). In the meantime, there are spellings to practice, TTRockstars to log on to, and science complete - the what a plant needs to grow and parts of a plant activities at Plants - KS1 Science - BBC Bitesize as well as the  worksheet, below.


And for anyone who would like a bit of an Active Learn tutorial, these links give login instructions and some background information on the Active Learn website reading and phonics.

As part of learning about how plants grow, we have been growing cress. You could the word document to write instructions for what we did.


Buxworth Day of Compassion

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Just a few snaps of the children doing their Compassion Day activities.

Our Bushcraft Experience Day was brilliant!

Strewth! Horse Chestnut class are jumping for joy this week as we have a fantastic experience day this Friday (18th June) - a morning of amazing bush-craft!


So, on Friday, please send children into school in forest-school-type clothing. 

Learning to rhyme with nonsense poems.

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Al fresco reading


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Practicing our performance skills with ‘The Owl And The Pussycat’.

The children all have their TTRockstars logins and have times tables set for the next 5 weeks! 


Please log on often and have a go!

Welcome back Horse Chestnuts Class children and parents/carers!

I hope you had a relaxing and fun-filled Easter break and that you are all looking forward to the Summer Term as much as I am.  


Our theme for this term is Explorers - Please take a moment to have a look at the curriculum overview for the term to find out what the children will be learning and to check on PE and Forest School days etc.



Curriculum Overview - Summer Term 1


We have been working hard on our number facts this week (and the children have been doing an amazing job!). The key is to use many different ways to practice the times tables, and TTROCKSTARS is one of the best!


After some reported glitches on the website, I have set (and reset) the weekly practices.


good luck!

Welcome to another week of Home Learning! 

Please find everything you will need for this week. Don't feel like everything needs to be completed. Just do what you can when you can! 

On our Friday afternoon zoom session we will be having our own Teddy Bear's Picnic. Please join us with all your teddies, cakes and a couple of games to play too! 



Oxford Owl ebooks! 


Horse Chestnuts now have a class login so that you can access a range of exciting books for all abilities. 


Feel free to read with your child whenever you wish. You could even talk and share the books you enjoyed on our zooms! 


Copy and paste this link into google 


Or type into google: 'Oxford Owl class login'


Enter the username: Horse Chestnuts12 

password: Chestnuts


Happy Reading! 

Times Tables Rock Stars! 


If you would like your username and password to log into your times table rock stars and have a go at practising your times tables please let me know and I will email these out individually to you! 


Friday 8th January 2021 Extra challenge

Friday 8th January SPaG Maths and Phonics Quizzes

Hi Guys


Here is the link to the Supermovers activities. It's a great way to get moving, have a bit of a break and also learn something too!


KS1 - BBC Teach 

Hello Horse Chestnuts ! 


Well done for getting through the first day of what is going to be a very strange term. I am really impressed with all of your efforts today so a huge well done to all the children and grown ups who have helped make that happen! 


We will have another zoom meeting tomorrow at 9:15 where hopefully I will be able to screen share what is on the website as regards your work for tomorrow. I want to stress that there is a lot of work on the website uploaded daily, this to make sure that everyone is accommodated for, however I don't want anyone to feel that they must complete everything each day. It is more a guide for you as to what you feel you can do do each day. As long as you are doing some reading, writing and maths throughout the week, please don't feel you must cover it all every day as I understand the everyday pressures that are currently upon us! 


With regards to the maths - there are lots of challenges to choose from, but you only need to choose ONE challenge per day (you can do more if you wish!). 


Same with the phonics and English activities - if doing them both is too much I would advise to just complete the phonics activity each day, or alternate them, but I have provided extra for anyone who feels they may need more work. 


It is a very different style of teaching and learning and we are all having to work together and work through any teething problems to make this as beneficial for our children as possible. 


So don't stress (as easy as that sounds!) and just do what you can is my message. 


I look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow. 


Mrs Tamkin :) 

Maths Work Jan 7th. Please either choose challenge 1,2,3 and then the extension or have a go at what you fancy! Please don't feel you need to do it all, one piece of work is enough :)

English reading activity 7th Jan. The Yellow and Green group can choose their challenges the first comprehension is challenge 1 with answers and goes to challenge 3 with answers.

Hello Horse Chestnuts! 


Please join us at 9:15 for a zoom meeting so we can go through the order of the day and all the work the children will need to complete! We will then be having another zoom meeting at 2:30pm which we would like to invite all year 1s and 2s to, so that we can go through all the work the children have completed and hopefully have time for a story too. 


The meeting ID for the 9:15 zoom meeting is: 94849480939 the password is Chestnuts 

The meeting ID for the 2:30 zoom meeting is: 93030782923 the password is Chestnuts 


We will look forward to seeing you Wednesday 6th Jan at 9:15! 

Maths work Weds 6th Jan. Complete the pictogram activity and then do either challenge 1 or 2. The Maths booklets are extra work you can complete throughout the weeks if you wish.

Phonics Groups 


Green Group


Georgia P

Georgia S

William B (year 2)







Yellow group

Daisy W              





William (year 1)                     






Blue group


Daisy R




Harry Z


Harry B




Phonics groups - you are either blue, yellow or green group. Please complete your activities and learn your spellings for a spelling quiz next MONDAY 11th on zoom.

Weds 6th Jan - English Work - please complete either blue, yellow or green group activity. The Spring English activity booklets are extra work to complete over the weeks if you choose.

Topic Work Weds 6th Jan 2021

Our amazing Nativity, 'Hey Ewe!' well done to all the children! Plus a wintery walk to post our letters to Santa and buy a cake from the local bakery! Merry Christmas everyone!

Winter Festivals ! Our topic this term is wintery themed! Please see this term's plans to find out about what the children will be learning!

We made a shop and cafe! This term the children have been learning all about pounds and pence. They have tackled money word problems and learnt how to identify the correct coins and notes. We thought what better way to try out their skills than to create their own real scenarios to experience it ! They had to find the correct money to pay and even calculate the correct change! Well done Horse Chestnuts!

Pumpkin Experiments! The children looked at 3 different sized pumpkins, estimated the weights of each and guessed how many seeds would be in each one. They then used their maths skills to put the seeds into piles of 10 to help them count !

Our topic: The children have designed fairy gardens with magic keys using clay and natural materials. We planted 'magic beans' and The children carried out scientific experiments to learn about what plants need to grow ! In Maths we measured our beanstalks each week and compared growth from one week to the next.

Making play dough! The children followed instructions on how to make it, they then made hedgehogs from it and wrote hedgehog fact files!

The children discover a letter from the Buxworth Fairies and make woodland creatures from natural materials found in the woods.

Welcome to the new term! Our Topic is The Enchanted Woodland. Please read our curriculum overview to discover all the exciting things the children will do in this topic!

Year 1 and 2 tricky words booklet 6.7.20

Look at Harry's amazing joined up handwriting! Excellent work well done Harry!

Seba has been busy writing horror stories and designing boats! Amazing work well done!

Check out Clara's awesome counting poem, called '10 Little Dogs!'

KS1 reading comprehension 29.6.20

Year 1 and 2 handwriting and spelling practise sheets

Year 2 Project Pack 29.6.20

Year 1 Project Pack 29.6.20

Year 2 Project Pack 22.6.20

Year 1 Project Pack 22.6.20

Year 2 addition and subraction workbooklet 22.6.20

KS1 Spelling booklet 22.6.20

Year 2 homophones worksheet 22.6.20

Year 2 English Booklet to complete over the week 15.6.20

Year 1 and 2 Project Packs 15.6.20 . This week is all about water !

Maths links and challenges for years 1 and 2 week commencing 8.6.20

Year 2 Project Pack week commencing 8.6.20

Year 1 Project Pack week commencing 8.6.20

Clara has delved into the depths of space this week: exploring a space station and Mars as well as writing an awesome adventure story about puppies who help a martian find his lost teddy! What an incredible imagination! Well done Clara!

Ethan has written a fantastic story about a 'Pirate Stickman' who gets swallowed by a shark! Brilliant writing Ethan well done!

Edward has written a brilliant story about the journey of Cody the butterfly! Excellent writing with great use of conjunctions, description and commas. Well done Ed!

Hello! Hope you had a lovely half term enjoying this fabulous weather!


This week please explore the year 1 and 2 project packs as well as extra phonics, reading and writing challenges. Please do what you can :)


 Feel free to email in any work to the office : ) 

Year 1 Project pack week commencing Monday 1st June

Year 2 Project Pack week commencing Monday 1st June

Phonics Lessons

Story Writing Challenge! Week commencing Monday 1st June

Super Reading Challenge ! Week commencing Monday 1st June

Georgia has been learning all about King Henry VIII, and even his successors ! Check out this amazing work! Well done Georgia!

Ethan's fabulous caterpillar butterfly story creation! Well done Ethan! We love it! : )

Clara made up her own magical character called 'Lightning Diver' check it out it! Well done Clara : )

Check out what Georgia has made - a pyramid masterpiece! Well done Georgia !

Look at Clara's wonderful book all about 2 dogs who meet lots of birds, titled 'Finley and Lily's Adventures' Super work well done Clara : )

Ava has been very busy researching the pyramids and doing some fantastic writing. She has also made her very own fairy bug hotel!

Look at William's awesome bug hotel and plants ! Well done William : )

Sam has been busy making playdough and building his own Pyramid! Amazing work : )

Weekly Planner week commencing Monday 18th May

Wow look at Jacob's amazing 'war time dumplings' inspired by VE day. Well done Jacob :)

Check out Poppy's fantastic exploring and creativity !

Look at Leyton's brilliant Buxworth Poster!

Jacob's fantastic forest school exploring !

Home Learning Weekly Planner week commencing Monday 11th May

Check out this fantastic mood board made by Clara :)

Home Learning Planner week commencing Monday 4th May

Weekly Planner week commencing Monday 27th April

Welcome to the summer term!


Please find below a weekly planner with a guideline to your child's home learning this week. The resources and work are underneath this ready to download for your child to complete throughout the week.


Wherever possible please hear your child read for 15 mins each day, as well as spellings, handwriting and times tables to keep their brains ticking during this unusual time! 


Hope everyone is well and safe and we hope to see you all very soon!


Mrs Tamkin 

Weekly Planner and time table week commencing 20th April

Phonics and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar work (SPaG)

Spellings and handwriting year 1 and 2 for 20th April

Rice Crispy Cake Recipe

Home learning week commencing:

Monday 30th March 2020


Please make sure you are reading each day with your child ideally for around 15 mins per day.


You could also do 15 mins of the following each day with your child:

Times tables




Below is this week’s ‘weekly planner’ with all resources attached below. This is just a guideline as to how you might set out home learning with your child during the week.


I have also attached some great educational online links where printing may be an issue.


Kind Regards


Mrs Tamkin

Year 1 and 2 useful online resources 30.3.20

Home learning: 


Please can you make sure you read with your child each morning and evening where possible. The children have been given extra books to accommodate this. 


These are the other activities you could be doing for 15 minutes each day: 



Times Tables 



All attachments for the children's home learning are available to download and print off (where possible) on the Horse Chestnut class page. This can be done any time and in any order.


If you are unable to access the online documents, we will also be issuing each child with a paper home learning booklet so if access to the online resources is not possible the children can complete the booklets they will be given at the end of the week (20th March). 



Kind Regards 


Mrs Tamkin

The Horse Chestnuts are studying pirates this term ! They are already very excited to partake in lots of pirate learning journeys including making our classroom into a pirate museum for parents to enjoy! All of our curriculum plans are found on the curriculum letter attached.


The pictures show the Horse Chestnut class really getting stuck in to playing at pirates in forest schools in our first week back; building pirate ships and using natural materials in the woods to imagine steering the ship and climbing the rigging!


The children this week have been learning about healthy eating and the importance of vitamins in our diet. With that in mind, we looked into why pirates got scurvy and then created our own delicious lemon and lime cocktails as a solution to avoid scurvy and to practise these tasty refreshments ready for our pirate museum open day where the children will be serving drinks and snacks themselves! We are also going to be writing instructions on how to create this refreshing drink at home.


We have been reading the book ‘Class 3 all at Sea’ whereby the children have acted out the story, making some brilliant freeze frames in groups, as well as having a go at retelling the story involving pirates, children and a big friendly octopus who saves the day. We will also be looking at various authors who have written pirate stories and the children will be choosing their favourite.

Autumn Term Two - Superheroes!

Welcome to the new term. The children will be creating their own superheroes this term complete with their own name, superpower, designing a costume and making a vehicle. We will look at superheroes vs villains, with the aim of getting them to write their own story which we can then act out and film. Please see our curriculum overview to find out what else is in store! 

The Greatest Show and Tell Video

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Autumn Term: The Circus comes to town

The Circus Comes to Town! Our Curriculum over view letter reveals all of the fun and educational activities planned for our Autumn topic of 'The circus'. We can't wait to get stuck in! If you haven't received a 'Circus comes to town' curriculum overview letter please come and ask for a copy. 

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