Horse Chestnut Archive

Welcome to our class page! – 20.7.18

In literacy this week we have been working on a creative story based on the book ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams. We had lots of interesting discussions about the main character and the message the David Walliams was trying to pass on about homeless people. We were learning to edit together this week, helping each other improve our work:

In maths this week we have worked on coordinates, as well as taken our termly maths assessments.

We carried on with our work on our Egyptian topic, using PowerPoint on the laptops to produce presentations about the Gods:

On Thursday we had our music performance at the church:

 

Welcome to our class page! – 6.7.18

This week in maths we have finished our topic of shape. We worked on some group symmetry activities outside in the sunshine:

We also revised fractions and decimals as we found these a bit tricky before!

On Wednesday we had a forest schools session. We enjoyed carving and working together to construct forts and dens. We also found several interesting insects including shield bugs, centipedes and millipedes.

In art/topic this afternoon we were finishing off our Egyptian death mask paintings:

Welcome to our class page! – 29.6.18

What a busy week in Horse Chestnut Class!

On Monday we were given a performance by a classical music group called ‘Graffiti Classics’. They were brilliant fun and the children loved getting involved:

In the afternoon we had a drama workshop as a whole class, learning about acting and using sounds to create freeze frames and soundscapes:

On Tuesday we took part in our WCET music performance, involving 8 schools from around the local area:

On Wednesday we went to the Fitzwilliam Museum to learn about the Egyptians and work through the Egyptian Gallery. We also got to see the ‘Armoury’. This is what we got up to:

Finally, on Thursday we were working on our Egyptian death masks, trying to replicate the designs seen on Tutankhamun’s mask. These will be finished next week and mounted on black paper:

Welcome to our class page! – 22.6.18

Please click here for details about the trips next week.

Another wonderful week for Horse Chestnut class…

In maths we have been learning about angles and triangles, identifying types of angles by size and comparing and classifying triangles. Some of them are deceptive until you measure them!

In literacy we have been writing our letters to the local MP. We have written persuasive letters to argue for or against having zoos in our country. Here are some of our letters:

We even had a debate afterwards, as they would do in the House of Commons if such a subject ever came up:

We enjoyed the sunshine and had a netball tournament in PE:

On Wednesday we were out in the garden, which needed a LOT of watering this week, as well as planting beans and putting in supports for our pea plants and tomato plants:

Welcome to our class page! – 15.6.18

We have had a wonderful first week back after half term. We had some really beautiful pieces of homework returned to us and have looked at them as a class. It was like an art exhibition with some amazing variation and originality! Here are some of the pieces:

 

This week we have been looking at the book ‘Zoo’ by Anthony Browne. We used it us a discussion point for the advantages and disadvantages of having zoos for animals. We started to plan a persuasive letter regarding building a new zoo nearby.

In maths we have finished our topic of charts and graphs. We have looked at line graphs, scatter graphs, bar charts and even used iPads to plot pie charts. We collected the data first, using an iPad and the ‘Numbers’ app to create our charts:

On Wednesday, we had our first forest schools session and had lots of fun cooking banana and chocolate splits over an open fire, creating dens and searching for insects.

 

Welcome to our class page! – 8.6.18

This week in literacy we have been learning about apostrophes and their use while indicating possession. We have been learning about the differences between indicating possession for a singular noun and indicating possession for a plural noun.

Eg. The girl’s clothes were dirty after rugby -> One girl playing rugby

The girls’ clothes were dirty after rugby -> More than one girl playing rugby

We played a game involving apostrophes on the laptops on the last morning – you can access it here:

http://www.galacticphonics.com/apostrophes/interactive/possessiveps.htm

In maths we have been learning about statistics, using line graphs and bar charts to display data. We have also been learning to read these charts and understand what they are telling us.

Here are some examples of our graphs:

On Wednesday we were gardening, carefully topping up and watering the compost in our potato bags and weeding the beds. The whole garden has erupted with the sunny weather and it is looking like a very good year so far!

 

Finally, this afternoon we had our last music lesson of the half-term. We have been learning and practising some new songs ready for our music performance next half term (more information to follow):

Welcome to our class page! – 24.5.18

Another wonderful week in Horse Chestnut class. We have been learning about time in maths, learning the relationships between seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years. We then used this knowledge to solve word problems.

In literacy we have finished our story of ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’, writing dialogue between two of the characters. We loved the story as it was a very different take on folktales to those we have in the UK.

We learnt about pendulums and energy in science this week, conducting an experiment to see if we could find a link between the mass of the object at the end of the pendulum and the frequency of the oscillations (swings). It turns out the mass doesn’t affect the speed of the swings!

We had a brilliant day out on Tuesday at Shimpling Park Farm, where we practised our mapping and plant identification skills, fed lambs and learnt about the importance of the seasons to farming:

On Wednesday we finished of our current art piece, in which we have been painting an Egyptian sunset scene:

Finally, we had a creative enrichment day on Friday, making and designing banners, decorating cakes and learning about the current monarchy:

Welcome to our class page! – 18.5.18

Despite being a slightly shorter week, we have covered a lot at school over the course of the week.

In maths, we have finished off our topic of money, solving lots of word problems and two-step challenges involving money. We were also very lucky to have a maths road-show come to visit, set up by King Edward VI School in Bury. We learnt about coordinates and shapes, as well as taking part in lots of maths games:

In literacy we have been looking at a wonderful African folk-tale called ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’. As part of this we have been predicting how the story would play out and learning about the different factors that are normally included in a folk-tale. Here is a picture of the book, if you would like to read it:

Finally, we had a brilliant time gardening on Wednesday. Our potatoes have grown significantly over the last few weeks (especially with the sunshine) so we have been topping up the compost and watering them. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have lots of potatoes to take home!

Welcome to our class page! – 11.5.18

This week in literacy we have been finishing off our topic on Macbeth. We have drafted and edited our own diary entries from the perspective of Macbeth. This was particularly tricky as we had to write from the perspective of Macbeth himself, empathising with him and trying to express how we would be feeling.

In maths we have started a new topic of money, linking from our last topic of decimals. Understanding the value of tenths and hundredths has really helped with the concept of money. On Friday we played a ‘snakes and ladders’ game involving adding money, we were very focused!

In computing we have been working on a program called Scratch. We have been writing our own algorithms to create  a quiz for the other groups to test:

Finally, in art on Friday we were looking at blending colours while painting. We based our designs on a photograph of the pyramids at sunset, trying to match the gradient of the sky:

We will be finishing our paintings next week!

Welcome to our class page! – 4.5.18

This week in literacy we have been learning about William Shakespeare (it would have been his birthday on Monday) and one of his plays, Macbeth. We have learnt the story, created character descriptions and acted it out on Friday. This was really good fun for all of us to watch and take part in. Here are some photos of the performances and practice sessions.

Practising in the sunshine:

Performing in the classroom (sadly it was too rainy to perform it outdoors!):

In maths we have been finishing off our topic of decimals. We have learnt about dividing by ten and 100 as well as learning to round fractions. One of our lessons involved converting from centimetres to metres by dividing by 100. We took lots of measurements to practise with:

We have started off our music well, with an excellent cornet/baritones lesson. We will be performing later on in the term to a crowd, so these last few weeks are crucial!

Welcome to our class page! – 27.4.18

This week in literacy we have been learning to use fronted adverbials to add information about time, place or manner to the front of a sentence. We also learnt that they often need a comma, depending on how you would like the sentence to be read.

In maths we have been continuing our work on decimals, learning to use both hundredths and tenths confidently and making up whole fractions from part fractions in relation to decimals. Eg. 37/100 + 63/100 = 1 or 0.37 + 0.63 = 1

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to get a place at the Suffolk Schools Farm & Country Fair. We had an amazing time and beautiful weather. We got to hold chicks, see a sheep being clipped, taste lots of local home grown foods, see a Suffolk air ambulance up close, learn about our local agricultural industries, as well as take part in lots of other activities!

A huge thank you to all of our parent helpers for coming with us – it wouldn’t have been possible without you all!

We also had the privilege of a gorgeous day for gardening this week – we planted new seeds ready for the summer, added compost to our potatoes, kept everything watered and started to set out our seedlings that we started growing before Easter:

We have had some beautiful posters handed in this week as part of our homework, with lots of fascinating research on the Egyptians. We all got to look at each others homework as well, voting for the ones we should put up on display:

Welcome to our class page! – 20.4.18

 

We had a very exciting final week. We learnt about the digestion system and food groups in science, with a demonstration of how food is processed by the body:

We also received our swimming certificates this week, after finishing our sessions for the year:

Finally, we were looking at repeating patterns in art, while making Easter cards:

Class Timetable:

Welcome to our class page! – 29.3.18

This week in literacy we have been working on speech, learning to use the correct punctuation and improving our speech with subordinate clauses and adverbs:

In maths we have been learning about tenths and hundredths, combining our knowledge of fractions and decimals to solve some tricky problems.

We conducted a science experiment about reaction times, testing whether caffeine would speed up our reactions or not. Generally we found that it did, but also evaluated our experiment and found there were lots of errors involved!

 

We had gardening this week and took part in some composting as well as going on a ‘bug-hunt’:

For Sports Relief, each class took turns to walk a mile (at least), keeping a continuous walk going throughout the day. Many of our class ran it and it’s fair to say we were pretty tired afterwards!

 

 

Welcome to our class page! – 23.3.18

This week in maths we have been combining our understanding of decimals, specifically tenths, with the idea of decimals. We have been learning to compare and order decimals as well as represent them in different ways. Although they seem tricky, there are lots of places we already use decimals around us, such as while using rulers or using money.

Active maths for ordering decimals:

 

In literacy this week we have been looking at poetry and have created some truly beautiful poems as the week has gone on.

Here are some of our favourites about crocodiles:

For World Book Day we had lots of amazing costumes in our class:

We also had the opportunity to take part in lots of book themed activities, including reading with a class from KS1:

 

Welcome to our class page! – 16.3.18

This week in literacy we have been working on some creative writing about our class book ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’. We have written the first chapter from the perspective of the plastic Native American character that is brought to life. The results were fantastic:

In maths we have had our final week working with fractions. We have been working out fractions of amounts. For example, ¼ of 84 or 2/3 of 96. We initially used counters to visualise these problems but started to understand that fractions have a close link with division, which made the problems far easier to solve.

On Wednesday we were learning about seeds and creating small seed pods ready to plant in our garden for the summer.

On Friday we built some Lego robots and have been looking at programming algorithms and debugging them to solve any problems that we encounter.

Welcome to our class page! – 3.3.18

 

Welcome back! I hope you have had a restful half-term break.

We have hit the road running this week. In literacy we have been working on descriptive writing, using adjectives, similes and metaphors to create some powerful description.

One of our favourite activities was making adjective spider diagrams to help us describe different scenes:

In maths we have started a topic of adding and subtracting fractions. Some of these fractions that added up until above 1 and many of us managed to convert these from improper fractions to proper fractions. For example 4/3 = 1 and 1/3.

On Friday morning, we had an exciting treasure hunt where we had to find and answer as many fractions questions as we could. We worked really well together, showing motivation and cooperation:

We have also had our first gardening session and the weather was kind to us. There was a lot of work to do as it hasn’t been tended by either Horse Chestnut or Lime since October.

Welcome to our class page! – 23.2.18

We have had a brilliant half-term, with lots of interesting lessons and producing some wonderful pieces of work.

This week in literacy we have been writing information texts about volcanoes. To this end, we have researched our own facts about volcanoes and then used these to write up a report. The best reports also included labelled diagrams.

This week in maths we have been working on fractions. We have been learning to use fractions above 1 (which is a tricky concept). This involved understanding ‘top-heavy’ fractions such as 5/4.

In computing we have continued to program our Lego education robots. We had to connect gears in the correct way and create an algorithm to make a ‘spinner’.

Enjoy your half-term!

Welcome to our class page! – 9.2.18

We have had a wonderful week in Horse Chestnut class.

In maths we have started a new topic of fractions and have been recapping numerators and denominators as well as finding simple equivalent fractions.

In literacy we have been working on our dictionary skills and our editing skills. We have been using an app called ‘Speller’ on the iPads to help us to correct spellings quickly and easily.

Our music teacher commented and how much progress we have made this year – she was very impressed!

At the end of the week we had ‘French Day’ We took part in lots of different french-based activities, encouraging the children to speak some french wherever possible. We had some wonderful costumes including Tintin, William the Conqueror and a few mimes!  

We also learnt about the artist Henri Matisse. We used organic and geometric shapes, as well as positive and negative shapes, to create Matisse-inspired collages in the afternoon:

 

Next week in literacy:

We will be researching and writing an information text about volcanoes.

Next week in maths:

We will continue our topic of fractions. We will be working on fractions above 1 and on the patterns when counting in fractions.

Welcome to our class page! – 2.2.18

This week in maths we have started a new topic of area. We solved lots of problems about area and completed lots of challenges comparing the area of different shapes.

This week in literacy we have been working on direct speech. We had to use all the punctuation rules associated with dialogue.

In science we have been investigating the effects of exercise on breathing rate. We learnt that exercise requires more oxygen in the body and therefore our breathing rate increases.

We also had another rugby session this week and we were learning about moving into space and working together.

Finally, we have been working on our computer programming skills. We built Lego robots and then wrote codes for them so that they could move and work correctly. This week we were programming miniature aeroplane propellers.

 

 Welcome to our class page! – 26.1.18

This week in literacy we have been working on our legend based on the story of Beowulf. We have each drafted our own version of the story and then we have edited and improved with our peers to make sure that the final copy is the best that it can be.

In maths we have come to the end of our topic on multiplication and division. We have been problem solving and using our knowledge to solve reasoning challenges.

We also completed our models of the world, in which we demonstrated the different layers that the inside of the earth is constructed of: the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core.

In our science lesson we were learning about the structure and function of the lungs and we created our own miniature models to illustrate the purpose of the diaphragm:

On Friday we visited Golden Wood on a beautiful, if chilly, morning. We are starting to plant a new hedgerow and were learning about the importance of woodlands and the environment on our lives.

 

Welcome to our class page! – 19.1.18

We have had an excellent week in Horse Chestnut class.

In literacy this week we have been looking at the legend ‘Beowulf’. We have created our own heroes and monsters and have planned our own stories. Next week we will use these to write our own versions of the Beowulf legend.

In maths we have been recapping the methods for multiplication and division. Next week we will spend a final week on this topic, putting our knowledge into action through problem solving and reasoning tasks.

On Monday we started to create a model of Earth, showing the different layers throughout it. We also looked at how volcanoes form and discussed the movement of the magma in the mantle, using a lava lamp as an example:

 

We also had our first rugby session on Wednesday. Despite the windy and wet weather, we had a wonderful time with our new coach. We played lots of team building games and practised moving into space with the ball.

 

Welcome to our class page! – 12.1.18

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

This term we have lots of exciting new topics. These are detailed in the new newsletter attached at the bottom of the page.

In Science we are starting a topic on Human health and fitness. We will be looking and respiration and digestion as well as other factors of health. Our new focus in topic lessons is ‘Volcanoes and Earthquakes’.

This week in literacy:

We are starting to learn about the legend ‘Beowulf’. We will be focusing on description this week and will plan our own legend for next week.

This week in maths:

We will be continuing our focus on multiplication and division this week, revising what we learnt last term and making sure that we are fully secure and confident with the methods.

If you missed our timetable or newsletter, they are both available at the bottom of this page.

 Welcome to our class page! – 5.1.18

 

This week in literacy we have been looking at poetry and character descriptions. We have written our own descriptions of the characters from the Dick Whittington pantomime. We used similes and metaphors to help us describe.

We also have been looking at Kenning poems (they use a noun-verb format and are excellent for description!) We wrote some about the main character of our class book, Twig:

Knife breaker,

coat wearer,

bloodoak beater,

fiercesome fighter,

father finder,

path leaver,

destiny seeker.

This week in maths we have been looking at perimeter and completing our progress checks for arithmetic and reasoning.

We went down to The Willows care home and we sang Christmas carols for the residents:

We also had our Christmas dinner and enjoyed wearing our hats!

In assembly, we showed the school what we have been learning on our cornets and recorders:

If you missed our timetable or newsletter, they are both available at the bottom of this page.

Class Timetable:

Autumn Term Timetable

Newsletter:

Autumn Term Newsletter

Welcome to our class page! – 15.12.17

This week has been full of lots of exciting things in our school.

We have been learning about metaphors and have planned and written our own stories about how life will have changed in 100 years from now.

In maths we have been working on our knowledge of multiplying and dividing in context, including simple word problems and trickier, multi-step problems.

We also had our Christmas performances:

On Thursday, we had our annual Christmas decoration morning:

Finally, we went to watch the Christmas pantomime (Dick Whittington) at the Theatre Royal. This was a wonderful end to a busy week and a chance to see professional actors on stage!

Next week in literacy:

– We will be learning about descriptive poetry, writing Kennings of our own.

Next week in maths:

– We will be learning about perimeter and completing some progress assessments about everything we have learnt so far this year.

Welcome to our class page – 8.12.17

This week in literacy we have been learning to write newspaper articles. We wrote our own articles about the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. This involved writing headlines, quotes, captions and using facts to create an interesting text.

This week in maths we have been starting our topic of division. This involved learning to split up numbers into groups. We started to use the bus stop method too, although this is quite a tricky concept!

In art this week we were starting to learn about Roman mosaics. They are quite tricky to produce as they are constructed of a mix of block colours. However, we had some beautiful results:

 

Welcome to our class page – 24.11.17

This week in literacy we have been looking at the features of a newspaper, practising writing our own captions and headlines. We wrote questions and created characters for a mock interview:

In maths we have been continuing with our work on multiplication. We have been solving problems, as well as learning to use the compact method of multiplication.

Our science lesson this week involved some research and data collection. We designed 3 different types of concrete bridge (with varying degrees of reinforcement) and tested their breaking strength.

In music we have been practising some whole class songs on our cornets.

 

 

 

Welcome to our class page! – 17.11.17

This week in literacy we have been learning about simple, compound and complex sentences. We have been using conjunctions and subordinate clauses to improve our writing and add extra descriptive detail to our sentences.

In maths we have been learning to use the expanded column method to multiply a 1-digit number by a 3 or 4-digit number. We have also been solving word problems involving multiplication. We have been trying to make sure that all of the columns are lined up correctly when using this method:

We have had a few practises this week and our Christmas play is coming along well! We have run through all the lines and song words, and are feeling a bit more confident with our different parts.

In a geography lesson this week we have been starting to look at simple maps. This week we discussed the theory of ‘scale’ and had a go at drawing our classroom from a top-down view – getting the scale right was harder than it seemed!

Next week in literacy we will be:

  • Starting a new topic of newspapers. This will involve writing headlines and interview questions, interviewing each other and writing up our own newspaper articles.

Next week in maths we will be:

  • Continuing our topic of multiplication, using both the expanded and compact method to multiply numbers. We are aiming to be able to multiply any 4-digit number by a 1-digit number.

If you missed our timetable or newsletter, they are both available at the bottom of this page.

 Welcome to our class page! – 10.11.17

Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing half term.

Thank you for all of the wonderful Roman projects that the children have created over the holidays – we all had a chance to look at each others work this Friday and there were some truly amazing creations.

Here are a few – A Roman viaduct, a centurion’s shield and two Roman swords (gladius).

We have been revising time this week and the trickiest part was converting between 12 hour clocks, digital clocks and, in particular, 24 hour clocks.

Here are some of our personalised timetables to get to grips with the idea of 24 hour time:

Next week in literacy we will be:

  • Recapping our work this week on simple and compound sentences and then starting to write our own complex sentences, involving both a subordinate clause and a main clause.

Next week in maths we will be:

  •  Starting a new topic of multiplication, using the expanded method to multiply in columns.

Welcome to our class page! – 20.10.17

We have had a very enjoyable end to our first half term in Horse Chestnut class.

In maths we have been working on coordinates, learning how to work out the area of a quadrilateral and learning how to plot a shape onto a grid.

In literacy we have been learning about image poetry, writing our own image poems. Our writing has been based on the book ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker. We used Autumn themes to practise writing similes, using photos that we had collected as stimuli.

We also enjoyed cooking our harvest food on Thursday, before taking part in the Harvest Festival.

We have been playing our cornets and baritones in music with Mrs Blythe, our cornet teacher:

Welcome to our class page! – 20.10.17

This week in maths we have been working on word problems involving money at the beginning of the week to finish off our topic of addition and subtraction. We then moved onto Roman numerals, linking in to our current topic.

In literacy we have been learning about information texts, writing about different subjects concerning the Romans. This involved researching facts using books and iPads and skim-reading different texts to pull out the key information – a tricky skill to master!

We also used the iPads and QR codes to learn about the Roman Gods. Each QR code was linked to information about a different god. We loved it as a treasure hunt and even had a mystery QR code!

Next week:

  • In maths we will be learning about coordinates and area.
  • In literacy we will be looking at the book ‘Window’ by Jeanie Baker, and using it as inspiration for writing our own image poetry.

If you missed the timetable or newsletter, they are both available at the bottom of this page.

Welcome to our class page! – 13/10/17

In literacy this week we have been writing instructions. We used our experiment from earlier in the week as a basis for writing (see below for pictures!)

In maths we have been working on addition and subtraction in different contexts, including word problems and more abstract maths problems.

Our science lesson this week was focused on reversible vs irreversible change. We use milk, food colouring and washing up liquid to create some beautiful patterns – this was a great example of irreversible change.

We were gardening on Wednesday, planting new strawberry plants and sorting out the beds ready for planting again.

Congratulations to our cross country runners – the results will be posted soon!

Our enrichment Diwali day was a big hit, where we rotated around different activities with different teachers all day. We made diva lamps, created some beautiful rangoli patterns, tasted some Indian recipes and acted out the story of Rama and Sita.

Welcome to our class page! – 6.10.17

This week in literacy we have been looking at syllabic poetry. As part of this we analysed and performed some haiku poems, which follow a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

At the end of the week we wrote up our own Autumn themed haikus for a display.

In maths we have been working on methods for calculating and checking subtractions. Specifically, we were using the column method to subtract 4-digit numbers.

This week we have been learning about electroplating in science – a process in which one metal is coated onto another metal. This is a reversible reaction as you can return the metal to normal.

Conducting our experiment:

Welcome to our class page! – 29.9.17

This week in literacy we have been working on our topic of Aesop’s fables. We re-wrote the story of ‘Crow and Fox’ with our own characters. As part of this, we have revisited similes and adjectives.

Practising writing similes:

In maths we have been working on written and mental methods of addition. The main method of addition that we have been working on is the column method.

Trying to solve some tricky addition maths problems:

We had gardening for the first time this year and had plenty to do – the garden has certainly sprung up over the summer!

Trying the grapes – sweet or sour?

Welcome to our class page! – 22.9.17

This week we have started our new topic of fables. We read some of Aesop’s fables and together and acted them out in small groups. We then tried to guess the moral of the story. Towards the end of the week we have been writing a dialogue between two of the characters in the fables.

In maths we have been working on rounding and negative numbers. We have been learning to round to the nearest 10/100/100.

In science we have been learning to collect and record observations accurately. We did two experiments involving two hydropolymers – nappies and hairgel.

Next week we will be:

  • Writing our own fables. Using similes and metaphors for description.
  • Finishing off our topic of negative numbers and moving on to methods of addition and subtraction.

If you missed the timetable or newsletter, they are both available at the bottom of this page.

Welcome to our class page! – 8.9.17

We have had an excellent start to the new term. We have been learning about tenses and working on our understanding of place value in maths.

Next week we will be:

  • Starting a new topic on fables, which will culminate in writing our own versions of the classic Aesop’s fables.
  • Learning to round to the nearest 10 and 100 and continuing with our work on place value.

If you missed the timetable or newsletter, they are both available at the bottom of this page.

 

Enjoying reading:

Tasting some of the vegetables we were managing in the garden last year:

Class Timetable:

Autumn Term Timetable

Newsletter:

Autumn Term Newsletter

Other notices:
  • Children will need their PE kits on Mondays and Tuesday.