Horse Chestnut Archive

Week Commencing 8.10.18

In PSHE this week, we have been learning about the power of yet. This will help us to be more positive about taking challenges in our work. They might not be able to do it, but they will soon learn, so they aren’t sure, yet!

Ready for our Big Write next week, we have been working hard on our character descriptions. The children have all put lots of effort into these, using expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. Today there was a picture on the board and the children had to describe the character’s personality and appearance. I wonder if you can guess which Disney character it is?

Based on our English, in topic this week, we used some character descriptions to draw Roman and Celtic soldiers. The children did a really good job creating a real likeness based on the sentences.

After a couple of weeks of practise, this week we gave ourselves targets for our Lawshall mile. We all gave ourselves a target of how many times we wanted to get round the field and the playground. I wonder if anyone will be able to improve on their goal next week?

With our Hockey coach, this week we all enjoyed joining in with some agility games. We had to work together as a team to complete lots of challenges.

Week Commencing 1.10.18

Our Roman day was a great success. We had a busy day and learnt lots about life in ancient Rome. We looked at the Roman army, creating our own Roman shields and helmets. We also completed our Roman mosaics, with small squares of paper. The children enjoyed working together to make their own Spelt bread, I hope it was tasty, and tried some of the foods people in Rome may have eaten. Our Roman numeral code breaker was pretty tricky, but the class worked together really well to crack the code.

There were some super costumes, we can really see the effort lots of you had put into them. Thank you for working with us to make this day amazing for the class.

In maths we began exploring addition, using the column addition to add numbers up to 4-digits. We used our place value charts to understand re-grouping when a digit goes over 9.

In science, we looked at our sense of sight and how our eyes help us to see things. We labelled the different parts of the eye and experimented whether it was easier or more difficult to throw/catch a ball with one eye or two.

We spent some time in PSHE this week thinking about how we should talk to each other and work with people. Our favourite phrase of this session was that two wrongs don’t make a right. This will help us to play fairly outside and think about what we shouldn’t be doing, even if someone else is doing it.

Week Commencing 1.10.18

To end our unit of place value in Maths today, we had a times table race. The children had lots of old test questions on place value to solve in a group. They worked really well through these and displayed some great teamwork.

In History, we looked further into Roman leisure time this week, exploring the gore of the gladiator games. We looked at the Colosseum and other arenas where these games would have taken place and searched for facts to create our own fact posters about them.

Our hockey coach was very impressed with our Hockey skills in PE this week. We thought carefully about our use of space when dribbling and the rules for using our hockey sticks safely.

We were very excited this week to label up our our instruments this week. Our playing is really coming on and we’re all being to make some noises.

In preparation for our Roman day next Friday, we have begun exploring Roman mosaics. Today, we used squared paper to design the border of our mosaics. Next week we will focus on the motif.

Horse Chestnut class have been creating some amazing artwork over the past couple of weeks. This piece of artwork is part of our remembrance day work with other schools across Bury Schools Partnership, commemorating the centenary of the end of the first world war and will be part of an exhibition at the cathedral in early November.

The children displayed great teamwork to complete this art, each taking a piece of the ‘jigsaw’ before working to match the surrounding pieces. We are all really proud of their effort and achievement in creating such a wonderful image.

Week Commencing 17.9.18

We had an great trip to Blackthorpe barn to the artworks exhibition. We saw lots of different artists who had used a variety of different medias. Everyone was able to find something they liked and we spent time sketching some of the of the artwork.

Thank you to all of our parent helpers for joining us on this trip, we couldn’t have done it without your help.

We enjoyed our Lawshall mile out in the sun this week.

Week Commencing 10.9.18

We explored some of the Roman beliefs this week, completing a treasure hunt to find out out what the different gods represented.

The children enjoyed practising their hockey skills in PE this week.

In English, we focused on the myth of Romulus and Remus. Working in groups, we acted out the story.


We began our topic on the Romans today, discovering how we find out about our past, acting as archaeologists. We looked at different Roman artifacts, working out what this could tell us about Roman life.