Horse Chestnut Archive

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.