Horse Chestnut Archive

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.