Horse Chestnut Archive

Here you will Welcome to our class page!

This week:

In literacy this week we have been revising fronted adverbials (eg. ‘The next day, ‘ or ‘When she got home,’ ) and have written a big write. The task for the big write was to write a diary entry recounting a day at school. However, it was no ordinary day at school. We were using our imaginations to guess what a normal day would look like in 100 year’s time. The stories include drones, robots, hover boards and lots of other exciting things!

In maths we have been learning to read clocks accurately and to convert between analogue, 12-hour and 24-hour clocks. A lot of us found this very tricky!

Towards the end of the week we had lots of exciting days.

On Thursday, we had our decorations morning. It was lovely to see so many parents wandering the classrooms and working together with their children. Our class created some really lovely decorations!

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On Friday, we went to the pantomime to see Beauty and the Beast. It was a wonderful trip with a brilliant cast and some truly excellent acting. The class enjoyed seeing Mr Hepper get embarrassed by the dame several times too!


Finally, we ran two stalls at the Christmas Fayre, ‘Present Blaster’ and the ‘Merry Mallows Challenge’. Thank you to all of the children who helped run these stalls.

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find links to pictures, videos and other content from the class pages from earlier on in the school year…

 Welcome to our class page! – Week 12


This week:

In literacy this week we have been learning about persuasive adverts (especially relevant near Christmas!) and have built up to writing our own adverts. The children were trying to sell a new robot that they have invented:

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In maths we have been learning about converting measurements, practising the conversions between grams and kilograms and different measures of money.  On Friday we solved some maths problems creatively, using diagrams and verbally justifying our working out to each other.

Our science lessons this week involved creating and launching our own rockets. We designed an experiment and graphed our class results. We discovered together that the optimal angle of launch was 45 degrees.

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On Thursday we celebrated Christingle in the church. The children all had a chance to create their own Christingles.

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Welcome to our class page! – Week 11

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This week forest schools will be on Tuesday 29th November.

This week:

This week in literacy we have been writing and editing newspaper articles. On Monday we investigated a mock crime scene involving some bizarre clues (a scorpion, some cards, some gold paint and a drop of ‘blood’). We focused on the writing of headlines, captions and the main text of a newspaper article.

Finding the clues:




Working together to interpret the clues:


In maths we have been learning about division. We started by using our times tables to assist with division and moved on to using the bus stop method. We specifically looked at the pit falls and common errors involved with the bus stop method.

In our topic lesson this week we have been learning about cartography. To this end, we have drawn our own maps of the classroom, using a scale for accuracy. We have also discussed why different scales are important for different uses eg. 1:25000 vs 1:50000 OS maps.

Mapping out the classroom:




Welcome to our class page! – Week 10

This week:

This week in literacy we have been studying the features of newspaper articles. As part of this we held mock interviews regarding our scenario (dinosaurs appearing in Thetford forest!) and considered how different people may react to the same news story.


In maths this week we have continued our work on fractions, firstly learning to convert proper and improper fractions and then moving on to work involving the addition and subtraction of fractions. Towards the end of the week we conducted an investigation into the commutative law, discovering which types of number sentences were and were not reversible.

For example:

2 x 6 = 12              and        6 x 2 = 12


6 – 2 = 4                and 2 – 6 = – 4

Therefore multiplication abides by the commutative law but subtraction does not!

A highlight of the week has been forest schools on Wednesday. We learnt about different types of fungi and practised many of our learning behaviours (such as cooperation, curiosity and stickability). I personally enjoyed it as it was my first time outside in our forest schools area. How lucky our school is to have such a beautiful space available to us!


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 Welcome to our class page! – Week 9

This week:

This week in literacy we have been learning about different sentence structures. We have learnt to identify and write single clause and multi-clause sentences. Specifically, we have been learning about simple, compound and complex sentences. We have written many of our own and have practised identifying each different type of structure.

Here is an example of our identification lesson:img_0880

This week in maths we have been learning about fractions. We started by working out fractions of amounts, using various objects as examples. Then we moved onto simplifying fractions (which many found tricky) and to equivalent fractions, as shown below.


In science this week we took a slight detour from our lessons on forces to have a brief look at rock types. We were donated a geode so decided to crack it open in class to help us learn more about rock structures.

A budding geologist:


Our cornet lessons have been progressing significantly and were linked to remembrance day this week:

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 Welcome to our class page! – Week 8

This week:

This week in literacy we have been learning to improve our writing by comparing the use of compound and simple sentences. Furthermore, we have learnt to make our writing flow more easily using conjunctions in appropriate places.

This week in maths we have been learning two written methods for multiplication. At the beginning of the week we focused on the expanded method and towards the end of the week we moved on to the compact method. We will cover this again later in the year as both methods are quite difficult concepts to understand; a good knowledge of times tables is crucial to using either method.


Problem solving in maths. Lots of overheating brains! –

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In science we were investigating air resistance (or friction) by creating parachutes. Some designs definitely worked better than others and we reflected on improvements we could make, using scientific justifications to back up our new designs.

Planning and creating our parachutes –

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Testing the parachute designs –

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 Welcome to our class page! – Week 7

This week:

This week in literacy we have been writing our own image poems. This has involved writing expanded noun phrases (using prepositions) and writing similes about the book ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker. Here is a recording of a class poem that the children created during one of our literacy lessons:

This week in maths we have been working on coordinates, learning to plot individual points accurately as well as plotting shapes into our work as well. Here is an excellent example of a shape plotted with coordinates:


In science we practically investigated the effects of drag:

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I hope Horse Chestnut class have enjoyed this term as much as I have, what a lovely first class to have. Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words, I’m looking forward to the rest of the term!
Mr Hepper

 Welcome to our class page! – Week 6

This week:

In maths we have been learning about shapes, polygons specifically. We have been learning how to identify different types of triangles and categorise shapes using Carroll diagrams.

In literacy we have been learning to research efficiently and to write a non-fiction text about the Romans. We then had time to read each others non-fiction texts and to assess each others work.

We also researched and discovered lines of symmetry for ourselves using iPads. We found many different reflections but also discovered that perfectly symmetrical humans look very strange indeed!


This week was our last week studying the Romans (due to the harvest festival next week) and so we celebrated with a Roman feast. We cooked honey cakes (the Romans didn’t know about refined sugar) as well as tasting olives, flatbreads, cheese, grapes, dates and non-alcoholic ‘wine’. We rearranged the tables into a long banquet-style arrangement and even listened to Roman music. We had some very interesting conversations about Roman food!

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Welcome to our class page! – Week 5

This week:

In maths we have been learning about fractions, percentages and decimals. We have also been learning methods to convert between them.

In literacy we have been learning about writing instructions. We have learnt about imperative verbs, lists and how to make our instructions more clear.

 This week in science we were experimenting with pulleys and force. We lifted up buckets of water and even a school bench!img_0010img_0019img_0012
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Learning about the Roman gods using QR codes and iPads:img_0635
A special ‘well done’ to our Horse Chestnut cross country runners!runners

Welcome to our class page! 

This week:

In maths we have been learning about different methods for addition and subtraction. Furthermore, we have been practising ways to check our work using estimation and by inverting calculations (eg. 28 + 57 = 85 therefore 85 – 57 = 28 and 85 – 28 = 57). We also discussed that some ways of calculating are more efficient than others!

In literacy we have been learning about haiku poems. These poems are three lines long, consisting of: 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables. We have been writing haikus about Autumn and Harvest Festival. with every child creating and editing their own poems.

 Peer assessing each others work –

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Investigating friction and thrust by creating balloon cars –

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  Welcome to our class page! – Week 3
This week:

In maths we have been learning about measurement and converting units of measurement (Eg. 150cm = 1.5m). We have been measuring the perimeter of shapes as well as looking at the measurement of time.

In literacy we have been creating our own descriptive tale based on Aesop’s fable, ‘Fox and Crow’.

We had an exciting history lesson in which we learnt about why the Roman army was so successful. The children formed some of the army formations using their books as shields!

Thinking hard about perimeters:img_0579
A very effective tactic of the Roman army was the testudo (tortoise) formation:img_0586
Horse Chestnut class learning to use cornet mouth pieces correctly during music:img_0574

Welcome to our class page! – Week 2

This week:

In maths we have been learning about rounding. We have rounded to 10, 100 and some children even managed 1000 and 10,000.

In literacy we have been learning about fables and using them to create a dialogue.

On Tuesday it would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. We celebrated this revolutionary children’s author with a ‘Roald Dahl’ themed day:



We also took part in gardening, kindly led by our parent volunteers:



On (a very hot) Thursday morning, we conducted a science experiment into upthrust:


Welcome to our class page! – Week 1

We have had a busy first week back at school:

In maths we have been learning about place value up to 4 digits and rounding to the nearest ten or hundred.

In literacy we have been learning about the past and present tenses, including past progressive, present progressive and present perfect tense.

We have also started our new and exciting science scheme! This term we will be looking at forces and the lessons will be very practical – I firmly believe that science is learnt by doing.


The classroom has been set up, ready for the new year fours:


 Class Timetable:

Autumn Term Timetable


Autumn Term Newsletter

Other notices:
  • Children will need their PE kits on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • On Tuesday  27th September and Tuesday 11th of October our class will be gardening during the afternoon; they will need welly boots and waterproof coats if there is wet weather.