Horse Chestnut Archive

What a fab first week in Horse Chestnut Class. We are all exhausted after a very busy three days. We looked at the rules and expectations in Year 4 and started our Roman topic, looking a timelines. We also took on a massive project with Year 5 to create aprons for the school to use in Art and DT. It was not easy, but by working together and taking our time, we’ve produced some work to be really proud of.

We created ‘Dream Jars’ with our goals for this year.

We working well with Year 5 to make aprons, it was hard work!!

We created a big timeline as a class in History.

We’ve a very busy week in Horse Chestnut class! Our week kicked off with our performance at the Apex as part of out Cornet and Baritone lessons. But just one performance was not enough for us this week! On Tuesday and Wednesday the children performed their school play, Hoodwinked. Every child should be very proud of the confidence they have displayed this week, on the stage and with their music. On Thursday we became archaeologists, exploring the tombs of Egypt. We were exhausted by the time we got to Friday, but we managed to create some fantastic diary entries and explored some more Egyptian artifacts.

On Monday we were at the Apex performing with our Baritones and Cornets.

We had a performance from the Theatre Royal on Tuesday. Next week, we will have a workshop with them.

In our Science lesson we tested how good different solvents were at removing nail varnish.

On Thursday, we became archaeologists, discovering the tombs of Ancient Egypt.


Next week, we will be beginning our unit on time. If you would like to give your child a helping hand, you may find this game useful.

On Friday, we looked at the process of mummification. As part of this, we carried out our own mummification of oranges, scooping it out and filling it with our natron mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda. We now have some interestingly named mummies on our windowsill. We will check on these at the end of term to see if they’ve been preserved.

We were busy out in the school garden this week. Lots of weeds had grown over the half term, so we all worked together to clean up the garden. All our plants are now growing really well.

On Wednesday, we had our French day. We did lots of different activities which tested our knowledge of what we’ve learnt so far in French. We wrote postcards in French, Search for French vocabulary in a scavengers hunts and tried some French food in the cafe.


Thank you to everyone in Horse Chestnut class for producing some fantastically creative (and yummy) homework based on the pyramids! There were some many imaginative creations and we have enjoyed sharing all of the facts we’ve learnt when making them.

In our Science this week, looked at the solubility of different solutes and what may effect them, what effects the dissolving rate. We experimented by creating solutions with salt and  different temperatures of water to see if temperature affected the dissolving rate.

We have had a great week this week in Horse Chestnut Class. In maths we explored different ways of adding decimals and began using this and ideas around place value to solve problems. In English the children wrote some fantastic reports on Egypt. We will be looking at how to turn these into pieces of persuasive writing over the next couple of weeks. As part of our DT, we made some yummy looking cakes, which I hope you all enjoyed, and we were able to get out into the school garden to begin planting some seeds.

At the beginning of the week, we had a brilliant trip to Shimpling Park Farm. The children were very keen to teach me about everything they knew about Alice’s farm and we all enjoyed our nature walk, exploring what was growing in the grass belt around the fields. 


We were also able to get out into the school garden and begin planting our seeds. The children were all very good at following the instructions on the seed packets.

We had Google come and do an assembly about internet safety this week.

The children were very good at following some more instructions in DT this week. They all worked really well in their pairs to bake and decorate cakes. 


Well done to the Lawshall football team for a fantastic match against Sebert Wood this weekend. Unfortunately, we did not beat them, but you boys showed great team spirit and should be very proud of what you have achieved this season.

We have had a great first couple of days back after Easter. This week went went the Schools farm and country fair. We had a fantastic day learning about farm life.


Our week ended this week with some difficult problem solving in science where the children were encouraged to design a circuit which could be used as a burglar alarm. It was very impressed with the children’s teamwork and perseverance.

In our English, we researched and practised our biography writing, by writing about Walt Disney.

In art, we were inspired by Bridget Riley’s use of colour to create some very bright patterns based on close up of some pine cones.

We have had a jam-packed week in Horse Chestnut class this week. Well done to all of you for some fantastic world book day costumes, we had a lovely day sharing our favourite books and writing our own short stories. This week in our English we have been working in groups to write a biography on Leonardo Da Vinci and in Maths looking at adding and subtracting fractions. Our art this week focused around the work of Bridget Riley and in science we created a huge circuit in the classroom.

In art, we looked at the work of Bridget Riley, exploring the drawing of everyday objects to create abstract patterns. Next week we will be repeating the process and adding colour.

We had a fantastic World Book day. We shared books, looking for key elements in a scavengers hunt, did a quiz with year 3 and wrote our own short stories which we shared.


We worked in pairs to research Walt Disney, whom we will be writing a biography on next week.

In PSHE, we explored different ways of making money. We sorted them into good and bad ways. It was interesting that they were not as easy to sort as we first thought they would be.

We have been letting off steam again challenging Mr Mison in our Lawshall mile run.

In science we talking about the current of a circuit and how we could change the voltage, recapping our use of symbols.

We’ve had a lovely first week back in Horse Chestnut class. In maths we have been busy exploring fractions, looking at fractions that are more than one and beginning to order fractions. In science this week, we designed an experiment to test the conductibility of materials and in English we got acquainted with the genre of Biographies. We looked at lots of facts surrounding America in Geography and began drawing everyday objects in Art.

In art, we looked at drawing using different materials.

We explored conductors and insulators in Science this week, testing whether our circuits would still be complete if we added different materials into them.

In English, we explored biographies, what makes a biography and how we might write one.

We then researched Leonardo Da Vinci and have begun to write a biography on him in groups.


There was some super effort with homework over the half term. Some fantastic maps of California!

In science, we explored the affect of adding more components to a circuit, describing the changes we saw. We finished off our work on area in maths and have begun to explore fractions. In English, we used drama to put ourselves in the character’s shoes in our new story ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and we have begun to create our own model volcanoes, ready for some eruptions next week!

We looked at making electrical circuits in science.


We began exploring fractions this week. On sugar paper, we looked at different ways we could represent unit and non-unit fractions so we could better understand what a fraction is.

In English, we explored first person by putting ourselves in the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We acted out part of the story, thinking about how the characters may have felt.  

We’ve had a great week in Horse Chestnut class! Our walk down to Golden Wood for our Seed to Tree was pretty cold, but it was great to see how much our acorns had grown since Acorn class. It was cold, but we all soon warmed up when we got back to school. We are looking forward to visiting the saplings again in the summer, when it’s a bit warmer. Thank you again to Mrs Simpson and Mrs Hocking for volunteering to support us. In English, we have been drafting our own narrative story, ready to put together in our big write books next week. In maths, we all have begun to use the short division method. We did computing without any computers this week, writing an algorithm of how to make a jam sandwich, and we had lots of fun creating structures from cocktail sticks and marshmallows in DT.

We had a fantastic day on Thursday for our Seed to Tree trip down to Golden Wood. It was cold, but we still had a great time.

We did computing without computing this week! Together we looked at algorithms and how codes or symbols are used. We had to be very precise with our steps to ensure our robot could make a jam sandwich!!

In maths, we looked at formal methods of division. We all started by using concrete materials to practical show the division before moving onto our methods.

In science, we tested static electricity and the different material which were attracts to a charged balloon.

Week Commencing 21.1.19

We’ve had another fantastic week in Horse Chestnut class, exploring lots of different methods of multiplication and testing our knowledge of direct speech. In DT this week, we explored the stability of different 3D structures, in Science we used a Van De Graaff to learn about static electricity and in topic we used shaving foam and crackers to begin an exploration into how volcanoes are formed.

We had lots of fun exploring static electricity in science this week. We used a Van De Graaff to generate electricity, which produced some very interesting reactions to different objects and materials. We compared some of these reactions to the poles of a magnet, talking about electrons and protons. We also ventured out into the cold to create out own human circuit to describe to flow of electricity around the wires as the current.

We began our training again for our Lawshall mile this week.

In English, we acted out the events of our Narrative story, beginning to think about speech and the most important events to tell in detail.

We then worked in groups to organise the images from Flood. This helped us to create a plan, thinking carefully about what we might include in each of the paragraphs.

After ordering the paragraphs in groups, the children began to think about direct speech by turning the images from our text into a comic strip.


We used nets to create 3D shapes to test the stability of different designs in DT. We did notice that these materials were not very transparent though, so will be exploring this further next week.

Week Commencing 7.1.19

We’ve had a great first week back! I have been very impressed with the work ethic of all of Horse Chestnut class this week. We have been very busy with our first swimming and music session of the term and have been completing lots of fantastic work in class.

Our first swimming lesson was lots of fun. Next week, to minimise time spent getting changed during the school day, due to swimming and PE on the same day, children are welcome to come into school wearing their school PE kit. This means when we come back from swimming we will not need to get changed again for PE.


In computing this week, we began our work on algorithms. The children worked well with a partner to complete this work. Next week, the other half of the class will be able to have a go at this.

Our geography this week focused on the difference between continents and tectonic plates. This did involve doing a tricky jigsaw puzzle. Although it was difficult, I was very impressed at everyone’s perseverance.

In our science this week, we began our new Physics topic, looking at electricity. We recapped our knowledge so far and looked at the different forms of electricity, from mains and batteries. We sorted objects as to whether they used electricity or not. There were a few that threw us!

Thank you all for your fantastic effort in the homework completed over the Christmas break. I know that it was a bus time for you all, but so many of you have produced some amazing models and diagrams of the layers of our planet.

In English, we have started a new book ‘Flood’. This is a picture book with no writing, so over the next couple of weeks we will be working to develop a narrative story to match the illustrations. This week, we recapped how to write with description, working carefully on editing and improving our descriptions.

We had an amazingly Christmassy day yesterday, thank you all for your help with the crafts. In English, we have begun to plan our persuasive writing, looking into oil in the arctic. In Maths, we finished our current unit on multiplication and division and are revising everything we have learnt so far. Today in PE we had a go at some yoga and in Geography we explored the difference between physical and human characteristics.

We have this week begun to use Times Table Rockstars to practise our times tables. Your child should have come home with a letter with a login to this website. Our Times Tables will be really important for our multiplication and division unit after Christmas so any practise you can would be great.

We had a very festive day on Thursday, celebrating our Christmas Jumper day, Christmas decoration morning and Christmas lunch.

In Science, we looked at our sense of taste. We explored our taste threshold, by seeing if we could taste different mixtures of Citric acid and water.

We’ve been busy practising our times tables this week as part of our TTRockstars work.

As part of our Christingle service, we learnt about the symbol of the Christingle and each made one.

Week Commencing 3.12.18

s week we used the Iceland rain forest advert to draft a persuasive letter to two well-known manufacturers, encouraging them not to use Palm Oil in their products. In maths, we’ve been busy using lots of resources to explored different ways of solving multiplication and division number sentences. We began planning our Europe trip in computing and continued exploring different sewing techniques in DT. Jingle Bells sounded beautiful today, the children will be performing this music in a couple of weeks, so make sure you are practising lots. We had a fantastic trip to the Pantomime yesterday full of cheering and booing. All the children were impeccably behaved and enjoyed getting involved.

There was lots of lovely singing coming from  the classroom during the children’s music session this week. Everyone has been working hard on Jingle Bells too, keep up the good work.

We had our last practise session in DT today, looking at different stitches. We focused on adding embellishment: beads, sequins and decorative stitching. Next week, we will be designing our sticking, ready for a day of making them the following week.

In Maths this week, we looked at working multiplication sentences out in different. Using a variety of different resources, including: Numicon, Bead Strings and Cuisenaire Rods we looked at all the connections between the different operations.

After learning about how our nose works to help us smell, the children tested their sense of smell, ordering bottles of diluted perfume in from strongest to weakest smell. We worked out that the more water added to the solution, the weaker the smell was.

Following our session last Friday, we painted our sculptures this week, ready to go on display. They will all be on display from Monday, in the school library, so if you get a chance, pop in and see everyone’s beautiful work.

We have been keeping up with our Lawshall mile, despite it not being so warm outside!!

Week Commencing 26.11.18

e were very lucky to be joined by Elizabeth Cooke for the Blackthorpe Barn Artworks exhibition we attended earlier in the year. The children worked to create their very own flying creatures, first drawing out their design, drawing with wire, sculpting the wire into a 3d shape, then adding extra detail with coloured wire, tissue paper or plaster. There was a great buzz in the classroom and everyone persevered through the process although some parts were difficult.

Week Commencing 19.11.18

This week we’ve had a busy week.

In PE, we began putting our dance together. I saw some super moves at the disco on Friday, I wonder if we can add some of those to our work?

In Geography, we looked at the different compass points. We went on the playground to move between the different point and to describe what we saw at each compass point.

In computing, the children used their research skills to find facts about Peru, the home of Paddington. The children then used their creative and design skills to create some beautiful leaflets.

Week Commencing 12.11.18

o help our understanding of multiplying and dividing by ten, we physically made a place value chart on the playground. Each of us took on a role in multiplying a number by ten, becoming the place value counters and place value headings.

In RE we have been looking at saviours. We looked at how Christians may describe Jesus as a superhero.

In science this week, we have looking again at how our ears help us hear. We tested our hearing by identifying where sounds have come from and looked at the ears of different animals. Based upon an image of an elephant, we explored whether the size of my ear effects how well we could hear. This involved creating large ears and rating the sound of a noise.


To develop our work into perimeter, we worked in groups to create shapes using squares of paper. We were challenged to create shapes with a certain perimeter, which took quite a bit of thinking!

We celebrated All Saints day by learning about the legend of Saint Edmund. We have created some sainted glass windows with motifs from the legend and enjoyed learning about the history of Bury St Edmunds.

In DT we have begin our project of designing and creating festive stockings. Safe to say there was a buzz around the classroom with Christmas already being mentioned. This week we were looking at lots examples of stockings, picking out what worked well in these designs and what made them visually appealing.

To help us understand perimeter, the distance around the edge of a shape, we calculated the perimeter of the field using our footsteps. Everyone got different answers because our strides were different, so we decided that standard units of measure would probably be more accurate.

The children have worked amazingly hard over the half term, finding out about different Roman inventions. I am really impressed at the effort that has gone into your homework this week!

Our new look, organised book corner will hopefully make diving into a new book a lot easier.

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.