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W/C 14.9.20

In PE, we moved on to look at sprinting this week, thinking about how we could build power into our running. It was very hot and hard work running so much, but the children did a great job!

In English, we looked at the part of the story where our main character had to build a boat using very limited materials. We were set a challenge to create our own boats to float while holding a small person.

In our Art this week we had great fun beginning to create our 3D shoes.

W/C 7.9.20

WOW! What a busy week we’ve had in Horse Chestnut class. The children have been busy adapting to the new routines of Year 4 and I have been really impressed with the way they have adapted back into school life. In our Maths this week, we focused on our Place Value, looking at the value of digits. In English, we have begun creating some writing based on the book ‘The Whale’. Our Art this week was based upon sketching shoes, I was so impressed with everyone’s focus and stickability.

In PE we talked about stamina and pace in our first athletics lesson. There was a lot of running!

In Science, we looked at different ways of sorting organisms (Living Things). We also learnt the mnemonic MRS GREN for remembering all the life processes.

In Art, we looked at the differences between drawing and sketching. We used lots of small line to build up sketches of our shoes. Everyone did a great job!

We used Base Ten in Maths this week to help us think about the value of the digits in each number.

W/C 3.9.20


We have had a great first day in Horse Chestnut class. I was really impressed with how all the children settled really well into the school routine and put some great effort into their learning. I am very proud of them. There were lots of nervous faces this morning but there were lots of smiles at the end of the day. I am sure everyone will sleep well tonight!

Here are our class rules:

Everyone was very focused on Friday, writing some great reccounts of their summer holidays.


Week Commencing 20th June:
Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 20th July —-  Monday 20th July – Reading Comprehension.
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 21st July.
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 22nd July.

Week Commencing 13th June:
Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 13th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 14th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 15th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Thursday 16th July  ——- GR_Pobble-who-has-no-toes-web
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 17th July

Lyra has done a mammoth job with her reading over lcokdown. 93 books. WOW!

Lucas’ Fab drawing

Peony’s done a fantastic job with her poetry work.

Pipapa sent me her fantastic story.

Orla has been very busy and very creative with her Home Learning.
Peony created a great poem about her magical journey:

Anouk’s Magical Journey poem:

Week Commencing 6th July:
Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 6th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 7th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 8th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Thursday 9th July
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 10th July

There have been some great additions to Lucas’ website over the past couple of weeks:

Katehrine made some delicious looking smoothies last week

Peony’s creations:

Iris’ Magical Place

Anouk’s creations:

Week Commencing 29th June:

Health and Fitness Week
Health and Fitness week activities

Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 29th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 30th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 1st July
Year 4 Home Learning – Thursday 2nd July
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 3rd July

Peony created an awesome painting of her dog.

Tobias’ home learning. What an excellent contract he made to be more helpful at home.

ANouk made some delicious looking smoothies

and so did Iris

Kitty very kindly made fruit kebabs for her family

Week Commencing 22nd June:
Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 22nd June
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 23rd June
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 24th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Thursday 25th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 26th June

Harrison and Nate created marbled notebooks at childcare today:

Katherine’s bar model work:

Harrison did a Science investigation today helping Lego men get to the ground safely.

Kitty’s Goblin suitcase:

Lyra’s hygenic goblin’s suitcase:

Joel’s goblin suitcase and beautiful handwriting:

Week Comencing 15th June:
Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 15th June  &  Monday 15th June – River Nile Presentation
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 16th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 17th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Thursday 18th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 19th June

Katherine’s Goblin House:

Tobias had a very busy week:

Anouk’s goblin house:

Ruby’s film review and goblin house:

Evie created a great rock pool:

Kitty’s Goblin house and setting drawing:

Anouk’s memory postcard:

Iris’ Goblin setting:

Katherine worked really hard on her River Nile work:

Kitty’s goblin creations:

Anouk’s goblin creations:

Joel’s work space was very organised this week, and he produced some fab handwriting:  
Jack worked very hard with mum to create this great face mask on the sewing machine:

Week Commencing 1st June:
Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 1st June
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 2nd June
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 3rd June
Year 4 Home Learning – Thursday 4th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 5th June


Week Commencing 8th June:
 Year 4 Home Learning – Monday 8th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Tuesday 9th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Wednesday 10th June
Year 4 Home learning – Thursday 11th June
Year 4 Home Learning – Friday 12th June

Class Book:

There’s a Pharaoh in My Bath

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How to Train Your Dragon

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Our Rainbows of Hope:

Summer 2, Ancient Egypt

We began our topic on Ancient Egypt this week by exploring different ancient civilisations. We played a game with cards about some of the civilisations and had a go at plotting these onto a timeline, thinking carefully about BC and AD.
Peony’s Ancient Civilisation timeline. Tobias’ Ancient Civilisation timeline.

India Work:

Evie’s local map work.
Peony’s Map work.
Joel’s Map Work.
Lyra’s India map work

Kitty’s India Work:

Katherine’s India Facts
Tobias’ India work:

Peony’s India work –

VE Day Celebrations:

Joel’s VEDay work:

Peony’s VE Day Medal  and work:

Kitty’s VE Day Medal –

Callum’s VE Day Medal –

Our Japan Learning:

Peony’s Origami Butterflies

Aphrodite’s Origami Butterflies

Tobias’ Origami Butterfly and illustration of bravery in ‘The Inch Boy’.

Kitty’s illustration of brvery in ‘Inch Boy’

Ruby’s illustration of bravery in ‘Inch Boy’.

Tobias used his Lego to re-create scenes from the Inch boy and wrote his version of the story.

Katherine’s similarities and differences between Japanese and English schools.

Kitty’s similarities and differences between Japanese and English schools and her story map for the Inch Boy.

Orla celebrated Friday with a Japanese day.

Peony’s story map.

Anouk’s Manga drawing and Inch Boy story.

Kitty’s story and Manga drawing.

Ruby’s Inch Boy story.

Ines’ Manga artwork

Peony’s Manga artwork and Ich Boy story

Nate’s Inch Boy story_

Callum’s Inch Boy Story and Manga drawing

Our Australia Learning:

AustraliaC&K – Kitty and her brother worked really hard to create a fantastic presentation of their research on Australia.
– Arthur video called his family in Australia to find out some of the information

Kitty Australian states presentation.
Peony Australian territories poster.

Arthur did a great job with his aboriginal artwork.

Kitty also created a fab piece of Aboriginal artwork.

Indee’s Aboriginal Artwork

Harrision’s aboriginal art

Anouk’s ‘Snake on the Run’.

Orla’s Aboriginal artwork

Oliver has been very busy finding facts about Platypus

Fredi’s Aboriginal art

Peony – Wallabies Fact File

Nate’s information writing

#Draw with Rob:

Ruby’s Drawings


A huge well done to Kitty who has been putting her artistic talents to great use, raising money for the NHS. She has been busy painting lots of stones with beautiful messages and has raised over £300. What fab work Kitty! UPDATE – Kitty has almost reached £600. What an amazing achievement!

Another HUGE well done to Ruby, who is also thinking of others. She is busy painting stones to raise money for the NHS too. I was also really impressed to see that Ruby has been thinking about others in her village. She has written a letter and painted a stone for an elderly couple living near her. Great work Ruby!

Orla has also been busy raising money for the NHS by selling homemade salt dough decorations from her garden. Well Done Orla, spreading the hope!

Jack had some great news over Easter, with three new additions to his family. There are cute!

Pippa has also been painting stones to raise money for the NHS


WC 2.3.20

We’ve had another fab week in Horse Chestnut class this week. In Maths, we continued our work on fractions, comparing fractions using bar models and in English we had a go at writing our own information pages on an endangered animal. We printed onto fabric in Art and began exploring the rules of Netball in PE.

We had great fun as part of our World Book Day celebration.

We also enjyed sorting out the school garden, getting ready to plant some of our seed once they start growing in our greenhouses.


WC 24.2.20

We have had a great first week back after the half term break. We’ve begun practising our play and are all very excited to see where weall are on the stage. We looked at monoprinting in Art and continued our work on passing in Netball. In English, we began writing our own information texts based upon the book ‘Dear Greenpeace’ focused around Blue Whales. In Maths, we continued withour work on fractions.

In PE, we looked at all three different types of pass in Netball and played some team games.

The whole participated in a pancake flipping race!


WC 03.02.20

Horse Chestnut class have had a great week, taking part in lots of activities as part of Children’s Mental Health week. We spoke about bravery and when we have all been brave in our lives, exploring how we can all be brave through the story of Pinoncita. The children participated in some great discussion surrounding this and how we can help others around us. We have also begun writing our own versions of Wolves in the Walls, thinking about the use of direct speech. In Maths, we have been looking at calculating the area of shapes by counting squares.

We had a storyteller share the story on Pinoncita.

In Science, we looked at the rate of reaction exploring chemical reactions with iron nails and water, icing sugar, oxygen and fire and Rhubarb and Potassium Pomanganate.

We talked about the story of Pinoncita, thinking about the emotions in different parts of the narrative.

Our visitors worked with us to draw parts of the story and create some shadow puppets.

WC 27.1.20

We have had another jam-packed week in Horse Chestnut class. In English, we used our knowledge of description to write postcards from the view of Paddington to Aunt Lucy. In Maths, we began using short division to solve problems. We created 3D structures in DT to test their stability and in Geography we explored the different climates around the world.

In Science, we explored an irrreversible change, identifying a temperature change.

In PE, we explored some of the different punches and kicks in Boxersize.

In Georgraphy, looked at rainfall across the UK and the world.

In DT, we explored different 3D structures. This will help with our greenhouse designs.

WC 20.1.20

The children in Horse Chestnut class have been enjoying lots of different activities this week. In English, we have begun to explore the story behind Paddington’s journey from Darkest Peru to London, beginning to create setting descriptions about the places he may have visited. In Maths, the children finished exploring multiplication and are using this knowledge to begin looking at division. We played connect four in French, the children remembering the colours in French really well and in DT we looked at what makes a greenhouse effective. On Thursday, we had a very busy morning at our Seed to Tree event, which involved lots of walking and mud. The children have all had a fab week in Horse Chestnut class.

On Thursday we planted saplings in Golden Wood.

In PE, we looked at the shoulder pass and how this might be more efficient in helping us to stop the other team intercepting the ball.

In French we played connect four to practise our colours in French.


WC 13.1.20

We’ve had another great and busy week in Horse Chestnut class. In English, the children built up character descriptions, using expanded noun phrases and similes. In Maths, We continued to explore the formal methods of multiplication. We looked at equality in Karma for Hindus in RE and began looking at Netball skills in PE. We also began to look at irreversible changes in Science.

We had a fantastic day on Friday, exploring Kagera in our enrichment day.

In Science, we conducted an experiment identifying what happens when a change irreversible.

We explored the chest pass in our Netball lesson this week.

We played a game of snakes and ladders in RE this week to show how Hindus believe in Karma.


WC 6.1.20

We’ve had a great first week back after Christmas. On Tuesday, we had a lovely afternoon in the church at our Epiphany service. Well done to everyone that created a crown for the event. In English, we began exploring descriptive writing, focusing on the features of a character description. We looked at the vocabulary surrounding colours in French and began looking a irreversible changes in Science. Our Maths this week was based on times tables, leading onto formal methods next week. 

We had another busy Music lesson with Mrs Blyth this week. Don’t forget instruments every Thuursday.

In PE this week, the children started their work on Boxercise.

We enjoyed sharing some of the new books from the library in our reading session this week.

We have has another great week in Horse Chestnut class, and we’re all beginning to feel a bit Christmassy! On Friday we had a great morning creating lots of decorations, which I am sure are decorating your homes. In English, we began writing out our persuasive letter and in Maths we continued looked at patterns in Times tables. We looked at sewing embellishments in DT ready to make our stockings next Friday.

On Friday, we had lots of fun at the Christmas decoration morning.

We had lots of fun in the mud at forest schools this week.

In Gymnastics, the children explored balances using the different equipment.

In RE, we looked at an Islamic story based around the ADHAN.

We celebrated Christingle in the Church.

We have had another busy week in Horse Chestnut Class. In Maths we looked at multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, and began converting between different measures of length. In English, we began our new topic on Persuasive writing and are beginning to write a persuasive letter to the government. We looked at blocking light in Science and created artwork out in the cold on Wednesday. Thank you to Mr Pyne for leading a session with the class about different types of maps.

In Science, we investigated which colour of glass would be the best to make a pair of sunglasses out of.

We enjoyed picking new books for the library on Friday.

In Gymnastics this week, we looked at different movements.

We continued to learn different stitches in DT.

Thank you to Mr Pyne for coming in to share a session on different types of maps.

In our outdoor session this week, we created some outdoor art, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

We’ve had another great week in Horse Chestnut class. On Monday, we researched soldiers from the local area who fought in World War One and created our own blackout poetry. The children experimented on the different equipment in Gymnastics, and we learnt back stitch in DT. We continued our work on Perimeter in Maths and talked about how we see in Science.

We began planting some winter seeds in gardening this week and painted some of our plant pots too.

We continued our gymnastic work, exploring different movements, using the different apparatus.

As part of Remembrance day and our Geography unit, we researched soldiers from the local area who fought in World War One and created some super black out poetry based on the poem ‘For the Fallen’.


We’ve had a lovely week in Horse Chestnut class, finishing the week with a whole school enrichment day based around the Lord’s Prayer. In English, we have begun work on story based around the book, Escape from Pompeii and in Maths we finished our unit of addition and subtraction unit, completing lots of different problems. As a class we have chosen to read the book ‘Christmasaurus’ by Tom Fletcher.

Our first gardening session was lots of fun. We cleared the beds, emptied the compost bins and hunted for worms.

We had our first Gymnastics session with Mr Bigg.

We had a great music session this week.

We had great fun as part of our Lord’s Prayer enrichment day.


We have had another fab week in Horse Chestnut Class, finishing with our busy Roman Day today. In our English we completed our final newspaper article Big Write, and in Maths we began looking at methods of addition and subtraction. We’ve been doing lots of history this week, learning about gladiators, the Roman army and the invasion of Britainnia and Roman mosaics. In hockey, we began looking at shooting and we have begun to experiment more with our instruments this week in Music.

At the beginning of the week, we began using place value charts to show addition and subtraction. We have built upon this to beginning using the expanded column methods for both addition and subtraction.

A huge thank you to Mr Walker for coming in to talk to us about the Romans. We learnt lots about the Gladiatorial games and also learnt some Latin!

We had lots of fun in Hockey this week, practising our shooting skills with Jerry.

We had a very busy day, creating Roman Mosaics, Roman Shields, Learning about the Roman Army and Playing Roman games.

We’ve had another jam-packed week in Horse Chestnut class! In Maths, we tested our place value knowledge, beginning to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000. We learnt about Roman Baths in History and began constructing our shoes in Art. Our newspaper reports are coming along nicely and in Science began constructing models of the solar system.


We worked on the playground in Science to re-create the movement of the planets.

We worked in groups to begin creating solar system models in Science.

In computing we explored what a network is, thinking about how different appliances are connected.

In Art, we began making our shoes, using Gummed tape to cover them making a cast.


Our first full week in Horse Chestnut class has been very busy. The children are beginning to get used to the routines and expectations of Year 4. In Maths, we have been looking at different ways of showing numbers, thinking carefully about the place value and in English, we have been constructing our own set of instructions, thinking carefully about our capital letters. The children enjoyed their first Basketball and Hockey PE lessons and we are all excited that next week the instruments will be coming out in Music.

We had great fun in our first hockey session.

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.