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Spring 2nd Half (2019) - Week 4

Maths

The children have reviewed their work on fractions.  They have also solved a variety of one step and two step fraction problems.

English

We continue our work on Ancient Greek Myths.  The children have described their made up mythical creatures and the setting in which the creature lives.

Science

This week was Science Week and the children spent time finding out about engineers.  They also looked at bridges and in teams the children planned, designed, made and evaluated their team bridge.  Well done to Blue Team ( Sam, Luke, Alice and Laynee) who won the best bridge in year 3 competition.

R.E.

This week the children looked at Sacred places and thought about their own special, sacred place.

Spring (2nd half) 2019 - Week 3

Maths

This week has been assessment week but we've still managed to get a few lessons in about fractions, particularly solving fraction problems.

English

We loved having Mrs Melidoro in our class this week delivering a lesson on descriptive writing.  The children have also created their own mythical creature that they will use when they write their own myth based on Perseus the Gorgon Slayer.

R.E.

The children looked at the Christian and Islam creation stories, compared them and then wrote about how they thought the world was created.

Topic

We learnt about Theseus and the Minotaur.  The children imagined they were Theseus and wrote a diary entry describing the day he slay the Minotaur.

P.E.

The children continue to enjoy their P.E.sessions, swimming and then a multi sports session delivered by a professional sports coach from Apex.

Spring (2nd half) 2019 - Week 2

Maths

The children blew me away this week with their ability to add and subtract fractions!  Well done Chestnut!

English

We started our new English focus which is Ancient Greek Myths.  We read the myth of Perseus the Gorgon Slayer and watched film clips of it from the BBC.  The children looked at the rich language that was used with the book and on the film clips and then they used this language in their own descriptions of Medusa.

Spelling

The children have responded well to the new spelling strategy that has been inplace since half term. We were very please the amount of children who achieved five out of five in their spelling test.

Science

We continue our topic of plants.  This week the children looked closely at different types of leaves. They learnt the names of the different parts of the leaf and about the function of leaves.

R.E.

We looked at the Holy Trinity.  All the children had a good understanding of this.  I was very pleased with their use of subject appropriate language in this lesson.

P.E.

This week the children had three P.E. sessions, all delivered by professional sports coaches.  They had swimming, an outside multi-skills session and an indoor multi-skills session.  Having an extra  P.E. session was a lucky "one off" just for this week, but the children really enjoyed them all!

Spring (2nd Half) 2019 - Week 1

Maths

This week the children were comparing and ordering fractions. They also started looking at equivalent fractions.  They used coloured cubes and drawings as well as written fractions to record their learning.

English

The children revisited "London" using the "Atlas of Adventures."  They then wrote an information leaflet to help visitors understand about the famous land marks in London.  Mrs Melidoro watched our lesson and she was very impressed with the children's writing and editing skills.

Science

A new topic was started this week; plants.  The children looked at flowering plants, drew them, labelled them and wrote about the functions of each part of the plant.

R.E.

During R.E.this week the children had a P4C (philosophy for children) session.  They discussed general beliefs about God and what they believed about him.  They were also encouraged to ask questions about God.  They could speak freely about God and share their views with others.

Topic

We learnt about the Battle of Marathon as part of their Ancient Greece topic.  The children acted part of it out and then wrote a letter from the Athenians to the Spartans, asking for their help in the battle.  They also painted their clay vases in the style of Ancient Greek pots.

French

The children had their first session with their new French teacher this week.

Computing

The children had the first session with their new computer teacher this week.

Spring (1st Half) 2019 - Week 6

Maths

This week we revisited solving multiplication and division word problems.  The children were taught how to use "Bar Modelling" as a way of solving them.

English

We all really enjoyed reading The Soul Bird as part of "Feel Good Week."  The children wrote some great short stories about The Soul Bird.  They were also encouraged to use inverted commas and apostrophes for possession in their writing.

Science

The children were all given a small spinning top and were told to investigate which surface was"best" for keeping the spinning top spinning the longest.  They really enjoyed testing the different surfaces inside and outside the classroom.

R.E.

Topic

The children learnt about Ancient Greek soldiers and what sort of equipment they used when they were fighting.

Art

This was linked to "Feel Good Week."  The children made worry monsters, decorated cobblestones and used pastels to create pictures of The Soul Bird.

Spring (1st Half) 2019 - Week 5

Maths

This week the children have learnt about the perimeter of 2D shapes and pictograms.  They have constructed their own pictograms and interpreted them by solving one step and two step problems.

English

We continue to explore different parts of the world using the book Atlas of Adventures.  This week the children have been to the Amazon rain forest, canoed down the Zambezi River and played football in Senegal!  They have recorded their learning as pictures with captions, diary entries and written conversations.

Science

The children continue to really enjoy exploring their learning around magnets and forces.  This week we looked at how magnets can attract or repel each other because of their poles.

R.E.

This week the children have been considering how people show that they belong to their faith.

Topic

We learnt about the two Ancient Greek city states Athens and Sparta and the differences and similarities between them.  The children then had to decide which city state they would like to live in if they had been alive in Ancient Greek times and why.

Spring (1st Half) 2019 - Week 4

Maths

This week the children have been learning about fractions.  They have been using multilink to work out fractions of quantities and amounts.  When they have been confident enough, they have learnt written strategies to solve word problems.

English

We started reading a new book this week called "Atlas of Adventures."  It is a non-fiction text that explores different parts of the world using bright pictures and interesting facts.  We turned the classroom into a plane and the children were given passports.  Our first stop was "Finland" and then we flew onto "London." The children have written facts about the places they have visited, sent imaginary emails to friends/family back home and written and performed a radio report which focused on the use of prepositions.  They have also loved having their passports stamped!

Science

We looked at magnets and explored how strong they could be.  Please look at the photos in the "Gallery" section of the children carrying out these investigations.

R.E.

The children had a P4C lesson which stands for Philosophy for Children.  They thought about our RE topic of belonging and discussed what it meand to feel like they "belong."  They were encouraged to think deeper and to question each others ideas.

Topic/Computing/Art & DT

The children finished word processing their Olympic Facts File.  They also made an Ancient Greek clay pot.

P.E.

The children continue to create dances linked to the Ancient Greeks and Magnets/Forces.

Spring (1st Half) 2019 - Week 3

Maths

This week, the children have been focusing on right angles, perpendicular lines and parallel lines.  They have also explored tangrams and pentominoes.

English

The children have spent time writing an explanation text to go with their own "Cracking Contraption" invention picture.  They then edited and improved their work before producing a final published piece of explanation text.

Science

Continuing our work on Forces, the children built ramps and then investigated which materials moved easily down the ramp and which materials had to have the ramp lifted before they would slide down it.

R.E.

Children explored the concept of belonging and discussed belonging to their family, the school and the wider community.

Computing/Topic

The children researched the Olympic games in Ancient Greek times.  They then started producing a fact file to show their findings.  They practiced how to copy/paste/enlarge/change font/size/colour etc.

The children also spent time looking at time lines and decided where the important events of the Ancient Greeks should go.

Spring (1st Half) 2019 - Week 2

Maths

Our main focus in maths this week has been angles.  The children enjoyed making angles out of pipe cleaners and then arranging them in order of size.  The children have also learnt what a right angle is and have identified angles that are greater than or less than a right angle.

English

Following on from last week, the children wrote some fabulous explanation texts about The Teacher Pleaser Machine.  They then created their own "Cracking Contraption" and talked about how it worked to a friend.  After that, they planned their explanation text writing to go with it.

Science

We start a new topic on Forces and Magnets.  The children explored lots of toys that needed to be pushed, pulled or twisted.  They experimented with toy cars, pushing them and discussing why they eventually come to a stop.

RE

The children read and discussed the Epiphany Story.

Topic

The children used the computers to research facts about the Ancient Greeks.  They also looked at a map of Ancient Greece an labelled all the important cities and landmarks.

PE

The children have started dance lessons with a dance teacher who comes into teach them on a Monday.  She will be incorporating our science topic of forces and magnets and our Ancient Greek topic into her dance lessons with the children.

Spring (1st Half) 2019  Week 1

English

The children are learning to write explanation texts.  They have looked at a piece of writing called "The Teacher Pleaser Machine" which describes how a special machine can help to keep your teacher happy and not grumpy.  The children thought that Mrs Morrall and Mrs Bartlett might need this machine!  This week the children have drawn their own story map for their own "Teacher Pleaser Machine."  They have also spent time orally rehearsing their explanation, ready to start writing it next week.

Maths

This week the children have looked at bar charts.  they have learnt how to interpret them and also how to draw them.

Science

In science the children learnt about the different muscles in the body.  We had a great science lesson where the children had to do specific exercises to work certain muscles in the body.

Topic

The children have been introduced to their new topic of "Gods and Mortals" by learning about Zeus and other Ancient Greek Gods.  The children then made up their own Greek Gods, drew them and wrote about them.

We also spent time looking at Ancient Greek Pots.  The children designed and drew their own.

Autumn (2nd Half) 2018  Weeks 6 & 7

Maths

The children have learnt more formal written ways to solve multiplication calculations.  They also continue to embed their understanding by solving ever more complex multiplication and division problems.  For some problems, the children need to complete  "2 steps" in order to get to the right answer.

English

The children have been focusing on being persuasive. They have created persuasive posters for a favourite holiday destination.  They have also written letters to Mrs Meledoro, trying to persuade her to get a school dog!  Finally, they have looked at acrostic poems and created their own one based around Christmas.

R.E.

The children have revisited the Christmas story and have all helped to make a class collage from one part of the story.

Computing/Topic

The children have continued to work on their Volcano fact files, learning to copy and paste and change the size, colour and style of font on their work.

Christmas Activities

Everyone has had a great time enjoying all the extra Christmas activities that are in place during this special time of year.

Chestnut class have told me that they especially liked watching the Oak class Christmas Nativity.  They also all enjoyed Willow and Sycamore's Christmas production.  Other highlights from the past two weeks have been making our Christmas cards, Christmas hats and 2019 calendars.  We all loved the Christmas dinner and Christmas party too!

Autumn (2nd Half) 2018   Week 5

Maths

This week the children used their knowledge of times table and division facts to solve word problems. They also reviewed and self assessed their learning.

English

We read the Anthony Browne book called Zoo.  This led onto looking at two sides of an argument and in this case it was whether zoos were important or old fashioned.  We loved how the children felt so passionately about Zoos and how they could easily express their ideas and opinions about them.

Science

Leading on from our work about animals, we have started to look at diet and what constitutes a healthy balanced diet.

R.E.

We looked at Christmas around the world and how other countries celebrate it.

Computing/Topic

In pairs the children have chosen a volcano,spent time researching it and they are now producing a word document "Volcano Fact File."

P.E.

It was the last swimming session and the children really enjoyed their "fun swim."

We all enjoyed watching Pinocchio at Hertford Theatre.  It was lovely to see the children completely engrossed in the show.  Everyone loved the songs but a special mention must go to Monroe and Alice who danced their way through the entire show!

Autumn Term (2nd Half) 2018   Week 4

Maths

The children continued to divide by 3, 4 and 8 but were beginning to move away from using practical resources to solve problems and onto pictorial and finally abstract work (work in books).

English

This week the children studied the Children's Laureate Anthony Browne.  They read, reviewed and carefully looked at his books.  They also made comparisons between them and expressed their opinions confidently.

Science

The children continued their work on animals and skeletons and this week, they created their own vertebrate.  The gave it a name and then explained how it moves  how it feeds and how it protects itself from danger.

R.E.

This week we focused on Advent and what it means to Christians.

P.E.

We had lovely weather again and the children enjoyed learning how to score a goal in netball.

We hope you enjoyed your extra long weekend with the Friday Occasional Day!

Autumn Term (2nd Half) 2018  Week 3

Maths

This week the children have been dividing by 3, 4 and 8.  Using practical equipment before completing calculations in their books.

English

We have started a new topic in English, persuasive writing.  The children had to persuade Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Morrall that they deserved a red certificate.  Some of their writing was very persuasive!  They've also learnt what a rhetorical question is.  We decided that teachers use rhetorical questions all the time!

Science

The children looked at the difference between invertebrates and vertebrates.  They sorted animals into the two different groups.

R.E.

We looked at how prayer is important to Christians and why, where, when and how they pray.

Autumn Term (2nd half) 2018  Week 2

Maths

The children continue to focus on their 3,4 and 8 times tables and use them to solve the additional maths challenges set in each lesson.

English

Everyone wrote very detailed piece of writing about our trip to the Natural History Museum.  The children had a long list of criteria that they had to include in their writing (adverbs, adjectives, time conjunctions and paragraphs to name a few....) and they all tried hard to include these different aspects in their work.

Science

It was lovely this week that the children's Science lessons took place outside of the classroom and in the Natural History Museum!  During the pre-historic detectives workshop, the children learnt all about how fossils were made and got the opportunity to handle some fossils.  Then, when they were looking at the exhibits in the museum, the children were encouraged to focus on the skeletons on display and the animals they had come from.

PSHE

As it was anti-bullying week, we had a visit from PCSO Sam who spoke to the children about the different types of bullying that can happen and told the children what they should do about it if it happens to them.

Children in Need

It was great to see all the children dressed up in their spotty clothes on Friday and taking part in Children in Need activities.  The Children enjoyed taking part in a Pudsey quiz, they played Pudsey board games and finally completed some Pudsey art.

Autumn Term (2nd half) 2018   Week 1

Maths

This week the children started a new chapter and spent the week investigating multiplication, particularly the multiplication facts in the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.  The used blocks and counters to make different groups of numbers.  They also used these multiplication facts to solve word problems.

English

This week the children studied an amazing book called "Flo of the Somme."  It is a book written in poetic text that tells a story of Flo, a mercy dog who helped save the lives of injured soldiers during the First World War.   The children spent time learning the story, acting it out, taking part in drama circles and finally writing, editing and producing their own story of Flo of the Somme.  The work they produced was fantastic!  We are very proud of all of them.

Science

The children really enjoyed watching videos that explained how fossils are made.  They then produced their own sequence of events that lead to formation and discovery of fossils.

R.E.

We watched videos where Hindu children explained and showed us how they celebrate Diwali.   The children then wrote facts about Diwali in their books.  They also spent time designing and drawing their own Mehndi pattern.  Some of them were very beautiful indeed.

Topic

We watched an episode of Newsround which explained Remembrance Day to the children.  We then spent time discussing Remembrance Day and the significance of it this year in particular.  The children wrote some Remembrance Day information in their books.

Art

Mrs Wing did a great assembly about Guy Fawkes and Fireworks.  We watched some videos of fireworks and then the children created their own firework pictures.  They "took their pencil for a walk" and were very creative with their firework patterns.  The children spent time colouring them in, many choose to use glitter gel pens for effect.

Autumn Term (1st half)  2018 Week 8

Maths

This week the children have learnt how to use the "bar model" method to help them add/subtract and solve word problems.  We have also come to the end of the Addition and Subtraction chapter,so the children have been writing about their learning, we call this "Maths Journalling" or writing a "Maths Journal."

English

The children have written so much this week!  They have really blown us away.  They all wrote a very interesting and detailed version of "War and Peas" and then they wrote their own fable story, edited it and then produced a final published piece.

Science

We were all farmers in science who had a problem with drainage in the fields when it rained.  So we tested three different types of soil (ordinary soil, stony soil and sandy soil) to see which soil had the best drainage.  Ask your children which soil had the best drainage and why.

R.E.

This week, the children had a lesson on Islam where they compared Christian baptism to a similar ceremony that Muslims have.

Topic

Continuing our work around Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, they children investigated and wrote facts about Life in Roman times.

Autumn Term (1st half)  2018 Week 7

Maths

This week we have learnt how to subtract with renaming (what used to be called borrowing/exchange/decomposition) sometimes even renaming twice within one calculation! We have also continued with our Chilli Challenges which helps to develop the children's reasoning skills.

English

We continued our work on War and Peas, looking closely at the characters and how they behave in the story.  We also spent time drawing a story map.  This work is all leading up to the children writing, editing and producing their own fable.

Topic

This week the volcanoes erupted again!  Please take a look at the gallery section for pictures of our erupting volcanoes.

Art

We found out that when Mount Vesuvius erupted, Pompeii was destroyed so quickly that the people didn't have enough time to escape.  The children photographed themselves in a pose that they thought showed someone trying to escape from the eruption.  They then sketched themselves from the photograph.  Please look at our "escape poses" in the gallery section.

P.E.

We have continued learning Netball skills, this week we've learnt how to dodge and mark.

Autumn Term (1st half)  2018 Week 6

Maths

In maths this week we've spent time learning different strategies to solve subtraction problems.  During one maths session, Mrs Wing dropped in to see how the children were getting on.   She said that she'd had a lovely time in our class and that all the children were working very hard.  She really liked the "Chilli Challenges" that the children were completing.  These are different levels of maths challenges that the children try once the main part of their work is complete.  "Mild" being the most straightforward challenge, then "Spicy" and finally "Hot" being the trickiest.

English

We have continued our work on fables and are still working on War and Peas by Michael Foreman. The children have been introduced to "prepositions" (words such as: behind, middle, next to, beside, around) and they have been trying hard to include them in their writing this week.

Science

We looked at how soil is made from rocks.  We also made our volcanoes erupt using bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and red food colouring.  Quote from Noel, "This is the best day ever!" Luckily, there was lots of bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and white vinegar left over as Mrs Morrall had bought plenty.  We will make our volcanoes erupt again, after all Volcanoes can erupt more than once!

R.E.

We were so proud of the children during the church service, sharing their information with everyone about Harvest in India.  Then on Friday, the Rev Penny Thomson joined our RE lesson, where we made posters to promote a Harvest Festival Service.

P.E.

We still continue to enjoy this generally warm Autumn weather by doing our PE lessons outside.  This week, we continued to practice our throwing and catching but we also learnt another Netball rule, how to pivot on one foot so that we can change the direction of our throw.  We definitely had lots of laughs and fun learning how to pivot!

Autumn Term (1st half) 2018 Week 5

Maths

This week we've continued to add 3 digit numbers with renaming (what was called regrouping/carrying) and have just started a new unit that focuses on subtraction.  It was also very exciting to start our times tables/division facts tests this week.

English

We started a new English focus on "Fables" this week.  The children have read and discussed the classic fable; The Hare and the Tortoise and are now looking at a more alternative fable called "War and Peas" by Michael Foreman.  We will be working on this over the next few weeks, building up to the children writing their own fable.

Art/Topic

The children worked in pairs to design and make volcanoes out of play dough.  Once they have dried out, the children will paint them.

R.E.

As we enter the build up to our school Harvest Festival Church Service on the 11th October, we spent time thinking about how Christians celebrate harvest.  We also looked at how India celebrates Harvest. It was very exciting when Aanya's mum visited our class to tell us how their family and other Indian communities celebrate festivals at this time of year.

Autumn Term  (1st half)  2018 Week 4

Maths

The children have been very busy using their place value knowledge to work out some tricky calculations this week. We are really proud of how they are using their existing knowledge.

English

We have been busy ‘reporting’ on the ‘True story of the 3 little pigs’! The children have produced some wonderful newspaper articles which they are very proud of.

Science

In science we tested to see if all rocks are waterproof.  The children found out that chalk is the least waterproof.

R.E.

This week we looked at why baptism is important for Christians.  We also made a cross out of paper by using just folds and and one small tear.  Please see the Gallery section for pictures.

Topic

We have continued to find out about volcanoes, especially Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. We have learned about what makes a volcano extinct or active and Mrs Bartlett was interested to learn that Edinburgh castle is built on an extinct volcano!

The most exciting thing to happen this week was going swimming for the first time! The children were incredibly well behaved and followed instructions given to them by their swimming teachers. Everybody tried really hard and really enjoyed the session. Anaya said ‘It was such fun, we got to do lots of strokes!’ Roll on next week!

Have a good weekend everyone 😊

Autumn Term  (1st half) 2018 Week 3

English

This week we have started our Guided Reading sessions.  They have worked very well, with lots of children being engrossed in a variety of reading and book activities everyday.

We have also spent some time introducing speech marks/inverted commas to the children.

Maths

We've started the next chapter in our Maths No Problem books, which is addition and subtraction.  The children have begun by looking at "counting on" as a way of adding small numbers to larger numbers. In year 2 we used a 100 square to help us but in year 3 we've been using a 1000 square!

Science

In science we tested rocks to see which one was the hardest and which one was the softest.  We found out that granite was the hardest and chalk was the softest.

R.E.

We've continued learning about Christian baptism but this week we've focused on the role of the God Parents.  We watched a short film showing a baby being baptised in a Christian church and saw the God Parents making special promises to the baby.

Topic

We are continuing our learning about Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  This week we looked at a map of the world that showed the "Ring Of Fire" - which is an area that contains most of the Volcanoes and is also where most earthquakes occur.

P.E.

We have still been enjoying the relatively mild weather and love our outdoor PE lessons.  This week the children learnt a new netball pass, bounce pass. Please see our Gallery section which shows some of the children practising this new skill.

Autumn Term  (1st half) 2018 Week 2

English

This week the children have started looking at newspaper articles because they are learning to be journalists! They have identified the features of a newspaper report and have found out the differences between fact and opinion .

Maths

The children have continued their work on place value and have spent time learning about number sequences

Science

We went on a "Rock Hunt" around the school and identified what had been made of rocks and why rocks had been used for this particular purpose.  Please see the Gallery section for pictures.

Topic

The children loved learning about the different layers of the Earth and how volcanoes erupt.  They we all enthralled when we watched a video of how a volcano erupts which was set to dramatic music!

R.E.

This week the children learnt about Christian Baptism and the significance of important objects (such as a candle, the font, a shell and a Christening gown) during the ceremony.

Autumn Term (1st half)  2018 Week 1

Chestnut Class have had a great first week back in school.  They have all returned refreshed and ready to learn.

English

In English, Mrs Morrall wrote a letter to the class, telling them what she wanted to improve about her learning this year.  The children then wrote letters back to Mrs Morrall, telling her what they wanted to improve about their learning too.  They all had interesting ideas and a very good sense of what would help their own individual progress.

Maths

In Maths, the children have been learning about place value in 3 digit numbers.  They have also been learning to write 3 digit numbers in numerals and words.

Science

The children spent time looking at a variety of rocks and fossils.  They handled them and used magnifying glasses to look at them in detail.  They then carefully drew and described them.

Art

The children enjoyed learning about Andy Goldsworthy and his sculptures made out of natural resources.  Please look at the "Gallery" section to see photos of the children's work.

French

The children learned three greetings; salut (hi), bonjour (hello/good day) and bonsoir (good evening.)  We all had fun playing games using these greetings. The children will also be encouraged to use these greetings during registration time.

P.E.

We had a good netball lesson.  All the children were very confident throwing the ball as a "chest pass" and catching it.

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