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Year 3 - Horse Chestnut Class

Horse Chestnut 2017/18

 

Term 5

Welcome back!

 

We've had a fantastic first couple weeks back, in Horse Chestnut Class. The children have been enjoying learning about Ancient Egypt and have been busy writing myths. They have also been practising striking and fielding skills in PE ready for games of cricket and rounders!

 

In MFL, the children have been learning about the body and in computing, we have started making e-books linked to our topic of Ancient Egypt!

 

In maths, the children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been busy drawing 2D shapes (including circles), making 3D models and nets and calculating the perimeter of 2D shapes.

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In Science, the children have been learning about different types of forces. They created some brilliant freeze frames showing pulling and pushing forces. This week, we will be investigating friction by rolling cars along different surfaces and materials.

Science - Forces

Science - Forces  1 Pushing and pulling freeze frames
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On Thursday Horse Chestnut visited the Ancient Egypt exhibition at Bristol Museum. We started the day with a workshop where we were museum workers and had to examine different artifacts to work out where they had come from. We had to be careful when handling the different objects and wear special white gloves. After we had sorted all the artifacts and worked out where in Egypt they had come from we listened to diary entries from Amelia Edwards who discovered all of these artifacts on her journeys around Egypt.

 

After lunch we had a chance to explore the Ancient Egypt exhibition and look at all the different artifacts on display. We learnt lots to help us in our topic and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

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Horse Chestnut had a very successful class assembly after the snow! Because of the snow they did not have much time to practice but they all tried their hardest and it went off without a hitch! The assembly showcased some of the work they have done since Christmas and allowed everyone to enjoy in their learning.
In Term 4 Horse Chestnut explored a poem for World Book Day from the Lost Words book, Bluebells. They created art work and poems using the original as inspiration.
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At the end of last term Horse Chestnut enjoyed the sponsored bounce. All the children joined in and bounced as many times as they could, even Miss Samuel had a go!
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During term 3 Horse Chestnut class had three trips to the library. We learnt all about how the books are ordered and how to use this to find a book we might want to read or look at. We also took books out to take back to school and returned them as well. We found out about all the exciting events that happen at the library and every child got to take home their library card at the end of term.
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Dance Festival at Devizes School

 

Last week Horse Chestnut class went to Devizes School to attend the KS2 Dance Festival. They had to learn a group dance, work as a team to create an individual piece and then perform it to the other schools. They worked really well together, coming up with loads of ideas for their dance. They were also supportive of the other schools offering praise for their performances. We were extremely proud of their behaviour throughout the day.

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3D Aliens Invaded Horse Chestnut!

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In Horse Chestnut this week we have been looking at 3D shapes. We made aliens and had to describe their properties to each other when they were being introduced. We also had to think up names for our aliens!

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back Horse Chestnut!

 

Mrs Spencer and Miss Samuel hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

 

We had a great first two days back, the children have settled into their learning well and are keen to get going. We will keep you up to date with our learning this term and have some exciting things planned!

French

This week in French, the children have been singing and dancing to the song 'J’aime la galette', which means 'I love cake'. Since the Middle Ages, in celebration of the Epiphany, French people have eaten Galettes des Rois (Kings' Cake).

The children performed their dance in small groups. Click the link to listen to the song the children have been singing.

PE

PE 1 This photo was taken from amazon.co.uk

This term in PE, the children will be learning a dance to songs from the movie Rio 2. They will learn where Rio is located and explore the environment and culture of Brazil, describe a piece of music and identify different sounds used in it and  learn seven Rio 2 movements using mirroring shapes, levels and pathways to put together into their own dance.  Click the link to hear some of the music the children will be dancing to.

Samba Rio De Janeiro Remix.mp3

This week we have been creating some wonderful art to share in the Remembrance Family Worship on Friday 10th November.

Remembrance Day Art

Remembrance Day Art 1 The children really enjoyed doing collage.
Remembrance Day Art 2 There were some amazing pastel drawings.

Term 2

 

This term the timetable has changed slightly and PE is now at the beginning of the week. Mrs Allender is now covering Science on a Tuesday afternoon and violins is still happening on a Friday.

This week we have been creating animations in Computing. The children created a short animation using Espresso Coding, which included creating a countdown timer that launched a rocket.

They really enjoyed the lesson and are looking forward to next week.

 

Click the link to see an example

 

http://apps.espressocoding.co.uk/VOHEWBILEIOIOJF.html

Computing in Horse Chestnut Class

Computing in Horse Chestnut Class 1 Creating animations on Espresso Coding
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We have had a lovely first week back, Mrs Spencer and Miss Samuel have really enjoyed getting to know the children and the children are starting to know who is teaching when!

 

Just a reminder that PE is on a Thursday every week this term and PE kits should stay in school. Long hair must be tied back and earrings removed or covered (we have tape in school if necessary).

Horse Chestnut 2016-2017

Term 5 Newsletter

The Children really enjoyed Math's week this week. They demonstrated their weighing and measuring skill in order to successfully make fairy cakes. The Children also learnt how to create a very simple formula in order to find out how many sticks are needed to create a certain number of a required shape.
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In Literacy this week, the children have been developing their speaking and listening skills through learning and performing several poems. They have also used instruments to furhter develop and enhance their performances. In Maths the children have been learning about the different types of lines including parallel lines and perpendicular lines. They have also been identifying right angles within shapes.

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As part of our Plants Topic in Science, the children have set up an investigation to find out whether plants and seeds need both light and water to grow properly when stored in different places. Here are some children checking their seeds to see what has started to happen.
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The children enjoyed their visit from Sam the Policeman. He talked about how the  police help to look after us when we might get lost. They also were able to go and sit in the police car, put on the blue lights and sound the siren. Earlier in the week the children learnt the importance of looking after their teeth from the dental health nurse.
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The children had a great time taking part in the Gymnastic Festival at Devizes School. They tried out lots of new P.E equipment and challenged themselves to complete a range of obstacles and gave them an insight to the exciting things they will be able to do when they are at Secondary School.
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The children really enjoyed coming to school on Thursday in their pyjamas and bring their favourite book, teddy and pillow for World Book Day. They were able to talk about why they liked their book and could recap what their story was about. In English the children have been writing their own version of a play script and then having a go at performing it to the rest of class.

 

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We have had  a very busy week in Chestnut Class with the children helping to create our new Under the Sea book corner. They have also enjoyed using their own creative writing skills to write an adventure story based on Dragon independently.

Our Prefects for this term are - Kali, Ava and Tom,

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The children had an exciting day on their visit to the Living Rainforest. Whilst there they learnt about some of the animals that would live in a Rainforest and how they adapt to their surroundings, they also discovered some of the different types of plants that grow in the different layers. They also used their knowledge about the layers of the Rainforest  to answer the questions asked by the tour guides.
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To  finish our work on the Stone Age topic, the children have enjoyed using their D.T skills to design and create amazing Stone Age homes. Here are some examples of these wonderful homes. 

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A wonderful day was had by all on our  trip to Avebury. The children learnt lots of interesting facts about the Avebury Stones and Henge  and further information about what life was like in the Stone Age Times.

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