Horse Chestnut 2017/18
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.