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Light and Shadow #PORTALDESIGN

This half term Chestnut class have been working for portal design. We have been doing lots of practical maths to help us learn a new method for addition and subtraction. We then were able to use and apply this method in our work. We read the story ‘Beowulf’ and then wrote our own stories in the same style. We learned about light and shadow, and how light is reflected. We made puppets by sewing string onto felt.

Hancock Museum 2018!

What a brilliant morning we had at the Hancock museum! Our main focus was to explore the Stone Age exhibit, where we were able to see some of the tools, weapons, clothing and other artefacts we have been learning about in class. We also we lucky enough to read a fantastic story called The Stone Age boy, which told the adventures of a boy who was transported to The Stone Age, where he met a girl called Om. We loved it! We also got a chance to look around the other exhibits too. Our behaviour was outstanding and commented on by members of the public.

Well done Chestnut class!


This half term we have been working for Station Studios. They asked us to do some research on human and animal skeletons. We looked at the different types of skeleton and then named all of the bones. We then sketched skeletons on black paper with chalk.

In English, we read The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith. We researched the author and found lots about him and his life. He was a farmer and all of his books involved animals and some sort of adventure. We then retold the story of The Sheep-Pig making sure we included all of the most important parts. We used everything we have learned in year 3 to make our writing the best it could be.

In Maths we learned how to tell the time to 1-minute intervals, on digital and analogue clocks, and in 12 and 24 hour time. We then learned about Roman numerals and what they meant, and then used them to tell the time too!

We continued to practise methods in our weekly mental arithmetic tests and made models of 3D shapes. We described their properties and looked at them in different orientations.


This half term we have been working for Portal City Planner. They asked us to do some research for them on a new town they wanted to design and build in Scotland. First we researched the UK and it’s surrounding oceans, and then looked at Scotland in more detail. We used atlases to locate rivers and physical features. We then completed a comparison chart on physical and human features. We decided on a few from each to use in our town, basing our choices on what we would like to have if we lived there. We then designed the look of our town and make it using lots of different collage materials.

We also continued to learn about time and the digital and analogue clock. We have been learning how to tell the time to the nearest minute on both types of clock. We loved reading the story ‘The Iron Man’ and retold it in the style of a comic.

Flowerton Enterprises #NATURE

This half term, we have been working for explorer extraordinaire, Regina Flowerton! She wanted us to create a leaflet to put in her garden centre, which explained all about plants. We started by learning about the life cycle of plants. We then planted our own seeds and did an investigation to see what would happen in one or more of their vital needs was taken away. We also read the story of Beowulf and retold it using some fantastic vocabulary. We loved the story, especially the battles! We also learned about fractions this half term. We now know what equivalent fractions are and how to add and subtract them.


This half term, our school was transformed into Portal Digital, and the children in Chestnut class have been working as ‘developers’ in Digipod 3. During our time working for portal digital, we have been sent lots of QR codes containing tasks for the weeks. This tasks have included; finding out about the artist Picasso, completing some art in the style of his and making a video showing others how to do this, creating multiple vlogs with developers reading installments of a science fiction story, ‘how to’ vlogs on coins and money and some blogs and vlogs about magnets and forces. We have really enjoyed earing Digi-credits and managed to hit our target of 3100!



This half term Chestnut class have been working for Portal Design. We  were asked by the Theatre Royal to research, design and make puppets and put on our own puppet play for them. We had so much fun sewing and decorating our puppets. We learned about play scripts and how they are used in real stage shows. In maths we learned how to multiply and divide using new methods and then applied these skills when solving problems.


This half term Chestnut class have been working for the Time Institute. Our first task was to find out about the Stone Age and put together a display for the Great North Museum. We researched the Stone Age and made clay sculptures in the same style as those we read about. Once we had gathered our research we visited the Great North Museum and the Stone Age exhibit. We also wrote stories and biographies during the half term and learned how to add and subtract using the column method. Our mental skills have improved through arithmetic tests and we have ordered numbers to 1000 and learned about the place value of numbers.

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