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Learning Experience 4- May The Force Be With You!

This learning experience will be all about forces and how they affect the world we live in. We will begin by looking at forces in their most simple terms, a push or a pull. Next, we will look at how friction acts as a resistance on an object, working in the opposite direction to the force being applied. We will apply this in an experiment about the slide, looking into how friction can change the way the slide is used. We will then look in depth at magnets and how magnets act, completing a range of experiments on their properties. Click on the document below to see what we will be covering! 

Forces are fun! We explored how a force was a push or a pull and applied this to the playground and gym equipment. Without forces, the equipment would be very boring. 

Learning Experience 3- Romans on the Rampage!

We will begin this learning experience with an exciting Roman workshop, giving the children opportunities to re-enact the timeline of the Roman era, handle artefacts, explore Roman myths and play some games originating from Ancient Roman times. We will then delve deeper into the Roman timeline, exploring key events and discussing how the Roman Empire spread. Next, the children will identify key leaders from the Roman period who played a part in the Roman conquest of Britain, discuss the struggles faced by the Romans during their occupation of Britain and discover what life was like in Roman Britain. Our final outcome will tie together this learning in an informative non-chronological report. Click the link below to read more about what we will be covering. 

As part of our computing learning, we are trying to speed up our typing. Here we are in our first typing lesson. 

The Romans initially believed in a number of gods who they prayed to for different aspects of their life. We looked at their family tree and what each god was responsible for. 

Were you aware that the Roman's introduced a range of revolutionary inventions to Britain? We looked at all the things that we can thank the Romans for. 

It was very interesting to learn about the Iceni Queen Boudicca. Did you know she poisoned herself to avoid capture by the Romans? 

We dressed Roman soldiers in their correct uniform and labelled them with the correct terms. We then wrote about the differences between legionary and auxiliary soldiers. 

We have been enjoying combining daily exercise with our times tables practise, competing against each other in teams. 

Using iPads, we researched famous leaders of the Roman Empire. We enjoyed finding out that Julius Caesar was abducted by pirates and that Claudius was poisoned by his wife!
To celebrate bonfire night, we wrote poetry about fireworks using onomatopoeia. Once we finished, we added illustrations. Whiizzzz bannggg! They look beautiful don't they? 
It was fun to look in more detail at key events on the Roman timeline. We wrote the key information and then illustrated the key events with our own pictures. 
As a class, we were shocked to learn about how far the Roman empire spread. At its peak, the Roman empire spread across Western Europe (including Britain), the Middle East and even Northern Africa. 
We created our own Roman timeline, including all the key events before, during and after the Roman era. 
We then reflected on what we liked about the day and what we had learnt. 
Don't we look fantastic in our outfits? Romans on the rampage indeed!
We had a fantastic day immersing ourselves in Ancient Rome through our Roman workshop. We acted out the Roman timeline, handled Roman artefacts, played Roman games and completed a quiz. We also cracked codes using Roman numerals, ending the day by reenacting the myth of Romulus and Remus. 

Learning Experience 2- Sewing Me, Sewing You. 

We will start this experience looking at a range of sewing techniques, moving on to look at how fabric and threads can be modified through dyeing, printing, embellishment, fringing, twisting and plaiting. We will record our observations of these methods in our sketch books before looking at designers in the real world. We will then put our newly learnt skills into practise, combining them to make a pencil case. We will use our sketch books to record our ideas and evaluate our plans to ensure that our final product is a truly functional work of art. Check out the document below to see all the incredible skills we are going to learn. 

We had so much fun making our pencil cases for our final learning outcome. Click on the link below to see the finished product. 

Perfect pencil cases

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We worked incredibly hard to combine our textiles skills to create our final learning outcome. 

It was incredibly fun to create our own prints on canvas for our pencil cases. We designed our prints in our sketch books and then used cardboard to create them. It was fun using the paint rollers to apply the ink before printing onto the fabric. Click on the link below to see our final prints. 

We worked incredibly hard to use our fine motor skills to learn how to plait, twist and knot threads. It was quite tricky but we mastered it in the end. 

We spent a lot of time practising running, blanket and cross stitch. It was hard so we used lots of resilience. 

Discrete Week - Internet Safety and Harm

We discussed some positive uses of the internet before looking at fake news. We learnt that fake news is made up to shock people, trick or scam people, or to make the website owner money.

We learnt that reach results on google are ranked and often the results at the top have been paid for. We tested this by searching up “t-shirts” on google and then “facts about t-shirts” to see how the search results differed. 

We discussed how we could spot types of online abuse, and how we could keep ourselves and our digital footprint as safe as possible, including not overusing our devices. We then made some online promises and created an avatar to hide our identity. 

Learning Experience 1- Passport to Europe

During this geography based learning experience, Chestnuts will embark on a virtual tour around the continent of Europe! We will start by looking at the continent of Europe as a whole, testing our locational knowledge of various European countries. Next we will focus in more detail on The United Kingdom, including the countries, counties, cities, landmarks, traditions and foods associated with it. We will then compare these features of the The U.K. with those of Italy. Our final outcome will test both our locational and place knowledge of two contrasting cities, London and Rome, through the creation of a travel guide, outlining travel between the two cities, and including an illustrated map of key geographical features to visit along the way. 

 

Keep checking back for updates on the children's learning or for further information on what we will be covering, click to see our progress grid through the link below. 

For our final learning outcome, we created a travel guide from London to Rome. We included key facts about travel, what to include and what you will see when you are there. We also created our own maps of Rome! Don’t they look amazing?

We used iPads to research landmarks and geographical features in Rome and then wrote about them. 

We are loving gymnastics with Mr. Borg in P.E. Check out our new skills!

We used atlases to locate Italy within Europe and then added key cities and regions. 

We investigated a range of human and physical features in Kent, locating them on the map. We also located a number of other towns and labelled the Rivers Medway and Stour. 

We enjoyed looking at London and discussing the famous landmarks you can see there. We had fun trying to travel between them using the tube map which was quite confusing but we enjoyed using our resilience and eventually finding our way (virtually of course!). 

We started our learning experience by looking at the continents of the world and then zoomed in to the continent of Europe. We then looked closer to home at The United Kingdom and the counties and cities we can find here. 

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