Laira Green Primary School

Tel: 01752 660427 Bramley Rd, Laira, Plymouth, PL3 6BP

Year 4/3 Mrs Marvin – Chestnut

DT Projects July 2015Slide1

Chestnut Class Science July 2015

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History Trip to Merrivale June 2015

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Visit to the Allotment and Efford Valley June 2015

Chestnut class had a packed afternoon on Wednesday. They had a whistle-stop tour of the Woodland Arena in Efford Valley and learnt about the school’s vision for Forest School in September.

A brisk walk to the allotment then saw them get their hands dirty! The children first learnt about nematodes which are the natural method of pest control Jason will be using on the beds this year. The beds were treated with bone meal before the children then each had the opportunity to plant a cabbage plant. They were planted very neatly in rows; the allotment really does look fantastic this year! To cap it all off the class got to try the juicy strawberries which are starting to ripen. They were delicious!

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Play Performance May 2015

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Chestnut Class Models – May 2015

Science – Mr Hartley Visits Chestnut Class April 2015

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Making Thai Green Curry – March 2015

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Mr Science- February 2015

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Chestnut Class Trip to Eden Project February 2015

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Chestnut Class learn about photosynthesis with Jason!

Photosynthesis is how plants use water and carbon dioxide to create their food, grow and release oxygen into the air.  Plants can convert sugar and energy from water, air and sunlight into energy to grow.

Food Tasting in Chestnut Class January 2015

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Peppermint Creams

During the  term, Sycamore, Chestnut and Hazel class made peppermint creams.

Mrs Dodds and Mrs Smith gave a demonstration and then we had a go at making our own.  We even made little trinket boxes to put them in and wrote our own instructions for making peppermint creams!

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Allotment and Forest School Visit – December 2014

This Wednesday Chestnut class were met in school by Jason and we emptied the hanging baskets of their soil. When we arrived at the allotment we first let the chickens out and even saw one jump up onto the roof of its coop! When we got into the polytunnel it was time to get our hands dirty! The class filled up the hanging baskets with compost and then planted some perennials which will look lovely as we head into spring and when we return to school.

Upon entering the valley the class had a quick lesson in knots as we prepared to make the first ever Forest School rope swing! We decided on an appropriate spot: the correct tree, branch and ground underneath and of course a sturdy stick for a seat. We then set to work tying the knots and looping the rope over our chosen bough. It was a huge success, everyone managed to have a go! Great fun!

We also had time for an explore of the other side of the woods and we played some games, working in teams to try and succeed.  Team ant! Some of the class were lucky enough to hear Jason’s new emergency whistle and also to see his fire steel at work, a possible taste of forest school sessions to come….

Overall, a really fun way to end forest school for the term and a massive thank you goes out to all the teachers which helps support Jason and Mr Blake in their Forest School sessions, we couldn’t do it without you!

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New Chromebooks in Chestnut Class – November 2014

In Chestnut class we are about to start writing an information text on the Ancient Greeks. Before we could get started, we had to research some information. We used the new Chromebooks to find information from the internet. We wrote notes in our books to help us remember all the important facts. We really enjoyed using the laptops.

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Ancient Greek Topic Day – October 2014

Hazel, Chestnut and Sycamore classes had a wonderful Greek topic day on Wednesday 22nd October. Many of the children came to school in wonderful Ancient Greek costumes including togas, laurel wreaths and even a set of armour! The children enjoyed food tasting, traditional Greek dancing, designing Greek pots, and writing their names using the Greek alphabet, learning about the Greek number system and much more! A great day was had by all, here are some photos of  the food tasting and dancing.

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Greek Story Telling – September 2014

In English we have been learning about some of the Ancient Greek myths. We created a story map of a story about Athena and Arachne. Arachne is a beautiful girl who is very good at weaving. She boasts about her skills and angers the goddess Athena, who then takes revenge…

We used drama techniques to show events in the story and identify with how the characters would be feeling at different points in the story. Have a look at some of our freeze frames below.

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Clive Pig – September 2014

We were very lucky to have experienced a storytelling performance and workshop from Clive Pig.  We learned about the Ancient Greeks, their beliefs and practices, food and customs.  Clive really brought all the stories to life and was very funny.  Some children even got to dress up and be part of one of the stories!

Our favourite story was Theseus and the Minotaur.  Did you know the Aegean sea is said to be named after King Aegeus , who threw himself off the cliff into the abyss when he thought his son had died in battle against the minotaur?  IN fact, Theseus was still alive and had forgotten to change his ship’s sails from black to white!

Thanks to Mrs Marvin for organising the event.

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Welcome to Year 4/3 Chestnut.


A very warm welcome to class 4/3 Chestnut. I hope that you have had a good holiday and are ready for the new school year.  This letter will hopefully remind you of some of the routines that we follow in school and outline things that we will expect during the year.

Your child will take part in many activities and learning experiences which we hope they will enjoy.  In order for him/her to get as much as possible out of school we need to make you aware of our expectations.

Your Learning Log homework will be set each Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. The task(s) set will be related to the learning we have been doing in class or a project for you to complete.  This work will help your child to consolidate his/her learning.

Spellings will also be set on a weekly basis.  These will be taught in school as part of our phonics programme, but we hope that you will be able to find time to help your children learn these spellings at home.  The spellings will be sent home every Tuesday and tested every Monday. Some children may be involved in the Read Write Inc sessions. If this is the case your child may have daily spelling activities to do instead (– you will be informed of this activity.)

PE will take place on different days and it is therefore essential that PE kits are left in school all week.  If necessary, PE kits can be brought home at the week ends for washing, but please ensure they are returned on the Monday of each week.

PE kits consist of a white t-shirt, white shorts and trainers or plimsolls. In the winter children should have a plain black tracksuit, as we still do PE outside even in cold weather. Please ensure that all kit is clearly labelled so that we can quickly match lost clothing to their owners!  May we also remind you that children are expected to have school shoes, not trainers, as part of their school uniform.

The children will continue to bring reading books home.  We would like to encourage you to listen to your child read. This is a valuable activity and will help him/her to make huge progress in their understanding of language.  We suggest 10-15 minutes, five times a week.  Please use the reading log to let us know that you have heard your child read and to make any relevant comments. As part of our Accelerated Reader scheme, the children will complete a test on their book once they have finished reading it. They will be rewarded for achieving 100% in their quizzes, so please have a chat with your child about their book to ensure they know it well and have understood it.

As part of school life we like to take photos of the children to use in the school newsletter or to display in and around the classroom to celebrate their learning.  The children may also be involved in food tasting during the year for which we require your permission.  I would be grateful if you could complete the permission slip at the bottom of the letter and return it to me as soon as possible.

I have also attached an outline of the work that we will be covering this term, which I hope you will find useful.  There will be the opportunity for you to come in for an informal ‘meet the teacher’ on Monday 8th September from 3.10 – 3.25pm.  If you have any other queries please feel free to arrange to come and see me after school. I will be having a formal parents’ evening during the autumn term and look forward to meeting you then if not before.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Marvin


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