Chestnut class's blog.

Reading Shelter.

At the start of the Easter term, Mr Coupe took down the Reading Tent and set Chestnut class a challenge. The challenge is to create a Reading Shelter using recycled materials. So here is our progress so far:

Getting to work with bits of cardboard and tape.

Getting to work with bits of cardboard and tape.

Careful with those scissors...

Careful with those scissors…


It's starting to take shape.

It’s starting to take shape.

It's built at last!

It’s built at last!

From another angle.

From another angle.

And then it was time to start decorating our reading shelter. The children gathered together a collection of old comics, magazines and old books that would have been thrown away. They applied poster paints using baby wipes to colour the old pages and then glued them onto the shelter. Here’s how it has been progressing….

start decorating

It's coming along nicely.

It’s coming along nicely.

Hansa helping to make our shelter look brilliant!
Hansa helping to make our shelter look brilliant!

So as you can see- our new Reading Shelter just needs a few finishing touches. The children have given up lots of their spare time to build it and have really enjoyed the challenge of building, working together and problem solving. We’ll keep you posted and upload the pictures when it’s completely finished.

A Recycling Timeline.

As you know, Chestnut class are waging war against boring timelines. So this time we decided to create a timeline on our display wall- a timeline about the history of waste. We made it using scrap paper (and even an old plastic bottle).

recycling timeline 1


recycling timeline 2


recycling timeline 3


recycling timeline 4

More dinosaur stuff by Chestnut class.

We went a bit dinosaur mad with our topic in the Spring term. Here are just a few of the things that we got up to:

We made our own fossils using self-drying clay and some shells.


We also made our own dinosaur timelines showing the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. We decided that timelines can sometimes be a bit boring so we made ours as a book that could be tied up.


They could also be stood up for display purposes.

timeline stood

The children were curious to know whereabouts the different dinosaurs lived. This was quite tricky to find out as the earth looked very different to how it does now- and all the continents were stuck together into one huge landmass. So we did some research and found out where in the world the fossils from different dinosaurs had been found. This is how we put together our dinosaur world map.

bilal dinosaur map

We also invented our own types of dinosaur. Each child designed their own dinosaur and decided upon its characteristics, its diet, its habitat and its appearance. This led to the children writing their own non-chronological reports about their own particular dinosaur.

Here are just a few:

universoraptor adamosaurus amysaurus bilalosaurus djshapatops estandosauruslucas killosaurus nobyosaurus rehan rex sameenasaurus

Chestnut class really enjoyed this topic- it helped them to produce some really creative writing in their literacy work and stirred all their imaginations. I think there are quite a few children who will be a bit disappointed that it’s over.

Young Voices.

Four children from Chestnut class joined the rest of the Junior Choir in January to sing at the “Young Voices” concert at The M.E.N. Arena. It was a fantastic experience and quite a spectacle, as you can see. Here’s a quick snippet of the evening.


We kicked off our dinosaur topic this term with a launch day where we invited parents to come in and join in the fun. Here are some photos of us making “Dahl Dinosaurs” (with a little help from the adults).

hannah and mum and sabihah aliyah and mum better amaan and mum

Our Ancient Egypt song.

To finish off our Ancient Egypt topic, Chestnut class created its very own Ancient Egypt song. We all worked in groups to come up with the verses and we worked on them and edited them until they were just right. We stuck all the verses onto a big sheet of paper and moved them around until we were happy with them.

Our verses.

Our verses.

Then we practised it a few times with the guitar and later on we added some percussion to give it rhythm.

Here is a recording of our song. It’s not perfect but it’s not bad for our first attempt at writing a song. The words are underneath so you can sing along.

Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egypt

Long ago, long ago

Pyramids and mummies, pyramids and mummies

Pharaohs too, Pharaohs too.

Wrap the mummies, wrap the mummies,

Quickly now, quickly now,

We don’t have time to waste, we don’t have time to waste,

Put salt on, put salt on.

Tutankhamen, Tutankhamen,

Used to rule, used to rule,

For a very long time, for a very long time,

Until he died, until he died.

Eye of Horus, Eye of Horus,

It’s one eye, it’s one eye,

Nobody knows, nobody knows,

Only us, only us.

Kings and Pharaohs, Kings and Pharaohs,

Idols too, idols too,

Pyramids and mummies, pyramids and mummies,

We miss you, we miss you.

Prince of Egypt, Prince of Egypt,

Is Moses, is Moses,

If anything happens, if anything happens,

He is there, he is there.

Land of black mud, land of black mud,

Soggy and wet, soggy and wet,

The place is so damp, the place is so damp,

You will drown, you will drown.

Tutenkhamen, Tutenkhamen,

He died young, he died young,

Buried in a pyramid, buried in a pyramid,

All alone, all alone.

Nefertiti, Nefertiti,

She was queen, she was queen,

She died alone, she died alone,

I miss her, I miss her.

Prince of Egypt, Prince of Egypt,

Rameses, Rameses,

He is very lazy, he is very lazy,

He is king, he is king.

Longest river, longest river,

River Nile, River Nile,

Scary scarab beetles, scary scarab beetles,

They nip you, they nip you.

Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egypt

Long ago, long ago

Pyramids and mummies, pyramids and mummies

Pharaohs too, Pharaohs too.

Map work.

I set our class a challenge this week.

I asked them to find out lots of things about Egypt: Where it is on a map of Africa; where the main cities of Egypt are; where the River Niles flows; the surrounding countries of Egypt; what the flag of Egypt looks like; and what the Eye of Horus looks like and what it symbolises.

The children were allowed to use anything inside the classroom to help them- but they had to do all the research themselves.

So what did they use?

These two used an atlas to find out where Egypt is.

Everyone did brilliantly- it was a real team effort and the children loved finding things out independently.

Well done Chestnut class!

Canopic Jars.

Here in Chestnut class we’ve been delving into all the horrible bits of Ancient Egypt- and all the children loved learning about mummification and pulling out all the guts and brains and stuff. Lovely. We’ve even been making our own canopic jars. Canopic jars were the containers in which all the mummy’s internal organs were kept.

Here you can see that our canopic jars started off as simple plastic bottles, bits of card and silver foil. And then we added modroc. It was messy but great fun!

And then it was time to add the modroc. This had to be applied with water and some patient and careful rubbing.

I think these three look quite pleased with theirs so far…

And here’s what they looked like when they had dried.

And so, it was time to draw some designs that we may like to paint on our canopic jars. Here are just a few. Chestnut class are such brilliant and imaginative artists!

And so the painting began…

After the base colours, we added more detail to our canopic jars using water-based paint, acrylic paint and permanent marker pens.

And here’s a selection of the finished ones.

Ancient Egypt.

Our topic for this term is Ancient Egypt.

We kicked it off by inviting some parents into school to help us make some model pyramids and write our names in hieroglyphics.

Oladele’s dad and Hannah’s mum help out.

We also unwrapped a mummified crocodile with the help of Mr Hulston.

Mr Hulston has been coming in on Thursday afternoons to lead an art project connected with our Ancient Egypt topic. All the children made a “Museum of Me” which included items that were special to them. They also made toys from natural materials which might have been played with by Egyptian children thousands of years ago.

In literacy we have been working on ‘Explanation texts” and to “wrap it all up” the children made posters explaining the mummification process. Nice.

And here’s Lucas talking us through the process.

In history all our children looked at the main events that took place in Ancient Egypt and completed their own timelines.

Here’s Adam proudly showing his Ancient Egypt timeline.

Throughout all our studies of Egypt, the children have made their own Egyptian books where they have stored their ideas, questions and thoughts. It has been a brilliant exercise. Here are a few:



We will be studying Ancient Egypt up until Christmas so keep checking back to see what we’ve been up to.


This is the place where Chestnut Class at Broadfield Primary School will show some of the work that we’ve been doing in (and out of) the classroom.

We have been reading the novel ‘Gravenhunger’ by Harriet Goodwin in class. First of all, you can see a review of the book by ‘Mary’s Book Club for Kids’. Below that you can see some of our children talk about what they liked and/or disliked about it.