A Recount about a workshop on VOICE

Thursday morning began as any other day boring and dull.  The grey clouds hung in the sky.  Incredibly, to my amazement as I strolled into class, looking miserable expecting the presence of a SATS paper to complete, I got the surprise of my life!  There was no SATS today, hurrah!  Instead, a visitor, a lovely energetic teacher jumped into our room called Ms. Sheeren, my whole day became bright and exciting.  Shortly after, I discovered everything about radicalisation and terrorism.  This information is vital to us and the workshop was amazing.

Religion is all about peace and harmony not radicalisation, nor is it about terrorism.  This was a very important message on how religion has nothing to do with terror.  Religion is very important.  We talked about how the world fights over things such as food, oil, gold, land and more.  This is the way the world survives and without resources we can’t live.  We discussed how peace is vital, we completed a quiz and discovered how people like Rosa Parkes helped to change the world.

I now know that VOICE will protect me against radicalisation and help me keep safe.  If anyone is in danger I can tell them about VOICE.

By Ibrahim Awan

Year 6 Aspen Class

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Year 5 Workshop – Exploring Space

This week, Year 5 participated in an exciting Science workshop exploring Space. Here is what they thought:

On Wednesday morning, Alder and Walnut class visited Westminster Academy for a science lesson. We walked up the long stairs and waited until the science room was empty. Finally, the room was empty. I sat on a white chair next to Yahya and beside him was Adam F. After we all got comfy and settled down, each table was given a tray of cocoa powder. Our teacher, Mr McKenzie explained, “Get into groups. 5 students per group and I will give you some equipment to make craters in the cocoa powder which we will have to imagine is the surface of the moon.”

“Yay,” whispered Yahya, who tried to taste the coco powder.

I told him not too.

Next, Mr McKenzie gave each group some sea pebbles, a marble and a big rock. With these items we had to gently throw each pebble from a different angle to make holes, which we had to imagine were craters on the surface of the moon. Then our teacher showed us some videos of how to sleep in space and how to wash your hair in space. They were very interesting! Time was shooting by so fast! We only had 5 more minutes, so our teacher showed us how to make a balloon rocket. So this is what we did:

1. We got some string and tied it from one table to the other.

2. We got a straw and put the string through it.

3. We blew a balloon up and put tape on one side of the balloon and let the balloon go. All the air came out and it flew!

Finally, we watched a video of a song that was in a plane with 0 gravity and it looked like the whole song was edited but it wasn’t and it was so cool! After, we exited Westminster Academy and safely returned back to Hallfield  Primary School and went into our classroom.

by Amira


On Wednesday morning, Aspen and Walnut class went to Westminster Academy. I learned about the Moon. I learned that the Moon protects the Earth from asteroids and has been hit hundreds of times and made so many craters! I also learned that the near side is the side that is shown and the far side is the side that is not.

I told Mr McKenzie how the moon was formed; I said, “The moon was formed by another planet called ‘Theia’ that crashed into the Earth 4.5 billion years ago shooting debris everywhere! It only took a week for Earth’s ring to form our moon.”

We were experimenting where we had cocoa powder as the surface of the moon and threw sea pebbles, marbles and rocks to make craters. We were also experimenting with a rocket using string, straw, tape and balloon. The rocket flew off like crazy!

by Adam

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Young Leadership Team Ambassadors

This year, a number of the year 6 children completed application forms and went through a rigorous interview process for the chance to be a member of the Young Leadership Team (YLT). Below are photographs of the YLT in their first meeting.

The YLT have an important role to play in representing the school and helping others. There are nine of us this year! In our first meeting, we discussed the Hallfield values and what it means to be kind (our one school rule). We also brainstormed ideas for the YLT agreement and used the diamond nine to come up with the most important qualities of a Young Leader (see photos). YLT have a positive attitude and are great role models to the rest of the school. We will be leading an assembly very soon to tell others more about what we will be doing throughout the year and what it means to be an ambassador to the school!

By Malak

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Year 5 Consider a Trip to Mars

Last week, Year 5 visited the Science museum and here is what they thought:

Last Thursday, Year 5 went to the Science Museum.  The reason we went to the Science Museum is because we have been exploring Space and Beyond. The thing that really caught our eye was the giant interactive bright globe that changed planets and colours. We learnt that if you go to Mars you cannot wash for three years. Would you like to go to Mars?

By Lamia and Ajmal

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The Beep Test in Year 5

Year 5 have been doing the ‘beep test’ to measure their aerobic fitness. The beep test involves running up and down a 20m track in time to increasingly faster beep signals. It is a great motivation tool and for students to learn to push themselves.

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