​Father’s Day Celebration

We really enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day in the big playground. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to spend time with their families and friends. Please take a look at some of our amazing pictures capturing some special moments of what was a lovely morning spent mark making on the ground, listening to music, parachute games and lots more.

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Robot Journey Coding Challenge

After-school Coding Club children have finished building their robots and learned the downfalls of driving robots off the edge of a table.

Some cardboard, hot melt glue and a little screwdriver work later, the real coding challenge begins. We are coding our robots to make a pre-destined journey including obstacles with the press of just a single button.

There are lots of calculations and debugging to be done and it’s a constant surprise how many times one robot can run into the same table leg!

“Whatever Next” story in Orange and Lemon class

The children in Orange and Lemon Class enjoyed our story about a baby bear traveling to the moon. We were making and drawing rockets and also we were exploring the numbers on the rockets. The children enjoyed using the story props during the small group story time.

The children have been practising walking in a line around the school.

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Still Sea Life

As part of Year 5’s topic on water, in art children have been busy drawing and painting seashells and real, fresh fish from observation. Children had to draw the outline of the shell and fish in one clear line and draw the shadow of each as one shape. Children had to squint their eyes and look at both the fish and shells for the light and dark areas. They had to look for the darker side where it is less illuminated and apply pressure with their sketching pencil to represent this. Children then used watercolour paints to show the different shades of colour on both the fish and shells. Finally, children applied pastels to their artwork.

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Our Favourite Authors

Our Topic this term is all about “Our Favourite Authors”

In literacy we are looking at a variety of different stories by Julia Donaldson such as : The Gruffalo and  The Smartest Giant in Town . ​We have been busy doing our fantastic  independent writing  using  descriptive language to describe the Gruffalo.

In Maths we have been finding out all about  odd and even numbers. We found out a even number is a number that can be shared into two equal groups. An odd number is a number that cannot be shared into two equal groups. We have been using unifix cubes  to help us understand odd and even numbers .We have  had fun exploring and learning all about numbers and now we are more confident in doubling and finding one more/one less.

In our understanding of the world we have been exploring shadow puppets. We used the  characters figures from the story  and  placed  them  between a light and a screen.  This creates the illusion that the images are moving.  We had  fun retelling the story this way.

During our PE lesson  we used the balance bikes to help us gain confidence so we will be able to ride a pedal bike in the future.

In creative development we made Gruffalo story boxes and used our creative skills and imagination to add detail to our story boxes. We used a variety of different materials to make the characters from the story. We  also enjoyed role play  using the Gruffalo Café,  set up in our classroom , where we could explore sensory play which included scrambled snake and owl ice-cream.

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Making puppets from ‘The Gruffalo’

This term we are reading books by Julia Donaldson. One of our favourite is ‘The Gruffalo’.

We painted , drew and labelled the scary Gruffalo and made some story puppets. We also made the story setting-forest using pant and different collage materials. Inspired by the story, we drew our own imaginary scary creature. It had twelve legs and it is super scary!

After the holidays we also talked about our homework project and showed them to everyone. It was great fun to share our ideas with others!

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Measurements in Maths

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In maths, we have been learning about measurements. In the playground, we were using this knowledge to measure our long jumps both in metres (m) and centimetres (cm). We jumped from a start line to as far as we could jump, then we used a trundle wheel to measure the distance. Later in the lesson, we measured our heights with a metre stick. It was a good lesson where we were outside and exploring measurements.

Naziha Alder


Narratives about ‘Street Child’

Last term, both year 5 classes wrote their own narratives about Street Child, our topic book. We read the book bit by bit and wrote sections of the story but from our own perspectives. In our narratives, we used lots of writing features, e.g. personification, expanded noun phrases, speech which advances the action, dashes and powerful adjectives. We have worked together and independently to link our paragraphs and create flow within the story. We are proud of our work!

Mobasar Alder

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The Robots Are Coming!

Year 5 and 6 after school coding club have started making robots using Raspberry Pi computers, CamJam Robotics Kits and some spare cardboard.

Fist we made our chassis, then we are wired them up and finally, we got coding.

Today, code club children have been independently debugging their code and coding robot journeys.

Today Hallfield… tomorrow the WORLD!

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Cause and Effect of Volcanoes

Today we worked in pairs to create an informative poster about volcanoes. My partner and I research on iPads, the cause of a volcano and the effect. We found out that volcanoes form when magma reaches the earth’s surface causing eruptions of lava and ash. They are very dangerous and therefore, people can lose their lives.

By Melodie in Walnut Class.

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