Hard Work and Play in Reception

This week in Reception, we have been very busy doing lots of different activities around our story of the week ‘Biscuit Bear’.

In literacy, we are using our phonic knowledge to read and write some simple sentences from the story. In creative development, we have been painting different characters from the story and working together to make a large-scale collage of ‘Biscuit Bear’.

In our role play, we have created a bakers where we have fun making and decorating cakes and biscuits using play-dough.

In maths, we have been using ‘Mickey Mouse Ears’ model to find total number of items in two groups, we also have been finding different ways of making a total. In understanding of the world, we are learning about shadows related to the story. We are exploring shadows using torches and using them to create shadow puppets to act out the story.

Learning About Place Value in Year 3

This term, Year 3 have been learning about place value in Maths. We have been using our mathematical vocabulary to talk about how we have solved problems or how things are correct or incorrect. We have been using a variety of resources such as Numicon, Dienes and place value counters to show our understanding. We then applied this to number lines and ordering numbers. We have had lots of fun deepening our knowledge of three digit numbers.

Year 3 Trip to Sir John Soane Museum

This term, Year 3 have been learning about ‘rocks and soils’ in Science. As part of this topic, we visited the Sir John Soane Museum in Holborn. We were able to participate in a permeability experiment, visit Sir John Soane’s crypt and look around his house which was turned into a museum by his sons. There were lots of artefacts around us made of different rock types and also lots of unique objects which Sir John Soane collected. We were very fascinated with the use of plaster to create monuments in the crypt. There was also a sarcophagus from Ancient Egypt.

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Busy Busy Birch Class

Birch class have been super busy this term. In English, we have been reading ‘Monkey Puzzle’, acting have been  acting out the story and describing animals using adjectives. In Maths, we have been developing our skills of addition with Numicon. Every Monday morning Birch Class take part in MEND sessions which stands for: Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! We talk about our healthy well being, we do some exercises and we taste some nice fruit.  

Reception’s Autumn Walk to Hyde Park

Autumn is here so Reception went on a walk to Hyde Park. We have been learning about the changes that come with Autumn such as the weather getting colder and the leaves turning into shades of yellow, orange and brown before falling from the trees.  We collected lots of leaves and twigs and we even found some prickly chestnuts. We had fun making crowns using some of the leaves that we found. We also played some parachute games. It was great to see children, parents and teachers all join in the fun!


‘5 Little Monkeys’ in Oranges and Lemons

The children in Orange and Lemon class have been learning a new nursery rhyme ‘ Five  Little Monkeys’. This nursery rhymes helps children to count 1-5 as the rhyme has 5 monkeys. The children found the rhyme fascinating and it also encouraged them to  sing along.

The children enjoyed the part when the ‘crocodile goes snap’ and were clapping their hands together with a  loud bang to mimic the closing of the mouth. The  children also used the props which enabled them to identify  a crocodile and a monkey. The children took part in various activities such as painting, collages that help to enhance their knowledge of learning.

‘The Grotlyn’ by Year 6

During our whole class guided reading lessons, we have been reading a wonderful book called ‘The Grotlyn’.  ‘The Grotlyn’ is a mysterious creature who frightens a little girl named Rubi in the middle of the night.

In order to celebrate ‘National Poetry Day’, Year 6 have used their imaginations to visualise and create their ideas of what the Grotlyn might look like.  We have used our art work  to  help us plan and write our own poems about the magical Grotlyn creature..

Take a look at some of our “Grotlyn” poems and art work.

Humpty Dumpty in Nursery

This week in Nursery, the children have been learning all about the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’. We have been printing our own bricks using paint and sponges and drawing our own Humptys!

We have been counting how many blocks we needed to build a wall for Humpty, and talked about the different materials we could use.

We have explored  identifying different shapes and learning a new shape oval, in the outdoor area.

The children have really enjoyed experimenting with eggs. First we talked about the different ways that we could crack the egg and  used magnifying glasses to take a closer look. We carefully passed the egg around at circle time and talked about what had happened. The children talked about how they use eggs at home for cooking and are really looking forward to using eggs to cook at Nursery!

We even enjoyed trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again!

Take a look at some of our amazing learning….

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The Mayor’s Schools for Success Programme

Hallfield has been chosen by the Mayor of London’s Office to be a part in the ‘Schools for Success’ programme for 2018 – 2019.

The programme is designed to recognise that London has some of the best schools in the country, and it is down to the many excellent teachers, governors and staff who make a difference and that success should be shared with others.

Hallfield was chosen as we are in the top 6% of London schools, due to the impact that teaching and learning has for some of our least able pupils, helping them to make accelerated and sustained progress.

Mr Sumner and Miss Dunnet attended an award ceremony where they got to meet other schools and were presented with their award. Needless to say we can’t wait to share our excellent teaching and learning with others!