Nursery are Going on a Bear Hunt

We have been listening to the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The Children enjoyed bringing in their own bear’s from home and telling us all about them.

We have been counting bears and making predictions as to how many bears can fit inside the cave, we worked together to build our own cave in the outdoor area and we even found a bear inside!!!

The Children have been painting and decorating their own bears and used the playdough to create their own bear models.

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The Ancient Art of Mesopotamia

As part of our learning on Mesopotamia, in art, we have been looking at the history and art of Persian rugs and Islamic patterns. We have been looking at the process of weaving and making our own weave out of different coloured wool. To enhance our learning,  we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, in South Kensington. We  visited the Jameel Gallery which contains 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork of Islamic Middle East art. It houses the Ardabil Carpet, which is the oldest dated example in the world! It was made in 1539-40 and is one of the biggest, it is over 10 metres long and 5 metres wide! We had a fun morning, looking at and sketching some of these objects.

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Year 2 Enjoyed the Snow

Year 2 have been enjoying the weather this week! After finishing their English lesson on Tuesday, they enjoyed a well-deserved break in the snow-covered playground – and even managed to throw a few snowballs at Mr Sumner!

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Growth Mindset in Maths

We have been learning all about Growth Mindset in maths! We explored the power of YET, discussed inspirational quotes by famous people and looked at “famous failures” to remind us that we should always persevere. After all, resilience is one of the Hallfield values.

To help us understand Growth Mindset, an author called Terry Smith visited our school. He read us a lovely story about Maths, Magic and Growth Mindset. We even got the opportunity to ask him lots of questions at the end.

We shall continue to celebrate mistakes in maths and ensure that our mindset continues to grow!

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Watch the clip below to find out more about the difference between having a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset:

What kind of mindset do YOU have?


An Update on Magnolia’s Daily Mile Progress and Presentations on Islam

Magnolia have been working hard on improving our fitness during the daily mile. Our current record is 21 laps!

We have also been presenting our holiday projects on Islam in the classroom. The students have been speaking confidently and have put a great amount of effort into their projects. Thank-you to the parents for helping!

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Chinese New Year in the Nursery

We have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have been listening to the stories ‘The Great Race’ and ‘Lanterns and Firecrackers’. We invited one of our parents into the nursery to read a story to the Children in Chinese.

The Children have worked together to create their own Chinese restaurant in the role play area, We talked about the different foods and cutlery that we could use and the children enjoyed sharing their own experiences, such as the different restaurants they have visited with their families and the types of food they have tasted.

We have been making Lanterns and Red Envelopes and looked at various samples of Chinese writing. We have been counting and looking at the letters in our name in Chinese.

The Children have been learning all about Ordinal numbers and used their knowledge when lining up 1st, 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th.

The Children are really looking forward to some of our parents coming into the nursery to show us how to make some traditional food.

Watch this space….

Take a look at how we celebrated Chinese New Year….​

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Snow is Falling at Hallfield!

The ‘beast from the east’ has finally made its way to Hallfield this morning.

The school looked so peaceful and tranquil with a blanket of thick snow covering it, until Mr Sumner and the parents and children came to school and had a snowball fight!

Needless to say, the snowball fight that ensued was lost by Mr Sumner!

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Yoga Comes to Hallfield

This week yoga came to Hallfield!

For the next six weeks, children in Years 2, 3, 5 and 6 will be taking part in half hour yoga sessions every Wednesday, led by Kirsty Raynor from Pop Up Pactice.

Yoga is a great for children, encouraging self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. Physically, it enhances children’s flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. In addition, it helps to improve children’s concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation.

Thank you to our friends at Thames Teachers, Hannah and Justyn, who have kindly organised and arranged this fantastic opportunity for our children.​

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