Cypress Botanists at the Westminster Academy

Cypress class made an exciting visit to the Westminster Academy on Wednesday 7th June and had a great time using microscopes to look at the xylem within a slither of celery. We were learning about how water is transported around a plant.

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We also got to plant our own seeds to grow at school and at home!

Deforestation in the Amazon

Over the half term, Year 3’s Cypress class produced some amazing posters about Deforestation in the Amazon. They needed to research it and then present it in a poster format. They include information about how we can reduce our impact on the Amazon and other rainforests. The children will be starting to put these ideas into practice at school and at home. They will also be using their research to write a persuasive letter about how the Prime Minister should do something to stop the alarming rate that the Amazon is being destroyed!

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The Westminster Mile

Well done to the children who represented Hallfield School and Westminster at the Westminster Mile on Sunday 28th May! They tried their best on the most famous mile long course in the world to achieve some very impressive times!

Thank you to their families for taking them to Green Park and cheering them on!

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Spring has sprung

As part of Mulberry’s science topic, we have been learning about what variables plants need to be able to grow. Due to this, we planted broad beans in our new vegetable patch in the garden. We read the instructions carefully and measured the holes so our plants had enough nutrients to grow. We will continue to look after our plants by giving them water and checking their growth. We will keep you informed of their progress!

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Fantastic Rainforest Assembly

On the 24th May, Mulberry presented their learning from this term to their peers in assembly. We included two topic related songs to make our assembly engaging.

Here is Lucas’s and Leona’s report of our assembly:

“On Wednesday 24th May 2017, we did an assembly all about plants and rainforests We sang 2 lovely songs about biodiversity and the four layers in the rainforest. These are called the emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor. In science, we have learned what plants need to grow and the day before, we planted raw beans in the school garden. In Maths, we’ve voted for our favourite birds in the rainforest. The most popular was the Crimson Topaz. In Geography, we learned how to balance the world and why we don’t want to kill snakes. We have also been learning the word ‘biodiversity’ which means the pyramid of species which include producers, herbivores, carnivores and at the top, top carnivores. We also learned about the water cycle for our assembly. We read Varmints and Tin Forest to support our imaginative writing. ”

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Our assembly included all our amazing hard work this term and we hope both our parents and peers learned something new!

Angry Bird Coding!

In Year 1, we have been getting to grips with computers. We have been learning some basic things we need to know, like how to turn computers on and off properly. We have been practising our skills, using the keyboard and mouse (double-clicking can be really tricky!). Now, we are learning some really advanced things – we are programming Angry Bird to catch the Green Pig!

Watch us code!

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HSA Movie Night

Our final movie night for this year, organised by the HSA on 19th May 2017 was a great success. Parent and teacher volunteers worked hard to show give our children a great time!

The HSA also hosted a coffee evening for parents at the same time, which was a great success. We are delighted that more parents have shown an interest in volunteering with the HSA at the coffee evening. Thank you parents for your involvement, it is much appreciated.

Thanks also to the Hear Women Foundation for working with the HSA in providing snacks for movie night.

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Keep on Running!

Reception class has been racing and competing as a class to win our daily mile trophy each day! We are getting faster every day and really trying our best! We have been talking about how to stay healthy and why exercise is so important for us.

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The lighthouse special fruit salad!

This term, Year 2 have been writing their very own set of instructions using imperative verbs. We then decided to get creative and use our instructions to concoct an appetising fruit salad, just like the one Mrs. Grinling makes for Mr. Grinling in our focus book, ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.

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