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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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Magnolia had a great time acting in the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. We enjoyed learning about the issues between the confusing love triangles.  It was great to see that they got many laughs from their comedy play.

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Role-playing Hamlet!

Cedar class have been really busy learning the story of Hamlet and trying to get into role by doing lots of character descriptions and role play. We have just finished all of our productions and we have loved it. There could definitely be some future actors among us!

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The Golden Age of Baghdad!

Last term, in year 3, we were learning about Early Mesopotamia and to finish our topic, we looked at the Golden City, Baghdad. Over the Easter break we kept busy making amazing recreations the city in different media. Here are some of our amazing projects.

 

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We presented our work to the class with lots of interesting and key facts about the city.

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Did you know they had the House of Wisdom where scholars gathered more information? What amazing knowledge do you have?

Hallfield Origami Club

Children from Reception to Year 6, have been working with the Headteacher, Mr Sumner, expertly crafting the skills need to be an accomplished origamist.

In week 1, the group started off by making simple origami shapes but by week 7 they were attempting more complex creations such as these dolphins.

What has been fantastic to experience is the perseverance and collaboration of all the children, two of the key Hallfield values. Well done everyone and keep folding!

Have a look at our paper folding masters at work.

Plants, shapes and more!

Last week was quite a busy one, take a look at what we got up to!

-We learnt about jungle animals in the story, Giraffes Can’t Dance and created a large shared painting. We have also been learning about the parts of the plants and labelling our pictures.

-Reception has all done some planting this term. Reception Fig planted daffodil bulbs and Reception Olive planted beans.

-We completed flower collages using our imaginations and different colourful materials.

-While learning about shapes we went on a 2D and 3D shape walk and we have been using the outside area to construct with our friends!

 

Year 6’s Andy Warhol ‘Factory’

We have been looking at the artist Andy Warhol who was a key artist in the Pop art movement of the 1950s and 1960s. We looked at how Andy Warhol used colour, line and shape in his work. We then went on to exploring his blotted line technique which involves making a line drawing on a piece of non-absorbent paper, such as tracing paper. We then went over the line in ink, blotting the marks on a piece of paper that would absorb the ink. This method allows you to create multiple images.

After looking at Andy Warhol’s paintings of celebrities we created our own self-portraits in his style. We traced our faces using baking paper and repeated the image. We then used watercolour paint and painted block colours for different parts of our portrait; hair, mouth, face, etc. We used lots of different colours to make our self-portraits colourful!

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Year 1’s wonderful felt puppets

As part of our topic on toys we designed and made puppets using felt. We sewed two pieces of felt together which was the template for our hand puppets. We used a simple over stitch. Next, we added facial features and decorated our puppet’s bodies by marking, cutting fabric and other collage materials and gluing them onto our felt.

Finally, enjoyed playing with our puppets! We hope you enjoying seeing the wonderful toys that we made.

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Year 2’s beautiful rangoli batik patterns

As part of our leaning, All Around the World, we looked at rangoli patterns, an art form native to Nepal, India and Bangladesh, in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals. We designed our own patterns and then transferred our rangoli patterns onto fabric to create a batik. Batik is the art of decorating cloth by painting patterns & blocking out areas using a substance that resists dye, e.g. wax. We were shown how to create a batik using a wax work station: wax melting pots, newspaper and tjantings. The wax was melted in the controlled melting pot and then the tjantings were dipped in and then placed above a piece of fabric where a pattern was drawn.

Take a look at some of the beautiful rangoli batiks that we made!

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Due to safety, we went onto create our batik using glue as our resist: Once the glue dried, we painted our rangoli patterns with fabric paints. We had to think about the different colours that are found on rangoli patterns and mix colours to create secondary and tertiary colours. Once the paint had dried, the fabric was soaked in water and wrung out so that the glue resist came off to create a batik.

Year 5’s amazing ancient Greek vases

As part of our learning on Ancient Greece, we looked at and designed our own Greek vases. We made our Greek vases out of paper mache by tearing newspaper into strips and sticking them onto a balloon with glue. We covered the balloon with two layers of newspaper.

Once the paper mache vases dried, we painted the vases using the colours orange and black. We were encouraged to paint our vases, like the ancient Greeks with images that told stories of daily life, wars, heroes or with geometric images that could be found in an ancient Greek temple or a fabric.

Look at the fabulous vases we made!

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