Amazing Ancient Egypt!

Magnolia class has been working on amazing projects for the fascinating Ancient Egypt. We have all presented our brilliant projects in front of the rest of our class.  Some of the wonderful facts we have learnt are that Ancient Egypt could not have existed without the River Nile, that the Egyptians preserve bodies through mummification and that Cleopatra was the last ever Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt!

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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!

The Smart Money

This term, we have been focusing on consolidating place value. To master this concept, we have transferred our skills into money. We worked out that £1 was equivalent to 100p and so we have been using our place value grid to show amounts of money. We then used this to work out different ways of making an amount using coins. We looked very carefully at £1 now that we have a new one we can get from the shops!

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How do you use money outside of school?

Saving the Planet

Year 3 have been learning about biodiversity in Geography as part of our Saving the Planet topic. On Thursday, we were investigating the biodiversity of the school by looking for the variety of species that can be found in a square metre at different places on the school’s site. We found lots of different bugs and plants in the garden!

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