Beautiful Islamic Print Patterns

In Year 3 we have been block printing Islamic patterns. Islamic patterns consist of either geometric patterns (repeated, interlaced or overlapped shapes) or vegetal patterns (patterns based on plants and flowers found in the natural world).

We began by drawing and pressing our design onto a styrofoam board so that the image becomes indented onto the foam. The indented lines do not absorb any ink. We then put ink onto an inking plate and used a brayer to evenly spread the ink onto the plate. We then took our styrofoam board, added ink to it and pressed the image onto paper to transfer the ink from the foam onto the paper. This process is called burnishing.

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Amazing Papier Mache Greek Pots

In Year 5 we’ve been having fun making paper mache Greek pots. Using a balloon, newspaper and a papier mache mix we created the mould of our pots. To make the papier mache, we used 3 cups of powder to 1 cup of water and mixed it so it became a smooth paste. We added the paste to our balloons. We enjoyed getting our hands messy! When the papier mache dries, we will paint our Greek pots. Watch this space!

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Year 5 Bikeability

What a fantastic week of biking these children have experienced!

Learning the new and exciting skill of bike riding has been rewarding and challenging to all children who took part! They have shown great independence in their skills and progression, as well as a massive boost to their confidence, throughout the week! This has inspired and encouraged the children to include biking as a way to improve fitness as well as fun!

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Year 5 British Museum Class Trip

This week, Walnut and Alder visited The British Museum to see different things related to our topic Ancient Greece. Firstly, we got into pairs and used tablets to explore the Parthenon Gallery. It was a reality game taking photos of different parts of the Parthenon. Then, we went to a lecture about Greek Myths. We learnt how to spot the difference between Herakles, Athena and Hermes. We also learnt how to work out what is going on and how the Greeks told a story using images.

-By Omer (Walnut)

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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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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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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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