We really enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day in the big playground. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to spend time with their families and friends. Please take a look at some of our amazing pictures capturing some special moments of what was a lovely morning spent mark making on the ground, listening to music, parachute games and lots more.
After-school Coding Club children have finished building their robots and learned the downfalls of driving robots off the edge of a table.
Some cardboard, hot melt glue and a little screwdriver work later, the real coding challenge begins. We are coding our robots to make a pre-destined journey including obstacles with the press of just a single button.
There are lots of calculations and debugging to be done and it’s a constant surprise how many times one robot can run into the same table leg!
At lunchtime Code Club we have been using Isle of Tune to make our own music. We created islands with roads lined with musical houses, lamp posts, trees and bushes. As the cars drive by they play the sounds that they drive by. It’s a really fun, creative app!
As part of Year 5’s topic on water, in art children have been busy drawing and painting seashells and real, fresh fish from observation. Children had to draw the outline of the shell and fish in one clear line and draw the shadow of each as one shape. Children had to squint their eyes and look at both the fish and shells for the light and dark areas. They had to look for the darker side where it is less illuminated and apply pressure with their sketching pencil to represent this. Children then used watercolour paints to show the different shades of colour on both the fish and shells. Finally, children applied pastels to their artwork.
In maths, we have been learning about measurements. In the playground, we were using this knowledge to measure our long jumps both in metres (m) and centimetres (cm). We jumped from a start line to as far as we could jump, then we used a trundle wheel to measure the distance. Later in the lesson, we measured our heights with a metre stick. It was a good lesson where we were outside and exploring measurements.
Last term, both year 5 classes wrote their own narratives about Street Child, our topic book. We read the book bit by bit and wrote sections of the story but from our own perspectives. In our narratives, we used lots of writing features, e.g. personification, expanded noun phrases, speech which advances the action, dashes and powerful adjectives. We have worked together and independently to link our paragraphs and create flow within the story. We are proud of our work!
Year 5 and 6 after school coding club have started making robots using Raspberry Pi computers, CamJam Robotics Kits and some spare cardboard.
Fist we made our chassis, then we are wired them up and finally, we got coding.
Today, code club children have been independently debugging their code and coding robot journeys.
Today Hallfield… tomorrow the WORLD!
Today we worked in pairs to create an informative poster about volcanoes. My partner and I research on iPads, the cause of a volcano and the effect. We found out that volcanoes form when magma reaches the earth’s surface causing eruptions of lava and ash. They are very dangerous and therefore, people can lose their lives.
By Melodie in Walnut Class.
Year 5 have been exploring the life cycles of different animals in and around water. This week we looked at the life cycle of amphibians. Can you guess which amphibian we looked at?
Year 3 have been learning about animals and how to describe them. They have been using this learning to play games with their classmates.
As you can see in these pictures, children have drawn their own monsters. Then, they have written a description in their books and then read it to their partners so that they can draw what they hear. The challenge is to read, write and listen to descriptive sentences with the vocabulary learnt.
On the first day back at school, Magnolia learnt about food chains in Science. We learnt that all plants are producers who get their energy from photosynthesis and that animals who eat plants are called primary consumers. Animals who eat other animals are called secondary consumers. We had lots of fun making a range of food chains in class.
Magnolia have been learning about symmetry. We created some fantastic symmetrical patterns. However we are still learning and made a few mistakes! Can you spot them?
We also have been revising multiplication and looking at how to make numbers 10 and 100 times larger.