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Shark Man



I made my own superhero using plastercine. my super hero was called shark man. His special powers are biting, making portals and calling sharks from the water. His costume grey and he wears a cape with a fin. He got his special powers when he was torn from his family during a tornado and drifted away to sea where he was saved by the sharks. I enjoyed designing my superhero. It was hard to make his head the right size but I fixed this by making it fit his body. We used Lego Movie to make an animation using our models. It was fun!


Wassily Kandinsky

Today we have been learning about a famous abstract artist called Wassily Kandinsky. He was born in Russia in 1866. One of his creative talents is that he could represent emotion with colour and shapes. Kandinsky’s favourite shapes were triangles, rectangles and squares. Today we have tried to take features of his art and put them into our own images.

My image had four colours which represented four emotions happy, sad, perseverance and anger. Four pathways lead to each emotion. The colours that I chose were green which was happy, brown which was sad, purple which was perseverance, and pink which was anger.

Some of us tried to use colours and shapes to represent stories and others created battle scenes and maps. We didn’t feel the same emotions for every colour.


I had some have fun making slime. I also learned how to write an algorithm which is a set of instructions for making slime.

Algorithm for making slime

1.Pour half a cup of PVA glue into a bowl

2.Add 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda and a teaspoon of glitter

3.Add 3 tablespoons of water and mix it all together

4.Add 3 cups of shaving foam and a few drops of food colouring

5.Add 2 tablespoons of contact lens solution or eye wash which contains boric acid. It won't work if you don't add this ingredient as it makes everything slimy and sticky

6.Mix all the ingredients together until you can take it out of the bowl without it sticking on your hands.


By Michelle - Year 2


Ofsted inspectors recently visited Hornbeam Academy and we were pleased to welcome one of the team to the Hospital and Home Teaching Service in order to share the amazing work being undertaken by our incredible staff. The report has now been published stating that "the Hospital and Home Teaching Service is outstanding."

A huge well done to all of the team who work so hard day in, day out. It is a great recognition of all you do for young people in Waltham Forest.


I spent the afternoon cooking cupcakes in the Acorn school room. I had previously had my first MRI scan and was still a bit nervous after, so when Tracey came and asked if I wanted to come to the school room I was unsure but eventually agreed. I’m glad I did because I feel much better and I had fun.

The teacher went through the recipe and instructions. Because I was older I had to try and do as much as I could independently. I set the scales to zero and measured out butter and sugar and creamed it together. I then added an egg. I then added flour and mixed it together. I flavoured my cupcakes with vanilla extract, white chocolate chips and green food colouring.

A – Year 10

I enjoy coming to the school because it takes my mind of the pain I am in. Today in the school I made felt from scratch and it was really fun and a bit messy. First we had to pick our own colour of wool (I picked pink) then started to tease it. We then layered the pieces of wool on top of a bamboo mat. After that, we placed net over the wool and added water and soap. We continued to apply it onto the wool until it looked flat. After doing that we rolled the wool up with the bamboo mat which made the fibres stick together. Then we picked the bamboo mat up and started to hit it on the table. This shocked the fibres together! We rolled it out and rinsed the felt it in boiling hot and then freezing cold water. This also helped the fibres stick together. When we finished doing that we rolled the wool up into a ball and hit it on the table which was fun. After doing that we laid it out and let it dry. We used wool that comes from alpacas.

In the afternoon we made vanilla cupcakes and the teacher was very helpful especially because some of us had cannulas in.

Today was really fun and I learnt new things in the school room.

T – year 9

Today I made cakes in the school room and I really enjoyed it. It showed me that when you are in hospital you do not lay or sit in bed all day and there is curricular activities to do when you are bored. This changed how I felt as when I first came in as I was scared and now I have done this it has made me more confident as it helped me get to know people on the ward.

O - year 7

This morning we have been in the school room. The first subject we did was Art and we made felt. We chose our favourite colour, my one was purple, and we then started to tease the wool. We then laid it on the bamboo mat in lots of different directions.

When we finished doing that we wet it with water and soap and put a net on top of it. We rubbed it with our fingers. We were shocking the fibres by adding pressure. After making the felt we let it dry outside.

We also had a discussion about humans vs computer and learned how to re-cycle paper. We ripped lots of paper and put it into a blender and filled it with water. We then blended it and the colour changed to grey. This is because we used lots of different types of paper. We then put it onto a mesh board and we squeezed all the water out. Then we left it to dry outside.

By N – Year 5


Pupils worked on an amazing Christmas-themed animation using clay modelling today - we hope you enjoy it!



I have been in hospital for 8 days and I even spent my birthday in hospital. Today we learned how to carry out research and looked at different landmarks. I learned about Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, which is a place where laws are debated and passed. I made an information cube about Big Ben which I will take into my own school. In the afternoon, we learned about our heritage and made some lovely scones. Derya and Tracey taught me how to use digital scales and the rubbing in method to mix the flour and butter.


Inspired by Frida Kahlo's life and work, pupils in the schoolroom tried to create artworks while managing different physical impairments...Here's what they learned:

Frida Kahlo was involved in a bus accident at the age of 18 in 1925. After the accident it impacted on her life quite a lot as it was so severe, some of the injuries included three breaks to her spinal column, two broken ribs and much more. She couldn’t move at all but despite everything she chose to paint. This was a huge struggle for her but she found ways to paint self-portraits.

A (15)

We had to draw and paint pictures of ourselves but the paper was on our chests and we could only look at a mirror to see what we were doing and we could not hold the paper up. It made me feel annoyed because I couldn’t look down at what I was doing. I felt frustrated as well because it was too hard for me to do. Frida Kahlo might have felt worried because she might get pain in one of her injuries and she might have felt angry because she had to keep asking and asking for help.

B (8)

Her eyebrows made her look like she was strong and fierce. Frida Kahlo said, “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” This tells us that she had lots of courage to paint and not give up and. It tells us that you can do a lot more stuff than you think you can do.


I think it felt annoying because Frida Kahlo could not have done anything by herself, she always needed support from other people to help her. Also she lost her independence. She would need help with personal things such as; going to the toilet, bathing, getting dressed, eating and drinking. We can support others by offering to help them if they can’t do something. We might think bad of people with disabilities but it’s inside that matters.

Arif (11)


Pupils in the schoolroom and those at the bedside worked extremely hard yesterday to independently plan, design and direct a fantastic animation on the theme "Under the Sea." I hope you enjoy it!


Soldiers from the 68th Signal Squadron laid a wreath created by pupils on Acorn Ward. A huge thank you to the soldiers who supported our pupils to commemorate this important day.


We learnt about chromatography. We used chromatography to find out about the different colour dyes in Smarties. We found out that there are blue and purple dyes in the red Smarties.

We collected leaves, beetroot and carrots from the garden. We mixed them with water and repeated the chromatography experiment to find out about their different pigments.

F, age 9; B age 7 and M age 13


I've spent two days in the schoolroom.

On day one my teacher's name was Ailsa and we made friendship bracelets and did work on weighing and measuring. It was fun and Ailsa made us feel relaxed.

On Friday we made friendship posters and had a discussion about what makes a good friend. I even made a new friend! I had Jo and Tracey and they made the day fun.

The schoolroom is important as it takes your mind off of being poorly.

D, age 10


The lesson was fun. The art was good and I liked doing the self-portrait and disappointed that I didn't get to finish it off. And the cooking class was great. Thank you until next time.

O, age 15


In school today, I had lots of fun. I'm in year 11 so I have my GCSE exams soon. They took the time to go over "An Inspector Calls" and "Of Mice and Men" books. They made revising not a problem or boring but a lot of fun. I got lots of notes down and learnt a lot.

P, age 15


This morning I made my own passport to go on my dream holiday with Jo and Tracey. After that I looked at persuasive devices and I made my own advert for my dream holiday.

In the afternoon I researched on a computer my two favourite countries. I completed 2 fact files. Also I helped Jo and Tracey fix the Smart Board.

When I come to school we do very fun lessons and it helps me take my mind off being sick with my sickle cell. Sometimes when I come to school I meet loads of new friends!


Love from J.


When we first came we got to know each other and we named sea animals and chose one and made a PowerPoint about it. I liked it because it was really fun and interesting.

Z, aged 12

It is a place where you learn so much whilst having so much fun. The kids you meet and the teachers you spend time with just make my day. It is a place full of tranquility and enjoyment.

A, aged 12

Today we made Top Trump cards of the most dangerous sea creatures and where they live. This morning we made a PowerPoint of a sea creature of our choice and we presented it. It was very fun and I enjoyed it, we got through a lot of work and I learnt a lot.

L, aged 11

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