Recently, we visited Manor Park Library and learnt about the importance of reading in our everyday life. We received new library cards and explored a variety of different genres. After finding a few books to borrow, we sat down with our friends and entered the wondrous world of knowledge, facts, fantasy, magic, suspense, mystery, and much more.
By Sofi, Year 6
Science Day - w/b 05.07.21
On Science day, the 7 of July, we learnt about and wrote a poem on Mae Jemison, she was the first African American woman to become an astronaut and to go to space. We created a poem about her using rhyming couplets; if you don’t know what it means, it means when 2 words rhyme and on consecutive lines. She also went on a voyage to help the sick. She was smart and clever enough to get to the point of becoming a doctor and an astronaut. People had been racist to her and said she was not capable of being a doctor or an astronaut. Mae Jemison went to Weill Cornell Medical College.
We also did a science experiment exploring the concept of Chromatography; we had a circular piece of kitchen towel and dabbed some ink on it, then we put drops of water on the kitchen towel, either in the middle, either on the sides. Then the water made the ink spread across the kitchen towel and made a beautiful pattern. We used the science format so we could set out our hypothesis, prediction, apparatus, diagram, result and conclusion. We had different questions to answer and to find out their answers. We also published our work with diagrams and pictures. We also watched a professor perform some silly science ( we watched her do things like make a fire on someone’s hand, pop bottle caps of a container with Vitamin C, to show how powerful nature can be with eggs, make a ball soar with a leaf blower and make a lid pop off a container), which was a lot of fun.
History - w/b 28.06.21
In our history lessons, we have been learning about the changing role of women. Before, women used to not be able to vote, have jobs, or some girls weren’t even allowed to go to school! Instead, they had to stay at home. Athenian girls didn’t have a choice if they'd want to get married or not and would be forced at the age as young as 13 or 14. Time has now changed a lot as now girls can go to school and women can have jobs and vote.
By Yasmin, Jesse Owens
TFL Virtual Workshop - w/b 21.06.21
In PSHCE, we had a TFL (Transport For London) workshop. We learnt about what we should do with our travel when we go to secondary school. We all learnt that at the age of 11, we will need a ZIP card to use buses around London and that nobody at the age of 11 or over would be allowed on the buses without one. We learnt about the consequences of misbehaving on the buses and where we should stand if we were to be waiting for a bus or train.I really enjoyed the quiz we had at the end. It really showed how much we had learnt in the workshop.
By Yasmin,Jesse Owens
Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21
This week we were transported back in time to the very first Olympics which was held in honour of the ancient Greek god, Zeus. We learned about how the Olympics have changed over time and some of the wild sports that they used to compete in, becoming chariot racers and wrestlers!
Diversity Week - Pakistan - w/b 14.06.21
This week we have done some fantastic learning as a result of Diversity Week. Our focus country has been Pakistan and so we learned about the meaning of the flag and the history of Pakistan becoming an independent nation. We’ve looked at two inspirational figures from Pakistan; Malala Yousefzi (who isn’t much older than us but is a global campaigner for gender equality and fair access to education for girls and who has already won the Nobel Peace Prize) and Yasmn Qureshi (one of the first three Muslim, female M.P.s to be elected into the UK parliament). We’re putting what we’ve learned into action as we’re writing to Yasmin Qureshi regarding things that we’ve learned about her and her career, asking questions about the issues that we feel that she can shed some light on. We’re looking forward to getting a response from the House of Commons! We’ve also listened to music by the renowned Pakistani musician, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. His voice is universally recognised as one of the great voices in musical history and he has been credited with bringing the Qawwali music tradition to the Western world and our Diversity Week will finish with us sharing the traditional dress from our different cultures and creating a Pakistani feast!
Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21
This week in mathematics, we learnt about ratios. We learnt about how they are used in real life situations like measuring amounts of ingredients. We completed word problems and had to understand the importance of the order that you write ratios in. For example, if you wrote 1:4, 4:1 would not be equivalent to it and would be completely different. We also learnt about how you need to divide the total amount by how many parts there are in the ratio. Then we could find out the value of 1 part.
An example of a question we solved is:
A recipe for bread requires flour and water in the ratio 20:13. How much of each ingredient is needed to make a loaf weighing 1.65kg?
Abdullah, Tanni Grey.
English - w/b 24.05.21
This week in English we have been writing our own poems based on ‘The Highwayman’. ‘The Highwayman’ is a poem about a highwayman meeting up with the landlord's daughter, Bess. They meet each other at the inn. Then the highwayman leaves to rob people for gold. As he leaves, Tim the ostler (who works with horses) contacts King George's men. He wants the highwayman dead!
Upon arriving at the inn, King George’s men push the landlord aside and drink all his ale. Then they go upstairs and tie Bess up, as a trap. However, Bess decides to kill herself to warn the highwayman. As soon as he hears the sound he turns back and leaves, but when he later finds out about Bess’ death, he returns. Unfortunately, our main character is shot and lies on the highway in his blood.
We wrote poems based on this poem from different points of view.
Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21
In Get Active, we have been doing fun exercises. We have been doing yoga and dancing to stay fit and get our hearts pumping. I really like it and I feel ready to learn in the morning and the lessons after mathematics. I think it’s important to exercise because you will have a healthy body and a healthy mind.
PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21
Today we created paper candles of remembrance to honour and remember the passed. We did this by creating concertinas with coloured strips of paper and sticking beautiful pieces of yellow paper to look like a real wick. It was also related to our science work as we were learning about light. In addition, in PSHE we created positivity pebbles and wrote encouraging words (mainly puns) to be put on display and make someone's day.
Art - w/b 04.05.21
This week in art, we learnt about an artist named Chris Offili who created a painting created with pointillism, named ‘No Woman No Cry’ in 1998 about a woman who is crying. This woman is crying because his son was murdered. So we experimented with paint and made a background wash. Then we made secondary colours to make a painting that was inspired by Chris Offili.
Reading - w/b 26.04.21
In guided reading for the past 2 weeks, we have been reading a book called ‘Foolish Fears’. So far we have learnt about phobias such as chronophobia (being afraid of certain colours) and superstitions. I must say that some of the superstitions are foolish indeed, but some are for good reasons like sharing a cup with someone is thought to be bad luck but it could have been bad luck because of germs and diseases that spread and killed them.
Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21
Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21
This week in Mathematics, we have been learning about percentages of quantities. It has been quite interesting exploring different ways to solve percentage quantities. For example,75% of 20 would be 15. You could do this by finding 25% of 20 then take that away from 100 percent which is 15. Sometimes so methods are more efficient than others. For example if you have a longer method you're most likely to make a mistake.
Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21
During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to design a product which could help Network Rail minimise their impact on the environment. In order to succeed, they had to conduct research around the type of waste they wanted to manage and think about how it could be reduced, reused, or recycled or disposed of sustainably. This was a virtual challenge, which meant pupils could send a PowerPoint only, or build a model as well. Have a look at some of the wonderful work created by our clever year 6 pupils!
This week in English, we have been writing a narrative about World War 2. We were inspired by Rose Blanche which is the book we have been reading this term. The majority of us wrote heartwarming but partly factual stories on how World War 2 affected many people's lives. During our planning and first draft we thought many things through like what the first concentration camp, Auschwitz, was? Or how the Axis and Allies reported the war in different ways due to being biased. I for sure can not wait to read my classmates’ wonderful work.
Computing - w/b 22.03.21
This week in computing we were planning our own sports game but instead of doing a racing game we decided to give ourselves a challenge and chose to do a game about synchronised swimming. During the first day of planning the game we did some research to give us a wider image about our game. The best part for the research for me, would have to be when we watched videos on synchronised swimming. After doing some research, my partner and I learnt that there is a lot more to artistic swimming than we thought. For example, did you know that synchronised swimming was created by a female named Anne Kellerman who created it when she was amusing a crowd in New York by doing ballet in a glass tank?
Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21
On Wednesday, Year 6 travelled back in time to relive the Easter Story, using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They became a character who travelled back 2000 years in time to meet people such as Jesus Christ, Caiaphas, Pilate, Peter, Mary, to name but a few. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already have of the Easter Story to add context to this.
Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!
Science: Classification - w/b 15.03.21
How do we know that a cat is a cat and not a donkey?
This week in Science we have been learning about classification and the ‘Father of Taxonomy’ Carl Linnaeus, the scientist who formulated the way in which we classify living things today. We’ve classified animals and foods (which was educational and delicious) and now moved on to creating our own animal which we have classified using Linnaeus’ 7 tiers of classification.
Back to School! w/b 08.03.21
We are very excited to be back at school, and made a great start! This morning, the year 6 pupils participated in some team building activities to help them reconnect with their classmates and teachers. They started off by playing the game 'See what I mean', where players had to describe an image drawn on the board to their team mates, who then had to draw the image based on the description (no peeking!). The players made use of detailed descriptions in clues given and displayed excellent listening skills.
Keep watching this space for more exciting learning!
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 30.11.2020
RE - w/b 30.11.2020
In RE, we are learning about ideas surrounding what happens after death. We thought about what Hindus believe about life after death and we related the beliefs to other religions.We all learnt a lot of things and not only did we learn, we also had fun. We had 3 sections which said ‘Hindus agree with this statement, Hindus disagree with this statement and this information is irrelevant’. There were many facts and we had to stick in the right column. We all marked it as a class at the end. Additionally, we discussed why we got it wrong with our partners. There was an interesting video about a person talking about what their religion believed after they died. Additionally, we learnt about souls.
What I have learnt
I learnt that Hindus believe in the afterlife. There are good karma and bad karma. If you are a good and kind person, when you die, you will be reborn as a human. On the other hand, if you were a rude and a bad person, you will be reborn as an animal. Not only Hindus believe in afterlife but Christians, Muslims and Sikhs believe in it as well. Every religion believes that everyone has a soul. However, the belief that doesn't believe in the soul is Humanism. Hindus won't bury people straight away. Within 24 hours of death they cremate the dead body so that the person who died can have an afterlife.
It was extremely enjoyable!
Saranya, Jesse Owens
English - w/b 23.11.2020
This week, in English, we have been writing a balanced argument about child labour in the Victorian era. First, we watched a video about child labour and collected facts (for and against); then we wrote our balanced argument and edited and improved our work to include as many of our writing targets as possible.
Rishan, Jesse Owens class.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 16.11.2020
Art/DT - w/b 16.11.2020
In D&T we’ve been creating death masks (actually, ours were life masks) and we’ve learnt that only famous people would get death masks as a memorial however, nowadays we don't have them as we have technology to take pictures. It’s been really fun making life masks. We got to make a mold of our faces made first with foil but then covered with a paper mache which we made with torn up newspaper, water and glue. We made sure the foil had got our facial features to make it look like us; we had our partners help us by telling us where we should improve or work on.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 09.11.2020
Mathematics - w/b 09.11.2020
This week we have been putting our skills and knowledge into action and practising our exam technique as we’ve completed some mock SATs papers. We had two reasoning and an arithmetic paper to complete and once we’d completed them and had our papers marked, we worked together to learn from our mistakes and teach each other things that we knew.