Welcome to the Jesse Owens and Tanni Grey Class page!
2020 - 2021
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.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 02.11.2020
Guided Reading - w/b 02.11.2020
This week we became detectives and tried to solve the case of a missing £1 million necklace. We had to visualise the person who we thought that did it. Most of us thought that it was the carer as she was the only one we thought that fit all the notes. We also had to think of fictional detectives and write about them e.g. Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Hercules Poirot. We also got creative and designed a fingerprint but there was a catch. We weren't allowed to lift the pencil off the paper.
By Fatima B, Jesse Owens
Computing - w/b 19.10.2020
Within Year 6’s Computing sessions, the children have been learning about apps and their interfaces which have been altered to their target audience. Many of the children have been exposed to apps over the course of their lives and most noted the similarities between apps, especially the ease of use, large buttons, clear navigation keys and so forth. During today’s lesson the children focused on creating an analogue wireframe of their own apps, with clear outputs once a particular button has been pressed, leading to another page.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 12.10.2020
PHSCE - w/b 12.10.2020
We’ve been thinking a lot about our dreams and goals this half term and setting targets for ourselves for the rest of the year as well as into the future, so ask us what we want to be when we grow up and how we’ll make sure that we achieve what we want to! This week, however, we’ve turned our attention to others and things that might limit their opportunities to reach their full potential. We’ve used our empathy to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and considered what society could do to help those who are less fortunate than us.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 05.10.2020
Science 'Evolution and Adaptation' - w/b 05.10.2020
We have been learning about evolution and adaptation in science this half term and over the past two weeks have been researching the life and work of the famous Charles Darwin, ‘Father of Evolution’. Like Ernest Shackleton, whose expeditions we have been enjoying in English, we’ve found out that Darwin also travelled the world looking for adventure and knowledge. As well as finding out about key scientific theories that Darwin’s research has led to, we’ve also considered the potential conflict between science and religion, all of which has culminated in us presenting our findings and opinions in some wonderful, informative posters.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 28.09.2020
English 'Ice Trap' - w/b 28.09.2020
This week we have been delving further into the world of Ernest Shackleton and his crew on their voyage to try and navigate their way across Antarctica. Having been ensnared by the clutches of the ice floe, we’ve seen them have to abandon their ship and give up on their mission in order to survive on a diet of penguins and seals in the icy wilderness. Now we’ve finished the book Ice Trap! We know that Shackleton chose to head out in search of help with a few of his strongest men and after having mad several failed attempts at rescuing the rest of the expedition party, he eventually managed, with the help of the Chilean government, to return his crew safely to their homes ‘with not a single life lost’.
Now we’ve reached the end of the book we’ve been analysing how we feel about the story, which of course is based on historical fact. We’ve concluded our opinions in a book review and précised the plot as well as identifying the most intriguing and captivating elements of the story, without giving everything away, in the creation of our own blurbs for it. In order to make sure that we had the most effective writing possible, we got peer feedback as well as the opportunity to speak in front of an audience.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 21.09.2020
Mathematics - w/b 21.09.2020
The children have been working on their addition and subtraction knowledge this week, with particular focus on using the inverse to check through their answers to increase their independent skills. They have also been using a range of skills in order to calculate problems, ranging from using mental strategies as well as column addition and subtraction, whilst ascertaining which strategy suits particular questions.
In today’s session, one of the questions the children were tasked with was an addition and subtraction pyramid, where they had to identify the missing numbers with the information they had at hand.
This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 14.09.2020
Geography - Week Beginning 14.09.2020
Our topic for Geography this term is 'Investigating Rivers'. This week we have been learning about the Water Cycle and the different scientific processes that take place. We learnt about evaporation, when water is heated and turns into vapour which rises off the surface of rivers, oceans and lakes. We learned about condensation, when the water vapour cools down to form water droplets which make the clouds. We learned about precipitation, which is when the water droplets in clouds get so big they get heavy and fall to the ground as rain, snow or hailstones. Finally, we learnt that collection is when precipitation is collected in rivers, oceans, lakes and other bodies of water. We drew our own diagrams of the Water Cycle to illustrate this.
Year 6 Leavers
On Wednesday, we invited all our year 6 pupils in for an hour to mingle in the playground and say their goodbyes. The playground was a beehive of excited faces, keen to have a little catch up! Pupils were given their yearbooks, as well as graduation certificates.
We took a group photo together, before going our separate ways. The staff at Sir John Heron would like to wish every year 6 pupil well on their onward journey to secondary school and beyond. We will miss you, but we know you will be successful!
Making Kites in Year 6 - 12th March
As part of Science day, pupils in KS2 invited their parents/carers to help them make kites and test it out in the playground. In class, Year 6 pupils and parents/carers recapped their knowledge on forces and carefully designed their kites. They decided on size, materials to use as well as shape.
When the kite making was complete, these were tested in the playground; luckily the weather played along! It was a very enjoyable afternoon in KS2 indeed!
Art in Year 6 - 28th February
This term, we are learning about the artist Chris Ofilli. Our end goal will be to create an image in the style of his painting named 'No woman no cry'. This week, we started off by:
Identifying the mood of the painting, and what has been added to the portrait to emphasise it.
Thinking about contrasting extreme moods, feelings or emotions.
Explaining how Chris Ofili has created the mood of his picture.
Choosing a strong emotion.
Mixing a colour that reflects that emotion and painting a wash as a background.
We have used vocabulary such as:
Texture, stroke, light, dark, background, foreground, primary colours, shades, tints, wash.
Watch this space, as we will report again on our paintings at the end of this topic block.
Reading Cafe - 13th February
This week, KS2 parents/carers were invited to Sir John Heron's first ever 'Reading Cafe', where they had the chance to participate in reading related activities in class, whilst enjoying fruit, cheese and crackers. To start off, parents/carers met staff in the hall, who gave them information on and a taste of what the skill of 'inference' looks like in a typical reading lesson. They then had a go at discussing the characteristics of Hannah in the book 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. After this, parents/carers joined their children in class, and put some of these skills into practice.
Visit to Valentines Park - 6th February
On Thursday 6th February the entirety of Year 6 went on a trip to Valentines Park. Earlier in the half term we’d plotted routes to walk from school to our destination in Geography so we knew exactly where we were going and the local landmarks that we would pass. Once we’d arrived, we took our time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings that we found were right on our doorstep! The park has stunning scenery and our first stop was the boating lake where we stopped to sketch the living things around us. We used sketching techniques we’d been developing in Art and applied to knowledge of classification which we’ve been learning about in Science to tell the different water fowl apart from one another. We then looked at the maps within the park and decided on our route to go and look at Valentines Mansion, the exterior of which was very impressive and differed a lot to the type of houses we see on a daily basis. We had a wonderful time being out and about amongst nature and can’t wait to go back to discover more!
Robotics Workshop - 4th February
On Monday 4th February 2020, Year 6 were lucky enough to have a Robotics workshop led by professional coders. The workshop started with us defining the meaning of robots and where they may be found.A robot is a programmable machine which represents a human form.
The people then told us how to program the robot to do things we coded it to do. We programmed the robot to do many things, such as dancing and moving forwards and backwards. This lesson helped us expand our knowledge and taught us what the uses of robots are.
Muneera, Year 6.
Clockwork - 31st January
We are currently reading the book 'Clockwork' by Philip Pullman. In the book, Karl (who is an apprentice clock maker), is in a predicament. As part of graduating from his apprenticeship, he must create a figure for the famous clock tower in Glockenheim. The problem is, he has failed to do so!
We used inferences from the book to write in role as Karl to Herr Ringlemann, his teacher, asking to extend the date, giving him more time to complete his materpiece.
A visit to the theatre - 23rd January
Year 6 had the wonderful opportunity to watch Inua Ellams’ The Little Prince at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. The performance combined drama, dance, puppetry and music to tell an adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupery’s original story about a little prince who travels to different planets, in order to find a solution for his own dying planet. After the performance, children had the change to ask questions about acting, puppetry and the performance itself in a Q&A session with the actors.
Theraputty in Year 6 - 23rd January
We are starting something exciting in Year 6 - using Theraputty to strengthen the muscles in our hands, which will improve our fine motor skills and handwriting. Today, our teachers introduced it to us during class assembly, as part of National Handwriting Day. We each have our own pot and will use it during 'Soft start' in the mornings.
Visit to the South Bank - 16th January
Year 6 went on a walk along the South Bank today, looking at the architecture of different buildings along the River Thames. Since they are currently studying 'Cityscapes' in art, they used viewfinders to select a certain image they wished to sketch. They recorded this in their sketch books, ready to improve upon in art lessons to come. They were very lucky to observe buildings such as: The Shard, Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespear's Globe. It was an enjoyable day with plenty of beautiful views, rich history and fresh air.
Parent/carer Topic Afternoon - 15th January
On Wednesday we had a fantastic topic afternoon which combined our P.S.H.C.E. and D and T skills and knowledge ; our focus was on being mentally healthy and coping with feelings of worry or anxiety. We started our session off, as we do with all of our P.S.H.C.E. lessons, with a short meditation- we know that this helps to relieve our minds off negative thoughts and give a moment to be mindful. If you’d like to try this at home you can do by using this resource from Cosmic Kids:
After having meditated, we listened to an extract from Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘The Worry Website’ (If you’d like to read it you can borrow it from Manor Park Library, or alternatively, Miss Werrin has a copy) and discussed whether we had anything in common with the character’s who we met and the benefit of sharing worries with someone you trust. We don’t have a website that we use, but remember that if you do have a worry, put it in the ‘I want to talk’ box. Then it was time to put our creativity into action by designing and making our very own worry monsters! Have a look at the pictures below to see how they have started off.
PSHCE - 10th January 2020
In PSHCE, our topic this term is 'Celebrating difference'. We started off the term with an anti-bullying lesson where children reminded each other that bullying is an incident that takes place lots of times and on purpose, and that our school has a zero tolerance approach. We looked at the role of the upstander, and where we should go for help. Next, we investigated discrimination, and the impact it can have on people’s lives. We know that discrimination is wrong, and how to look out for it in our school and local community. Furthermore, we know that discrimination contradicts celebrating being different! We finished off the lesson by creating a mind map on everything we already know about 'Celebrating differences'. We will keep adding facts to this over the course of the term.
TFL Talk - 18th December
Year 6 attended a TFL talk on Wednesday, where they looked at different scenarios that can occur whilst using public transport. They discussed why it is important to be a responsible citizen as well as how to stay safe when being out and about.
Christmas Fayre - 16th December
The Year 6 Christmas Fayre was once again a huge success. Pupils worked hard over the course of Autumn Term 2 to plan, design and produce crafts such as cards, book marks, key rings to name but a few. Some groups set up games stalls, such as 'Pin the nose on Rudolph', 'Score a goal' and even utilised the bicycles in the MUGA! As always, the cake stall was a hit, as was the second hand book stall - with Santa's mini librarians working around the clock!
This year, we also had a grotto, where excited customers met Santa, Rudolph, a Christmas elf and a shepherd! The pupils and staff in Year 6 wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2020!