Welcome to the Jesse Owens and Tanni Grey Class page!
2020 - 2021
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!
English - w/b 29.03.21
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.
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.