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Year 6 Graduation - 19th July
The Year 6 pupils celebrated the end of their primary school journey with a special graduation ceremony. Parents/carers and siblings attended this prestigious event on Friday morning. It was a wonderful experience where memories were shared. We would like to thank our Year 6 parents/carers for being part of each Year 6 pupil’s journey throughout their time with us. We wish the Year 6 pupils all the best for secondary school and beyond!
Year 6 Celebration Evening - 15th July
This year, the pupils from Tanni Grey and Jesse Owens classes decided to write their own script to perform in front of parents, carers and siblings. The performance covered experiences, educational visits and topics covered during their time in year 6. The actors took the audience on a trip down memory lane, stopping at recollections from visits to Leeds Castle, The Clink, Stubbers, to name but a few. Groups also performed scenes depicting the Christmas Fayre, learning in History about ‘Crime and Punishment’, raising money for Red Nose Day, the Football Festival and ‘Anti-bullying’ lessons. During a short interval, the audience enjoyed light refreshments, prepared by the school’s cook, in the Hub. It was a great evening for all!
Planetarium - 8th July
On Monday 8th July, we were fortunate enough to be visited by a mobile planetarium. During the session, we experienced the life of an astronaut as part of our science theme term. It was very exciting to see how astronauts survive in space, and we have acquired a lot more knowledge.
‘I enjoyed listening to what it is like being in an astronaut space suit.’ Dylan- Jesse Owens Class.
Stubbers visit - 5th July
On the 5th July Year 6 had an amazing end of year trip to Stubbers Activity Centre. Whilst we were there we had the opportunity to build rafts and play in the lake, try our hand at target shooting with rifles, complete team challenges and abseil! We had to use communication and skills of persuasion, hand-eye coordination and be brave! It was the perfect ending to not only our academic year, but our time at Sir John Heron and gave us memories that we will treasure forever.
Year 6 visits Manor Park Library - 4th July
On 4th July, year 6 walked down to Manor Park Library. Upon arriving, members of the library staff talked about the summer reading challenge, and encouraged us to take part. Then we had lots of time to sit and enjoy reading some books. Those of us who borrowed books have already started the challenge. Just five more books to go!
It was lovely to be able to spend time surrounded by hundreds of fantastic books. Lots of us will be returning during the summer holiday!
Virtual Reality Experience - 25th June
The Cosmos came to Manor Park on 25th June as Year 6 ventured into a virtual reality! Wearing special headsets, we were able to feel as if we were floating through space and visit each of the planets in our solar system. We learned all sorts of facts about each of the planets, from their ability to sustain life to how their years differ from Earth's. It was an incredible experience which allowed us to see the universe that we are surrounded by from a completely different perspective!
Topic Afternoon - 19th June
Parents/carers and pupils from Year 6 participated in a creative PSHCE lesson, focusing on anti-bullying, on Wednesday 19th June. During the session, participants had to work in groups, and create scripts for an anti-bullying campaign, using a storyline. After rehearsing, they had to film this, using iPads. The main focus of the afternoon was to explore the role of the bystander in a situation where bullying occurs. The Hub and playground were buzzing with excited pupils, as well as parents/carers, offering ideas and working together.
Since the school year is coming to an end, Year 5 and 4 parents/carers will be the last groups to visit us in our Hub on Wednesdays for topic afternoons. We are looking forward to working with all our parents!
Football Festival - 22nd May
Year 6 took part in an upper school football festival which took place in Little Ilford Park. Teams were representing different countries to mirror the Women's World Cup. The focus was not only on winning, but on working together as a team, supporting each other and being a graceful loser.
The teams who won the most games,went through to the semifinals and unfortunately my team (England) did not go through which I felt really annoyed about. At least we did have fun and the teams that went through to the finals for the boys, were Scotland and Italy and for the girls; Norway and France. It was a wonderful and sunny day and Miss Broughton came to the park and gave us some ice lollies. Mahdi - Jesse Owens.
Epping Forest trip
Year 6 took part in a fantastic trip to Epping Forest. Having previously been studying the formation and changes in rivers, this was our chance to experience what we had been learning about in a real life context. Working in teams and wearing our wellies, we took measurements from the river’s water and looked at the soil that the river bed was made up. It was a brilliant opportunity to explore our local area and put our fieldwork skills into practice.
Currently, we are reading the narrative poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes in English. This week, we have looked at each stanza in detail, and created a sketch of our favourite stanza.
In addition to that, we have written PEE paragraphs about the main character in the poem. For this, we used our Reciprocal Reading skills to extract information and also to make references based on evidence from the text.
For Science Day this term, Year 6 were given the challenge of building a motorised car that travelled faster than everyone else’s. We used a range of resources, including wooden sticks, pulleys, wires, batteries and switches. After building the chassis, we had to attached the electrical circuit. Then came the testing!
Most of the cars worked, but some didn’t, and we thought about why not and what we could have done to improve them.
We were pleased with what we had made, and the challenge was a lot of fun.
STEM Week in Year 6
For STEM Week, Year 6 had a special mission: to design and build an assistive device for someone who finds reaching and picking up things difficult. After finding out about different types of assistive devices, we worked in pairs to design our own grabber. We had to think about how to make something that would actually hold on to an object securely, and we used what we had learnt about levers and fulcrums.
Making the grabbers was lots of fun, and it was great when we got to test them out.
Parents/carers came in to work with the Year 6 classes on a topic afternoon about 'Rivers of the World'. During the session, the children and parents/carers worked in small groups, researched a specific river and used chrome books and atlases to find interesting facts about it. They then transferred the information to a poster, accompanied by a drawing, representing the river. It was a very enjoyable afternoon!
On Thursday 7th March, Year 6 parents/carers joined the pupils for a workshop in preparation for the Standard Assessment Tests, which will take place in May. During the session, pupils and parents/carers looked at past papers, discussed revision tips and well-being. The PowerPoint used during the workshop is saved below.
Review of 'Clockwork' by Philip Pullman.
Written by Ahmad
The story of Clockwork is about a depressed man called Karl who needs to make a clock figure for the German town of Glockenheim. However, he doesn’t have one and it has to be done by the next day. Dr Kalmenius helps him, but with an unpleasant, surprising twist. Fritz tells a story with no ending, but will make a fatal mistake.
The story includes Gretl, Prince Otto, Princess Mariposa and many more characters.
Karl, Herr Ringelmann’s apprentice, always says things that he doesn’t really mean,
like ‘put poison in and I’ll drink it then.’ Also, he is very depressed and acts as though he wants to commit suicide. His friend Fritz is the opposite as he is very positive thinking, but later in the story he acts like Karl and becomes drunk. Prince Florian originally passed away as a baby, so his father Prince Otto takes him to the mysterious Dr Kalmenius. Prince Otto later gives gives his heart to his beloved son. Prince Florian then grows older and comes to Glockenheim.
Here he meets Gretl who is a caring, loving person and becomes friends with him. The story ends with a strange, but incredibly happy ending for some of the characters.
My opinion of the book is that it was a spectacular story with a surprising ending
which changed my sympathy for the characters. It is a fantasy story with some elements of horror.
I would recommend this story to people in secondary school, as it might be less confusing, and they might understand it better.
Book Review of Philip Pullman's 'Clockwork'.
Written by Najirah
In our English lessons we have been reading a book called “Clockwork” by Philip Pullman. This book is very interesting, as it has a very unexpected plot twist towards
the ending, which changes the entire story. After reading the whole book, (which took
about 2 weeks) I definitely recommend this book to children in years 4 and above, since children in year 3 and below might not understand the meaning of this amazing story.
Some scenes left me puzzled. For example, the fact that it was Fritz’s story, and the
characters in the story changed the ending completely, was very surprising.
If I had to choose a favourite scene in the book, I would have to pick the scene where Gretl thoughtfully gave away her heart by loving Prince Florian, because it was a very touching part of the whole book, and it shows that Gretel cared about him very much. If I had to pick a favourite character in the story, I’d pick Fritz since he cared about Karl, when Karl thought bad things about himself, and he attempted to cheer him up even though it didn't work. It shows that he is a very bubbly type of person, although towards the end he was quite grumpy.
To conclude, in my own opinion, some parts of the story were quite confusing but the main story was very good. I will rate it 4/5.
Visit to Leeds Castle
Year 6 visited Leeds Castle in Kent to learn more about what Victorian school life was like. We had a Victorian school lesson (in costume!), went for a tour around the beautifully decorated castle, and finally listened to some Christmas stories told by the Lord and Lady of the Castle. What a lovely way to link with out book 'Street child' and conclude the term!
Year 6 went on a magical exploration of all things poetry at the National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre. Activities that we took part in were a word scavenger hunt- finding vocabulary in books that inspired us, looking at poetry on paving slabs (the words of William Wordsworth are carved into the promenade next to the Thames) and creating our own description of the view from inside the building looking at the London skyline as well as outside the building as we stood next to the Golden Jubilee Bridge. We used all of the language that we collected to create our own poems which we then had the chance to perform to one another. Not only did we get the chance to write, we also got the chance to explore the books of poetry housed by the library and listen to recordings of poems being performed. All in all it was a truly inspiring day.
September 2018 - Year 6 Team Building
Year 6 took part in a very exciting Team Building afternoon on 13.09.18. They were put into teams and started on 7 different activities. When the time was up for the first activity they moved onto the next activity until they had completed all 7 of them. They had to discuss, plan and complete each activity with their team, and then they evaluated what they could have done better and what went well. They all had a very enjoyable, fun afternoon together.
The aim was to build better communication and to develop planning and problem solving with their peers. Through activities like these the children have a better understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which will help them to work even better together in the future and support each other. It is important for them to continue building and developing these skills as they continue their journey into becoming young adults.