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Year 6


Welcome to the Silver and Bronze Class page!



Reading - w/b 16.01.23


At Sir John Heron, we are allocated days where we are allowed to go to the school library and on certain days at DEAR time, our class goes to the library or the reading garden. I really enjoy when we get to go to the library as we have a huge array of books we can choose from, which is much larger than the choice of books on offer within our classrooms. Not to mention, Sir John Heron students remember to complete an AR quiz every term to decide our reading level, this is supported by our quizzes we complete each time we finish an AR book to check our understanding of texts. Reading is an important skill and part of life because we read on a daily basis to help us learn information, read contracts, find new jokes or even scripts for TV shows and movies. 

By Arohi in Silver Class


English - w/b 09.01.23


During this lesson, we read chapter two of ‘Street Child’. After talking about what happened, we worked in small groups to create a freeze frame for part of the chapter. Based on our reading of the text, we had to think about how we could depict each character effectively through our body posture and facial expression. We also had to think of a suitable caption for our freeze frame.


Christmas Fayre Preparations - w/b 05.12.22


Christmas Fayre Preparations Are Underway!


Year 6 will, as usual, run the Christmas Fayre. We have sorted out teams, captains and vice-captains, so now need to make things to sell.


We have started with our ever-popular handmade notebooks. Each one is unique, and will be sold either individually or as part of a set. The team selling the notebooks still has to fix prices, and think about advertising, but we’re all excited to be getting things ready for the big day.



Computing - w/b 28.11.22



Our topic this term is “We are interface designers”. Over the past several weeks, we have designed an original app. and considered what each page would look like. Although our app. could be on any theme, such as sports, religions, or SATs revision, the main consideration was ease-of-use and accessibility. After drawing out our ideas (called wireframes) we started using Google Sites to create our app. Although we are not finished, we are very happy with what we have created so far. 


Design Technology - w/b 21.11.22


We have just started our new D.T. topic - Pizzas. We will eventually be designing and making our own pizzas, so to start thinking about possible toppings, we tasted a variety of fruit and vegetables. After tasting each one, we had to discuss the taste, texture, smell and appearance with our partner. This helped us to think about which tastes we could combine for our pizza. We all enjoyed tasting the fruit and vegetables, although lots of us weren’t sure about the celery!

Oracy - w/b 14.11.22


In Year 6, we like to do as much talking as possible, because this helps us in our learning. In Guided Reading, we always spend one lesson each week discussing the three key questions for the text we are reading. To help us structure what we say appropriately, we use a range of sentence stems when we begin speaking and responding to others. We have found that using sentence stems like these helps to keep the discussion going, which lets everyone say what they want to.


English - w/b 07.11.22


Throughout this week Year 6 have used the short story ‘Amelia and the Long Armed Killer’ written by Joseph Coelho as their inspiration and stimulus to begin planning and writing their own mystery story. The children have focused on ensuring they have a theft or crime which has taken place, a courageous detective, adequate details of the suspected culprits and even a red herring within their story. From vocalising their ideas to each other and their groups, the children then began creating the world in which the mystery story took place, making sure to have a contained location which therefore limits the amount of suspects for the crime which has taken place. We are looking forward to delving deeper into our stories and making sure the reader is on tenterhooks for a cliff hanger in each chapter written.

English - w/b 31.10.22


During English this week, we have been reading a short story from the collection ‘Happy Here’. The story we have been unpicking is called ‘Amelia and the Long Armed Killer’ written by Joseph Coelho. During the tale, the protagonists are stuck on a cruise ship when a terrible storm and terrible incident occurs, Amelia and her friends try to seek out the truth. We worked on our summary skills by discussing the main parts of each chapter as well as creating thought showers about each character and their personality with evidence from the text. 

'So far I have enjoyed reading how Amelia was very helpful and determined to help find out who the criminal was and how she enlisted her friends and family to investigate their theories.' - Justine and Rayann, Silver Class


Art - w/b 17.10.22


In our art topic this half term, we have focussed on cityscapes. We looked at the work of two artists, Stephen Wiltshire and John Virtue, discussing their differing techniques and the overall impact of their pictures. Then we used their techniques for ourselves, experimenting with using low energy and high energy as we created images. We then spent time looking at perspective, and how shadows can create depth in pictures. Finally, we made marks by covering black card with white charcoal and using an eraser to remove varying amounts of charcoal so that different effects were created. For our final piece, we used that same technique to created part of a cityscape scene. We were all very pleased with what we had accomplished!


RE - w/b 10.10.22


During R.E. Day, Year 6 explored the question, “How do people express their faith through the arts in Christianity?”. Throughout the day, we considered the way Christians have used art, music, drama and dance to express aspects of their faith. As we learnt more, we added to a large mind map we created in our books. After looking at examples of how art has been used, we created our own modern-day icons. We also listened to some examples of Christian music, and discussed what was being expressed, and how different styles of music might affect the listener. We finished the day by using everything we had learnt, in a piece of writing explaining how faith is expressed through the arts in Christianity. We had a very busy, but rewarding day!


Science - w/b 03.10.22


Our science topic this term is ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We have started to explore the idea of adaptation in animals and plants (which describes the way animals and plants adapt in order to survive their habitat), and have explored the way Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. We used Now Press Play to enter the world of Darwin, amongst others, and think about how the idea of evolution impacted scientific thought.


Reading - w/b 26.09.22


In Guided Reading this term, we are reading poems connected to landscape. This week, we read ‘My heart’s in the Highlands’, by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns. We have talked about some of the vocabulary Burns used, making sure we understand what it means, and have spent time discussing three key questions about the text. This gave us lots of opportunity to explore the meaning of the poem by using our oracy skills. We also used the theme of the poem to think about places that are important to us.


Mathematics - w/b 19.09.22


During Mathematics in the last few weeks we have learned all about place value and how to add and subtract using a variety of methods. We have also learnt about negative numbers and how these are used in real life such as within a thermometer when measuring temperature, money in bank accounts and even basement floors in a building. In today’s session we have been practicing how to use counters to add and subtract, especially when trying to find missing numbers. Some of the trickier questions included exchanges which you had to look out for before completing the question. We must check our answers so that we know the correct solution. I would like to use this information when we work through decimal and fraction work. 

Ibrahim – Silver Class


English - w/b 12.09.22


We have started this term’s English lessons by reading poems by Joseph Coelho, from his book, Overheard in a Tower Block. After reading and discussing the poems, we worked in small groups to create a performance of one of the poems. We had to think about what the poet was saying in the poem, and how to get that across to the audience through the way we used expression, pace and volume. Some of us also decided to include actions to emphasise words or phrases within the poem. We were pleased with our performances, and look forward to using our performing skills in the future.


Welcome back! - w/b 05.09.22


This week we arrived back at Sir John Heron in Year 6 and created pieces of work to display in our classroom to showcase our personality as well as our artistic selves. We have also been learning about Ancient Greece, its effect on modern day life and how it comprises thousands of islands. In our ‘Now Press Play’ session we were acting as Athenians and learnt that Spartans declared wars in other states in Greece. We also pretended to pay for items in a market using Ancient Greek money called drachmas. Soraiya mentioned how much she enjoyed this experience as she felt like she was able to see what life was like in Ancient Greece.


Year 5

2021 - 2022

Design and Technology - w/b 11.07.22


In DT we have created musical instruments based on the book ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. In the book, the main character, William, has bad anxiety so the purpose of our instruments is to calm him down. We therefore had to consider what kind of noises would be soothing and how we could create something which would make a soothing noise. After designing our instruments we then selected everyday materials to create them. We experimented with different methods and refined our designs until they fit the brief. In the end we think they turned out very well!

French - w/b 04.07.22


This term in French, we have been exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs, rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. We have learned to speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. Our focus has been the beach scene. We are now able to construct a sentence in French that describes the setting of a beach. We are able to describe the colours, the weather, the number of people and what month/date it might be.

Science - w/b 27.06.22


This week in science we tested the boats we built to see if they match the criteria for a racing boat. We chose the design and materials based around whether they were buoyant (floated) and streamlined for speed. We raced our boats to see whose design best fit the criteria and then evaluated our final products afterwards. We had a lot of fun testing them out to find who had the fastest boat.

Reading - w/b 20.06.22


This week in guided reading we have been exploring the legend of Hercules defeating Cerberus, the three headed hound of the Underworld. We demonstrated our understanding of the story through summarising the story with a haiku poem, and acting out the scene of Hercules capturing Cerberus with a freeze-frame. 


Mathematics - w/b 13.06.22


In this lesson, we learnt how to make triangles within a circular pegboard. It was a problem solving activity that challenged our ability to think outside the box and find multiple solutions to making as many triangles as we possibly can. To help us solve this problem, we made the triangles using a peg board and elastic bands. Once we understood the concept of how to make the three-sided shape, we were able to replicate our findings by drawing it.

English - w/b 06.06.22


This week in English, we have been familiarising ourselves with the main characters of ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. To do this we have been creating roles on the wall for Tom and William to explore the facts and emotions attached to each character. We then made inferences about the characters based on the text and wrote these on post-it notes.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - w/b 23.05.22


This week was Jubilee Week! In honour of the Queen, we have dedicated an entire week to celebrating her and her success as our monarch for the last seventy years! 


We began our week in style, having a tea party with our classmates. We made some tasty treats for the occasion: scones, fruit salad, jam sandwiches and banoffee pie. It was absolutely delicious! 


The next day, we designed and made our own coronation dresses and used the Queen’s coronation dress as inspiration. We did this using cards, newspapers and masking tape. The final products were incredibly chic. 


Finally, we have made a wire mobile that represents all the best things about being British.


Art - w/b 09.05.22


In art this week we have been preparing our etching plates for our intaglio printing. To do this we came up with our own hurricane patterns based on zentangle and Shoo Raynor patterns. We then traced these onto our foil etching plate before etching them deep into the foil using nails. We had to make sure it would be deep enough for the ink to go into the grooves and transfer onto the paper.

Mathematics - w/b 02.05.22


Today in Mathematics, we learned how to use our logical reasoning skills to help us solve a problem. We first recapped our prior knowledge of square numbers, multiples and factors. This knowledge helped us with solving a problem that involved multiplying and dividing. We represented our solutions using manipulatives which helped us visualise our steps in solving the problem.

French - w/b 25.04.22


Our unit this term in French is: Je suis le musicien (I am the music man). In this lesson, we recapped our knowledge of nouns: all French nouns are either masculine or feminine. We practised pronouncing the names of six instruments and wrote the masculine ones in blue in one column (le piano, le saxophone, le violon) and the feminine (la guitare, la batterie, la clarinette) in red in another. We then split as a class into two groups: one for masculine nouns and one for feminine nouns. Each group had to repeat their nouns. We played an animation, pointing out that the masculine instruments are preceded by du (je joue du piano/du saxophone/du violon) whereas the feminine instruments are preceded by de la (je joue de la guitare/ de la batterie/de la clarinette)

Later in the lesson, we consolidated our knowledge by playing snakes and ladders. The rules were: 

  • Take turns to throw the dice and move your counter from Départ to Arrivée. 
  • If you land on a square with a question, your partner asks you the question and you must give the correct answer, or else move back two squares.
  • If you land on a square with a heart, say if you like the instrument or not. Move back two squares if you can’t say it. 
  • If you land on a ladder, move your counter up. 
  • If you land on a snake, slide your counter down. Example: A Tu joues du violon? B Oui, je joue du violon. / Non, je ne joue pas de violon. h? J’aime le piano. / Je n’aime pas le piano.

Mathematics - w/b 18.04.22


This week in year 5, we have been introduced to decimal numbers. To understand the place value of decimal numbers, we used a place value chart and counters to make numbers. We then learnt how to add fractions using the place value chart. We now understand that ten tenths make one and ten hundredths make one tenth. We must remember to exchange when we have ten or more in one column. 


Science - w/b 28.04.22


This week in year 5 we have been learning about the physical and internal changes that occur in old age. We learnt that not all changes can be seen. For example, an elderly person has a weaker immune system than those in the stage of adulthood. Their weaker immune system means that they are more vulnerable to diseases or illnesses. However, a baby’s immune system is also just as fragile as an elderly person. This is because they are still in the process of developing their immunity. To help us consolidate our knowledge, we created a table to sort the physical and internal changes of the elderly. Then some of us wrote a short, persuasive letter to convince an elderly person to make healthy lifestyle choices in their diet. 


English - w/b 21.03.22


This week in year 5 we have been writing our narrative piece based on the book we are reading: The Varmints. We have been building up to this over the last couple of weeks by writing setting descriptions which explore how the Varmint feels in his surroundings at the beginning and middle of the story. We have been learning lots of new vocabulary such as ‘serene’ and ‘bucolic’ in order to write interesting and descriptive narratives. 


Reading - w/b 14.03.22


This week in year 5, we have been doing a range of reading activities. We have visited our amazing school library, gave book recommendations during DEAR (drop everything and read) time and compared and contrasted different types of vertebrates. In guided reading, we are focussing on non-fiction texts that explore the wonders of animals and nature. We now know the difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded vertebrates. For example; Amphibians are ectothermic creatures, who rely on sunlight to regulate their body temperature whereas mammals are endothermic and rely on their fur. 


RE - w/b 07.03.22


We have had some very exciting RE visitors in Year 5. In RE we have been learning all about Christianity and were lucky enough to have a priest visit us to explain how the teachings of Jesus have shaped his life. We then had a visit from a Humanist to show us an alternative viewpoint and we were able to discuss how there are some similarities and differences between Christianity and Humanism.

RE - w/b 28.02.22


This week, year 5 had a visit from Faith in Schools. We met a vicar from our local church in Manor Park: Father Lee and our Faith in School’s worker: Eguolo. In our session, we learned about the significance of Easter to Christians and how they show their devotion to their religion and God. Father Lee demonstrated the importance of following the acts of Jesus by washing the feet of Eguolo. We were told that Christians sometimes perform this act to remind ourselves that we are all equal in the eyes of the lord.

Geography - w/b 21.02.22


This week in geography we have been learning about climate change and its effect on extreme weather in the UK. We looked at the links between climate change, pollution and global warming and  took notes on everything we learnt. 


We used these notes to hold small group debates about a number of hot topics. We discussed: whether all plastic should be banned, if everyone should become a vegetarian and ways of cleaning up our oceans. 


To help us become good debate partners we followed the Oracy Guidelines and gave feedback to our peers about what we did well and how we could improve next time. We also assessed our own progress, the risks we took and which debating skills we could improve on to become better at debating in the future.


Design and Technology - w/b 07.02.22


This week in DT, year 5 have been baking sweet and savoury scones. Over the last couple of weeks we have learnt about nutrition, seasonal foods and the history of scones. We have also written up our recipe ready for the big day! We were lucky enough to have a Michelin star chef, Gavin Gorden, visit us to teach us how to bake delicious scones and together we followed the recipe and had a lot of fun baking! Our scones looked great and tasted even better, we have all had a wonderful time learning about scones in food tech.

Computing - w/b 31.01.22


This week in computing, we have been looking at the effects of online bullying. We discussed a scenario in which someone accidentally sent a mean text message to a group chat and considered how we would respond as each of the characters in the scenario. We also discussed the difference between a bystander and an upstander and how we could take action to be a supportive bystander. We shared our ideas in our table groups and recorded our responses on a sheet.

Mathematics - w/b 24.01.22


In mathematics, we have started our new topic: Multiplication and Division. So far, we have worked on multiplying two, three and four digit numbers by one digit number. We used counters and place value charts and the column method to help us understand how multiplication works. Through this, we are now able to make exchanges in more than one column when needed and can demonstrate this with the use counters.


History - w/b 17.01.22


This week in history we have been learning about the ancient Round City of Baghdad. We learned all about the architecture and design of ancient Sasanian cities and how this inspired Al-Mansur to design his own Round City, which would become the capital of the Islamic Empire. We planned our own ancient city of Baghdad by studying a birds-eye view drawing and city designs which helped us to draw our own design. Using biscuits and icing sugar we built our impressive reconstructions of the Round City of Baghdad.

English - w/b 10.01.22


We have been introduced to our new book, Skellig by David Almond. Through discussion we have empathised with the characters and can recall key events that have occurred in the story. To help us recall the events, we used freeze frames to capture each key part of the story so far.  


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! - w/b 13.12.21


Year five was visited by a soon-to-be Vicar: Mr McLeod Senior. He delivered a great discussion about the meaning of Christmas in Christianity. It was interesting to find out that no matter the denomination within Christianity, all Christians believe in one God and one spirit. We were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end and were very satisfied with Mr McLeod’s answers. 


In addition to learning about Christmas, we also learnt about Pentecostal and Ascension day. Pentecostal Day celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit and Ascension Day celebrates the Holy Spirit going back to heaven upon a cloud. 


Computing - w/b 06.12.21


In computing we have learned how a search engine works. We are now able to explain why Google is a popular search engine and understand how to effectively filter our searches online. In our lesson, we were learning how to identify which web page has the highest amount of links and explain why.

Science - w/b 29.11.21


This week in science we have been learning about the relationship between air resistance and gravity. We carried out an investigation to discover whether objects with different mass fall at the same rate by creating a parachute out of everyday materials and dropping a range of objects from the same height. We used a stopwatch to measure how long it took the objects to land. We discovered that Galileo’s theory that all objects fall at the same rate in the absence of air resistance was correct, by comparing the time it took for an object to fall without a parachute to the time it took with the parachute. 


We had a lot of fun creating our parachutes and timing the falling objects.


Year 5 and 6 Little Ilford Football Competition w/b- 29.11.21

It was great to have our year 5 and 6 boys and girls representing us at Little Ilford Football competition this week. Both played 3 matches against very strong teams and you could see them improving as a team every game. Our boys team finished with a total of 4 points overall to finish in second place. Our girls team finished in third place overall after some fantastic performances. Well done to everybody! 

RE - W/B 22.11.21



This term in RE, we have been learning about a Christian custom of making Christingles during Advent. Christingles originated from Germany in the 1700s and is now a tradition in Protestant churches within England. After learning about the historical context behind the Christingle, we then learned about symbolism behind the Christingle and what it means to a Christian. We then made a Christingle and labelled each part, explaining each part’s meaning.

  • The orange represents the world. 
  • The ribbon represents the blood and sacrifice of Jesus.
  • The candle represents Jesus as the light of the world. 
  • The four cocktail sticks represent the four seasons. 
  • The dry fruit or sweets symbolises God’s creations.

Mathematics - w/b 15.11.21


In Mathematics, we have been learning about squared numbers and cubed numbers. Using multi links, we realised a cube number can be made into a perfect cube. The notation for cube is ³. We now know that this symbol means we must triple the number or multiply it three times. For example: 3³ = 3 x 3 x 3.

Reading - w/b 08.11.21


Today in guided reading, we did an exciting activity using oil pastels to represent our inferences in the form of abstract-expressionist art. The objective of the activity was to make it look colourful with many designs. We also had to use the technique ‘shading’ to add extra effects to our work.


The colours were picked in a special way, we analysed the language of a poem and picked key words from a colour word bank to help us make inferences and explain the mood and tone throughout the poem.


The colours and words we used to make inferences and describe our poem were:

Red:                                                                          Purple:

Love                                                                              Wisdom

Passion                                                                         Mystery

Aggression                                                                   Problem-Solving

Fire                                                                                Creativity

Blue:                                                Yellow:

Reliable                                                                          Friendly

Soothing                                                                        Happiness

Stability                                                                          Joy

Trust                                                                                Inspiration

Orange:                                             Brown

Warmth                                                                           Green

Attention                                                                         Pink

Comfort                                                                           Black



English - w/b 01.11.21


In English, we have been introduced to our new book: Happy Here. Happy Here is a one of a kind anthology, as it is made up of ten books written by 10 black authors and illustrated by black illustrators. One of the stories that we are looking at is called ‘Wake’ by Jasmine Richards. In the story, our main character Eva discovers a golden mask that was kept in a compartment within her Grandma’s sacred box. The mask reminded her of the happier times of when Eva and her grandmother would go to the Carnival. As a class, we learned about the historical context behind carnival and what it represents. Then to enrich our learning and make the book come alive, we made our own carnival masks.

French - w/b 18.10.21


In French, we have been learning how to describe our journey to school. Over the term, we have been learning key vocabulary and phrases to help describe the directions and landmarks that we may pass when on our route to school. In our final week of this unit, we wrote a few sentences in French that map out our route to school in the morning. 


RE - w/b 11.10.21


In year 5, our unit is: ‘What do religions believe about God?’ This week we learned how Hindus show worship within their faith. We now have a basic understanding of the beliefs of Hinduism, particularly the art of drama and dance. Through dance, Hindu's can bring to life the mythology stories of their deities (Gods and Goddesses). Dance in Hinduism has been developed over the last 2000 years! After watching some performances of Hindu dance, we worked in groups and acted out the mythology story of Rama and Sita through dance and mime.  

Science - w/b 04.10.21


This term in science, we have been learning about our solar system. 

So far on our learning journey, we have: 

  • Identified and named the planets.
  • Created a solar system poster where we ordered and named the planets.
  • We have also learned the difference between geocentric and heliocentric movements and discussed the movement of planets in relation to the sun and moon (orbit affects seasons, day and night). 
  • Finally, we took part in a ‘Now Press Play’ session where we looked at the wonders of Mars and acted this out as a class. In this session we met Neil Armstrong; maintained a space shuttle; walked on Mars and had an encounter with a Martian dust storm!

Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21


In year five, we have begun our new topic of addition and subtraction in mathematics. To help us have a better understanding of this concept, we used our place value counters so we can work out addition problems in a practical way. The main concept that we were learning about today was exchange. Exchange happens when there are more than ten counters in a column. When there are more than ten counters in a column, we need to exchange the ten counters for another counter that is ten times greater. For example: ten ones would be exchanged for one ten; ten tens would be exchanged for one hundred and ten hundreds would be exchanged for one thousand. Once we had a better understanding of this process, we then applied our knowledge of addition with exchange in the form of the column method.

English - w/b 20.09.21


This week in English, we have been looking more closely at John Agard’s poetry. The poem we focussed on was: ‘The girl who married the iron stove’. 

It is based on a 17th century German fairy tale about a princess who is lost in the woods and comes across an enchanted stove who promises to help her get home in exchange for marriage. Out of desperation, the princess agrees. We explored the language of the poem and looked at the hidden meanings associated with the stove. We then used our poem as a stimulus to perform a conscience alley. Using ‘conscience alley’, we had one side arguing against the union and one side that was encouraging the princess to marry the enchanted stove.