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Year 6

Welcome to the Jesse Owens and Tanni Grey Class page!


Art - w/b 09.05.22


It was Jesse Owens’ turn to create some printing masterpieces this week. We used a
printing press, ink and lots of elbow grease to turn our etchings into final pieces depicting of
hybrid animals; we also became art critics and looked at examples of Justin Diggle’s work
which most appealed to us, analysing what he’d depicted literally and the figurative meaning
we thought he was trying to convey through his images.

Art - w/b 02.05.22


We have been inspired by the artist Justin Diggle.  Justin Diggle is based in Salt Lake City, and teaches at the University of Utah (USA). He graduated at Bristol Polytechnic, UK, in 1989 and obtained his M.F.A. Degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA in 1997.  He creates prints of technology mixed with birds to create hybrid creatures which represent the way in which technology impacts our lives.  We’ve also created creatures although ours are a hybrid of a variety of animals.  Have a look at the etchings and prints which we made from them and see whether you can work out which animals we have combined.


PHSCE - w/b 25.04.22


We had a fantastic virtual workshop with the British Red Cross learning about first aid and what we can do to help if someone is burned, cuts him/herself or has a fall.  We learned that there are things about the house which can help, such as cling film to cover burns so they don’t get infected or jumpers to wrap around cuts and put pressure on the wound to stop bleeding.  Although we hope that we don’t have to put our new knowledge into practice, we’re prepared just in case of an emergency!


Mathematics - w/b 18.04.22


It’s not long to go until our end of primary school exams and so we’re applying our skills and knowledge to prepare for our Mathematics SATs.  We’ve been using past exam papers to work out areas that we’re most confident in and using our powers of reasoning and reflection to learn from our mistakes, and help explain different approaches to solving problems to one another.


Science - w/b 28.03.22


In year 6, we have spent the week creating medical pamphlets giving readers information on the impact drugs and alcohol have on the human body. Before planning and drafting the content of the pamphlet, we carried out extensive research and added our knowledge of the circulatory and digestive systems we have acquired in science this term. 


Heart Dissection

During Science this week, we were dissecting a lamb heart. First, we put on aprons and vinyl gloves to protect our hands and clothes from the bacteria in the hearts. Secondly, we read a risk assessment and followed it. We started by observing the heart and using adjectives to describe what we saw. After observing the heart, we picked up the heart and described what we felt. Surprisingly, it was quite lighter than I expected it to be. We cut the front side of the heart through the middle and inspected the heart and labelled the inner parts. We all took turns to cut different parts we thought that would make an interesting result. Remarkably, the heart was pretty similar throughout. I enjoyed this lesson because it was something new and interesting that we haven’t done before ; I would like to do this again with a different body part or maybe an animal. I would give this whole experience a 7/10 as it had some ups and some downs and some parts were quite messy and disgusting but it was a great experience and was memorable.

- Ayaat. R


RE - w/b 07.03.22


We've had some representatives from the Faith in Schools group again and this time we’ve been discussing Christian interpretations of the Easter story.  We looked at the way in which the Bible story uses themes that are common across cultures and religions to teach us thoughts on human qualities such as faith, forgiveness, love and sacrifice whilst explaining the Christian beliefs surrounding Jesus’s death and resurrection.  Once we’d unpicked the messages of the story, we depicted the motifs used through symbols in large scale pieces of art. It was a great opportunity to discuss religious perspectives which might have been different to our own, make links to our own beliefs and employ our creativity.


PHSCE - w/b 28.02.22


We’ve started our new focus in PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship education) for this term- Positive Relationships.  All our lessons are oracy based and start off with a meditation which allows us to practise methods to help us maintain good mental health.  This week we’ve been discussing the nature of relationships whether they’re with our family and friends, pets or inanimate things such as food and exercise and the impact that positive relationships with these people and things can have on our lives.  We finished our lesson with a fantastic game that you can play at home called adjust a minute.  The title of our minute of talk was ‘Someone with whom I have a positive relationship.’  It’s a game which is a lot more challenging than you might expect!


Geography - w/b 21.02.03

Exploring the water cycle


To begin our topic ‘Rivers’, we have learnt about the water cycle. We looked at how the water cycle is a continuous process, where water in seas and on land evaporates and rises into the atmosphere (as water vapour, which is a gas), condenses (the water vapour cools and turns back into water droplets), then falls back down as rain or snow (which is called precipitation).


To explore the water cycle close up, we created mini water cycles in plastic food bags attached to a window. We can see the water that has evaporated and then condensed on the sides of the bags.


Design and Technology - w/b 07.02.22


We've had a brilliant time designing and making pencil pots as part of our learning for Design and Technology this week.  We've improved our skills in woodwork, used our mathematics in a real life context, worked collaboratively to help one another in the construction process and we’ve used saws and glue guns to create our masterpieces!

Computing - w/b 31.01.22


In our computing lesson, we were learning about e-safety. We started designing a poster with facts and pictures. We learnt that we should always ask a trusted adult before going on electronic devices. If somebody sends you a nasty message, you need to tell a trusted adult, screenshot the message and then block the person. There is also always an age rating on apps which lets you know which age the game/app is suitable for. You shouldn’t reveal your personal information online to strangers.. I enjoyed this lesson because we got to learn how to keep safe online and we got to make a poster. I would definitely do this lesson again.

J.O Class 

Year 6


Mathematics - w/b 24.01.22


Mathematical Conundrums!


Every Friday, Year 6 works on mathematical conundrums. We use our skills and knowledge to solve different sorts of problems and investigations. There’s always a lot of discussion and sharing of ideas before we begin to look more closely at what we could do. 


We know that we have to make a record of our mathematical thinking, and we show what we do through calculations, diagrams or visual representations, and by explaining our reasoning.


Everyone enjoys these lessons because they give us a chance to apply what we have learned, and use our mathematical skills in new ways.


History - w/b 17.01.22


We’ve been delving into the world of Anglo-Saxon and Viking crimes and punishments this week in History after having summoned the Roman gods to wreak havoc on those who had wronged us, last week.  As time went on in history, so the punishments changed- from dropping people into the River Thames tied in a bag filled with snakes in Roman England to banshing people and outlawing them in Viking England.  We looked at how crime and punishment was depicted in legendary tales and focussed on the infamous character of Robin Hood, using the characters from the tale and reinventing them to depict a different crime and punishment.  Have a look at our dramatic reenactments and if you want to listen or read some of the original legends of Robin Hood, have a look here:


English - w/b 10.01.22

Using drama to explore a text


In Year 6, we have started reading Street Child, by Berlie Doherty. Set in the Nineteenth Century, it’s the story of how a poor boy called Jim overcomes various difficulties and challenges. This week, we read about how Jim and his family were forced to leave their home because they could not pay the rent. After discussing what had happened, we worked in small groups to create a freeze frame for part of the chapter we read. It helped us to think about each character, and what they might be thinking.


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


Preparing for the Christmas Fayre


This week in Year 6, we have been busy getting ready for the Christmas Fayre, which will be held on Monday 20th December. We have made pretty salt dough decorations, useful notebooks, and have thought about how to publicise the event.


We will also be decorating biscuits to sell on the day (food is always very popular!), as well as organising stalls selling second-hand books and toys.


The Year 6 Christmas Fayre is always a fantastic end to the term, especially as this year, the money raised will go to the School Parliament, who will decide how to spend it for the benefit of all the children in school.   


PHSCE - w/b 06.12.21



Today we learnt about Extremism. In the lesson we were discussing what extremism is with a person who works for the council. Extremism is showing violence and hatred.

One of the most common things is racism, which Martin Luther King Jr and other activists stood up for. We also read about some scenarios and voted to see whether it was extremism or not. At the start we looked at some pictures of extremism. We also discussed our thoughts and asked lots of questions and the person answered them. During this time, he explained to us how to spot this type of behaviour. After that we discussed how people facing these situations would feel, like small communities and families and how they would be affected. 

We enjoyed learning about this topic because we learnt many new things that we didn't know before. 


Ayaat and Tehana,

Jesse Owens Class.


Science - w/b 29.11.21


Exploring Light


We have been exploring the way light travels through liquids, and how it can alter the way objects appear. This is called refraction and it happens when light travels from one media into another, like water and air.


Because of the way that the light travels through the water and then into the air, it makes an object like a pencil seem bent.


We also explored whether the same thing happened in other liquids, such as oil and a fizzy drink. We observed that light did refract in the same way in all the liquids.


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 who took part!

RE - w/b 22.11.21

In RE we’ve been thinking and talking about how and why sculptures are used as a way of expressing faith amongst Christians. Sculptures fall into four basic categories: molded, cast, carved or assembled. The media an artist uses for molded sculptures include clay, wax, papier-mache and plaster. We used tin-foil to create a sculpture of a person who we felt strongly about expressing why we felt that way and how we wanted the viewer of the sculpture to react to them.  The next stage of our learning will be to use the inspiration behind the art of stained glass in Christian places of worship to make our Christmas hoops- keep a look out for what we create!


Bike Ride to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park  w/b- 15.11.21

This week some of the children from Year 5 and 6 bike club took their biking skills outside of school to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Starting and finishing at the Greenway the children rode alongside the rivers and canals of the park, and visited many of  main venues from the 2012 Games;  the London Stadium; the London Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit viewpoint. We also cycled across to the Hackney Marshes playing area to play a game of Rounders. Overall the children covered a total distance of 8km each on their ride. 

Mathematics - w/b 15.11.21


We had the most wonderful experience cooking with Gavin Gordon, alumni of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen training programme and former contestant of Masterchef the professionals.  

We combined our D&T Topic of Bread and biscuits with practical mathematics skills, using weights and measures, reading scales and estimating, to sample some biscuits he’s made for us and then translating his recipe into our very own cookie dough which we took home to cook and share with our families! 


Reading - w/b 08.11.21


Year 6 loves reading!


One of the many things that Year 6 children enjoy is reading; we read at every opportunity. We especially enjoy being able to choose from a big range of books. Our book corners have recently been restocked with lots of brand new books of all sorts, from adventure stories, fantasy stories, biographies, information books, and much more.


It’s great, during DEAR time, to be able to relax in the book corner with a good book in our hands.


PE - w/b 01.11.21

This week we have been introduced to the game Tchoukball in PE. Tchoukball was created in Switzerland and is a mix of Handball, Volleyball and Squash. This week we have focussed on improving our shooting accuracy and using different angles when the ball rebounds off the frame to score. 





Little Ilford Visit - w/b 01.11.21


Some of us visited Little Ilford School earlier this week to help plan transition units. During this session, we studied maths and science. We did a practical experiment about dissolving. We linked this to the maths transition which was about scatter graphs to record our findings with negative and positive correlation.


Moubani, Jesse Owens


French - w/b 18.10.21




In Year 6, we have been learning the French words for different places in a school, and what goes on there. This week we reviewed what we have learnt by choosing the correct words to complete sentences.


Then we moved on to telling the time. We revised telling o’clock and half past times, then went on to learn how to say other times, such as quarter past, quarter to, and everything in between.


RE - w/b 11.10.21


We had a pair of visitors in Year 6 on Thursday who came to speak to us about Humanism and the Humanist worldview. One spoke about the ‘Golden Rule’ (Treat others the way you would like to be treated) and how his Humanist world view has quite a few similarities to that of various religions. We also had the opportunity to ask the visitors some questions to further our own knowledge of Humanism, such as ‘Why isn’t Humanism a religion?’ and ‘Why do Humanists not believe in a God or supreme being?’

Science - w/b 04.10.21


In our science learning this week, we have looked at the theory of human evolution. We found out that, according to the theory, there have been about twenty human species over time, culminating in homo sapiens - us!


We considered the characteristics that different species of humans had, and which ones were important developments in terms of the theory of evolution. For example, we discussed why larger brains, being able to walk on two feet, and having the ability to make and use tools and weapons made survival more likely.


Finally, we showed all our learning in a mindmap, and tried to show how ideas about the evolution of humans linked together.


Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21

This week in mathematics we’ve been revisiting how we use addition and subtraction.  We’ve looked at representing calculations with bar models, solving real life scenarios which would require us to use our adding and subtracting strategies and we’ve been revising what we’ve learnt during the week using Kahoot quizzes!

English - w/b 20.09.21


In our English lessons, we have been reading and exploring poems by Joseph Coelho, in his anthology, Overheard in a Tower Block


We have performed some of his work by reading it out in front of others, thinking about how to use expression and movement to enhance our performance.


This week we are concentrating on writing our own poems, inspired by Coelho’s ‘Tables Red, Green and Blue’, and using personal experiences as the subject.


Just like any other writing, we proofread and edited our first draft, before redrafting and finally publishing our poems.


We’ll make sure that we perform these, too!


Reading - w/b 13.09.21

On Monday, in Guided Reading, we read a poem called “A River’s Story”.
Whilst reading the poem, we also did actions portraying the poem. We did this with partners. One partner read and acted out the positive start of the poem, which described the river’s beautiful and calm life, while the other partner acted and read the negative area of the poem, when factories came and polluted the river. There were a lot of similes and metaphors which helped us act out the poem better. In my opinion, I enjoyed our Monday Guided Reading lesson!


Ayaat, Jesse Owens


Today in Guided Reading we were reading “The River’s Story”.  It was about a river explaining how it was healthy before factories came round and started polluting in the sea. The text explains that the rivers today are dirty and the rivers a long time ago were nice and clean.  I enjoyed the lesson when we used our bodies to act out the story.  I enjoyed the section of the lesson because it helped me understand the text more.  It also made the lesson very fun and interesting.


Khizar, Jesse Owens.


W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!


Pupils in year 6 had a very strong start to the school year. They are currently studying the poem 'On a Beautiful Landscape' by William Lisle Bowles and returned their homework projects to school. 


Year 5

2020 - 2021

History - w/b 12.07.21


In Year 5, we have been learning about the history of Benin. In this lesson, we focused on the religious beliefs of the people in Benin and what they might do in a religious ceremony. We learned that animals played a significant role in religion, the Benin people were animists which meant that animals and objects had souls and spirits. Using this knowledge, we became ‘craftsmen’, we used our special crafting skills to create an animal tile to be used as a gift to gods.

PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21


In our PHSCE lessons, we have been thinking about change, and how change can affect us both positively and negatively.


This week we read Melanie’s journal, in which a 10-year-old girl records her thoughts and feelings about some major changes facing her. In small groups, we worked to identify the emotions Melanie experienced and the positive outcomes of the changes.


We then reflected on how change can be a good thing.


Junior Citizens - w/b 28.06.21


Year 5 spent an afternoon thinking about how to be good citizens! We took part in a virtual workshop, and explored several themes, including travelling safely on public transport, knife crime awareness and fire safety. There was lots of discussion about how to be good citizens, and how we can help others, as well. We also talked about how important being a good citizen will be as we get older, and become much more independent.


Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21


This week in Year 5, we attended an Olympics workshop. In this workshop, we travelled back in time to when the very first Olympic games were held to honour the Greek God Zeus. We were well prepared, as we knew lots of facts about when and why the games began thanks to our guided reading sessions. We enjoyed participating in role-play and being able to imagine what it was like being an Olympian during those times. This was an amazing opportunity for us to broaden our knowledge about the Olympics.  

Diversity Week - Bangladesh - w/b 14.06.21


This week we have been learning about Bangladesh. On Tuesday we carried out research about different landscapes in Bangladesh, and sketched a variety of them in our Art Books. After that we had to choose one of our sketches to recreate the next day. On Wednesday, we looked back at our art topic on Peter Doig from earlier in the year. We discussed his abstract style and use of colour. Then we drew our chosen landscape, enlarging it to twice the size. Using pastels, we finally added colour and texture in the style of Peter Doig.

Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

Before the half-term holidays, we focused upon fractions and how to manipulate and simply them through the use of our times table knowledge. We were able to convert fractions into equivalent fractions, mixed fractions and improper fractions with the support of our times table knowledge. This term, we have been using this knowledge to make links between fractions and decimals. We revisited place value and learned how fractions can also be represented as decimal numbers.

English - w/b 24.05.21


In English, we have been writing a script based on the story ‘The London Eye Mystery’ written by Siobhan Dowd. In order to understand what a script is, we had to first look at the conventions of a script and then we rewrote some chapters using these conventions. We focused particularly on chapter 9, where the two main characters, Kat and Ted, are brainstorming the mystery of Salim’s disappearance. We then created a role-play based on our script.

Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21


In Get Active, we have been doing lots of exercise in the form of superhero Tabata (which is high-intensity interval training) and ‘just dance’ using our favourite songs. We enjoy these sessions because they help us stay fit and they get our brains and our hearts working. We do a session first thing in the morning, after mathematics and right after our lunch time.

PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21


This week, we have been thinking about the effect of losing someone close to you. We watched a story called ‘The Heart and the Bottle’, and talked about how we can deal with the emotions we feel when we lose someone. Then we designed and made a candle of remembrance to help people feel better.

Art - w/b 04.05.21


In Art, we are looking at an artist named Peter Doig. He creates abstract art and he focuses primarily on landscapes. We began our journey by looking at some of his art work and then we discussed the colours within his work and how they influence the viewers’ mood. This week we focused on colour mixing, specifically creating tints of a colour. A tint is a lighter version of a colour, created by adding a little white. We concentrated on two of the primary colours which were red and blue and then we created green (by mixing yellow and blue) and violet (by mixing red and blue) which were secondary colours. We focused upon these colours as they are predominant colours within Doig’s abstract work.

Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21

Reading - w/b 26.04.21

Reading Macbeth in Year 5


In our Guided Reading lessons, we are reading a version of Shakespeare’s famous story of Macbeth. Although Shakespeare originally wrote it as a play script, we are using an adapted version.


Apart from the events that happen, it has been interesting to think about the way language is used.

We have enjoyed reading the story aloud with each other, too.


Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21


Equivalent Fractions


This week, Year 5 has been learning about equivalent fractions. We started by recapping what a fraction was, and what it might look like as a pictorial representation. We then went on to use strips of paper to create different fractions – ensuring that each part was exactly the same size as the others. After this, we began exploring representations of equivalent fractions using a fraction wall and comparing different fractions. This has been useful in understanding how fractions with a different numerator and denominator could still be the same value as another fraction. Using our multiplication and division knowledge, we have been solving the missing value in equivalent fractions.

Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to research one of the spacecraft that has gone into space, and build a 3-D model of it. They used materials such as cardboard boxes, paper, paint, plastic bottles and masking tape to create these. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 5 pupils!

English - w/b 29.03.21


Writing about a famous scientist

This week, Year 5 has been writing an obituary for the scientist Copernicus. We started by reading an example of an obituary, and talked about the way language is used, and how information is organised. Then we had to carry out research into the life of Copernicus and make notes, as preparation for our writing. Once we had gathered enough relevant information, we began to write our own obituary for the influential astronomer. Our writing was also a good way to finish this term’s science topic, Earth and Space.


Computing - w/b 22.03.21

In Year 5, we have been cryptographers by learning about different types of communication in the form of codes. Forms of communication have changed over time due to the many technological advancements. Today, many of us use technology to communicate particularly through social media platforms.


We began by looking at Semaphore, which is a form of communication using flags as a visual aid. Using a key, which contained each letter of the alphabet, we studied the flag positions and how some letters look similar to each other. We also managed to spell our names out using Semaphore.



We also looked at Morse code, which is a type of code used to send messages via sound or visual signals. It uses the alphabet, with each letter represented by a different sequence of long and short sound or visual signals called dots and dashes. We used a key to decode secret messages and discussed the importance of Morse code during World War 2 to send coded messages and to spy on the enemy.

Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21

On Wednesday, Year 5 travelled back in time to relive World War 2 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 to when children were first evacuated from cities such as London. When these evacuees returned to London, they had to practice using an air raid shelter. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had of World War 2, as they read 'Goodnight Mister Tom' last term. 

Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!