Year 6 had great fun making advent wreaths from the plants and shrubs found on the school grounds. They were given very few instructions and got in touch with their natural side as they moulded and cajoled the materials for their festive creation. Several members of staff commented that they were worthy of selling at our local market in Spitalfields. Year 6 could not wait to take these homes and display on their doors and walls!
This was an opportunity to dress up. However, this was no ordinary day at school. Instead, Year 6 was plunged into darkness with a virtual black-out of all classroom colour and resources. Even signs of all modern technology were shrouded in an attempt to create the atmosphere of a Victorian School. Children were met with harsh discipline from all staff and were expected to maintain their gaze to the ground at all times and keep their hands stretched out on the desk where ‘the devil could do no harm’. The dunces hat caused humiliation and a lot of giggles too. Lessons consisted of reciting the three R’s and famous Victorian proverbs.
In R.E, pupils have been learning about Jean Vanier, who started the L’Arche Community for people with disabilities. Year 6 have come to understand that God has blessed us all with talents: we can achieve justice for all through being non-judgemental and demonstrating compassion. Furthermore, if we open our hearts, we have so much to learn from people who have disabilities.
Year 6 have been catching up and closing the gaps in their learning! They have reviewed a Year 5 topic and through an explanation text, they have learned how the earth and Moon move in relation to the Sun. WE watched some awesome videos and realised the Awe and Wonder of Creation as well as the technological advances which enable us to understand the Universe better.
Following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, Year 6 wrote their own version of Westminster Bridge, but on Tower Bridge. Wordsworth wrote his great piece 219 years ago and the children were asked to compare the imagery and language of 1802 to today.
Year 6 conducted a fair test in science to observe whether the size and shape of the beak of a bird would affect the number of worms it could consume. They recorded their data using Google Sheets, working out the average and learning how to input formula.
Pupils then went onto create charts displaying their results. They were able to create several charts by learning the chart icon and deciding on the chart which best highlighted their results.
This lesson was thoroughly enjoyed. The pupils welcomed the opportunity to expand their knowledge of applying data to technology. Pupils reported boosted confidence and preparedness for secondary school.
Year 6 designed their own masks with the aim to make them as colourful and as scary as possible. What do you think?
Over the month of October, Year 6 have studied many aspects of Black History: black scientists, musicians, poets, Mary Seacole, British Empire, African slavery and Windrush.
Today was our grand finale and we celebrated by having a Caribbean Day. We ate bun and cheese, dumpling, coconuts, guineps and even cooked banana fritters too.
Dancing and laughter was had throughout the day with our final activity, designing anti-racist t-shirts.
I am proud of the mature debates and discussions which took place over the month. Year 6 asked intelligent questions and made links with life in Britain today. I have no doubt, they will be the future ambassadors and torch bearers for equality.
Well done Year 6.