On Tuesday 23rd April Year 6 visited the Buddhist Centre on Roman Road and learnt about the history of the building, the story of the first Buddha and we practised relaxation and mindfulness in the Shrine Room in readiness for our SATs in May! Some of us found it very difficult to focus after the holidays so our homework is to practise at home: 3 minutes before bed (aware of what we can hear, how our bodies are feeling and breathing deeply).
Year 6 studied famous works of art to explore Greek mythology. They analysed paintings and sculptures to find clues enabling them to tell the stories behind them. The children enjoyed taking part in role-plays, soundscapes and freeze-frames.
Year 6 visited the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum. They used tablets and an interactive e-board activity to learn about the design and decoration of Greek temples.
The different materials used to make temples were introduced and the children had a chance to see and feel the materials.
Working as architects, commissioned by a Greek city state, the children built their own virtual Greek temple. Each city state was allocated a budget and the children needed to make decisions about an affordable design
Year 6 were asked to become detectives while they watched a play ‘Now you see me, now you don’t’.
Vital road safety skills were explored through the use of drama techniques.
Year 6 had the opportunity to take part in an 'Encountering Faiths & Belief' workshop. Real-life experiences and personal stories were shared via a panel of speakers from a Jewish, Humanist and Roman Catholic background.
Children were part of a positive interaction between people of different faiths and beliefs allowing them to engage directly in a sensitive way.
In science we are learning about how oxygen is transported around the body in our blood. When we exercise our lungs and heart work harder to take in oxygen and pump it around the body.
We planned and carried out an experiment to see how much air our lungs could hold.
On Wednesday 23rd January Year 6 visited Parliament. We were given a tour of Westminster Hall, St Stephen’s Hall and the Lords Chamber.
We saw the statues that the suffragettes chained themselves to in St Stephen’s Hall. On one statue the boot was damaged and there are now missing spikes on the spur which was snapped when the chains were being cut. This has not been repaired and has become a symbol of women’s rights.
During our workshop we elected leaders. After finding out about different campaigning methods we created our own campaigns. The winning campaign was to ban university fees.
Voting pads were used during an interactive quiz.
We were lucky enough to meet our local MP Rushanara Ali.
This term we are learning about the Ancient Greeks and why they are still considered important.
We found out how the Ancient Greeks famously invented democracy and compared it to how it is different in the 21st century.
Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service delivered an assembly followed by a ‘Laws and debating’ workshop.
We learnt about the role the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Monarch have in making/amending a law.
The Year 6 proposal of a new law went through ‘parliamentary ping-pong!’
Debates were held in the style of Parliament.
On the word ‘division’ we voted similar to parliamentary procedure.
Did you know Members only have eight minutes to vote by rushing to two different areas of the chambers?
Here are the results of our vote.
In Year 6 we have been learning about the uses of periscopes and how they work.
Next we designed and made our own periscopes.
Testing the periscopes was fun.
Year 6 have been learning about the story of War Horse through a range of drama techniques and speaking and listening games. We will be watching Danny, the workshop leader in the show at the National Theatre on Wednesday 21st November as he is one of the actors!