We hope you enjoy seeing our fantastic learning in year 6!
Class Teacher: Miss Raw
A journey to India!
Our topic for the week 22nd - 26th June has been about the geography and main religion of India!
We began by creating a map of the physical and human features of the country, and were fascinated by how many languages were spoken!
After this we looked at Hinduism. We learnt about the supreme God Brahman and the three forms He takes: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. We applied our knowledge to create descriptive haikus. Here are some examples:
Brahma has four heads.
Carries a spoon and water.
Sits on a flower. (Courtney)
Shiva has blue skin
He is shown with a cobra
Hair flows with water (Skyla)
Finally, we used the story of Diwali, Rama and Sita as a stimulus for creating our own play scripts and shadow puppets. You can see the puppets performing in the theatre we created!
Our topic for the week 15th - 19th June has been fossils, dinosaurs and palaeontology!
We began by looking for the odd one out between an archaeopteryx, a tyrannosaurus and a chicken! We discovered that they were all 'Therapods' and birds are the only living descendant. This led us to research the question 'Why are birds the only surviving dinosaur?'
After this we looked at Mary Anning and her amazing discovery of an ichthyosaur fossil when she was just 12 years old! We presented this as a newspaper report.
In our maths we investigated the length of our feet in comparison to those of different dinosaurs and then calculated whether we were faster than a T-Rex (or Miss Raw pretending to be one!) We also discovered that in one year Dippy the diplodocus could eat 1,226,400 kg of food!
Finally, we learnt about plants in the Jurassic period and used this information to create our own collages of a prehistoric forest!
Dance back in time!
We are taking a different theme for each week's activities at the moment.
For the week beginning 8th June our theme was 'dance back in time', so we travelled to the 1940s!
We learnt to choreograph our own Jive dance and learnt about the Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz who composed her piece 'Overture' in the middle of the Second World War. From this stimulus we created acrostic poems and diary entries about the first performance of this music at the end of the war.
Here are a few extracts:
"I can hear the drummer drumming; violins getting tuned. I can see all the people walking in to see the orchestra and to hear. Do you think they'll like it? My heart is racing. I can't believe what this has come to." (Autumn)
"I am standing on a balcony in a building near the stage. Today is the day my music (Overture) gets played for the first time. I am nervous as there is a very big crowd and my music is the first to be heard in the concert. I just remember writing this song two years ago in the terrible time of war. However, this is going to be one of the best memories in my life." (Isabel)
As Grazyna's piece featured a secret Morse code message (dot dot dot dash, or V for victory) we also learnt how to send our own messages with flashes of light!
In Science we have been learning about dissolving. We placed a skittle in water and waited to see what would happen. We observed that the sugar coating dissolves and the colour runs into the water. We were then left with a white sweet (although some of us who looked really closely said it was more yellow in the centre). It took 3 minutes 39 seconds for this to happen.
Miss Raw then set us the challenge to use our understanding of dissolving to see if we could increase the speed by making changes to the solute and solvent.
This is what we investigated and found out:
Charlotte and Oliva - 100ml lemonade = 4 minutes 54 seconds
Courtney, Emma and Jessica - 45ml sugar, 100ml pineapple juice, 35ml salt, 100ml lemonade = 5 minutes 49 seconds
Jayden and Scarlett - 100ml lemonade = 2 minutes 40 seconds
Autumn and Skyla - 100ml lemonade = 2 minutes 30 seconds
Eva and Hana - 100ml water with 5ml baking salt = 2 minutes 22 seconds
Carmen and Isabel - lemonade and salt = 3 minutes 40 seconds
Exploring Ancient Benin!
On Thursday 6th February Year 6 caught the very early train to London King's Cross. After a short walk in the sunshine we arrived just in time for the opening of the British Museum.
Carrying our special notebooks, we located the Africa Galleries. We then split into groups to complete a carousel of observation and sketching activities based on the artefacts from this fascinating civilisation. During this time we discovered that leopard hunters wore skin made from anteater hide to protect themselves from the fierce cats! It was also brilliant to see the bronzes as these had been a stimuli for our debate in the Autumn term.
After a snack break we visited the European Galleries so we could make comparisons between life in Benin in the 16th Century and life in the United Kingdom. On our way we met a very helpful guide who let us handle some real artefacts from British history!
In the European Gallery we looked at images of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I and thought about how they were different to the depictions of the Benin monarchs.
Finally, we enjoyed our lunches in the education space and made our way back to school.
As you can see from the photographs, we enjoyed carrying out our own research in this amazing museum!
On Thursday 6th January Year 6 joined Mrs. DI Biasi at The Sele School for their final cookery challenge.
Their mission was to create a smoothie, soup, pasta salad and fruit salad to serve to a member of their family. Prior to this, Year 6 looked at the nutritional benefits of ingredients in class and wrote recipes to follow.
On arriving at the school, the children worked in pairs to start their task. The smell of simmering ingredients and buzz of collaboration filled the air and forty minutes later, the children served their culinary creations!
Thank you to everyone who attended and shared in the fabulous feast!
Pulleys, levers and gears
We have researched how pulleys, levers and gears can be used to modify forces and help us in everyday life.
Here are some of our responses:
"Trowels (levers) are used to help us lift up the soil with ease." - Skyla
"You don't need to do that much work to open, lift or move heavy things or stuff." - Isabel
"A pulley makes life easier for us because then we can lift very heavy things such as weights." - Carmen
"Pulleys can help us in life because they can help us with putting heavy stuff on a boat, and gears can help us with putting a picture on the wall (Scarlett is talking about my drill!) and levers can help us with using the clutch on the car." - Scarlett
"Gears on a drill are helpful because they do all the work." - Charlotte
We combined our English and PSHE lessons to focus on the important issue of making our anti-bullying policy accessible to younger children in the school and their parents. Our aim was to present this as a leaflet for the entrance hall of the school.
Year 6 began by reading the policy and highlighting key information.
Next, they wrote their leaflets, using an informal and friendly tone to engage their audience. They included devices such as question tags and contractions.
After this, they edited their writing, highlighting a section they were proud of and a section to edit and improve.
Finally, they presented their leaflets for display in the school.
We hope you enjoy reading them.
Food Technology at The Sele School
This half term Year 6 are taking part in the 'Young Chef of the Year' programme. We are lucky to be visiting Mrs. Di Biasi at The Sele School to be practising our kitchen hygiene, food preparation and cooking skills.
As you can see, we have practised using the claw and bridge grip to slice carrots, cucumbers and peppers into batons. We then worked in teams to create a delicious salsa with white wine vinegar, coriander, tomatoes, lime juice, onion and pepper. Delicious!
Outdoor Learning Day
To celebrate Outdoor Learning Day we combined our activities with Science and forces. Earlier in the week we had used our understanding of air resistance to create parachutes for a plastic egg. We were then curious to see how successful the parachutes would be on a real egg! We realised that a large chute was needed to increase the air resistance and allow the egg to fall slowly to the ground. Watch our videos to see if our eggs survived!
Maths Investigation Week
To conclude our week of investigations, Year 6 invited parents into class to try some fiendish puzzles! We particularly liked Mr. Jones's 'Jail Break' challenge, using different colours and systematic listing to show which doors were left locked or unlocked!
Thank you to all the parents who joined us.
Jeans for Genes Day
Today we wore jeans to support 'Jeans for Genes Day'. In the afternoon we watched a video about a 10 year old boy called Tamilore who had sickle cell anaemia. We created poems in response to his condition. Here are some extracts from our writing:
"You can't see my crisis but you can see me hurting" - Millie
"It's not visible the grief I put up with. Most of all it's not visible how much I try" - Eva
"You can see he enjoys tennis. You can't see him lying in bed in pain" - Olivia
"What condition do I have? I have sickle cell. My cells look like bananas instead of looking like doughnuts" - Carmen
We are developing our resilience to tasks by playing the game 'which script?' We have been given a set of numbers written in different scripts and need to match the correct numbers to the correct scripts and identify their value.
So far, Yasin and Millie think the heart symbol is worth 8 and the 'v' 5.
We will keep persevering and find out!
Take one Artist (4th-6th September)
To begin our learning, Year 6 looked at the living artist Lois Walpole. Lois is an artist trained in sculpture, basket making and product design, who produces work with a message about protecting the environment. The children learnt to use her techniques, plaiting plastic bags to make decorative rope and weaving cardboard to create abstract pictures! They also created sculptures in groups using painted egg boxes.
Kandinsky Class become orange farmers
The children learnt how Christian charities support families all over the world and campaign to give them a ‘fair deal’ in life. We explored this through playing The Orange Trading Game. The game is set in the fictitious country of Imaginique where many families struggle to make a living through orange farming.
The class were divided in to farming families, money lenders, market traders and cost of living collectors. Each week (every 5 minutes), the cost of living collectors would collect money from each family whilst they worked as hard as they could to produce oranges to sell to the market traders.
Throughout the game, various situations occurred where additional financial costs were incurred by the families. During times of difficulty for the families, the money lenders were quick to offer short term loans which had to be repaid along with high levels of interest.
Kandinsky Class dissect a heart!
As part of our science topic about 'Animals and Humans', we learnt about how the heart works and why it is such an important organ in our body. However, there is no better way or learning about it than to see it for ourselves so we spent a fun-filled and blood-splattered afternoon dressed in lab coats, goggles and plastic gloves using scalpels to cut open some hearts and see the different sections of them for ourselves!
Kandinsky Class are Blood Cells!
To help understand how the circulatory system works, Kandinsky Class were given the task of physically recreating it using each other and basic symbols to represent the heart, lungs, body and oxygenated and deoxygenated blood cells. They then had to re-enact how the system would respond to bodily changes such as exercise, stress or rest.
Kandinsky Class explore Judaism!
Kandinsky Class spent a fun-filled afternoon exploring Judaism through looking at Jewish artefacts, playing traditional Jewish games and eating Jewish food! They also tried on Jewish clothes and looked at how Jews pray. They learned a huge amount and showed excellent British values of respect and tolerance of other people's beliefs.
Kandinsky Class visit Paradise Wildlife Park!
To finish off and excellent literacy topic based around the conflict between animals and humans in the wild, Kandinsky Class went on a hugely enjoyable school trip to Paradise Wildlife Park where they saw some exotic creatures like snow leopards and white lions, got to feed animals such as alpacas and pygmy goats, listened to an educational talk about conservation and enjoyed playing in the adventure playground there! They were very well behaved and respectful of the public and learned a great deal amount animals and their habitats.
Kandinsky Class are microbes!
To help remember and support the learning in science about how harmful microbes attack the body, Kandinsky Class created dramatic role plays where some of the group were pathogens trying to attack the body and the rest were acting as the 3 lines of defence they had to get through in order to make the person ill. Kandinsky Class thoroughly enjoyed this and many students showed excellent ability in drama.
Kandinsky Class are Weather Reporters!
As part of our IPC topic on weather, Kandinsky class were put into pairs and given the task of researching any type of water-based weather (fog, snow, hailstones, etc) then present their findings to the class. They learned a huge amount about the water cycle and how weather works and presented confidently and clearly.
Kandinsky Class Sponsored Fitness Afternoon!
To help raise money to buy a defibrillator for the local community, Kandinsky Class organised and ran a series of competitive fitness based activities for the school. They helped raise £705 for the cause!
Kandinsky Class Debating Competition!
In mixed year group teams, Kandinsky Class learned how to formally debate motions linked to our literacy topic on the conflict between animals and humans. They had to prepare points to talk about and also make 'points of information' to attack the other teams points. They all spoke confidently and clearly and had a fantastic time!
Kandinsky Class are Scientists!
Kandinsky class were fortunate enough to enjoy a visit from Dr Gibson, a scientist working on finding a vaccination for TB. We spent an afternoon experimenting with microbes, using real life lab equipment including a microscope and learning about what being a scientist means. Dr Gibson was very impressed with Kandinsky's excellent scientific knowledge and enthusiastic attitude towards their learning!
Kandinsky Class Classification Keys
In Year 5/6, we are learning about classification and about the similarities and differences between living things. We decided to try and classify a range of plants by looking for them in the school field then bringing them in and placing them in a classification key. We had a very enjoyable afternoon doing this and learnt a lot!
Kandinsky Class Take One Picture Project
In Year 5/6 we studied the life and art of Wassily Kandinsky and attempted to recreate some of his famous paintings using an abstract, non-objective style. We then wrote our own biographies, taking care to talk about only key moments in our lives and using engaging and interesting language to descrbe these moments.
KS2 Standard Assessment Tests 2018
As I am sure you are aware, the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are due to commence the week beginning 14th May 2018. This letter is to clarify the requirements for the school and for you as parents for the duration of the week.
Each day of the SATs will begin with an early morning breakfast, starting at 8:15am, which every child is expected to attend. We feel it is an important part of the process for the week that all children have the opportunity to discuss and relax prior to taking each test. The breakfast supplied to your child will be healthy and support them in the high level of focus and energy required for the tests.
Year 6 will have a test each morning from Monday through to Thursday. The tests all begin at approximately 9:30am with varied times for completion. The schedule of tests is:
Equipment and resources required to complete the tests will be supplied by the school and your child will not be able to have their own pencil cases or other personal equipment with them during tests.
All children must attend the tests during this week. Any situations that arise related to illness of inability for your child to attend must be communicated to the school as soon as possible. For further information for parents, please visit the school’s website and an information document can be found attached to Kandinsky’s class page. For detailed information concerning all elements of the SATs please visit https://www.gov.uk/ and search Standard Assessment Tests.
Your child has worked particularly hard this year in the areas of the curriculum pertaining to the tests and as recognition for their hard work, Mrs Stark and I have agreed to thank Year 6 with a non-uniform day and a celebration on Friday 18th May; Lots of treats, music and maybe even a film as a big thank you from us at Hertford St Andrew.
For any further information or support prior to the tests, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting your children in their learning leading up to the tests. I am sure you will join me in wishing all of them the best in their SATs and in keeping them all as positive as they have been in their attitudes.
The Human Body
Year 6 have been looking at the human body and how vital certain aspects are for our survival. We have been studying the Circulatory System with discussions and research into finding out how blood travels around our bodies to deliver important nutrients and oxygen to our organs. The children identified the main arteries and measured their pulses with an emphasis on understanding how the heart pumps litres of blood under high pressures.
Following our discovery of the human blood flow, Kandinsky then started to look at the human skeletal structure and how this is designed to protect and support us. With this in mind, the class were given the challenge in a practical investigation of how a structure can support a given weight. Each group were supplied with 10 sheets of A4 paper and just 1 metre of sellotape and were challenged to build a stable structure, as high as possible, to support he weight of tennis ball. This was to support their understanding of how the human skeleton is designed to support us in out every day lives. Attached are the pictures to show the designs and structures that they came up with.
Next week the class will be enjoying another practical challenge when we look to understand how the human digestive system works. It will be a rather messy experience!!
We arrived at Chauncy School and the Basketball court was quite big and lots of fun. We started practicing before playing the first game and the hoops were higher than we expected but we still scored points in them, luckily.
Our first game was against Tower. Our first basket was scored by Ryan and it was a smashing shot straight into the net not even hitting the ring. Then it was 10-2 to us in the first 10 minutes because of our great teamwork. Next half, Ryan scored one but accidently got elbowed in the face, then Kira scored another one which took us up to 14-2 because every goal was 2. Thanks to Ryan and Levi, that took us up two 18-2 and then the game finished.
After that we had a 20 minute rest so we would be ready for the next game which was against Bayford. Bayford finished their game against Tower which they won and this game had to be decided; whoever wins was through to the final play-off.
We were 4-0 down then until Ryan came off the bench and made it go to 4-4 and then Levi scored and made it 6-4. Then Bayford scored which took it to 6-6 and right at the end it came to 18-16 to them sadly but we never gave up and we tried our best but Bayford deserved it.
Last week, throughout the whole school, was anti-bullying week. In our class we were asked to make some posters, one about what bullying is and one about what you should do if you are a bystander. All classes had to do something, but we all did something different.
After a few days of making our posters, Friday’s assembly rolled around. All classes had to have some students to come to the front to show their work. In our class it was Taylor, Lucy, some other pupils and I (Luke May).
Year 6 Cuffley Camp
Year 6 had the opportunity to visit Cuffley Camp to take part in lots of team building activities. Seen in the local news recently, Cuffley Camp is a woodland area that is set over a piece of land the size of 9 football pitches. Having been in existence for over 70 years, it has played a valuable role in giving children outdoor learning experiences.
Our first tasks of the day centred on problem solving activities. Split into groups, the children had to work out how to travel from one point to another using certain apparatus with very clear guidelines. There were four different activities to challenge the children with the groups rotating until all had had their turn on each. It took lots of brain power, teamwork and physical effort to reach their goal.
After a short walk to the low level climbing course, new groups were formed and the children were challenged with having to travel around the course without making contact with the ground - an extremely difficult task, especially when having to carry their own crates to bridge the gaps between apparatus. All of the groups were fantastic and it was pleasing to see everyone being so active.
Next came the orienteering activity with the class now being able to work in pairs or threes. A series of arrows were dotted around a woodland course which dictated whether the children should go under, over or through. After walking through the first lap as a class, the children were challenged to get around the course as fast as they could and as many times as they could in a set time. Again, so wonderful to see all the class charging around and in some cases getting exceptionally muddy!
Lastly, we had the challenge of building our own shelters using only the fallen braches and other natural materials that were in a specified area. Split into different groups again, it was interesting to see the very different approaches to the task. Once the set time was up, the groups had to sit inside their shelters and have them tested by having water poured over them!! With a very successful design, the boys managed to stay dry. Unfortunately, the other groups got a bit of a soaking!
It was a wonderful day with lots of valuable teamwork taking place and we all had lots of fun. A very valuable experience for us all.
Hertford St Andrew VS Bayford
Hertford St Andrew had the honour to play their first match this year against Bayford at home.
The kick of started approximately 3.45pm. Five minutes in Ryan scored bottom corner of the net. Then Bayford were hungry for goals and they made it 1-1. Just before half time Ryan scored top corner to make it 2-1. After half time Ryan scored again to make it 3-1. 10minutes later Ryan scored to make it 4-1. They would not give up though and two minutes later Bayford made it 4-2. After some great defending by Maison, Ryan crossed it in and Malacai finished it into the goal which made it 5-2. Even with such a lead, Bayford were excellent in their attitude and fought back to score two more goals. It was 5-4 to us and we had to defend really well right up until the final whistle.
After such a fantastic game, we all enjoyed the drink and biscuits that were kindly prepared by Mrs Garbutt. It was a fantastic game played in a very positive way and Bayford were a great team to play against.
Editing Our Writing
Year 6 have been focusing on editing their written work across all areas of the curriculum. Below are the basic principles of what they should be looking for in their written work:
Spellings need to be correct so that the reader can understand what has been written. Use a dictionary to check the spellings of the words in any written work.
Check through your written work and correct full stops and capital letters. Other punctuation you need to correct includes question marks, commas and punctuation of speech. You could also have a go at adding in some brackets or ellipses if you feel confident.
Sentences need to vary in their length and type. See if you can get examples of each type of sentence into your writing.
Basic: John thinks writing is fun.
Compound: John thinks writing is fun and playing is noisy. This is two basic sentences linked by a conjunction. Writing is fun. Playing is noisy.
Complex: John, who thinks writing is fun, thinks playing is noisy. Here the two parts of the sentence do not make two sentences because one part doesn’t make sense on its own: John thinks playing is noisy = sentence. Who thinks writing is fun = not a sentence as it doesn’t make sense!
Complex: John thinks writing is fun because he likes to use his imagination. John thinks writing is fun. = sentence. Because he likes to use his imagination. = not a sentence!
Always challenge yourself to use the correct sentences for the piece of writing you are doing.
Adjectives are words that describe nouns (objects or things). They help the reader to know how to imagine things. Use a dictionary to add in some really powerful adjectives.
Adverbs help describe verbs (action words). They tell us how the action is being performed, such as slowly, lazily, rapidly. Use a dictionary to find some really interesting adverbs to add to your written work.
Paragraphs are sentences about one main idea. When there is a change of time or place you need a new paragraph. They are also used in speech when a new person starts talking. They also make stories look less scary by breaking them up into smaller chunks that are easier to read. Go through your writing and look for places where there is a change of time or place and add in some paragraphs.
Vocabulary and connectives
A story will always be more interesting and exciting to read if it has some really imaginative vocabulary in it. Use a thesaurus to improve the vocabulary and connectives used in your writing.
Detail about characters and setting
Detail helps the reader to imagine what’s happening in the story and make it seem more real. This one is tricky as you need to get a balance between not enough detail and too much. Add in some details about the characters and the setting where appropriate.
Feelings and Emotions
Knowing how characters are feeling help the reader to empathise with them. This is how stories can make you feel scared, excited or upset. Feelings and emotions of characters can be told to us:
e.g. Jim was sad because his guinea pig had died.
Or they can be shown through the actions that the character does:
e.g. Jim hid in his room and cried all night because his guinea pig had died.
See if you can add in some feelings and emotions when writing a story.
Our Day at Bayford University
On Monday Steven, Luke, Kira and I went to Bayford University for a science day. When we got there we walked into the café to find that we were the first group there. We started talking. Then the other groups started to arrive. We then went up two flights of stairs to get to the laboratory. After we put our bags and coats under the table to get on with the work.
Then we all went downstairs with Sam, an astrobiologist, to look at tardigrades. We found out that tardigrades can live in space, in the deepest part of the ocean, in one thousand times more radiation than a human can withstand and many more places. The tardigrades were transparent and you could see their insides. Everyone was very careful to not knock over the sample dishes. When it was time to go back to the lab, we went back up to find that Mark, an astrophysicist, had put three bags of Martian soil, from three different places, on our desks.
After a snack we went back up, we were seeing if life is on Mars. We wore gloves and goggles and we had a beaker full of sugar which we dissolved. We fed the pipette into the bag and squeezed the end to get the water out. After this we took of our goggles and gloves so we could have lunch.
After we had our lunch we walked back up to design a heat shield. Our design was foil, stainless steel mesh, cork, sponge and more foil. We put Polyfilla in between the layers to stick them together. Our heat shield started to melt after a few seconds but we were still the winners of that part. We then had to design a parachute for the lander. We all had a clear ball to represent the lander. We had put a lot of tape on the ball we had and made the parachute out of plastic wrap and black paper. I tried to make a design but I couldn’t follow what my group were doing. After this we went onto the top floor and dropped the parachute. Our time was 3.06 seconds. After we got our coats and went outside to look at the telescopes at the observatory. There was a laser that worked 24/7 every day. After we went back to school.
Year 6 had the pleasure of welcoming Chris and Mark from the University of Hertfordshire for a very informative session on particles followed by a planetarium experience. Chris started by introducing the class to the difficult concept of particles and how they are the building blocks of all matter. We were told how the Higgs Boson theory was put forward by Peter Higgs and is the elementary particle in Standard Physics. We learnt about the CERN particle collider (also known as the Large Hadron Collider) in Switzerland and the mass of certain matter and anti-matter particles. All of the children constructed their own particles and decorated them relative to the particle’s family name.
Mark then took over and showed the class the planetarium experience which was set up in an inflatable dome in the hall. The class focussed on the people that went into space and what they first spoke about. Believe it or not it was about the smell! Mark then spoke about the effects that comets had when they crash landed on Mars and how without water we can see the impact craters and how on Earth we can’t see these due to the bodies of water. We learnt how we can fit all the planets in our Solar System into Jupiter as it is so massive. The display was in 3D and we were told how the people who went into space would have to spend £20,000 on a Coke!! The children really enjoyed the session and it was a great scientific learning experience.
A massive thank you to Miss Raw for organising such a fun and engaging day from all of us in Year 6.
On Wednesday 18th January, Year 6 were fortunate enough to be able to spend the day visiting Duxford Imperial War Museum. It was a very chilly day but the children were very excited about the visit and were not disappointed. After off-loading our lunches in the special eating area (which is situated in a VERY large aircraft hanger!) we made our way to the Land Warfare exhibition. It was quite a distance away but well worth the effort. The class were able to experience many aspects of WWII, from artillery and tanks to how it felt to step off a landing craft on D-Day. Teigan shared some very interesting information about how most of the soldiers lost their lives on such an important point in history.
We then moved on to an aircraft exhibition where Cody shared his knowledge of particular bomber aircraft and the children tried on some authentic clothing with Gloria looking very comfortable in the bullet proof vest. Eddie found out about the fastest recorded speed for an aircraft and what type of engine was used to achieve this. Lots of searching and excellent questions about all of the different aircraft in the museum were asked by all of the class.
After having our lunch we were lucky enough to go on the first ever jet propelled aircraft to cross the Atlantic and were told how different it was to travel by air in the 1950s. From there we visited the Battle of Britain exhibition where staff were very informative of the impact his had on children at the time of war. We were able to see a Spitfire and Hurricane which gave the children a feel for how such an important part of the war was fought out. Eddie was particularly taken by the famous Churchill quote:
'Never was so much owed by so many to so few.'
We returned to the large aircraft hanger and looked at a range of aircraft and a separate exhibition that displayed many aspects of the paratroopers that took part in the war effort. Particularly enjoyable for some as this included a high number of guns and other 'explosive' artefacts. After visiting another BOAC aircraft we were rather tired and ready for our trip back to school. All of Year 6 had a fun filled and informative day which will be a great support for our topic of children in WWII.
Year 6 have been using their creative minds and applying this to the latest writing competition that KS2 have entered. With the chance of their work being published, the class had to create a crazy creature and write a mini saga that would have the reader engaged using only 100 words. We spent some time planning and drawing their creations and shared some truly wonderful ideas. All of the class found it rather challenging to keep their word count to the level required and we had many who went way over their target (Eddie managed to get to 124 before he was stopped and had much more to add!).
It has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm and dedication to the task and I look forward to seeing some of the examples published in 2017. Below is just one example of the quality of work that has been produced by Year 6:
A Creatures Home
On a hot summers day, Severus, a very tall and terrifying creature, made his way across the edges of Earth. He was minding his own business when suddenly Jasper and Paradot, Severus' enemies, came out of nowhere. Severus, immediately reacting, used his extraordinary power of laser vision to fight his enemies. Luckily for the peculiar creature, Severus won the battle and was victorious. Unfortunately, he couldn't remember which way he had come from. He was so confused that he started to put his mind on other things. Where was he? What would he do? Will he find his way back?
by Jack May
Four children from Hertford St Andrew were invited to take part in the Every-1-In festival on 1st December at Wodson Park.
We found the morning fun because we were able to participate in sports that we have never done before, such as: table top cricket, boccia, sitting volleyball, new age kurling and archery. We were given the chance to try all the sports which was good. During the morning we stayed in small groups of eight and before we had a go at each sport we were shown what to do by the young sports apprentices who explained everything clearly and then supported us during our go. Even though each go was exciting, the atmosphere was calm with a limited amount of noise. I enjoyed the sitting volleyball because when the ball went out of bounds you had to bottom shuffle to it. The morning was organised very well and we all had a great time.
report by Teigan Mogey
Take One Book Week
Kandinsky focused on a book that we read as a whole class, Skellig by David Almond.
Plot Summary. Michael has just moved into a new neighbourhood. His house is undergoing remodelling and his parents are preoccupied with the new baby, born prematurely. He meets a creature in the broken-down garage. Is it a bird? A human? Something else? His friendship with Skellig (the creature), and with Mina (the girl next door) are the centre of the story.
We enjoyed the story and decided to write a recipe for a meal that would be enjoyed by Skellig and to discuss and debate some of the particular issues that the story contained. After the class decided which key points were better suited to lead to healthy discussion, the class split into girls and boys to add even more spice to the situation. With Jessie as the chairperson the class debated issues such as: Mina being home schooled and whether Michael should have told an adult about Skellig. One of the deeper points chosen by the children was whether Skellig should have saved Micheal's little sister, Joy.
It was a very mature and very enjoyable debate with excellent points made by both groups. Some important skills were developed and we definitely have some future politicians amongst us!
On 2nd November, six Year 6 members attended the Hertford and Ware District basketball competition at Presdales school in Ware. Our first match wasn't our best because we didn't exactly know what we could and couldn't do. Our first team on included Jessie (me), Eddie, Ryan and Gloria with Olivia and Cody as subs. The score in the first match was 10 points to Bengeo and 4 points to us.
However, there were some highlights of the evening, such as me falling on my behind, Gloria getting a ball on the head, Ryan getting hurt in EVERY place possible, Cody and Eddie skidding into the wall and Eddie sliding from one court onto another. Thankfully Olivia didn't get hurt one bit.
Our other matches were quite successful and in the end we managed to get 4th place with three losses, one draw and four wins. Even though we didn't get into the top three and didn't receive any medals we were still really proud of ourselves because it was our first ever basketball tournament. Then, the next day we got an email from Sandy Edwards that after looking at the scores again we actually managed to get third place and we received our bronze medals in the Friday assembly.
Reported by Jessie Dean
Year 6 have been working very hard on their poetry this week to celebrate National Poetry Day and to enter a competition where their work could be published. Each individual has worked exceptionally hard and the whole class have delivered quality pieces of poetry. I look forward to reading them in the book when they are published. Below are a few examples of their efforts.
by Sophie Rupeiks
In the dead of the night,
Under a dark velvet blue sky,
I see light but I also see dark.
A thick layer of mist,
It floats around my feet.
It takes control,
It enters me.
I am a ghost, a spirit
Of the past, the present and the future.
Jewels that have faded,
Are not what they seem.
They are spirits contained
Like a genie in a bottle.
Long gone but not dead
As it's the memory that lives,
And a ghostly wail,
It ends my dream
And brings me back to life.
Then I realised, I was flying, I am dead.
by Jack May
Nobody has prepared for this peculiar land
I make my way forward as frightened as can be
Gradually progressing, I feel something on my palm
Help me! I exclaim feeling the breeze against my face
Thinking that was it, I would find something dreadful
My arms were trembling like a blind being blown
And there it was in front of me, a monster made of mud
Running in endless fields forever
Make me a man of fear
by Olivia Hill
I opened my eyes to a shiny smooth glaze at the window
Soon it disappears
All that is left is the moon and the ever rising sun
Before I blink
I am sailing towards the mountainous, ghostly white castle
I step forward
Welcomed by a cat dressed in the finest of clothes
Led to a room
Which i presumed was mine and sitting on the bed
Drifting to sleep
Wake once more to a cold breeze in the air
Something seems to stream it's fingers through my hair
Horrid, little wrinkled face and sorceress eyes
I see her standing there......Mrs Mischief
A Knitted Town
by Zoe Puncher
What I see before me,
I can't believe my eyes.
A knitted town to witness,
To take me by surprise.
The trees are made of wool,
It is warm in the heat.
It's a charming little town,
And it's smooth beneath my feet.
It's all been neatly knitted
Into lovely order.
And then I made my best friend,
With the King's daughter.
For our Take One Picture week, Year 6 have been working with the paintings of our class artist, Kandinsky. We researched key facts about the artist to give a better understanding of the forms of artwork that he produced. The class established the fact that Kandinsky was the first artist to use abstract forms of work which he started to produce in 1910. Our aim was to base our own work on a piece called 'Dominant Curve'.
Each member of Year 6 has produced their own artwork on their own memory, dream or aspiration for the future. For art enthusiasts to understand some of the content of the work, the children have also written brief descriptions about part of their artwork.
Kandinsky's 'Dominant Curve'
Year 6 would like to thank Mr Caruana for coming in and delivering yet another new experience to us, especially as it was an exceptionally hot day and even hotter with all the kit on. With only a couple of days to go until the end of the year, Year 6 were instructed in the basic principles of fencing and all had a wonderful time learning a new skill. An excellent opportunity to try another sport just before their transition into secondary school.
On Thursday 26th May, four children from Year 5 were invited to the Bayfordbury Science Observatory for a fun filled day of science activities. From designing a system to protect an egg dropped from the roof of the building to spending time in the Planetarium discussing the Polar star and our solar system. The children were a credit to to the school and a special mention to Eddie who asked a series of excellent questions. Well done to Sophie, Jack, Marie and Eddie.