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Welcome to Year 6

17th January 2022

Samba Dance! 

Building on from our samba drumming last week. This week children have been learning some samba dance moves like the samba shimmy, and the samba wave. They are working in groups to create their own samba style dance routine. Each week they will work on this and at the end they will perform their routines. I have to say I am impressed by what I have seen so far so can't wait to see what their final routines look like. 

3rd January 2022

Samba!

Happy New Year! It was lovely to welcome the children back to school and to start our new topic which is Brazil. We kicked off our new topic with some samba drumming. We had a special music teacher visit us in school with some different types of drums including the surdo, cuícas and tamborim. Then as a group we performed some samba music similar to what would be played at the Rio Carnival. It was very impressive how quickly children picked up the different rhymths and how well they worked as a class to form a samba band.

13th December 2021

VE Day Celebrations

As a ‘fabulous finish’ to our World 2 Topic, Friday was devoted to celebrating V.E. Day. The children used their rations to make sweet treats such as oat cookies and carrot biscuits. They made red, white and blue bunting and table wear whilst listening to 40s music. Some children even used their Science knowledge to make electrical circuits to send ‘Happy V.E. Day messages in Morse Code! In the afternoon, we sung war time songs and ate our bakes as a street party and were visited by our dance instructor who taught the children at jive.

The spirit of the day was embraced by the children who have thoroughly enjoyed this term’s History learning.

6th December 2021

It's that time of year - Panto time!

Children in Year 5 and 6 visited the Mercury Theatre to watch this years panto which was Aladdin. They It was a magical performance with a flying guitar. The cast as always were amazing and children enjoyed singing along to all the songs and booing and cheering along with the characters. The camel was very entertaining and a favourite amonst many children. As always, the dame of the panto kept everyone laughing and Mr Lehain was releived that he wasn't chosen to be at the brunt of these jokes. We need to make him sit closer next time!

22nd November 2021

RE - Making Challah Bread

In RE, children have been learning about Judaism linked to our WW2 Topic. They have been learning about Jewish traditions and how they worship both in a Synagogue and at home. This week, children developed their understanding of how Jewish families celebrate Shabbat each week. As part of this, they made their own Challah bread in small groups. Then in 'Bake Off' style they tasted and evaluated each others designs. 

15th November 2021

Indoor and Outdoor PE

This half term in indoor PE, children in Year 6 are developing their skills in different team games. The focus is on developing their understanding of team tactics for various games such as benchball and dodgeball. 

In outdoor PE, children are learning how to play basketball. The first couple of weeks we have been focussing on the rules when dribbling the ball and using our skills from netball in year 5 to accurately pass the ball. 

 

8th November 2021

Diwali Dance Workshop

This week we were lucky enough to have a Ramayana Dance Workshop in school which taught the children about the festival of Diwali through dance. The instructor started with the comment 'I don't want to hear, I can't dance' and by the end of the workshop all the teachers and adults were impressed with how well everyone did. It was especially lovely to see the positive attitudes, smiles and teamwork. Children then spent time in class learning more about Diwali and the importance of it to Hindus. 

1st November 2021

Squash Visit

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to the Colchester Garrison squash courts. It provideed the children with an opportunity to practise the skills they have learnt, not just this year but over the sequence of annual turoring, on full size courts. They enjoyed using the side walls and were introduced to a further set of rules to develop their understanding of the game.

Our professional coaches Emily and Lauren were delighted with the children's ability to serve and tactically select returns that kept their oponent on their toes. As always, our pupils recieved praise for their positivity, manners and encouragement of others. 

18th October 2021

The Great British Outdoor Bake-off

This week, we took Food Technology as our Forest Schools focus and made chocolate-orange cupcakes. First the children carved away the centre of half an orange. They prepared a cake mix which was used to fill the orange cup. These were than carefully wrapped inside a foil parcel and baken on an outdoor fire. The children enjoyed tucking in as they watched the fire smoulder. 

Great fun and a delicous autumn treat!

11th October 2021

Sensational Science!

During our Science lessons this half term, we have been learning about the human heart and the circulatory system. We can now explain what the heart is and the process through which oxygenated and deoxygenated blood is transported around the body. We have completed practical activities to model the blood's movement, explored how our heart rate reacts to different forms of exercise and have measured our recovery rate after exercise. To present our learning, we have used a variety of graphs and charts and have developed our ability to write explanations.

A lot of fun has been had and we have shown that we are Sensational Scientists!

4th October 2021

Blitz Evacuation

Our recent focus in History and English has been WW11 Blitz and the evacuation of city children to the safety of the countryside. The children used primary evidence photographs to deduce facts about the past and asked enquiring questions to develop their understanding.

In Art, the children produced silhouettes of the London sky-scape which they layered on top of a blazing background produced by colour mixing and applying as a graduation.

The children put themselves in the shoes of an evacuated child and wrote and edited poignant letters home. These were filled with emotive language and demonstrated the children’s understanding of the event through detailed description of their new home and the overwhelming and unfamiliar experiences encountered.

27th September 2021

Squash Coaching

We are delighted to be taking part in half a term of squash with our wonderful professional coaches. The children look forward to this annual experience and it is wonderful to see the progress they make. To celebrate their achievements, we have been invited to the Garrison in October to play on full size courts.  This year is extra special as the coaches will be scouting for players who show skill, dedication and most importantly, sportsmanship to take part in a multi-school championship. It will be hard to make the selection from such impresive players!

20th September 2021

Forerst Schools Fun!

This week, we have opened our beautiiful outdoor learning area to run Forest Schools to the delight of the children. 

It was fantastic to see the boys and girls revisiting their favourite activities such as den building, tree climbing, fire-preparation and bug hunting as well as being inspired to explore new skills alongside their classmates. As always, enthusiasm and engagement was high and teamwork shone through. 

13th September 2021

Welcome Back

It has been a wonderful first week back in Oak and Olive classes. We have been exploring the geographical and cultural diversity of the vibrant continent Asia and have produced many creative pieces of work including water colour blossom trees, shoji screens, travel brochures and have also researched facts about endangered animals. 

We are proud to announce our School Councilors who were democratically elected by their peers: Layla, Osose, Noah and Izzy.

We have already formed new friendships and sense of teamwork ready for the challenges and exciting experiences which lay ahead in this last year of our primary school journey.

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