Year 6 Trip to St Leonards Gardens

Year 6 spent the morning in St Leonards Gardens, enjoying the range of structural plants and flowers (yes, there were still some despite it being the middle of November!). Here are some photos of them hard at work in their sketch books.  Watch this space to see how their drawings will become ‘big art’ this term, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

 

Year 6 trip to Alexandra Park

Year 6 visited the park to look at native trees.  As part of their work, they were measuring leaves, working out how old the trees are having measured their girth, and approximating the heights of some of the trees.  They also took bark and leaf rubbings to make comparisons with the Amazon Rainforest, which they are studying this term.

Year 6 visit to church

On Tuesday 2nd October, Year 6 visited Christ Church as part of their RE unit of work. Children made drawings of some of the Old Testament stained glass windows. Later in the term, they will be designing some of their own windows … so watch this space!

Wind in the Willows – in rehearsal

Year 6 have just finished performing their 4 show run of ‘Wind in the Willows’.  There were two performances in school for children from Nursery to Year 5 and two for families.  The entire production took just under two weeks from first rehearsal to first performance.  Year 6 children made scenery, and our backstage crew worked as stagehands and lighting, sound and electronic backdrop operators.  Year 6 children also designed the tickets and programmes.

Here our some of our ‘In rehearsal’ pictures.

We started with scripts and ‘blocked’ the show so that everyone knew where to stand and their entrances and exits.

Children also spent lunchtimes, practising and perfecting face painting ready for performances!

Then we were finally ‘off book’ (no scripts) and it all began to come together. We did a dress rehearsal in full costume and began working with props.

Year 5 and 6 Sports Day

We chose Wednesday 27th June for our Year 5 and 6 Sports Day.  It started overcast and with a chill in the air but ended with clear blue skies, glorious sunshine and was really rather hot!

As a phase, we take part in 6 events: 40m sprint, endurance shuttle run, shot putt, discus, long jump and triple jump.

Children have been practising in PE lessons and improving their ‘Personal Bests’. In the selection of photos below, you will see some of the children competing, as well as some of our adults and Year 3 and 4 helpers!

Many children managed to beat their PBs on the day, earning them bonus points in that event.  Points are being added up and sports day winners will be announced at the sports awards at the end of term.

Learning to write a précis

Year 6 have been learning to write a précis. First, they had to choose a book.

 

Then, they had to count the words! A précis is a summary and is approximately a third of the length of the original text.  Children therefore had to calculate how many words they would need to write.

Then, they were ready to have a go. Some chose to write and others chose to type.  Some chose to work on their own and others chose to work in a group.  They needed to write in their own style rather than copy the original.  A précis uses the past tense, third person and reported speech.  Some found it easier than others!