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Welcome to Poplar - Year 6!



Sam's research project

Sam enjoyed the challenge of an additional research project about birds which he presented to the class; it was a fantastic presentation and he taught us all a great deal!  Please have a look at his power point; we thoroughly recommend it!

Nature Library

As part of our science learning about classification and the characteristics of all living things, Mrs Bayliss, a Biology teacher from Richard Hale, came in to help us to explore micro-organisms. We investigated the growth of these organisms which we found in various places in the classroom. We also investigated which hand cleaner was the most effective against bacteria. The final investigation was our experiment to grow yeast at different temperatures.

Creation and Faith - conflicting or complementing?


This is a question we've been asking in our topic, 'How the Camel got its Hump'; it's been part of our Science and RE learning and we've grappled with what it means to be human in our English lessons as well as we've been studying the novel, 'The Savage'.  Big questions for year 6!


As we've looked at these issues we've thought about how we're made in the image of God and how we're all unique and yet we've put that alongside the theories of Cosmology and Evolution.  This was our artistic response.



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Did you work out who was who?!

What an amazing experience at the Royal Albert Hall!


Sunday 11th March saw twenty year 6 children, plus teachers and parents, take the coach up to the Royal Albert Hall for the Hertfordshire Music Gala.  After a great deal of hard work learning the lyrics and practising the songs, we were able to give of our best and be part of something that was truly incredible. 


Year 6 - I was so proud of you, you were a credit to the school.  It was a "memory making" day that I was thrilled to share with you.

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It'a a new term and a new topic...

                               "How the Camel got its Hump"


We are really enjoying connecting our Science, English, RE and Art learning in this new topic; do look at our curriculum overview to see all that we are learning.

Below is our new look Reading Hub - we feel we have out grown a "Reading Corner"!


The Launch Day provided exciting opportunities to learn about the conservation status of various species, playing Conservation Bingo and then creating masks of a number of different animals at various stages on the conservation scale.

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Our new "Wonderful World" book corner

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Visit by Tim Prendergast - Para- Olympian

We were privileged today as the Gold medal Olympic runner came to talk to the school in assembly and also to do a workshop with both Year 6 and Year 4. In year 6 he talked to us about believing in yourself, how important it is to work as a team and ways to cope with nervousness or stress.


Creating Mayan Food

Wired up - discovering all about electricity

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Have you ever thought what is in blood?  

That was today's key question in our science; so after completing some research we thought we'd create our own blood, only we used orange squash (plasma), raspberry jelly (red blood cells), mini marshmallows (white blood cells) and rice (platelets).  

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BMX Academy Day

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All aboard the Life Bus of Hertingfordbury


At the end of last week and the start of this week, (10.3.17 and 13.3.17) Life Education Centre (LEC) came to Hertingforbury Cowper for a phenomenal experience to have a go at entering the magnificent Life Bus. This is an interactive chance for children to enjoy a beneficial talk about our bodies, lives and how to take care of them.

Every year group discussed subjects suitable for their age group; such as Reception learned about factors affecting physical and emotional well-being, Year 3 looked at positive relationships and Year 6 studied about drugs, medicines, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and illegal substances. Other year groups have focused on related subjects to these. To help the children keep attention for the talk, LEC has added in their own stimulating ideas for instance their puppet giraffe named Harold, a talking brain, drama, songs and role play!

Overall, our school completely enjoyed the Life Bus coming to visit and teach us about some amazing facts helpful for our bodies. We would very much like to thank Nancy for an amazing experience to help us with our bodies and lives. Again, thank you so much!


By Vishakha Thakkar, Year 6

Year 6 Class Assembly, 10/02/17


Wow, year 6 - what an incredible class assembly today!  I was so proud of you!  In all of your presentation you demonstrated amazing team work; this was clearly seen in your parachute representation of the creation story from Genesis and also in your dance, 'Something Inside So Strong'.  At the start of the year we talked about team dynamics and how we need to be like geese (honking encouragingly, taking turns to lead, pulling back to support those in need...), well you achieved that today!


Have a well deserved half term break and then return 'bright eyed and bushy tailed' ready for a full-on half term of learning surprise.



Creation and Science: conflicting or complimentary?


For our spring topic, 'How the Camel got its Hump', we are looking at creation and evolution.  In the bible we see God as the creator who created this world, but does science complement or conflict with this?


Our charcoal portraits represent the ape and theory of evolution of species, they also show our faces as humans created in the image of God.

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"Jesus, our friend, light of the world, shine on us today"

In worship time today we learnt how the light of a candle reminds us of the love Jesus brings; we each took a little candle, lit from our worship candle, and took it into our classrooms so that we are reminded how we take God's love everywhere we go.

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Science - Refraction

We enjoyed having the cameras from Snap Science in recording our lesson on refraction.


Mayan Food: Making tortillas

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Electricity - human circuits and recreating types of switches

Learning to Learn

The children made a great start to the year focussing on how our brain works; we created a human model of the links and connections the brain cells make when we learn.  We also reminded ourselves about our growth mind set and just how important this is for the year ahead of us.  When we're finding things a little tough, we have produced a chart to remind us to continue in spite of the obstacles and not to give up; Crackle is there cheering us on!


We thought about this verse from the bible -

The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7 (ERV)

Human model showing the brain making some connections

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Charity Committee


The Year 6 Charity Committee have organised the collection of new T shirts and shorts for Mrs Gosbee to take with her to South Africa as she visits Christian Orphanages there with a view to working there for some length of time.


Thank you so much to everyone who donated so many T shirts and shorts in such a short time. Mrs Gosbee was overwhelmed by the response and has promised to come in to take an assembly and show us pictures of the children and orphanages on her return.



Mrs Gosbee with the Year 6 Charity Committee collecting the T shirts and shorts.

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Making Blood Soup!

As part of our science learning we have been studying the function of the heart and the 'ingredients' that are in blood.  We made our own blood containing plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, only ours was diluted orange squash, small pieces of red jelly, mini marshmallows and grains of rice! 

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Singing at the Royal Albert Hall

We had an amazing day on Sunday 14th March: some of Year 6 joined hundreds of other children from across Hertfordshire to sing in the 'Royal Albert Hall Hertfordshire Schools' Gala'.  It was a day to remember, full of memory making moments - singing as part of a huge choir, watching the percussionists, seeing the dancers, not least - performing in the Royal Albert Hall itself! 

Such a privilege to take you Year 6, you were a credit to the school and I loved every minute; thank you!

Mrs Hemmens :)



Royal Albert Hall Hertfordshire Schools' Gala 2016

A little 'snippet' of the Gala...

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Power point from the Year 6 Parents' SATs information meeting

Shakespeare Day


What a fantastic Shakespeare day we had!  Year 6 turned up at school transformed into Tudor characters and enthusiastically embraced the day's activities.  All our drama was based around Macbeth: after warming up with some dramatic skills and games, we re-enacted the battle between Norway and Scotland, imaging ourselves on the barren and bitter heath.  We then moved onto view Macbeth and Banquo congratulating themselves and each other on their victory.  The children delighted over the witches and how they could be portrayed and directed.  Finally we immersed ourselves in the whole story reflecting on the development of Macbeth and why he behaved as he did.

The day ended with some wonderful Tudor music with Mrs Mo.  A truly delightful day!


The Three witches

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The Three Witches

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Spring Term, first half - 'How the Camel got its Hump!'



What a fantastic half term we've had!  It was wonderful to welcome the parents into our classroom and for them to see the work the children have been so busy doing.  Year 6 led a super class assembly this morning which incorporated learning from Science, English, RE and Art; well done Year 6, have a super half term holiday, you deserve it!



Year 6 have been incredibly busy this half term exploring evolution, adaptation and classification.  We have put on our 'scientific hats' and investigated Natural Selection, learning all about Darwin's theory and the discoveries of Mary Anning.  But we've also enjoyed 'wearing imaginary hats' and, after studying Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, we have each created our own. 


We're looking forward to celebrating and sharing our learning with Year 6 parents at our class assembly this Friday 12th February and after that you are invited to come into our class to look through the books and see our exciting clay animal sculptures.  We look forward to seeing you and telling you more!


Year 6 enjoyed reading to Year 1!

Our Awesome & Ancient topic

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What a lovely start we've had to year 6!  We're just coming to the end of our first half term's topic, 'Awesome and Ancient' - discovering all about the Maya in South America.  The children have been busy looking at timelines, maps, learning about Mayan clothes, beliefs, sports...but we don't want to give too much away as we would love you to come to our class assembly Friday 23rd October, 9am.   Looking forward to seeing you!


Last week we spent a whole day improving our computing programming skills; we learnt about algorithms and became experts at using our programming cycle - having to debug and refine!  Initially we started with 'Unplugged Programming', working out an algorithm for stacking cups.  We progressed to using Logo to write a programme for shapes using repeated patterns.