Welcome to Poplar - Year 6!
Big Bang Event at St Joseph's in the Park
Poplar class were thrilled to be invited to join other schools at St. Joseph's on Tuesday morning to participate in a Big Bang event. There will be photographs to share with you to come later as the event was covered by a single photographer.
The children took part in several workshops varying in focus from looking at 3D printers and simulating the way they worked by layer icing on biscuits which they could eat afterwards, to making their own environmentally friendly soap having discussed the devastation caused by our present over use of plastic in household goods.
Everyone really enjoyed the activities and I am hoping had lots to share with you when they came home.
Writing in the style of Rudyard Kipling
We have been enjoying studying Kipling's writing, especially his Just So Stories which he originally wrote for his five year old daughter Effie. After analysing his stories - looking at the language and structure - we were given the challenge to emulate his style and create our own Just So Story; we suggest you read them out loud - just as Kipling would have suggested!
Art or Science?
We've been looking at Darwin's observational drawings and paintings and then creating observational sketches of our own...while asking the question, when is art, science?
Spring Term 2018
Diversity and Equality
As part of our PSHE topic we have discussed ways in which people can be different; from this we have produced some art work.
Light Up Your World
We began our new science topic today with a knowledge harvest to see what knowledge we have. From this we were able to decide what questions we would like to answer in our learning this half term.
The photographs show our investigations in to what happens when we use a light source and a puppet to make a shadow.
A Week of Remembering...
We have spent a week remembering and pausing to reflect on the centenary of the end of World War One. Beginning with the inspirational book, "Where the Poppies Now Grow", we have thought about the poppy and its significance to the war; we then moved onto studying the beautiful poem, "In Flanders Fields" and finally read some letters written by soldiers on the front line and their families back at home.
Using these as our inspiration, we have written our own poetry and letters.
In Flanders fields where those asleep lay
Trampled by those who live to fight another day
Those screaming for their Mums
Were the ones who were hit by the guns.
We must pass our lives over to those brave soldiers
Who will lift up the torch
Those who will help us win this war
Before they find they're knocking on death's door.
We can only do one thing - wait.
Written by Jamie
In Flanders fields the poppies grow, from
Seed to plant, from row to row.
The sleeping bodies buried with hasty hands, now rest with
Peace under a new life, a symbol.
When the torch is passed down from old to young
And the responsibility of war is shifted, it seems so
Hopeless, until the poppies grew in Flanders fields.
On the hills and in the swamps, wherever you choose
They sprout from earth, torn and blown shifted and burnt,
They come to encourage.
And now, with victories under our belts, we charge towards
Victory, inspired by the poppies.
The poppies in Flanders fields.
Written by Thomas
In Flanders fields poppies will grow,
Beyond the darkness, light will glow.
When all is lost, though it seems,
Poppies will come and the sun will gleam.
We are the dead.
But never fear, I will always be there,
I will throw you the torch, stand really near
Hold it high and the wind will blow,
in Flanders fields the poppies will grow.
Written by Isabel
In Flanders fields the eternal lake of poppies flow,
They flow through the crosses row by row,
We rest underneath abundant scarlet,
Knowing that once we saw the sunrise glow.
We were the brave. But now we are the dead.
We fought for our country fearful and ahead;
We knew that one day we would lie here,
But it came too soon in Flanders fields.
One day we'll win this war, but
Many have come upon death's door
Many have lost their life by bombs
And guns filling them with strife.
But once you lay in Flanders fields
The poppies who heal your wounds
And end your life in peace.
Written by Alice
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
It is a vast sea of poppies
Reaching upwards, an explosion of scarlet
Growing in a brown sludge between the naked skeletal trees.
We are the dead!
We only lived a couple of short days ago.
We heard the shot of the guns,
We had friends and family,
We gave our lives for those we loved and were loved by.
The blood of the poppies now grow.
Their graceful petals swaying in the misty wind.
Hold up the torch high and light will come,
I will be yours to hold high.
The poppies will grow in Flanders fields.
In Flanders fields the soldiers fight,
Guns down, what a horrible sight
We lay down by the skeletal trees
People got on their hands and knees ,
We were the warriors. Lying dead on the battle field
Under the decaying soil-like shield,
Where the poppies now grow,
In Flanders fields.
Written by Evie
Autumn Term 2, 2018
An Extra Challenge!
Martha has been working hard interviewing teachers and children from all years in order to write a half-termly report about the learning in the school. It's a super report Martha; thank you for sharing it with us all.
Year 6 have been reading and enjoying 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. At times we've been on the edge of our seats with suspense! It was at one of these moments that we all imagined we were Stanley, the main character, who was stuck in a hole on top of a nest of yellow spotted lizards. I wonder what you would be thinking if that was you; perhaps you would escape the reality of the situation with happy memories.
Read through Amelie and Jessica's interpretation of Stanley's thoughts.
All Wired Up! - Science
In our science we have been learning all about electricity and making electrical circuits. We began with many questions - things that we wanted to find out about electricity. We have learnt about the flow of electricity, circuit diagrams and how to draw the symbols, different types of switches and why they might be used and how to increase and decrease the resistance and what effect this has on the components.
Autumn Term 1, 2018
Academic Year 2018-2019
Year 6 have been writing short stories that contain an element of surprise; we hope you enjoy these
Cultural Day - Japan!
文化の日 - 日本
We have enjoyed learning about Japan on our whole school cultural day: discovering how to use chopsticks, learning about Japanese school, the geography, economy, manufacturing and food, amongst other subjects. Mrs Hemmens and Ms Meagher looked lovely in their kimonos (!) while the class all wore red and white like the country's flag. In addition, we learnt about the beautiful spring blossoms and painted them with watercolours. We have each taken a translation of our name home to practise.
In science we are looking at how our heart works and why; we began by role playing the blood!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18