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Welcome to Poplar - Year 6!

 

 

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.

Investigating switches

Learning about electrical resistance by pretending to be electrons

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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

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The children used watercolour paints to impose a picture of their favourite animal on to a page from the book of Genesis which tells the story of Creation. This combined their learning from RE, art and science.

Year 6 have been writing short stories that contain an element of surprise; we hope you enjoy these

 

The smell of chlorine fills the cavity within me as I am alert, on standby, waiting and ready - prepared.  Cramped in a lonely plastic chamber, watching the tears slide down the transparent plastic flap.  The doors to my house lead me to the sight of a man wearing a red and yellow t-shirt pacing around a deep blue pool.
 
But the fluorescent colour and my importance gives me pride everyone relies on me.
 
Suddenly I hear a high pitch noise ricocheting off the walls.  My door flies open as I get yanked out of my home and chucked into a vast sea of blue. Skimming towards flailing arms and a storm of rain,  I am grabbed with a hand of desperation and then reeled in by a rope. 
 
The lifebuoy - I am back secure in my plastic house.
 
William

 

 

Here I am in the large world sitting with my head held high and my tail lying low. It's hard in this world. The illuminous sun scorches down on my orange skin, but yet I'm cold.
 
Sitting waiting, sitting and waiting - planning my departure.  It's hard to be still, but yet I am.  Bikes are passing in the most radiant way, bright bicycles cycling over the tip of my tail.
 
The sky is starting to change, the clouds are circulating the sky and suffocating it; small drops of rain land on my skin, tip tap, tip tap, slowly eroding my skin and shrouding my body.
 
A claw descends down and scoops me up and clutches onto me.  I slip through its talons - the penny hits the ground.
 
Jacob

 

 

 

3, 2, 1 take off!  The plane is off, off the ground, rapidly it flew high in the sky.  Wobbling slightly, rowing side to side like cradling a baby.  Mad!  It's flying like a drunk man.  Demented!  It crashes crazily through the sky unhinged!  Passengers scream as their lives may end, they scream for their life, though that's not going to change anything.
 
Suddenly the plane swoops back up in the sky, does a loop the loop and calms down.  Out of nowhere it frantically speeds away, it feels like a million miles per hour.  At that moment a voice, ten times louder than any other, shouts,
"Jimmy! Dinner's ready!"
The plane is landed by a five year old child playing with his toy plane.

 

Max

 

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.

 

 

Researching all about Japan

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Who can move the greatest number of sweets, using chopsticks, in a minute?

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Enjoying being outside for our Shakespeare days

Learning about Iambic Pentameter by listening to our heartbeats and copying the pattern

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Sharing Shakespearean compliments and insults in Iambic Pentameter

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Body Pump

In science we are looking at how our heart works and why; we began by role playing the blood!

 

 

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Be very scared...our new Reading Hub - The Highwayman!

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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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ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18

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