This half term Year Six have visited Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre where we have experienced a variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities including bell boating and climbing. Our trips to the centre are a taster for future sessions in the summer term, when we will further develop our boating, climbing and team building skills.
Year 6 took a day trip to Gorsefield Rural Study Centre, where they learnt fire-building, orienteering, and archery. Class 10 had a great day despite the rain!
As part of their history topic on World War Two, Year Six went to visit the Battle of Cable Street mural to investigate whether our local area was significant in the build up to the second world war.
We found out that the mural was painted to commemorate how, in 1936, local people barricaded Cable Street where Fascist leader Mosley (head of a British style Nazi party) and his followers, the Blackshirts, had planned a march to intimidate and threaten local people. Our area was chosen because many Jewish people and other groups opposed to fascism lived on and near Cable Street.
We went to visit the Battle of Cable Street mural and identified a part or section of the artwork that caught our eye. We used a viewfinder to help us focus on the specific part of the mural we had chosen and then had a go at drawing it ourselves.
Over a term, class 12 consolidated their Spanish and worked on asking and responding to questions to introduce themselves. At the end of the term, they created character puppets to introduce that puppet in Spanish. Which of these characters would you like to meet?
Design and Technology Project
This term in Geography year Six have been looking at how mountain ranges, such as the Himalayas were formed. The research included looking at how the earth's crust is divided into tectonic plates. At the boundaries of plate tectonic plates we found out that mountains are sometimes formed but also this is the area where most of the the more violent earthquakes occur.
This inspired us to do a design and technology project based on designing, building and evaluating structures that could withstand an earthquake. Our Design Brief was to: Design and make a structure that will fit on the ‘shake tray’; it must be at least 30 cm high and withstand shaking for 10 seconds.
The shake tray used computer code to shake a tray of jelly to represent the earth's crust.
Below are photographs of our planning, designing, testing and evaluating our structures.
Here is a video of some of our structures.
Look at the videos below to see the structures being tested on the shake tray to simulate if they would survive an earthquake.
Zoom Meeting with Pie in the Sky author and illustrator, Remy Lai
On Friday 12th March, year six had a Zoom meeting with author and illustrator Remy Lai. Remy was very impressed by Year Six's performance for the Tower Hamlets Book Awards based on her book, Pie in the Sky, in the Autumn term of 2020. Indeed she was so impressed she agreed to have a meeting with us and answer our questions. The year Six performance and the Zoom meeting with Remy Lai were kindly organised and arranged by Sue, our librarian.
Year six listened to their teachers reading Pie in the Sky on the home learning blog during the Spring Term.
During our Zoom meeting Remy Lai drew a portrait of Mohammad.
Last week year six were treated to a performance workshop based on William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, led by the Young Shakespeare Company.
The children were able to learn about the play by getting into role as the different characters and act out various scenes. They also had the opportunity to learn and perform well-known lines from the play such as, “Double, double; toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble …” as chanted by the three witches!
Meanwhile Julia, our resident artist, painted pictures of how she imagined the various scenes of the play.
Class 10 have been learning about the Mexican festival, the day of the dead that is celebrated every 1st and 2nd of November. They learnt about the special traditions Mexicans follow to celebrate and remember the lives of their loved ones who have passed away . They built these 'altar de muertos', can you identify what are some important elements they included?
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