On Wednesday, 5th June 2019, Year 6 visited the Houses of Parliament. We had a chance to see the Westminster Hall, Central Lobby, the Lords Chamber in the House of Lords and the Commons Chamber in the House of Commons. We learnt about the history of the building and how the country is being governed. Since it was a sunny day, we finished our trip playing in the park nearby.
Art Day in Year 6 was all about our topic ‘Codebreakers’. We started with practicing some drawing techniques that can help us create intricate and repetitive patterns. After that, we explored photographs of various historical coding machines (for example the Enigma machine). Inspired by the codebreaking history, we created our own individual collages. Finally, we worked in groups and designed and made original coding machines with different functions. When we finished, we presented our work to the rest of the class. Thank you Bow Arts for a creative and engaging day!
Year 6 attended a workshop in Pizza Express. We learnt about the origins and the ingredients of Pizza Margherita and then turned into pizzaiolos and prepared our very own, delicious pizzas! On our way home, we stopped at Brick Lane to admire the lamp posts that we helped to design earlier this year. What a fantastic trip!
Year 6 are learning about the Olympians and therefore we visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. We had the opportunity to see the venues that hosted the Olympic Games in 2012 and we were amazed by the pool of champions in the London Aquatics Centre. Everyone enjoyed conquering the climbing wall and sketching the West Ham Stadium and the tallest sculpture in the UK – The Arcelormittal Orbit. Both classes agreed it would be fantastic to have a school’s sports day at this park. Therefore we wrote persuasive letters to Remi to convince her to invest some money from the school’s budget into organising it in one of the award-winning venues. Will our arguments persuade her?
Year 6 visited the Museum of London Docklands as part of our learning about World War Two. One class attended a drama workshop to find out about the life of an ordinary housewife in East London during the war. The other class examined real objects and discovered what they were used for in WW2. We also explored the museum exhibits and learnt about the effect of the Blitz on the Docklands.
Year 6 went to Stepney Farm to classify animals and plants. We did three activities there.
- We discussed and classified leaves in various different ways and put them into a Venn diagram.
- We walked through the farm looking at all the animals. Using a classification key, we identified features of the animals we observed and made out which group they belong to: mammal, amphibian, reptile, bird, fish (vertebrates) or insect (invertebrates).
- Finally, we played a classification bingo game with plants.
Back in school, we wrote newspaper reports about our Stepney Farm visit.
Children in Year 6 explored aquatic fauna and flora in a pond dipping session. They explored the adaptation of freshwater invertebrates to their natural habitat by examining pond animals using magnifying glasses and binocular microscopes. In addition, they used classification keys to identify the invertebrates. In school, they wrote instructions on how to pond dip.
Year 6 visited the London Fire Brigade in Whitechapel to celebrate their 150th anniversary. We learnt about the history of the fire service and had the opportunity to use a real fire hose. We were taught about how developments in technology have changed fire fighters’ uniforms and the other emergencies fire fighters see to other than fires. In the first aid workshop, we learnt how to put on a bandage.
Year 2 and Year 6 had a special visit from a few birds of prey where we were able to watch them in action. We were introduced to: an English barn owl, an African owl and a hawk. The birds of prey have adapted to suit their environment and their hunting styles. Some of us also had the opportunity to have an owl perch on our arm.