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.
As part of the scholars programme five children from Year 6 joined other children from the E1 partnership on a visit to Clare College University of Cambridge. They enjoyed a tour of the university and a lecture from a professor in the zoology department! They are all now very keen on the idea of life at university.
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.
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 the stunning views from the tallest sculpture in the UK – The Arcelormittal Orbit and 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. Will our arguments persuade her?
Last week, Year 6 went on a trip to the Gurdwara in Bow to learn more about the Sikhism faith. We spent the afternoon finding out interesting facts about Sikh’s way of life and their beliefs. We had a great time!
The children in Year 6 enjoyed a fun-filled trip to Somerset House to take part in an ice skating session. They put their growth mindset to the test and practised their ice skating skills. There were lots of falls, bumps and laughs. The children were able to use this experience to write a diary entry about their trip.