Welcome to Chestnut and Maple

On Thursday 15th June, the Year 6 children from Orchard, Hoxton and Southwold met at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for an action packed day of sports. We played in mixed teams in the morning, rotating round different activities, such as football, cricket, skipping and rounders. After lunch, we took part in our inter-sports competition-playing volleyball. It was a gloriously sunny day with lots of fun had by all. A great opportunity for the children to meet other Year 6’s from our partner schools.

On Wednesday 14th June children from Years 4, 5 and 6 visited the London Metropolitan Archives. After discovering all of the interesting archives they had in store (including the oldest piece- a treaty between William the Conquer and the City of London) we had a tour of the building. We explored ‘The Londoners’ exhibition that displayed photographs of different working people throughout history. From politicians to servants, nurses to rat catchers, London has long been a a magnet for people looking for work. We then stepped into the role of a journalist and researched lots of sources, paintings and documents about the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was as though we were really there. Inspired by our discoveries we put pen to paper and wrote our newspaper articles.

Maple class enjoyed their first kayaking session on Wednesday morning at Laburnum boat club. After practising their rowing skills on dry land, they were ready for the water. They learnt valuable team work skills, helping each other in and out of their boats, before embarking down Regents canal in their kayaks. The children grew in confidence throughout the session and are already looking forward to their second session in a fort-nights time.

On Thursday 8th June, Year 6 explored the cultural sights of our capital city. Our trip began on a bus ride to St Pauls and the children then walked over the Millennium bridge to the Tate Modern. Inside the Tate Modern we explored many contemporary artists and went all the way to the top- to the new viewing tower. The children were incredibly impressed with the views, as they could see across the whole city. After our descent we jumped on the boat, along the Thames to Tate Britain. This way a new experience for us all. When we arrived at the Tate Britain we enjoyed the works of Henry Moore, having recently created sculptures inspired by his works. We also explored Tudor and renaissance paintings before returning to school.

After working so hard this week to complete their KS2 SATs, Year 6 took their PE lesson to Victoria Park on Thursday 10th May. Luckily the sun shone on them as they celebrated their successes. They all enjoyed playing lots of fun games, showing good team skills and tactical thinking. Well done to all the children, who did brilliantly on all their tests this week.

On Friday 9th December, Year 6 visited Hackney museum to take part in Hackney’s Junior Citizens Scheme. In preparation for secondary school, Year 6 spent the afternoon learning lots of essential life skills. Sessions were run by: London Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, TFL, Red Cross and many more. Workshops included: staying safe on the underground, basic first aid, how to respond to a fire in the home, knife crime and how to stay healthy. The children had a really enjoyable afternoon and have taken away many top tips for staying safe.

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Yesterday, Maple class went on a trip to the Royal Institute of Architecture. They were able to get an insight into the design process behind any building. They created models out of façades, experimenting how to create 3D structures and how to best support them. After lunch, on the roof terrace, Year 6 explored how to use software on the iPads to design and create their own façades-thinking carefully about the aesthetics.

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Look at all the amazing PSHE work Maple have been doing in their special books. They have celebrated a variety of cultures, looking at sport across Europe and black artists, during World week. On e-safety day the whole class created posters, containing Year 6 Top tips of how to stay safe on-line.

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Upper Phase have been busy, during half term, creating some amazing holiday homework models for our displays. Year 6, are focusing on sustainability, in the lead up to Christmas and have used recycled products to create their models of bikes. Look at all of our amazing work.

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In conjunction with World Week, Chestnut class attended a Caribbean dance workshop. The children had an amazing time learning individual moves then sequencing them together in a whole class routine.

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On Monday 3rd October 2016, Chestnut class attended a workshop all about our topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. They learned all about fossils and where they can be found. The zoologist explained that if you dig deeper you can find animals and organisms that lived millions of years ago. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring bones of meat eaters, grass eaters and fruit eaters. Also, they were amazed that dogs and cats have a bone on their arm that is actually their heel! Did you know that pandas have 7 fingers?

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