Summer Term 2016
Our topics this term have been Travel and Euro 2016. We are linking both topics to geography and tourism. The children began with a tour of London on an open top bus to help them understand what tourists do in our city. They have also been finding our place in the world, locating London and England on maps and globes. The children have come to appreciate where we are in relation to other countries in the United Kingdom, Europe and the whole world. We will extend this topic to include the Rio Olympics and differences between London and Rio.
We have also visited the Tate gallery. This was an extremely successful outing. The boys were initially reluctant to actually look closely at the art but after a little time they began to appreciate the different art forms. We stayed for some time sketching our own versions of different pieces. Every child managed to complete two contrasting sketches based on contrasting pieces in different rooms.
In PSHCE/ Science we have been using our new ‘Christopher Winter’ project materials to teach Sex Education. We will also be having a visit from the school nurse who will deliver sessions linking puberty and personal hygiene.
Spring Term 2016
This Term our topic, Robots, started with a visit from a strange mechanical man. The children were quite excited by the figure dressed up as a robot despite the fact that they had worked out who was inside the costume they enjoyed the role play activities involving them trying to work out how to make the robot move and carry out their instructions.
This meeting definitely hooked them in to the topic.
The class have gone on to discover how many robots we use on a daily basis in our homes, in our environments and in industry, some of the history of robots, how to control simple robots and learned how to program our own Bee Bot and ProBot robot.
They have created their own simple automated machines and in DT have constructed frames which they have turned into models of robots to test out hydraulic techniques.
In Literacy we have based our creative writing around the book ‘The Iron Man’. As a basis for their writing the children have used drama to develop the story, acting as news reporters interviewing the main characters.
In Maths we have covered Multiplication and Division, Measurement and Fractions. As with Literacy the class have an extreme range of levels covering P levels to Year 3 and 4 and need support to access these topics at their own level.
Our Enrichment activities and visits have been very successful with a very high participation rate. We have visited the Bethnal Green toy Museum to look at the history of robots and toys as well as the change in how household devices are controlled and function.
We attended a workshop at the Science Museum called stronger by design which explained how strength is brought to structures such as buildings and bridges through the construction techniques used. The class were able to test out some of these theories when we constructed our own wooden frames as a basis for own robot models.
We have ended our topic by bringing movement to our robots through simple hydraulic mechanisms. Each child has been able to produce a robot with a moving head, eyes and hands by attaching them to syringes and plastic tubing, they have been very pleased with the results and proud to have completed such a large project.
Autumn Term 2015
We have had a very busy and exciting term especially with our year 6 Residential School Journey to the Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre in Wales. Whist in Wales the children had the opportunity to take part in many adventurous and enriching activities which would otherwise be unavailable to them. From ‘climbing mountains to crabbing at night’ and ‘gorge walking to abseiling’. The children seemed to appreciate every minute and were certainly able to live up to their class name with plenty of scope to build their resilience.
Everyone managed to reach the top of the mountain from the fastest and most fleet of foot to those of us with physical disabilities or, like myself, needing to go at a slower pace. Every child took part in and completed the gorge walking. The memory of, so successfully, conquering these challenges is supported by the amazing photographs we have on display of them chest deep in rock pools and sliding down real waterfalls. These photographs are a very useful resource to refer to when the class are feeling that any new challenges are beyond their capabilities.
We began the term with the topic ‘Being Human’. The children were able to extend their knowledge of the human body building on previous knowledge of ‘the skeleton’ and ‘health, fitness and diet’ gained in topics such as ‘My Body’. The focus moved in this topic to the major organs of the body and the ‘Digestive system’.
Our second topic is ‘Existing, Endangered, and Extinct’. We are learning how scientists classify living things into plants, animals and microorganisms, and beginning to use terms such as vertebrates and invertebrates. We are designing decision trees in order to understand classification and experimenting with yeast as a helpful micro-organism. We will also be linking our investigation of microorganisms to our gardening sessions and producing our own compost. We have supported these studies with visits to London Zoo and the London aquarium.
In Numeracy we have focussed on ensuring our understanding of the number system and place value is secure. The children have enjoyed using concrete materials to partition numbers and practice addition and subtraction with exchange. We are learning to tell the time on both digital and analogue clocks and learning to describe 2D and 3D shapes according to their properties.
We have continued gardening during carousel for the first half of the term. We had some vegetables still being produced and even sunflowers growing well into the Autumn. The children have now cleared the vegetable plots composting the waste material in our compost bins ready to start again in the spring. We now also compost all suitable vegetable material produced in our onsite kitchen.
This year we have established a new connection with the ‘Hands on London ‘Charity. ‘Hands on London’ link organisations such as schools and hospitals with companies who want to volunteer within those organisations. Beormund was paired with the clothing company ‘J Crew’ who are based in America. JCrew sent fifteen volunteers to us for a half day ‘renovation’ project. The team that arrived were so keen and enthusiastic that it was a pleasure to work with them. As well as providing £150.00 worth of materials and gardening resources the volunteers carried out several tasks for us. These included,
Special thanks go to Jon Meecham from ‘Hands on London’ for organising this event, also to Southwark Quadrant who loaned gardening tools for the volunteers and to the ‘J Crew’ volunteers themselves.
Summer Term 2016
Our main topic the first half of the summer term has been ‘The Holiday Show’ in which we looked at tourism in this country and overseas. We started the topic with an open bus tour around London looking at some of the famous sites around the capital. This provided the children with an excellent start to the topic and their enthusiasm showed when we returned back to class as they researched some of these famous sites. They found interesting facts to add to their powerpoint presentation and created their own bus tour around London. Some of the children were so proud of what they have created that they presented their work to the rest of the school during an assembly.
For the second half of the term we have been focussing on the UEFA Euro 2016. Each child drew teams involved in the tournament and children created a profile about one of their selected team. Within the profile they had to research information about the country: population, famous landmarks, weather food etc. In keeping with the footballing theme we also did some work to prepare children for secondary school.
We discussed the challenges that they will face when moving on and watched a CBBC programme called ‘Jamie Johnson’ about a football obsessed eleven year old. We observed some of the challenges he faced when he moved to a new secondary school and discussed how he coped with the situation and strategies they could use when they move on. We also watched a programme called ‘Our School’ which follows group of young students as they make the transition from primary to secondary school. One of the episode focuses on Ewan a boy who had behaviour difficulties at primary school. We watched and discussed the importance of a fresh start and how he was supported at secondary school to help him succeed.
Children are also involved in the ‘Fiver Challenge’ in which children are given £5 to try to make a profit from. So far the children have decided what they will be making, worked out what they need to buy and how much it would cost them and from this they have calculated the unit price of each item and the profit they might make. They will also me making a powerpoint presentation to convince Mr Leng on the viability of their project so he will loan them the money as well as posters advertising the advent.
We have also started our PSHCE topics based on the Christopher Winter Project in which we looked at ‘Drug and Alcohol’ in the first term and are currently looking at ‘Sex and Relationship Education’. On top of all this the children has worked hard to create art for the upcoming Art Exhibition and helped support good causes with their Team London projects raising money for the homeless and visiting and making cushions for the elderly. Children will also be practicing their athletics events for sports day, this year being held at Ladywell Arena and practising their song and work related to their leavers assembly.
Spring Term 2016
This spring term our main topic has been “History- AD900” looking at the history of non-European societies which has been adapted from the international curriculum. In the first half of the term we looked at the Ancient Maya society with our focus on their religion and gods, their number system and their writing system. Most of the unit was taught by the student teacher, Ella, who was placed in the class. The topic was made as interactive as possible with children making Top Trump cards based on the different Maya Gods, made Maya headdresses and foods as well as a treasure hunt to learn about Maya writing. In this half of the term we have only just started on the topic of Ancient Benin which started with our trip to the Horniman Museum in which the children learnt about this society by interacting with replica artefacts from that era.
For Literacy, the student and I, tested out the “Literacy Tree” planning based on the book called “Jim, who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a Lion” from the series of “Cautionary Tales” poems by Hilaire Belloc. Within this topic children looked at syllables and rhyming couplets, performing the poem as a group. They also planned and wrote their own version of the poem based on their own cautionary tale. We also used the “Literacy Tree” planning for the book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” by Chris Van Allsberg in which the book consists of a set of curious images that stimulates the imagination and writing of the children. Children began by looking at the pictures and began by asking questions and making inferences about what they saw. They practised creating descriptive sentences by using prepositions, descriptive nouns phrases and improving their vocabulary.
For Numeracy, the student and I planned a series of lessons to help the children identify acute, obtuse and right angles and be able to measure and draw angles accurately. From this, children then investigated the sum of angles in a triangle and used this information to work out a missing angle in a triangle without using a protractor. Some children continued this idea and found missing angles on a straight line and around a point. We also planned lessons which concentrated on reading and plotting co-ordinates on a graph starting with the first quadrant, moving onto the second quadrant and finally all four quadrants.
Ella has had a successful placement and finished at Beormund with an outstanding rating.
Children have also finished a successful science week in which they investigated light through a series of experiments. Using the EduKent Science scheme of works, children proved that light travel in a straight line and that we see things when light reflects off objects into the eye. They discovered how shadows work and how they change when you move objects closer/ further away from the light source. We also conducted a fair test to investigate which colour lenses would block the most light for sunglasses. Children also visited the Natural History Museum to learn about evolution and had visits from the Safari Man, the Mad Science People and Kings College Neurology department.
Lastly the class has been preparing themselves for the SATs by practicing the papers in maths, reading and punctuation and grammar. We have looked carefully at exam techniques and how to answer certain questions. From this we hope to promote resilience and confidence in themselves for the coming exam in May.
Autumn Term 2015
This year classes are named after the values of the International Primary Curriculum of which Respect Class was chosen for my class.
Our I.P.C topic this term started with Being Human which looked at the functions of the different parts of the body. Keeping strictly to the teaching sequence in the I.P.C document the children and I found that the topic was rather dry and discouraging. However, with a change to the way we approach the planning of the I.P.C and given more freedom to move within the topic, our new topic this have term (Science - Existing…Endangered…Extinct?) has been more motivating and engaging for the children.
In Science we looked at the how the brain plays a part in separating humans from animals and how neutrons help the brain communicate with the rest of the body. We also looked at the skeleton and how this supports, protects and helps with the movement of the body. We found out how the muscles move different parts of the body and how one of the muscles are responsible for the pumping of the blood around our body. Recently we have looked at how animals are classified using questions to separate them into groups and how animals feed off each other in a food chain. It is these ideas that have been reinforced with our enrichment trips to the London Aquarium and Zoo.
In Numeracy we began by looking at the children’s understanding of large numbers; reading, writing and ordering as well as understanding their place value. This was extended to their knowledge of decimals up to 2 decimal points. We then added and subtracted large numbers using column method and again extended this to decimal numbers. Lately we have been reading time on both analogue and digital time and solving problems involving timetables as well as multiplying numbers using the grid method.
For Literacy we have been looking at paragraphing and using relative clauses in our work which was often related to shared experiences that the class has had. After our school journey children wrote thank you letters to our instructors, they wrote reports about their experiences and investigated and wrote a biography about George Mallory (our group name at Aberdovey). They also wrote persuasive letters to Santa and made persuasive posters advertising our fundraising for Children in Need.
Our Year 6 School Journey to Aberdovey in Wales was a complete success. It was a positive experience for all, the children came back more confident and bonded together as a group. It also allowed the class team to see what the children were like out of a class setting and get to know them better as individuals. Some of the activities included team building exercises, rock climbing, gorge walking and the children’s favourite, which gave them a sense of real achievement, climbing up a mountain.
The first IPC topic of the Summer Term was ‘The Holiday Show’. We began by looking at the many tourist attractions in London and launched the topic with an open bus top tour of London. We were able to take pictures of the sites, and learn about the associated history. Back at school, we sketched pictures of some of the attractions and did further research using iPads. We also went to the TATE Modern and looked at the amazing art works there. We took our sketch books and spent a long time drawing our favourite pieces. On the way back to school we walked via Borough Market and bought some cakes and pastries. When we returned to school we had our own High Tea experience.
In English we have been focusing on improving our writing through regular Phonics sessions, based on the Sounds Write programme. The improvements in both writing and reading are incredible. We have children in class who are wanting to write independently and are incorporating different spelling patterns and punctuation in their independent writing. Confidence in reading aloud has also improved through the Premier League Reading Scheme. The aim to promote a love of reading and books combined with football. The project ended with a trip to the Emirates Stadium which was enjoyed by all.
In Maths we have been focusing on coordinates and the area and perimeter of shapes. We played Battleships to support the work on coordinates. We have also practiced measuring ingredients during cooking and Morning Munch sessions to ensure we are able to read scales and measuring jugs accurately. We have also been focusing on remembering our times tables through a variety of games and are using this knowledge to help calculate division facts using inverse operations. The launch of the new programme Mathletics has enabled us to have a fun focus to consolidate any gaps in our learning.
Spring Term 2016
Spring term has been packed with some fantastic learning and the launch of the IPC topic ‘Ancient Civilisations’. The topic began with us looking at the Ancient Maya period followed by Ancient Benin. We looked at the timeline of the Maya period and learnt about the influences the Maya people have had on the world. Afterwards we learnt about the different Gods and Goddesses and the hieroglyphics used in the Maya time. We created our own examples of these. The buildings and structures of the Maya period are fascinating so we built some temples out of Lego. We got to have a hands on look at some artefacts from the areas that the Maya people lived in and holding them and looking at them we took it in turns to share what we thought they were used for and what they were made out of. After a trip to the Horniman Museum we began looking at Ancient Benin and created some fantastic art works in a similar process as to how the Ancient Benin people made their brass artefacts. Using clay we created a mould which we then used to pour plaster in to create a relief sculpture depicting various shields, spears, Kings and animals. The clay stains the plaster to create the feel of an old artefact. The creation story of Ancient Benin was also looked at.
During English we have been working on being able to review and correct our own work by ensuring we have remembered capital letters, full stops and various other punctuation. We also recapped contractions, adjectives, adverbs and synonyms and used thesauruses to find alternate words to make our writing more interesting. Using the cautionary poem ‘Jim who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion’ we looked at consequences of a variety of actions. Using the structure ‘If _____ then____’ we were able to create cautionary posters such as ‘If you eat too many sweets then___’. Exploring the structure of the poem further we also learnt about rhyming couplets and the rhythm of a poem. As there were a few job opportunities within the school, some of the children learnt how to fill in a job application. Several children in Thoughtfulness class were successful in their application process.
To support our social skills, imagination and expression we have continued with regular Speech Bubbles sessions. The improvements for all children in confidence and their imagination has been profound. Regular sessions with the school’s Speech and Language therapist has enabled us to work on our speaking and listening skills as a whole class. We use Lego as a tool and take it in turns being the Architect, Builder and Supplier. The structure of the session enables us to work on descriptive language, listening and patience skills.
In Maths we have been taking part in regular Mental Maths tests which have enabled us to highlight any gaps in our learning which can then be addressed during Basics sessions. We have also looked at number patterns and hundreds squares and the way you can use a hundreds square to work out numbers that are ten more or less. We looked at fractions in particular fractions of shapes and numbers using our knowledge of times tables and division to support. In the latter part of the term we have looked at a variety of measurements including length, capacity and mass. Investigations predicting and estimating and then using tools to measure have enabled us to have hands on experience in measuring.
Science week enabled us to enjoy some hands on activities and experiments. During the week we looked at healthy eating, health and fitness, solids liquids and gases and how materials change. Some of the experiments carried out include: Dancing Currants, Magic Balloons and Red Cabbage. A trip to the Natural History Museum enabled us to become real scientists and we were able to observe a variety of specimens by touching, weighing and looking at them through magnifying glasses. We spent some time creating working volcanoes out of modrock and recycled material. Based on the way they were designed they can be used to erupt more than once using vinegar and bicarb or a yeast mix.
Autumn Term 2015
This term we have looked at two Science topics linked to the IPC. ‘Being Human’ and ‘Existing, Endangered, Extinct’. This has enabled us to learn about the human skeleton and different body systems such as: the circulatory system, digestive and respiratory system. We learnt about the different muscles in the body and how they work together. We looked at joints and how they help us to move. And explored major organs like the heart and brain.
For our second topic we began to classify animals using a wide range of criteria. This caused us to look at specific features of different animals and played ‘Twenty Questions’ to develop our inquiry skills. We explored habitat and adaptation and asked questions about what kind of a diet an animal would have and how the habitat could support life. We then began looking at plants, fungi and micro-organisms and compared these with plants and animals.
In Literacy we began the year by looking at two traditional stories: The Three Little Pigs and the Princess and the Pea. We retold the stories using role play, story maps and looked at a variety of parodies which inspired us to create our own parodies in a comic strip format. We then looked at non-fiction texts and learnt about non chronological reports. We then wrote our own reports on the topic of Chocolate and decided on the areas to research and include in the report. After this we looked at persuasive writing and invented our own chocolate bars to persuade people to purchase using advertisements. Some of the flavours were very unique and included flavours like ‘marmite stars’ and ‘blueberry zombies’. We then looked at the features of instructions and wrote our own instructions and followed a recipe to make chocolate brownies.
In Numeracy there has been a consistent focus on times tables. We have been learning our tables through songs and games and have been challenging each other at the front of the class reciting our tables. We have also spent a lot of time learning about place value, partition and ordering numbers and using the greater than and less than symbols. We also learnt how to add and subtract using the column method. We then looked at telling the time on an analogue clock and the correlation between days, weeks, months and years. We practiced reading timetables for transport as well. The latter part of the term was spent looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shape and using the classification skills in science were able to question each other to play ‘What Shape am I?’.
Enrichment this term was spent going horse riding on a weekly basis for the first half which we then wrote about during Basics. Trips to the London Aquarium and London Zoo supported our learning about animals and their habitats and ways in which they can be classified.
Summer Term 2016
In English this term the children have been looking at the city of Rio and have been researching the Olympics. The children have created a group research project online and will be using this to create a poster on Rio. The children have also had a main focus on full stops and capital letters. They have also been looking at singular and plural words and this has been using to develop their reading skills. Children have also been looking at some higher level vocabulary and have been encouraged to add adjectives into their writing. The children have become very confident in their reading and have been encouraged develop their comprehension by the members of staff in the classroom.
In maths the children have been looking at improving their written methods such as the column method for addition and subtraction and the grid method for multiplication. The children have been exploring the relationship between sums and the inverse and have begun to develop an understanding of this. The children have been using measuring to explore the perimeter of rectangles and have started designing their own farms/football stadiums, which they are beginning to build. The children have completed number relays in which they have different courses and have to answer a number problem at the end. The children enjoyed these practical ways of learning.
Our topic this term was the Euros. The children in my class are incredibly interested in football and they enjoyed making top trump cards of their favourite players. The children have enjoyed discussing and watching the highlights of the Euro’s each morning and this has built their social skills. The children have been challenged to find the countries that are playing on our map each morning. The children loved finding the different countries, which lead to many chats about where different towns/ countries are. The children were very interested in the fact that I grew up in England, but not in London – some children struggled to understand this.
The children also went on a 5 day residential to Macaroni Woods. The children have the opportunity to bond with members of staff and to experience their first time away from their parents. The children completed an orienteering challenge and had the opportunity to find mini beasts in the woodlands, which tied in with our science topic. The children were also lucky enough to experience snow, which was a first for a few of the children.
Summer Term 2016
In English, the children have been learning simple grammar – use of adjectives; how to join words and clauses using `and’; singular and plural; punctuation such as comma, full stop, question and exclamation marks. Almost all the children can now read their writing to an adult or peer, identifying whether it makes sense.
In maths, some children have been learning to add and subtract using numbers within twenty while others have been comparing numbers and measures using greater than and less than signs. In addition, the children have been learning about the value of coins as well as how to work out giving change. They also learned to measure length, mass and capacity using non-standard units, for example hand spans. Some children were extended to use various measuring equipment and began estimating. The more able children learned how to work out multiplication and began simple division.
This Summer term, the children have been learning about Europe and Euro 2016 football finals. First, they learned about where they live – London, England, The United Kingdom. This was a very difficult concept for some children to understand. One child asked how it was possible to live in Dulwich, London and England at the same time.
Animals including humans was our science topic. The children ordered the stages in animal life cycles and identified a range of animal babies. They observed and sketched triops at different stages as they hatched then grew in a small tank in the classroom. They identified that animals cannot make their own food but get nutrition from what they eat. Some children were extended to describe the differences between living, dead and things that have never been alive.
The children went on school journey to Macaroni Woods for five days on April 25th. It was an exciting time for all, many of whom were away from their parents for the first time in their lives. The children experienced warm sunshine on the Monday and Tuesday, snow on the Wednesday and a rainstorm on the Thursday!
Spring Term 2016
The Helpers is a class with eight children, aged six to eight years old, one teacher and two learning mentors.
This term, the children have been learning about robots. They have deepened their understanding of robots and now know that is a machine programmed to do a job without the help of humans. The children were able to identify robots all around us including in their homes. All the children came up with ideas of a job they would like a robot to do for them.
In maths, the children have been learning about the value of coins up to one pound. They have used role play in the class shop to help with understanding giving/receiving change after purchasing an item. Some children had the misconception that bigger coins were worth more so a two pence coin was thought to have more value than a five pence coin. Several activities including money bingo, games on the computer and the use of a resource called Nuimicon were used to help secure understanding. They children also learned to tell the time, days of the week, and months of the years as well as number facts – doubling, halving and bonds.
The text ‘Naughty Bus’ was used to help the children meet their learning objectives in English. They learned to write sentences with a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. Some children were given a finger spacer as a reminder to leave a space between each word in their sentences. Adults modelled how to make sentences orally before writing it down. Children were prompted to check what they had written to check that it made sense. In addition, the children learned how to make their sentences longer using the word but. Other activities based on the text included sequencing events into a storyboard then using key words to record ideas about it; role play; using question and exclamation marks.
In science, the children have been learning about everyday materials and their properties. They learned to describe materials using key words such as rough, smooth, shiny, bendy, hard, and so on. Next, they grouped materials into Venn Diagrams with various criteria, for example, hard/shiny. The children have also learned about waterproof, not waterproof, transparent and opaque. They have used role play to aid understanding where they had to build a house for our class teddy. They needed to choose a waterproof material for the roof and transparent material for the windows. They had to explain why opaque building blocks were used for the walls. When the rain came and teddy got wet while in its house, the children were able to work together to modify the structure. The children engaged in several other activities to help them have a deep, secure understanding.
In art, the children have been learning to sew. The designed the made money bags which they used during role play in the class shop
Autumn Term 2015
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) topic this term is ‘Things People Do’. The children have been learning about various jobs, hobbies and interests that people have. They began differentiating between real and fictional jobs - for example, one child commented that when he became older he would like to be superman. All the children are working at standards below that expected for their age. As a result, most of their learning has been through drama, role play, discussions and art. The children visited the London Transport Museum to make comparison between old and current forms of transport; some were fascinated that horse-drawn buses were in London. At the end of term, the children will be visiting KidZania – a child sized city with 60 real life role-play activities designed to teach children essential life skills including earning, saving and spending money; team work and independence.
In English, the main focus has been to help develop the children’s confidence as well as provide a stimulus so that writing becomes an enjoyable, meaningful experience. Sentence construction is constantly modelled to the children alongside a personalised phonics program.
In maths, the children have been learning to count forwards to twenty then back; adding and subtracting using various apparatus; days of the week and months of the year; properties of 2d shapes and solving simple worded problems. One child is working at P levels and has been learning to sequence daily events; counting objects in irregular arrangements to ten and role play to show position – under, on top of, behind.
In science, the children identified some types of food that make up their diet and named some examples of each. They know that in order to grow and stay healthy they need an adequate diet and exercise. By the end of the term they learn that care needs to be taken with medicines.