What a busy few weeks we’ve been enjoying in Year 6. Due to the current restrictions, Year 6 had a rather different experience of their Secondary School transition for three days. We are so proud of how well they embraced these different lessons within class. We’ve watched various videos – both teachers and pupils - showing our youngsters what to expect as they start on their journey through Secondary School. We then had the opportunity to try some year 7 work in English, Maths and Science which had been set by the teachers from their new schools.
‘I'm looking forward to going on the bus, all the sports clubs and PE because I'm a really athletic person and I like sports a lot’. - Oliver
‘I’m looking forward to meeting new teachers, friends and doing new activities.’.- Freddie
The Bikeability course was a huge success for the children who took part. They enjoyed being taught how to be a safe cyclist on the roads and practising this before being assessed and awarded their orange Bikeability level.
‘I enjoyed Bikeability and think it went really well. I’ve learnt how to keep safe on the roads.’ - Amber
‘I am now really good at riding on the road. I will now be able to go on a family bike ride on the road.’ - Kira
We welcomed two members of the Queen’s Guards to our school on two different occasions. First, they told us about all the different opportunities there are within the Army. Did you know there are over 200 different careers (including plumbing, brick-laying, nursing, IT, finance, engineering, mechanics) to pursue in the army?
Maisie – ‘The army doesn't just go out and fight, they have loads of different jobs.’
Jowina – ‘I found out that the army has lots of different jobs in it and that the army isn't all about fighting and shooting.’
They then came back to our Year 6 sleepover. How brilliant was that! They showed us how they cook their ration packs when they are away from their bases during military operations; we even had the chance to try some of them. The other activity was to see how eagle-eyed we were by hunting for missing objects in the field.
Ramses – ‘Their food is delicious! Second, there are almost endless jobs for all sorts of different people.’
Harvey – ‘I have found out that there are over 220 jobs in the army. I enjoyed the army game of bulldog and the camo face paint with the army cadets. The food was appetising. I also enjoyed spotting because it really tested your mind. During the assembly we had to piece together a big puzzle. My team won the activity because we are the best.’
Charlie – ‘I learnt that their food is very similar to what I have normally but instead it can be cooked in the field and it is out of a packet.’
Last week was really busy. Whilst listening to instrumental music, we edited and copied our favourite piece of writing from last term which has been sent to our Secondary Schools. Our amazing newspaper reports on the attempted murder of Jack (who was the victim of being pushed down Rhyme Hill) and our own versions of Vampire’s Revenge will impress our Year 7 teachers as much as they did the Year 6 team. We’ve also been rehearsing and recording our end of Year 6 production. It’s starting to come together with Miss Moore and Miss Percival showing their amazing skills as film producers whilst recording and editing the singing footage. Miss Martin has had the chance to return to her other passion of directing the actors and filming their scenes. Whilst the rest of the year 6 team have been busy making props and helping the children fine-tune their actions for the songs. We are sure you will enjoy the final version as much as we have all enjoyed preparing and filming it.
Tyler - ‘I have the role of Expert 3, I have enjoyed singing a lot and I am really excited to see the final film.’
Ellie – ‘I am daughter 1. I like to sing with the whole year group and the year 6 kids are
having so much fun doing the year 6 leavers play.’
Charlie –‘ I am professor Hans Facenspace, I am very excited to see the film because I have only ever been in the normal productions not a film.’
The best part of last week was our Year 6 sleepover. Our school field was converted into a campsite for two days. How exciting to actually spend a night at school! We enjoyed so many different activities on both days and had a great time with our friends and the year 6 staff. We had a delicious BBQ and a special visit from the Army Cadets who explained what it’s like in the cadets and showed us how to apply camo paint to our faces.
Harley – ‘The Army Cadet’s drills are amazing, but not their tents!’
Harvey - The activities were rounders, badminton, cricket, yoga, a massive game of hide and seek, bracelet making, kite flying, tails, camo face paint, bulldog, army training plus food testing and bouncy castle jumping. My personal favourite was tails which is where you have two teams with two different coloured bibs as tails, the aim of the game is to capture each others tails. I think in the future I would enjoy camping on the field but would prefer going to an adventure centre. At first thought camping on the field sounds boring but it is not.’
‘The activities were really fun and unforgettable. I think the new coming Y6 pupils wouldn't mind where they go because I think the adventure centre would be just as fun as camping on the field.’ - Oliver
‘I had a fun time doing the activities like the army face paint, trying the food, making bracelets and flying kites.’ - Freddie
Funmi – ‘What I enjoyed about the sleepover on the field was the amazing food they made for us and the ice cream van. Future Yr6 pupils would love to use the field.’
Tyler W – ‘ I think it would be amazing for future Y6 pupils to camp on the field because it was great for me and I think the other pupils would enjoy it.’
Charlie G – ‘The activities were fun and staying in the field was quite different to anything I’ve ever done.’
This year in year 6 has been different due to the covid pandemic, today I will be telling you what we have been doing since the start of this term.
First I'll start with English. We have been exploring the flanimal planets and the Land of Neverbelieve.
We are also going to look at Maths, we have been looking at: pie charts with percentages, parts of circles, angles and fractions.
Last but not least the leavers’ play, it’s going to be different this year because it will be recorded, but everyone has worked hard and we can't wait to perform!
In year 6, we have experienced amazing things and since we are leaving soon we would like to share our amazing times through our lessons.
In English today we have been watching recorded lessons by our secondary schools because sadly our transition week was cancelled, English is a lesson where we learn so many different things such as writing, analysing features, collecting evidence and finally, improving our editing skills. Today's lesson was about storytelling. We were talking about how stories have developed and changed after a few or more years, and how stories can be produced in different ways. After learning about that we were told to compare and use traditional stories such as Little Red Riding Hood , Rapunzel , Hansel and Grettl and Cinderella. Finally after all that we wrote introduction paragraphs to one of those story options.
In maths we have also been watching recorded lessons by our secondary schools. Maths is a lesson that challenges our minds into calculating everyday things such as time, rulers, cooking, shopping such as litres and measurements and so on. In maths today we are learning about percentages of a number and a new word called VAT that stands for value added tax which is basically money that goes to the government.
Since the end of the year is coming soon, we have been rehearsing our fun end of year performance about covid and how the world changed because of covid. SPOILER ALERT ! ‘It's super funny!’ We have been rehearsing everyday and planning costumes/props. It will be a surprise, I assure you that it will be an amazing experience. There are about 1-25 roles in the play. This play will be recorded and will be put on East Tilbury facebook page. The reason it will be put on video is because the government is trying their best to make sure everyone is social distancing and keeping safe from the virus. Most of the time we rehearse in our scenes.
Science is full of amazing experiences and experiments too. In science today we are quickly recapping our science year 7 things, we will be doing a lot of experiments more than you will ever do in primary school.
There are many more lessons other than maths, English and science that are incredibly important and enjoyable.
The book we have been reading is called Murder Most Ladylike, though Ms Coldwells gave me permission to read a different book, called Millions, which is about a boy called Damian, who believes in saints and likes to read about them and discover some of the many miracles they can do, he even wants to become a saint one day, which is why he sleeps in a hermitage, with visitors such as St Francis arriving from time to time in the form of visions. He has a brother called Anthony, who has some...particular qualities, such as getting people to believe his lies, and getting anything with the excuse “Our/My mum is dead”.
In English, we have been doing non-chronological reports on our own animals, including hybrids that we made up, such as the Giant Starboon, a mix of an asian giant hornet, a baboon and a starfish, we even made our own ‘flanimals’, like my Spotly Spurflo, which is a flanimal which has an organ that explodes whenever eaten by a predator.
In Maths, we have been doing a project about baking, where we have to work out things such as: how much of something we need, like 2 eggs or 500g of butter; volume, like how much space you would need in a box to fit, let’s say, 6 muffins, without any of them squashing too much and breaking.
I am very excited to do more Computing, as I felt that we haven’t done as much of that as we need to, we’ve only remastered and updated some of our models on SketchUp and learnt about how to stay safe online. However, our teacher, Ms Coldwells, has explained that we are going to have an entire curriculum day dedicated to Computing. Then there’s the play that we’re doing, called ‘Wow, What a Year!’ which I am ecstatic about, I’ve learned all my lines and all the songs, plus all the actions, and the play overall is just really funny, a good example being in a scene talking about homeschooling, when a mum stressed about work and supervising her kids accidentally calls a subordinating conjunction a ‘conjuncticating submarine’. We are currently starting the virtual transition into St Clares, or if you aren’t going there, you would work with Ms Martin on your own activities.