Welcome to Year 6
Monday June 20th Saxon and Viking day
Today, Years 5 and 6 experienced what life was life for people living during the Viking era. They came to school dressed like Vikings, met their leader Phil, and began working in their village. They worked throught diffferent tasks throughout the morning, which included using clay to make pots and faces, broach making, creating ink to write with, producing medicine bags and plent more.
In the afternoon, the children became archaelogists and imagined that they were digging thorough their village from the morning. They used techniques to explore different items and discussed what they might be and what building they might have come from in the village.
A really great day; the children were so well behaved and really enjoyed themselves. A big thank you to the adult helpers.
Art and Design Project - Viking clay sculpture
Tuesday 21st June
As part of our Saxon and Viking history topic this term, Year 6 have been revisiting their portrait skills in sketching a viking face. Mrs Corke was able to use her expertise and get the very best out of the children in her art lessons. Today, the children learned sculpture techniques to create and combine shapes when producing a 3D clay face of their sketched Viking face. I was really impressed with every child in the class and their newly found skills.
Tuesday 24th May
Today started with brilliant sunshine after yesterday's relentless rain. It didn't stay all day but at least when the heavens did open again, we were safely inside doing an indoor activity. Perfect timing. The children all reported that they had got a good night's sleep and they were raring to go.
After breakfast our morning activities were Jacob's Ladder and Archery. Jacob's Ladder was a climbing activity where the children supported each other to get as high up the ladder as they could. Every time they went higher the gap between the rungs got wider making it more and more difficult to reach the top. Every child who had a go did their best and many went higher than they thought they would. Some shown real determination and perseverance to get the top and it was great to see such an attitude. Archery required a slightly different set of skills. Time, balance and coordination were all needed to fire the arrows and hit the target. Every children got better and better as they had more goes and we even got a few bullseyes. Just like yesterday there may be some budding stars of the future and they all enjoyed the activity.
After lunch the children all took part in some team games as we avoided the downpour and all learnt some new games and worked hard as a team. This evening we have had robot wars where each group turned one member of their team into a robot using cardboard and sellotape. They showed great creativity! We now have some very weary looking children but they are still up for every challenge. Here's hoping for a good final night's sleep before our final activities tomorrow morning.
See you tomorrow!
Monday 23rd May
After a fairly good night's sleep, the children were awake bright and early for today's activiites. The children divided into their two activity groups and set off in different directions. Before lunch the two groups tackled the orienteering course and tried their hands at canoeing. The weather was not too kind to us, but this did not seem to deter the children. During the orienteering challenge, the children sped off in their groups trying to follow a map and find their markers quickly. A few quirky challenges were set along the way and if the children failed to stay together as a group, they had to go round the course holding a hoop to ensure they all stayed together. Many markers were successfully found by the children and I think they all did a pretty good job. Next was the canoeing. After a bit of time getting to grips with how to paddle and control the boats successfully, the children went on a duck hunt (I will let them tell you all about this). Clearly there was no need to get any wetter than the rain was making them, but given the option to be dropped into the water, the vast majority of the children jumped at the chance and so at the end of the session lots of very soggy children trapsed back to their rooms to get warm and dry!
After lunch, we had fencing and the giant swing. I was so impressed with a few children who were clearly nervous about tacking the giant swing as it hoisted you high into the air. The shouts and screams of delight (well I hope it was delight) rang out and I was proud of how some children had really faced a fear and conquered it. Fencing brought an entirely new skill to most of the children. This time they needed to display balance and coordination. We may even have a few budding Olympic fencing champions of the future, who knows!
The evening activity was another one which required a lot of running around. We are all secretly hoping that this will tire them out and they will go to sleep a little earlier than last night. Judging by the tired faces I have a feeling they will.
Sunday 22nd May
After an eventful start before even getting on the coach, Year 6 have have enjoyed their first evening at PGL. A campfire activity, full of singing and stories, followed by some well deserved free time. We hope all the excitement of the day will enable a quick and full nights sleep!
We will have more news tomorrow as we go canoeing, try our luck at orienteering and lots of other fun activities.
SATs week 9 - 12th May 2022
Please click here to read our SATs Week leaflet.
Here you will find advice on what to do before and during SATs week to help your child, as well as information on the free Year 6 breakfast club we will be running on these days and a timetable for the week itself. A hard copy has gone home with the children, but if you didn't recieve it and would like one just let me know.
Welcome back to the Summer Term
Please find here our parent leaflet for Summer 2022, letting you all know about the wonderful things your children will be learning this term.
10th March 2022
Year 6 have been learning about Fair Trade for our Rainforest work this term. As part of our Design Technology project, they have spent the week designing and combining ideas on their ideal cookies using Fair Trade products. They wrote their own method, worked out the weight of the ingredients to be used and then measured accurately in groups. The class thoroughly enjoyed this project, working well together. I was particularly pleased with their honest evaluations. The whole school enjoyed the smell of cookies wafting through the corridors for the afternoon! Well done Year 6.
8th February 2022
Today, Year 6 demonstrated their knowledge of adaptation and evolution through their STEM skills. They were given the task of creating beaks that would be able to pick up seeds of differing sizes. This put into practice their ideas of how birds' beaks have adapted to suit the environment and availability of food, which we have een studying in our science lessons.
31st January 2022
Staff and children in Years 5 and 6 were pleased to welcome back Ben from Spirit of the Wild today. Ben brought in many of his wonderful animals to show the children and talk to them as part of their Topic and Science work. I was particularly impressed with how behaved the children were, even though they were all very excited! The chlidren learned about animal adaptations, as well as where in the rainforest these animals can be found.
What a great afternoon and lots of fun had by all.
Happy new year to you all
Please find here our parent leaflet for Spring 2022, letting you all know about the wonderful things your children will be learning this term.
Elstree Film Festival
During the half term, three children from Year 6 were invited to participate in the Elstree Film Festival. Here they learned about a things 'film', including, writing, directing, acting and filming a short movie. The children enjoyed the experience, in particular, finding out about the things that go on behind the camera. Well done to Panos, Sam and Ansh for representing Ladbrooke so well and for a producing (alongside two other chidren from different schools) a fabulous, although slightly scary short film.
STEM - October 19th 2021
Today, Year 6 have used their engineering and team work skills to build a free standing tower from spaghetti and marshmallows.
I was really pleased to see the children working together, some taking the lead in their chosen groups, to try and achieve the challenge of building a tower.
Year 6 have worked hard to write their own poem to perform in our class assembly.
What do you think?
Our Class Assembly October 2021
For those parents who couldn't attend our class assembly, please watch the video of the shortened version of our performance poetry
Welcome to a new year at Ladbrooke.
Year 6 have made it to the top of the school! They have settled in well and have all impressed me very much in our first week together.
Please click on the link below to see what we will be learning during the Autumn term. A copy was sent home earlier this week or can be found in the reception at school.
Forest Schools - July 13th
The children were so lucky to have a 'Forest Schools' experience today.
Kevin and Lucy came to school and gave the children opportunities to develop outdoor learning skills, such as Fire lighting, Toasting marshmallows/ cinnamon apples and Whittling wood to create wands.
The children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their time outdoors.
End of Year Sewing Project - July
Year 6 have worked really hard to create their own pillow style keepsakes from old uniform.
They could choose from a small/large elephant or an owl to create.
Using sewing skills and patience, the children were able to produce some beautiful work.
Well done Year 6, I hope you look back on these in years to come and they remind you of your time at Ladbrooke.
Year 6 Art Project
We were so lucky to have Charlotte back, after 10 years, to work with the class on their creative skills.
They worked in small groups to create a mosaic picture that is going to be placed on the new school building.
Charlotte was so impressed with the whole class and how well they worked, even when it was really hot!
If you want to see the final amazing piece of art, you'll find it on the new building.
Well done Year 6, this is something that will always be here for you to come back and see.
On Tuesday Year 6 launched our Autumn Term Topic, 'The Ancient Egyptians', by mummifying oranges .
The children matched their actions with the oranges, with those of the processes involved in mummification.
It was an interesting (and messy!) way to see a little of what mummification must have been like.
Year 6 have written some wonderful recounts about their residential trip to Knapp House in Devon.
Please click on the child's name to read their work.
Please feel free to come into our class to read some of the other recounts that are in the children's literacy books.
Today has seen a slight reprieve from the rain. Twenty eight tired children emerged from their rooms at the start of the day and headed to the dining hall for breakfast. After a hearty meal, the children headed up to the meeting point to start their morning session.
Half the children heading to the crate stacking area. After setting themselves a target of how high they wanted to get, they set about getting as high as they could. There were lots of squeals as the crates went higher and the children grabbed hold of each other even tighter. The best part was watching their faces as the crates collapsed and they were left dangling in the air. Later the group went off to the tunnelling. Every single child faced the challenge square on and went underground, the instructors were very impressed.
The other half went off to be hoisted into a tree. It required lots of strength, trust and team work to ensure every child made it to the top of the tree. Once at the top, the only way down was to abseil, using the skills they had learnt in the previous session. The children also had the challenge of traversing the pond via two ropes. Intense concentration was needed to get across safely and this was severely tested when a group of ducklings came underneath the ropes and were apparently the cutest thing ever!
After lunch we all headed off to Westward Ho! for surfing. After a quick run around on the beach to warm up and some instruction on how to body board and surf, the children headed into the water. The conditions were perfect, allowing all the children to have lads of fun. Even though it was cold, the smiles on the faces were fantastic and we even had a few children manage to stand up on the surf boards.
Dinner was well needed after all the activity and then Mrs Corke sprang into action as hairdresser extraordinaire. With the girls hair sorted and the disco outfits on, we were ready to tackle the disco. That is after the rooms are tidied and cleared in preparation for leaving tomorrow. Just one activity left, the week has absolutely flown past.
See you all tomorrow. We will send a message when we are about half an hour away. We are aiming for a return of about 6pm.
Today it has rained, it has rained and then it has rained some more! Despite this, we (well the children) caught an amazing amount of crabs and they were very impressed with their haul. According to tradition, they were all named with imaginative names like Dave, Geoffrey and Barney. Whilst crabbing, small groups of children went off for the boat ride of their lives, speeding across the water at ridiculous speeds. This was deemed awesome by many of the children.
After a break for lunch and to dry off, one half went off for their coastal walk whilst the others set about tackling the abseil and climbing tower. At this point, I have to say how impressed I have been with all your children. As the rain continued to fall, not once did the children complain or moan about being wet or cold. On the contrary they continued to support each other, cheer each other on and impress the instructors. A very proud moment.
This evening we have been pedal carting. Four teams racing around a course trying to avoid obstacles and each other. It was a real insight into their driving skills for the future and whilst some children excelled, others made me slightly worried at being on the roads in 6 years’ time when these children will have licences.
Finally the children have a chance to dry out properly and get warm. We are now praying to the sun gods that we get dry weather tomorrow but it is not looking good. Sorry there have been very few pictures, but for some reasons the images will not compress so they are small enough to be uploaded to the website. Don’t worry there will be plenty of photos for you to see when the children return.
Apologies for this not being posted last night. Due to the weather there was no internet connection at all. Hopefully tonight will be better. At least for now it is not raining!!!
Well the sleep gods were listening and your children slept brilliantly. In fact, we had to wake them up in the morning, unheard of for me in over 20 years of school journeys.
The day started for two groups in the swimming pool where, sitting on the side of the pool they perfected their paddling skills ready for the lake later in the day. There were six different strokes to master and with great leadership skills shown the groups were able to show that they could paddle in time with each other. This did not quite translate when they took this practice from the side of the pool to sitting in dinghies. Trying to paddle down the pool in straight lines … was not quite as easy as they thought but extremely amusing to watch. We did master the art of going round in circles though!
The other two groups started the day with tunnelling and crate stacking. A few intrepid explorers braved the underground tunnels while others were content to try out the tunnels on the ground and support the others as they made their way through the tunnels. Next the challenge was how high we could they go as they stacked crates higher and higher. The problem was the higher they went, the wobblier they got and the only way to survive was to hang on tight. Eventually though, the crates crumbled and the children were left dangling in the air until safely lowered to the ground.
After lunch we all went off to the lake for canoeing. After a short coach trip we were met at our destination by a herd of very inquisitive cows. They were very interested indeed and took a lot of persuasion to move out of the way. Once at the lake, half the children went on the dragon boat whilst the other half went on the blue inflatable dinghy. All their hard work at the pool paid off and they did manage to get the boats to go in a straight line! At the end the majority of the children decided the best way to finish the activity was to jump into the water, so several soggy children returned to Knapp House for dinner.
Following dinner, it was ringo riding and low ropes, with each group telling the other what the activity was like, having completed them on the previous day. The only slight problem was the weather, the dreaded rain arrived. Not so much of a problem for the ringo riders but the low ropes course became extra challenging. The children coped brilliantly and showed excellent team work. On the ringo rides, all the children managed to stay on but poor Mr Smith ended up in the water.
So now we settle down for our second evening. I have a feeling we will have another good evening as we have some very tired children after such a full on day.
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