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.
Welcome back to Year 6 and to a new year at Ladbrooke.
Things are a little different but we are trying to be as 'normal' as possible, whatever that is these days!
Year 6 have settled excellently back into school life. I have been very impressed with how well they have just got on. It's actually hard to believe that they have not been in school since March. They are working so hard.
A visit from Spirit of the Wild – Wednesday 15th January 2020
Today, year 5 and 6 were lucky to receive a visit from Spirit of the Wild. As part of our topic, The Rainforests, the children were introduced to animals from this type of environment. Ben gave us lots of information about these animals, lots of which will come in very useful in future topic lessons.
Some of the children were picked to handle some of the exhibited animals, which included: The Amazonian yellow-thighed parrot, The hissing cockroach, A millipede, The Brazilian black spider, An African bullfrog, The red foot tortoise, A crested gecko, A boa constrictor, A fruit bat and a python.
All of the children were excellently behaved throughout the two hour session and learned lots about the rainforests and the animals that inhabit these parts of the world.
On Wednesday 4th December, Year 5 and 6 visited the British Museum as part of our grand finale for our autumn topic - ancient Egypt.
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit as we were able to see so many Egyptian artefacts, including the Rosetta Stone, Mummies and examples of Hieroglyphics.
The children were all very well behaved throughout the day and were able to consolidate their learning from this very interesting topic.
Please read the following recounts from some of the children.
On Monday 14th October, Year 6 delivered their first school council meetings. In a change to previous years, groups of children went to each classroom and asked the questions for pupil voice. They were then able to feed back the responses from the children. Teachers commented that the year 6 counsellors were responsible and friendly with their groups. Well done year 6.
THURSDAY 20th JUNE
The day started with another little lie in followed by a frantic rush to get into breakfast on time. The children are discovering what happens when there are no mums and dads rushing around picking up clothes and organising stuff for them!
This morning, two groups set off on the coastal walk while the other groups went crate stacking and tunnelling. The coastal walk group went for a long walk along to the visitor centre before turning around and heading to the rock pools. The children spent a long while searching the pools looking for different creatures. They were very pleased to find some crabs and a few jellyfish. We even found a green leaf worm which most of us had never heard of.
Everybody in the other groups had a go at the tunnelling, even the ones who thought it would be something they wouldn’t be able to do. It was lovely to see the excitement on their faces as they overcame fears and to see how the children supported each other.
After lunch we had a celebration as it was a special day for one of our group (not that he wanted to celebrate!). We decided to have a special cake day to mark the occasion – after all any day is a good day for cake!
The afternoon brought Ringo Riding! There was a lot of excitement as the children were escorted to the Ringo location via a speedboat. The children paired up and had to decide on their first run whether to go at a slow or medium pace. Decisions made, they all took their turns being dragged around behind the speed boat amid the sound of screams and shouts of delight! The second run allowed them to be braver with the option of Red Hot Chilli Pepper Turbo speed! A lot of the children went for this option and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mrs Romain has got some great action photos!
Before the disco we had the fun job of clearing rooms and packing up ready for our return tomorrow. It is clear we have very different ideas of what clean and tidy means. I can honestly say that the only things I think that are coming back clean are the wash kits! I apologise now!
The disco bought fun and lots of dancing. It was lovely to see the children all dancing around. They got a bit emotional at the end as they realised that they were nearing the end of their time at Ladbrooke but we quickly reminded them that they still have four weeks and good friends will always stay in touch. They were all on a real high and it is lovely to see. Not sure we are in for an early night tonight but … memories are being made!
Night all – see you tomorrow!
WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE
After a great night’s sleep and a slightly later start to the day (yippee!), we began our day with a short trip to the paddle lake. We were about to put all our paddle practise to the test; would we make it around the lake or would we just go round and round in circles? It is always interesting listening to the children chatter on the coach You never quite know what they will say! Today we were entertained with the question … Does Potters Bar have a National Anthem?!!!
The rain was slowly falling as we put on our cagouls, helmets, buoyancy aids and paddles and headed to the edge of the lake. Waiting for us were 3 boats, a dragon boat, an inflatable boat and the Shiv Boat (named after Shivam as it was the same colour as his shorts!). The children took in in turns to go on each boat, having lots of fun and splashing each other in the process!
After lunch finally the sun began to shine as half of the group went on the coastal walk. Following a short ride back to Westward Ho!, the children were challenged to create the best sand sculpture they could – this resulted in the boys trying to dig the biggest hole – not quite the aim but they had fun! Next, they moved to the rock pools to see if they could find a range of different creatures. Multiple dead crabs later, most of the items on the list given had been found including a star fish, whelks and periwinkles.
The other half of the class were crate stacking and tunnelling. Crate stacking involved a lot of hugging as the children tried to stay upright on a stack of crates. The higher the stack got, the wobblier they became and the more the children had to hug each other to stop from falling. Eventually the inevitable happened and the crates fell leaving four children dangling in the air! After this, the children moved to the tunnels. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, a few intrepid explorers ventured in and explored the darkness!
This evening we have been pedal carting. Four carts speeding round the course cheered on by their team mates. If their pedal carting skills are an indication of what they will be like as drivers, please start saving for insurance now!
Now we have all settled in for the evening as we prepare for our final full day.
TUESDAY 18th JUNE
It was an early start this morning, but this was to be expected! Before 7am the children were up and ready to go! Needless to say, the adults were not as ready to go at this time!!!
After breakfast the children got themselves ready for surfing. The conditions were perfect as we arrived at Westward Ho! Twenty seven excited children, surf boards at the ready, set off across the beach to try their hand to body boarding and surfing. There were lots of squeals of delight as the children took to the waves! As well as a lot of falling off, we had a few successful attempts at standing up on the boards and this encouraged the children to keep going!
After a quick lunch, the children split into two groups. One group went off to complete the paddle practice and initiation exercises that the other half had completed yesterday and the others took part in Tree and Traverse. This basically meant, hoisting children into a tree before abseiling down, climbing Jacob's Ladder and crossing a small pond on a tightrope. Many of the children were proud of how well they had done on the climbing and how high they had gone! At one point a noisy seagul flew overhead - to which a child responded - was that a goat!!!! Sometimes words fail me!!!
The evening brought a walk down to Appledore. Once there, the first group were straight onto the boat ride whilst the others grabbed their crabbing lines and tried to entice a crab onto their lines! By the time all the children had completed the boat ride, we had eight lovely crabs in our bucket. As we released the crabs back into the sea, the children exchanged views on the 'Awesome' boat ride! Some, scared at the beginning , declared it the best ever!
We have now settled down for the evening. Twenty seven tired children and three tired teachers all hoping for a quiet night!
See you tomorrow!
MONDAY 17th JUNE
Well, after a smooth journey down to Knapp House, we are finally here. The sun is not quite shining but it is dry so we are not complaining. As soon as we arrived, the children were shown to their rooms and they were introduced to some of the instructors. The customary fire drill summoned the children to the assembling area and then they were off for a tour of the site.
The tour ended and it was time for the first activity - the assault course. Made up of several different rope challenges, the children had the opportunity to work as teams to try and get around the course as quickly as they could, with touching the ground. Looking around it was clear that this was not as easy as it appeared. At some points there were more children lying on the floor or tangled in cargo netting than anything else. At least there was a lot of laughter too!!!
After this activity, there was time for a quick group photo before the childen went for free time and some dinner. After dinner we split into two groups. One half went off to tackle the climbing and abseiling tower whilst the other half prepared for the canoeing session and took park in some initiative exercises. Many of the children surprised themsleves with how well they did in the climbing and abseiling, pushing themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of. The initiative exercises proved probematic and at one point we were concerned that 8 children and Mrs Corke would be permanantly tied together as they struggled to find a way to unattach themselves from a set of ropes. You'll be pleased to know they did eventually though!!!
It is now bed time (well it is supposed to be) all the children are in their rooms and it is beginning to quieten down. Fingers crossed we have a calm first night. See you all tomorrow for our next installment!
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