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.
Year 6 School Journey - Tuesday 25th May
Tuesday started at a leisurely pace as we had the last breakfast slot. This was particularly useful as we had some tired children last night who needed the extra sleep and lie in this morning. It was also an extra special day today as it was Caitlin's birthday. We started the day with a rendition of happy birthday before sharing your letters and giving Caitlin her birthday card. She even got a card signed by all the instructors at PGL and a sticker giving her priority to go first on all the activities. Later Caitlin gave all the children a 'lucky dip' present and we each had a mini roll cake to continue the celebrations.
Today's activities included the giant swing, abseiling, climbing and archery. It has been very busy but a lot of fun. Many of the children set themselves a challenge as they faced activities they were unsure of and we were all very proud of them for doing their best. The children also discovered that they are all braver than Miss Webster which, to be honest, isn't hard as she wasn't happy going any higher than half a meter off the ground!
The giant swing created the loudest screams and funniest expressions of the day. The teachers tried to capture as many as possible but either missed them as the swing was going too fast or missed it as they were laughing so much! The children got to choose how high the swing was pulled before they released it. Even though they had complete control over when to release the swing, the moment when they suddenly dropped still came as a complete shock!
Abseiling and climbing provided the biggest challenges of the day to overcome. Both towers were very high and the children had to dig deep to try and overcome any fears they had. Some children relished the whole challenge though and sped down the wall when abseiling and climbed the wall like a seasoned professional! Maybe we have some budding Olympic climbers in our midst?
The archery was a different sort of challenge, trying to pull the bow back whilst keeping the arrow aimed at the target. We had a few bullseyes and a few not quite hitting the mark but whatever the outcome, the children tried their best to beat their previous score and hit the target. Full marks for not giving up!
The evening entertainment was a campfire where the children listened to stories about strawberries and pink gorillas (I'll let them tell you all about them when they are home). Songs were sang and games were played before we retired for an early night. Breakfast tomorrow is the early slot (7am), I have a feeling that might be the first challenge of the day, Tomorrow we have Trapeze and Problem Solving activities to end our trip. Not a bad way to end our time at PGL.
Tonight's photos show the groups waiting to start the climbing wall or the fencing. If you spot someone in one of the photos that you do not recognise, it is Stephen, our PGL Groupie who has been with us each day and who has been brilliant!
Year 6 School Journey - Monday 24th May
It has been a busy day at Windmill Hill but first let's go back to last night. After a fun evening trying to compete to keep a water balloon from bursting, the children returned to their rooms for the first night. They settled down really well and although not all asleep when we would have liked it didn't take too long for an air of quiet to descend. Some rooms were better than others at keeping their chat to the sort of level that meant it went undetected for longer!!!
In the morning, to our surprise, we had to wake some of the children up to get the day started. After a hearty breakfast half the class set off to complete the challenge course while the other half went canoeing. The children had great fun canoeing on the pond, collecting ducks (plastic not real) and trying to avoid hitting the sides of the pond and getting stuck. There was a great deal of splashing and some soggy children at the end (some more than others but I will let them tell you all about that. Let's just say that we discovered the pond was only waist deep!)
The challenge course proved tricky for some and when the added challenge of completing the course while attached to a piece of rope was added, things got even trickier. The rain didn't help either but the children didn't complain and kept going, trying their best to complete each part of the challenge. After a quick break, the groups swapped over to try their hand at the other activity.
Lunch was a welcomed chance to dry off and refuel ready for an afternoon of orienteering and zip wiring. There were some nervous faces when they saw how high the zip wire was but everyone had a good try and most really enjoyed the experience. I am not sure the driving rain enhanced the experience at all but the children seemed to enjoy it none the less. The orienteering saw the children in teams rushing all over the site hunting for orienteering flags to stamp their cards. Good map reading skills were displayed by all.
After dinner, the children went to the main sports hall for a new set of challenges including who can make the tallest tower of shoes! We are hoping for another quiet night tonight as we have some very tired children now (fingers crossed). I am sorry there are no photos this evening but the internet is playing up and will not allow me to compress the pictures enough so I can upload them. Hopefully I will be able to try again tomorrow. Finally before I go, I must just say happy birthday to Emily from Lukas .... we all hope you have had a lovely day.
See you for another update tomorrow!
Updated 14.27 - Finally managed to sort some group photos from yesterday. Not the best quality but better than nothing.
Year 6 School Journey - Sunday 23rd May
Well, the sun may not be shining but we made it to Windmill Hill in record time after a lovely journey down. With a coach full of excited children, it was never going to be a quiet journey and the children definitely kept us entertained. When we arrived we were greeted by Stephen, our group leader, who will spend the next few days with us! He led the way as the children carried/wheeled their bags to their rooms and a few minutes were given to sort themselves out before we went on a quick tour and made sure we did a practise fire drill.
Once all the procedures and routines were explained, the children had some times playing some games on the courts which is our dedicated space for free times, The children played an interesting game called 'Stomp' which involved trying to get each other out of the game by stepping on each others toes! (No toes were injured in the pursuit of victory)
After some fun we had some chill time - which actually involved the children running around excitedly, before we headed to dinner. A roast dinner or macaroni cheese was on offer and we have 26 full tummies. The macaroni cheese was given the seal of approval although it was deemed not as good as Makaiyla's mums!
The children are now trying to build a protective layer for a water balloon. I have a feeling that even if it wasn't raining, some of us might be getting wet later! As always, I am optomistic of an early night (I should have learnt by now but sadly not!) We are all looking forward to our day of fun tomorrow and I will be back tomorrow night to let you know what we have been up to.
See you tomorrow!
Introducing our Ladbrooke Christmas Gonks!
Year 6 have worked super hard on their Christmas crafts today. They have made some delightful Christmas Gonks, which, I know, you will be really pleased with and will go perfectly on your Christmas tree, on the mantle piece or as part of your Christmas decorations.
If you would like to purchase your child's Ladbrooke Gonk, they are £1.50 and you can pay via the school gateway.
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 back - Year 6, 2019-20
If you were unable to attend our parent's meeting yesterday (Monday 16th September), click here to see the powerpoint I shared.
I also shared some ways in which you can support your child at home, aside from homework. I hope you find it useful. Please click here to view this resource.
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