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.
KNAPP HOUSE - THURSDAY 28th JUNE
And so the start of our final full day at Knapp House dawned and the sun was shining accompanied by a slight breeze which was very much welcomed.
This morning, we prepared for boating on the lake by learning how to perform the basic paddle strokes and what to do if a person falls in. The children were very good at keeping in time with each other when they practised on dry land but what would happen when we were on the water later in the afternoon was another thing entirely.
After the instructors felt the children were ready for boating we went off and took part in some initiative exercises. These included blindfolding the children and getting one child to direct them to the same place using only claps and bangs of a drum (a bit like a shepherd at sheepdog trials!); another saw the children linking arms with rope handcuffs and then trying to get into a circle without taking them off their wrists and finally trying to get the whole team to balance on one small area without falling off. Let’s just say some groups were more successful than others!
After lunch we set off for a short journey to the lake for our boating session. There were two different boats and the children were split into two groups. After a little bit of paddling around the lake, the children then entertained themselves by jumping in the water and swimming around. Anything to cool off! A little while later it was time to swap over and repeat the whole thing all over again to lots of squeals of delight. All children all made it safely back to the water’s edge and within no time had dried out in the summer sun.
On return to Knapp House, we braced ourselves for the task of tidying rooms – I am sure you can all appreciate that we were not looking forward to this. To be fair, after a little bit of prompting and the realisation that no, Miss Webster was not going to do it, they got on with the task and everyone was happy.
Tonight was a dilemma of football or disco. Most made the decision to do a bit of both with the first half of the football starting before the disco began. At half time, it was the perfect chance to have a group photo of the children in their finest disco outfit.
Due to a delayed disco start, the ardent fans returned to watch the football hoping that England could secure a win. Unfortunately it was not to be, but that didn’t stop the children partying away at the disco for the rest of the night!
Now it is the end of the night, the children are setling down to sleep (I hope) - I, along with Mrs Holden and Mr Smith have been taught how to Floss (No, we will not be demonstrating any time soon) so we are exhausted and looking forward to a good nights sleep.
We will see you all tomorrow!
KNAPP HOUSE - WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE
Well we have made it to the half way point and time seems to be going very quickly. Today was another glorious day with the sun shining for us.
Our first activity was down on the beach, where we took part in body boarding and surfing. There was not a lot of surf due to a lack of wind, but nevertheless this did not dampen the children's enthusiasm and they ploughed into the activity with determination and gusto. The challenge was to stand on the surfboard - easier said than done. Some children managed to stand up for a little bit of time, others just kept falling in the water. Either way, they appeared to have lots of fun.
On return to the house, we showered (well some of us did!) and then had our lunch. After lunch we split into two groups with one group crate stacking and tunnelling and the other group climbing trees, Jacob's Ladder and traversing a small river. One group of girl's broke the previous record on crate stacking getting to a towering 15 crates high! It appears that girls are very good at crate stacking!
After dinner we tackled the low ropes course. This appeared to be a challenge of getting your body into the weirdest postions whilst trying to use ropes to get from the start to the finish. What seemed to happen was that the children ended up in a crumpled heap on the floor laughing hysterically. Not quite the plan but enjoyable nonetheless.
Now we are preparing for a quiet night as the children have realised why we have been going on about sleping and why it is important. They are shattered! A reminder that they need to be fresh and awake for disco night seems to have done the trick and they all settled now.
The children have continued to tackle everything thrown at them and they can all identify something they are proud of as they have overcome a fear. I am very proud of them all as the owner has come to speak to me to tell me that our children are by far the politest childen on the site! We are looking forward to tomorrow which sees us canoeing on the lake.
KNAPP HOUSE - TUESDAY 26TH JUNE
So here we are at the end of day two and what a busy day it has been. The children are in four activity groups and today we split into two groups of two. Two of the groups went crate stacking, tunnelling and then ‘ringo’ riding whilst the other two groups abseiled, climbed, were tree hoisted and traversed across water. At the end of day we joined together to go crabbing and take part in a very fast boat ride.
So far our champion crate stackers are the girls with 14 crates – they have set the target for the rest later in the week. We were also treated to a rendition of ‘I believe I can fly’ by the boys as they dangled in the air! All the children tacked the tunnels. Some were in and out like rabbits whilst others had a go, went inside and then decided that was enough of tunnelling. Either way they enjoyed the experience.
The abseilers and climbers challenged themselves. They all had a go and were proud to achieve their targets and challenged themselves to go higher. Some children found that blindfolding themselves made it easier to go higher. Personally, I think anyone that goes higher than one meter is pretty impressive.
The ringo rides brought smiles and screams of delight as the children held on tight and bounced along the waves. The water also brought a welcome relief from the heat as the children took a refreshing dip.
The crabbing saw us collectively find 14 crabs, in between a trip round the harbour in a very fast boat. Nothing like a cooling breeze at the end of the day. Before returning to Knapp House we released the crabs back into the sea and took a group photo of the children doing their best crab impression.
Now it is time for a well deserved rest and a good night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s fun packed day.
KNAPP HOUSE - MONDAY 25TH JUNE
Well it is almost the end of our first day at Knapp House. Well, I say end of the day but that will depend on when the children decide to go to sleep … far too excited at the moment.
It was a slow start to the day as the traffic on the roads was not kind. The children were all magnificent though and took it in their stride; only asking in the last hour ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ When we finally arrived, it was straight to the rooms to dump our bags and then off for a tour of the site before our first activity – pedal karting
Lets just say, I am glad that some of the children are not going to be on the roads soon! There were some interesting techniques being shown and some very wobbly steering. We also had the odd Stirling Moss (think I might be showing my age!). By the end of the session they had all got the hang of it though and great fun was had.
After some free time to explore and a lovely dinner of pasta bolognaise, lasagne, sausage casserole or ratatouille the children were ready for the evening activity. We travelled to Westward Ho! and took a walk along the coast, stopping to investigate rock pools. There were squeals of: I’ve found a limpet; there’s a crab and I’ve found seaweed ringing out from all directions. The coastal walk finished with a sandcastle competition. Teams of children worked furiously to make a sand creation with a tunnel. The winning castle was named The Mermaid Palace by the girls who made it.
Finally back at base and with the children showered, it was time for bed – well, we are not quite there yet but it is only 10pm so we can but hope. Fingers crossed for a quiet night, all the children are fine and enjoying themselves.
June 11th 2018
Today years 5 and 6 were delighted to welcome Ben and Hannah from Spirit of the Wild.
They came to talk about and show some of the animals that are found around the world. These included animals such as frogs, bats, scorpians and spiders that are found in the rainforests. The children were able to recall their science work on adaptation as they talked about the features of these amazing animals.
On Tuesday 5th June, Year 5 and 6 participated in the K-Nex Challenge.
They used the K-nex to create a structure that would aid someone moving a large object from a garden to a lorry.
The children used their engineering and creativity skills, as well as their ability to working together to produce their final pieces.
Year 6 have been working extremely hard on their crearive writing. We used a film entitled 'Alma' as our stimulus and thought carefully about what makes a good narrative.
The children worked hard on different sections of their narrative before combining all of their ideas together to produce one long piece of writing. They demonstrated stamina by writing for an hour solidly.
The children next used editing skills to improve and re-write their narrative.
Here are the finished pieces from a selecton of the children. Please feel free to come and read some more.
On Thursday 2nd November Year 5 and 6 visited the British Museum as part of their topic on the ancient Egyptians.
Although it was extremely busy, the children were able to see the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and many other ancient Egyptian artefacts.
They participated in a workshop which focused on daily life in ancient Egypt.
To find out more abot our day, please read a sample of the recounts produced by the children.
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