Early one morning, Year 6 came into school and discovered someone had made a mess in their classroom; the person left a note, which had got wet. Therefore, they decided to become budding detectives. The used a variety of apparatus to separate the mixtures on the tables in order to clear them up. Once they had cleared up the mess, they use their skills in chromatography to find out what pen was used to write the note.
This term, we wanted to create our own board game. Taking inspiration from the famous game ‘Guess Who’, we talked about the main features; we came up with the idea to create a maths game to improve our knowledge of place value and named it ‘Guess My Number/ What’s My Number?’. Following this, we created a prototype of our board game. To make sure our prototype was functional and appealing to children of our age, we created flaps (moveable parts) and stops.
We had a fantastic time learning the African Art of Storytelling thanks to IROKO Theater Company. Alex, who was our instructor for the day, taught us about why story telling was important in African cultures and many cultures across the world. Storytelling was how morals and history was passed through generations (preserving culture). We learnt some of the key elements needed to be a great storyteller such as voice projection, props, repetition, enthusiasm, choral speaking and expression.
We have enjoyed reading ‘Here We Are’. We took part in some thought provoking discussions about how to keep the world healthy for generations to come and considered what we can do as future leaders to tackle social justice issues such as racial, gender and religious discrimination. Not only that, we explored our who we are and what we aspire to be and wrote some emotive poems. It has been an amazing start to our first term in Year 6.
We explored the story of Siddhartha and reflected on its importance to the Buddhist faith. Through learning about Buddhism, we learnt a lot about ourselves and created our own eightfold path to living.
Year 6 have continued their community project by visiting the Elderly Care Wards and seeing the amazing artwork that they created with the elderly last summer. The artwork has been displayed in a number of galleries and is now available to see in the hospital. It is a beautiful portrayal of the diversity of Lewisham market and all those who shop there.
Year 6 also used this opportunity to visit the elderly, sing some carols and hand out gift bags. The singing had an amazing impact on the patients and staff with many joining in or tapping along to the music. Music lies deep in people’s memories so the sound of children singing was very moving for some. The children were fantastic – well done!