Week beginning 22nd May
This has been such an exciting week in the run-up to our amazing Year 6 football A team playing at Wembley! We have also managed to complete some awesome learning in our history, English and science lessons, whilst our talented swimmers have also been taking to the pool for a competition - with INCREDIBLE results! (see Sports Blog).
As the half term draws to a close, I would like to thank all of the children for their hard work over the past six weeks. I am especially proud of the determination, effort and resilience shown by Year 6 throughout their SATS week, and of the respect and consideration shown by the Year 5s. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday 6th June for the final half term of fun in this academic year!
Best wishes to you all for a relaxing half term break,
Miss Kropman x
Topaz learning about air resistance - Wednesday 24th May
Topaz enjoyed a very hands-on science lesson this afternoon as they explored the effect of air resistance - a force which occurs when air pushes against a moving object and causes it to slow down. We investigated how the size of a parachute affects the speed at which it falls to the ground by making parachutes out of bin bags, which had a model sky-diver attached by string! To ensure this was a fair test, we used the same big bag material for each parachute in addition to using the same length of string, same figure and dropped it from the same height each time. We also repeated each test three times and took a mean average to ensure greater accuracy. Each group tested three different parachute sizes and were proud to report that the larger the surface area of the parachute, the longer it took to fall!
Week beginning 15th May
Back to business with a full week in school this week (what a novelty!), we have been working extremely hard across the curriculum. Please have a look at the Sports Blog to hear about Year 5's super hockey tournament performance and the Year 6 girls' tag rugby festival, too!
UKS2 Performing in Singing Assembly - Thursday 18th May
UKS2 have been enjoying singing 'Let it Be' by The Beatles in their music lessons with Miss Kropman this term, and showcased this to Years 1 - 4 in assembly this morning. Check out the two-part harmony and dynamic control in this beautiful performance!
Topaz's Self-Portraits inspired by 'Wonder' during Mental Well-being Week - Wednesday 17th June
After finishing our class guided reading text - the incredible 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio - Topaz were inspired by the front cover portrait of August. As part of our well-being activities, we have had a go at creating our own self-portraits, which represent ourselves in an abstract way and include so many things that we love!
Week beginning 8th May
A very quiet week for the blog this week as Year 6 have been working INCREDIBLY hard to complete their SATS. A huge well done to all of them for their phenomenal effort, determination and resilience. Mrs Davies, Mrs Fisher and myself are so, so proud! I would also like to thank Year 5 for their patience this week and for being so quiet whilst we have been in exam conditions.
Miss Kropman x
Week beginning 1st May
In a (very) short week, UKS2 have enjoyed celebrating the King's coronation. Despite the miserable weather, we managed to still learn about the ceremony, have a crown competition and enjoy a lovely indoor picnic with KS1.
Week beginning 24th April
This week has seen plenty of hard work going on in Year 6 as revision has cranked up for the forthcoming SATS! Year 5, meanwhile, have been beavering away with a final report about The Amazon. Please see the Sports Blog to hear how our fantastic footballers got on away to Lochinver and to read about our superb Year 5 handball team!
An assembly with Arsenal U18 and Columbia U20 goalkeeper Alexei Rojas-Fedorushchenko - Wednesday 26th April
This morning saw a very exciting and unusual assembly, as a professional footballer came to visit! Alexei is a previous pupil of Miss Kropman's, having been part of many of her most successful football teams in the past. He signed a professional contract for Arsenal at the age of 13 and now, at just 17, he has trained with the first team and has made over 200 youth appearances! Alexei's assembly featured the powerful message that you should never give up when following your dreams and that hard work always pays off. He was keen to share his belief that you can never fail at anything, as you will either succeed or learn from every experience. This was a brilliant way to break up our Wednesday morning and we all appreciated his time. Thank you to Alexei for inspiring us so much today, and for kindly donating a signed Columbia shirt for us to display!
Week beginning 17th April
Welcome back to school for the Summer Term! We kicked off the week on Tuesday with a fantastic concert from Andy and the Odd Socks - our reward for winning the Twitter competition during Anti-Bullying Week back in November, with many of our phase featuring in the odd socks video! Please also see below Year 6's fun drumming workshop from Thursday and check out the Sports Blog for some exciting netball news!
Year 6 Drumming Workshop with Kris Banks from Hertfordshire Music Service - Thursday 20th April
During a busy morning of SATS revision, Year 6 were treated to a fantastic, stress-relieving bucket drumming session! Kris first taught us a number of warm up techniques focusing on call and response, building accurate rhythmic patterns and encouraging unity. Following this, we were shown how to hold drum sticks effectively and use them to make A LOT of noise on the base of a bucket! Throughout the lesson, Year 6 explored how to vary dynamics and some of us even tried our hand at conducting. The session ended with us splitting into two and playing competing rhythms, which Miss Kropman and Mrs Fisher were very impressed with!
We would all like to thank Kris for such a fun lesson and look forward to welcoming him back for Year 5's workshop next week.