Creating computer games

As part of their Computing learning for Autumn 2, Year 6 explored how to create their own games. They investigated how to create a times table game and a racing game. Although many pupils started off by finding lots of errors in their programme, they were able to test and debug their scratch coding. They showed perseverance and worked collaboratively.

It was a fun and challenging session. What do you learn from creating your own games Year 6?

 

Mendel Ice Skating Reward

As a reward for their powerful and creative anti-bullying video which sent out a strong message, Mendel class went ice skating today at the Tower of London.

Although many of the class started off by holding onto the side of the rink, by the end of the session everyone had let go and the children were skating around independently. The pupils demonstrated high levels of resilience by not giving up and also superb collaboration by supporting each other and by (literally) lending a hand to one another.

What a fantastic afternoon we had Mendel class! What made you proud of yourself today?

Adaption and Evolution in Year 6

In Year 6 we’ve been learning about adaptation and evolution. During this topic we’ve discovered how various animals – such as the iguanas on the Galapagos islands – have adapted to their habitats. To explore this further, we undertook an experiment in which we simulated being birds with different sized beaks. Our food source was small mung beans. This showed us that animals with particular characteristics (such as a smaller beak for eating the small beans) were better suited to their environment and therefore would be more successful at reproducing young with that same characteristic. Unfortunately, in our experiment, the birds with the largest clip beaks found it trickier to eat the food source and therefore died out!  

Year 6 Junior Citizens Trip

This morning, the Year 6 pupils visited the Ecology Centre in Mile End to participate in a citizenship workshop led by the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade and Transport for London.

There were seven different scenarios which the children were exposed to including theft, staying safe on the buses and tubes, being aware of stolen or fake goods in a market and fire. They even learnt about protecting wildlife and what to do in emergencies!

 

Year 6/7 Picnic

Thank you to all the Year 6 and 7 pupils who attended the annual picnic at Thomas Buxton this afternoon. The Year 6 pupils certainly learned a lot about what to expect from secondary school and were given the chance to answer many questions they have been thinking about. Thank you Mr Muhib and Miss Hopkins for coming too and helping out with the buffet.

Maths Week: Making Sense of Money

 

To celebrate Maths Week and to work towards becoming a MoneySense Accredited School, the theme of this year is the financial curriculum. The pupils have been learning how to use money safely and responsibly and have participated in workshops supported by volunteers from NatWest.

In KS1, pupils learned about how money is used, how it can be spent, saved or donated. In Years 3 and 4, pupils worked alongside volunteers to plan a party with a given budget. In Years 5 and 6, pupils became detectives to solve a crime of fraud as part of their workshop to understand the dangers of identity theft and fraud.

Alongside the workshops, pupils were also joined in class by their parents who came in to see what their children are learning about and what lessons are like at Thomas Buxton.

We were lucky to be visited by Simon from Made of Money who came to offer advice and support for parents regarding their personal finance and supporting their families. The four week course will take place every Tuesday from 9-11am from Tuesday 6th November and is open to all parents.

On Wednesday, the Year 5 and 6 school ambassadors visited Santander Bishopsgate and went behind the scenes of one of the busiest banks in London. You can find the blog post here.

Finally, pupils enjoyed Guided Reading lessons which were based on the ‘Financial Fairy Tales’ this week and learned how being sensible with and aware of money as early as possible can help them as they become older.

A Visit to Santander

Today the Year 5 and 6 School Ambassadors were invited to visit Santander Bishopsgate by the branch director Ben Osborne to celebrate Maths Week and see what goes on behind the scenes   in a bank.

The pupils were lucky enough to meet Santander employees who explained their jobs and roles within the company.

Sam explained that she is a mortgage advisor and that she helps people by loaning them money so that they can buy a house or flat. I already knew that a mortgage is usually offered to customers at 4.5 times their salary and that people usually need a deposit of 10%. Rahma

After meeting Sam, the children were introduced to Jemima- an employee who is currently completing the Santander Graduate Scheme- who explained that she studied Economics at university and focused diligently in her maths lessons at school.

After this, the pupils were taken to ‘the vault’ (the office where the money is securely stored) and Susie, the Customer Services Manager, gave them the chance to handle and count bank notes. They calculated how much money was in each bag and held bags of notes which contained £1000!

 

Finally, Ben demonstrated to the ambassadors how to deposit cheques and withdraw money using Santander’s machines. The children enjoyed learning how to do this and understood the importance of not sharing a PIN number with anyone.

Overall, the children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and want to say a big thank you to Ben, Sam, Sunil, Jemima, Darren and everyone at Santander for welcoming them into the bank and teaching them so much about how the business functions and key financial skills. The pupils are now looking forward to sharing with their classes what they did and how a bank works.

Walk to School Month: Walkers’ Breakfasts

On Friday 12th October, the pupils of Thomas Buxton donned their walking shoes and walked to school in order to reduce traffic, make healthy choices and encourage others to ditch the cars. The newly-recruited Junior Travel Ambassadors were on hand in the morning to reward walkers with a cup of sugar-free squash and a cereal bar as well as distribute special badges to those pupils who had made a conscientious choice to reduce car pollution.

I normally come into school by car but this week we have been parking a few streets away from school and walking the rest of the way. It has been good to get some exercise before school and to spend quality time with my family. 

 

I noticed that there have been less cars outside school this week and that has made it safer for us pupils when we are crossing the road. It also means that entrances aren’t blocked and people can walk safely. Sudais