Interfaith Week in Year 6

Year 6 have been learning about Buddhism and Christianity during Interfaith Week (9th January – 13th January). During our RE lessons we learnt about the impact of significant stories for both faiths.  We discussed the story of ‘The Sheep and the Goats’ and how it might influence a Christian’s choices .  We also discussed the Buddhist story of ‘Kisa Gotami’ and how Buddhists may view suffering as an inevitable part of life.  We also thought about the ways in which Buddhists believe they can reduce ‘Dukkha’ – suffering.IMG_1234 IMG_1235

On Thursday, Hazel class put on a class assembly about Buddhism; telling the story of the Buddha and his enlightenment.  We were fortunate to have a guest speaker to answer our questions about Buddhism on Friday. Throughout the week, we realised that there are many similarities which draw religions together and we learnt many interesting insights into how different people practice their faiths.

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Brilliant BMX-ing!

Today, some lucky children in Year 6 were able to visit Haggerston Park with Mr Downs and Miss Begum to practise their skills on BMX bikes.

As we arrived, the heavens opened but that didn’t deter the children from strapping on their safety equipment and practising riding standing up straight on their bikes.

Over half an hour, most children improved their balance and poise on the bikes and were able to make corners safely and move on to the actual track.

With excitement, the children began to ride around the tracks and try out different hills and jumps – there were a few tumbles, but no real accidents to speak of! Everybody kept trying and began to be more confident going up and down the steep inclines, it was a real pleasure to watch! No wheelies, tailwhips or stunts as yet, but you never know what might happen with practise!

We all had a great time, perhaps some of our bikers and other members of the school might like to try the BMX club which runs on a Sunday at Haggerston Park?

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Southend-on-Sea…Year 6 take on Adventure Island!

On Monday 6th June, Turtles and Meerkats made their long-anticipated trip to Southend-on-Sea!

Having looked forward to this reward for 9 months, the weather certainly didn’t disappoint the children! With the sunshine raining down on them and a cool breeze on their backs, the children set off to Liverpool Street Station at 8.45 a.m.

The children were able to witness London transform into the beautiful English countryside as the train ploughed a path towards Southend. On arrival, children chattered excitedly as we walked down the main high street – suddenly we could see the sea!

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Unfortunately, there was a bit of a wait once we got into the park, however everyone was very well-behaved and members of the public said (more than once!) how well-mannered and polite our children are. What a credit to Thomas Buxton!

Then, the serious business – the rides.

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Dragon’s claw. Rage. The Haunted House. Green Scream. There were almost too many to choose from but somehow, the children managed.  In groups they explored Adventure Island and dragged (the somewhat apprehensive) adults on with them. A special mention to those children who tried rides they were petrified of, screamed their heads off, but were then rewarded with a rush of endorphins and a sense of self-satisfaction!

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Lunch was a pleasant affair on the benches and then there was just enough time to visit the gift shop and then a rush to the train back to school! The train journey was MUCH quieter on the way back, several children allowing themselves to drop off to sleep. Others however, plagued the teachers by spraying bubbles that just would not pop! Not to mention the sweet-stuffing competitions!

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In summary, a marvellous day was had by one and all! Can we do it again next week?

Year 6 Activity Week

A much-anticipated and well-received week kicked off on Monday the 16th of May, as Year 6 began to let their hair down!

Teachers were greeted with excitement and commotion on the first morning back after SATs week as the children began their well-deserved week of treats!

To kick off, Meerkats class enjoyed a day of art and cooking, whilst Turtles trekked to Shadwell Basin to sample the delights of canoeing and kayaking – not to mention a good old-fashioned play in the park! A special mention to those children who managed to ‘accidentally’ fall in.

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On Tuesday, everybody walked to Victoria Park (with no moans!) to enjoy an action-packed day of playtime in the adventure playground, relay races, ball games and chill out time. How good was 10, 50, 100? Exhaustion began to kick in on the way home, but all children and teachers had a wonderful day in the sun.

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Wednesday began with an unfortunate turn of events in that Sports Day was cancelled! Never ones to dwell and ruminate, Turtles and Meerkats made the most of the day by playing games in class, brushing up on their artwork and enjoying spending time together. The children really showed how to get over an unwanted obstacle in style!

Thursday was a role-reversal, as Turtles began their artwork for the London Project while Meerkats went to Shadwell Basin. In the afternoon, preparations were made for the upcoming carnival, as Turtles class worked with Bow Arts to produce some headdresses and collars. The artists were blown away by the children’s designs, and have promised to come back with some awesome custom-made costumes ready for the carnival.

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Friday looms and Activity Week draws to a close, but the children are ending it with a bang by visiting Weaver’s Fields to play and relaxing with a film for the afternoon.

Well done Year 6, you have thoroughly deserved this treat and the whole school is proud of everything you have achieved!

Escape the Room challenge

As a reward for their hard work so far this year, Year 6 were treated to a special code-cracking event. Similar to an “Escape the Room” style challenge, the children had to decipher six cryptic Computing related challenges to reveal words making up a famous Shakespeare phrase.

Once all challenges were completed, against the clock, the children arranged the words to form the phrase “as good luck would have it” – found in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Challenges included QR codes, a letter revealing Beebot, a semaphore task, a Scratch puzzle, an anagram and the augmented reality app Aurasma!

Well done to the winning groups who found the phrase in the fastest time.

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Action stations, there’s been an infestation!

As everybody knows, Thomas Buxton recently had a brush with infamous arachnids! Never missing a beat, the children have grasped this opportunity by all eight legs and have come up with some fascinating and fantastic writing about what happened to the school.

Check it out!

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Year 1 did some brilliant detective work labeling the key features of a spider.

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Year 2 presented their information about spiders using adventurous technical language and similes.

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Year 3 did an excellent recount of the event – Ms. John and Mr. Muhib were very impressed!

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Year 4 covered themselves in glory with their excellent journalistic reports about the False Widow attack!

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Year 5 completed some great extra homework about their experiences! My spidey-sense is tingling!

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Year 6 did some wonderful creative writing about spiders using excellent imagery and Alan Peat sentences.

Well done Thomas Buxton, you have proved you can make the best out of difficult circumstances!

Black History Month in Year 6.

What a busy month we’ve had in Year 6! We loved finding out more about the Civil Rights Movement and the key figures that spearheaded the quest for civil rights in America, so much so that Isaiah, Arif, Areesha and Sahara were able to re-write the famous ‘I have a dream’ speech and tailor it to life in Thomas Buxton and Tower Hamlets. Fantastic work!

We had a great time on Black History Month Art Day and studied the work of Yinka Shonibare, an English-Nigerian artist who aims to meld different cultures with his art. Check out some of our work inspired by him below!

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Some excellent design reflecting ‘Happiness’.

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Some beautiful designs.

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Working hard!

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Intricate work.

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Doesn’t know I took this!

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Looking very pleased with himself – and so he should, some inspired design work!

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These are some examples of our finished work!

Last but by no means least, we all had a great time dancing and interacting with the African drummers, even some of the teachers joined in (Mr Downs was not invited – perhaps wisely!).

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I think we all definitely learnt a lot – what do you think?

Turtles class first post!

Hello all!

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Turtles class have made a fantastic start to the year and I thought I would share examples of the excellent shared writing we have been able to compose as a class. Turtles have worked very hard on these and they have all made a great contribution.

Also a big thanks to them for making me feel welcome to the school and to Year 6 in general, here’s looking forward to a happy and prosperous year ahead!

Mr Downs.

Prezi: London Presentations

Year 6 have been using the iPads for the last two weeks to create some informative presentations about London. They used an app called Prezi to present some of the most interesting aspects of the city we live in. This has been particularly interesting and enjoyable because it has added to their current topic which has focused on exploring London and its many different facets.

Here are some of the best presentations:

This is by Mayaz:

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Nishat and Zikra:

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and Rema and Alisha:

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We even had a chance to present some of our great work!

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