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!
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!
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.
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.