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BMX Show at Thomas Buxton

This morning TBP was visited by Matti Hemmings, a professional flatland BMX rider and 3 x Guinness World Record holder. He and his partner Andrew performed an amazing display of stunts and tricks which wowed the children from Nursery to Year 6. Matti was impressed with the effort the children have been making to travel sustainably into school and reminded them to wear helmets and high-visibility clothing.

‘I’m inspired to cycle more after seeing Matti’s tricks!‘ – Year 5 pupil

Bling your bike!

Wow Thomas Buxton! The Junior Travel Ambassadors were blown away by the effort pupils made in decorating their bikes and scooters for the Bling your bike competition. Here are some of the entries below. The winner will be announced during assembly on Friday.

The Big Pedal

Today was the first day of the two week Big Pedal challenge and according to the data collected by the Junior Travel Ambassadors, over 280 pupils and staff walked, cycled or scooted into school today! This is a great start and hopefully these numbers will continue to rise as the challenge continues.

The JTAs chose their first ‘Golden Padlock’ winner:

Remember that data will be collected every day and entered into the national Big Pedal competition. On Wednesday it is ‘Bling your bike/scooter’ and prizes will be awarded for the ‘best-dressed’ bicycle, scooter or skateboard. The theme is Spring/Summer. We look forward to seeing your entries!

Science Week!

In science week we have been participating in lots of investigations and making exciting new discoveries! Here is what some of our year 6 children have to say:

‘In science week we have accomplished many things – including making bridges out of paper, creating shadow puppets to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood and also Jack and the beanstalk and many more exciting challenges that have given our brain a workout!’ – Adyan ​

‘We made shadow puppets with movement and experimented with making different shadows. We also used torches to test materials to see if they were opaque, transparent, translucent or reflective. I love it when we do experiments!’ – Khifaaya

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.