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So you think you know London?

“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

Yes Year 6!

It’s what we’ve been waiting for – time to delve into’ The London Project’.

You’ve already created some fantastic illustrations of famous landmarks, in the style of East London based artist Jitesh Patel, not to mention some remarkable models!


So: how well do you think you know London?

What is the population?

How many languages are spoken here?

How long have people lived in London for? (Or Londinium…???)

Find out the answers to those questions and many more; prepare yourselves to write the ultimate information text on our fair city!

Get started here:

See you after the break 🙂

“How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!”
Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

Anne Frank… 70 years on


Hi Year 6!

Just a quick one – we thought we’d better share another link to a fantastic website dedicated to Anne Frank, since so many of you are enjoying learning about her life and legacy at the moment.

Check out this website.  You can: explore the secret annexe in 3D, view an interactive timeline of Anne’s life and learn more about Anne as a writer.  Take a look at pages from her diary and some more extracts.

Did you know she wrote short stories too?

What an inspiration!

“Of the multitude who throughout history have spoken for human dignity in times of great suffering and loss, no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank.”

John F. Kennedy, 1960


P.S. Next week, as part of a campaign called #notsilent, we will be recording our own 60-second readings from Anne Frank’s diary (instead of a one minute’s silence), to commemorate the end of her short life.  They will be uploaded onto the website on Tuesday 14th April 2015.

Watch this space!

Blitzed: The Second World War


Hi Year 6,

Here is a link to the website you may have already explored when doing your ‘pick and mix’ activities for our current topic ‘Blitzed’.  Has anyone tried out the ‘Ration Recipe’? If so, what was it like?

So far, in class, we have looked at the major countries and leaders involved in WWII, Henry Moore’s sketches of underground shelters and what life was like for different people during the war.

Soon, we will be focusing on the Blitz and how it affected our local area. We will also be doing some writing inspired by what happened in our very own neighbourhoods, when London was being heavily bombed.

If you haven’t had a look at the website already – the section on ‘Children at war’ is particularly interesting.  Find out:  What was life like for children in London between 1939 and 1945? Reply to this post with some fascinating facts, in your own words.

We look forward to hearing what you learn,

Ms John, Mr Cuthbertson & Ms Elliott

Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement


Hi Year 6!

Today we looked at some of Maya Angelou’s poetry.  She was around during the civil rights movement in the fifties and was friends with Martin Luther King.  We looked at how black people and white people were segregated at that time. Black people experienced extreme racial prejudice; for example, when travelling on the bus, they had to sit at the back!

Someone in Koala’s class asked if anyone ever stood up for themselves and their rights.  Good question!  And yes! There were quite a few courageous people who did.  Martin Luther King was one of them.  Read about him here: Martin Luther King Biography

And Rosa Parks was another – she sat down at the front of the bus! Click on the link and watch this short clip to hear about her story:

Rosa Parks’ story


Ready, Steady… Year 6!


Are you in Year 5 and worried about making the transition to Year 6? Fear not, follow these helpful hints from Year 6 pupils and ye shall fear no more….

Don’t be scared, get prepared!

SATs? Homework? Hard work? It’s all part of Year 6. These are just a few of things you need to do before you begin Year 6:

  • Read for 30 minutes a day
  • Use Maths Whizz and Bug Club for 45 minutes a week
  • Learn ALL of your times tables

What will you learn?

There are many ways to complete a test paper well, for example making sure you read carefully and answer the actual question! You will learn all about this in Year 6. Additionally, you will learn about World War 2, which is great fun. Another thing we enjoyed was learning new skills in PE with Russell and Mr Cooke.

SATs Survival

SATs can be a stressful week. But fear not, if you sleep early you will be full of beans and ready for the day. Another useful tip is to revise a little every day and do not try to learn new things the night before a test; you might forget what you already know!

Your diet can boost focus if you eat the right foods; fruit, veg and fish are the best things for you. Cut out the sugar and fried food; it will make you sleepy. However, if you drink less water you can’t concentrate: drink 8 large glasses of water a day.

Finally, try to relax because it’s harder to concentrate if you’re stressed.

Best Bits

During activity week year 6 took part in a number of fun challenges, including pizza making, a (very wet!) visit to Shadwell Basin, a hike around Highgate Woods and we also helped to run sports day.

Way back in November, we went to Kingswood in Kent for Year 6 residential: it was great fun! We enjoyed many activities which helped us with teamwork. We even worked with boys and girls without a fuss! This helped us in class when we returned to school.

Overall, Year 6 is pretty good fun!

Except for…..

The Not-so best bits

Despite the fact that in Year 6 there will be a variety of rewards, there will still be a lot of work to be done. Don’t stress, try to impress!

Good luck!

Caribous and Camels

How to thrive and survive during SATs week

In Year 6, we have been preparing for SATs week which is fast approaching.  Over the week, we discussed ways to ‘thrive and survive’ the week.  In other words:  what can YOU do to make sure that every day you can give your best in the tests?  Well, this is what Ishtiyaq in Caribou Class wrote…

Many pupils find SATs stressful, others don’t,  In this text you will find the best tips to get the best results.  There are many things to take into consideration.

The Big R, H and S – Revision, Homework and Study.  To get the best results, pupils have to REVISE.  It is important that students revise their past topics to secure their confidence.  Homework is essential as it can  allow the student to practise the important parts of any topic.  Studying hard will help the student to succeed by  making the most of the teachers and resources.

Home Preparations. All pupils need plenty of sleep to get excellent results in the tests.  Getting early nights will enable students to grow and develop their brain to get the finest results.  It is vital to have a healthy diet, to get lots of glucose to provide energy for SATs.  As well as a healthy diet, pupils should also exercise – this will keep you alert and gets oxygen to the brain so it works its best.  Significantly, students should have fun to keep stress-free until SATs!

Strategies.  During the assessment students should apply what they have learnt and use the quickest method that they are confident with.  On the day the pupils are sitting the test, they can help do their best by keeping calm and just going for it!

These tips are 100% guaranteed to make a difference.  The students will look towards the future and see the fun ahead of them. Remember:  use these tips wisely!

What a helpful explanation from Ishtiyaq!

Let’s have some more ideas Year 6!  What are YOUR tips?


World War II – What Next?

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Hello Year 6!

We’ve learnt so much about World War II this term that it’s hard to imagine what else there is to learn!  Whilst looking at key events, key figures and the many consequences of war, you have impressed us with your enthusiasm on the topic, your research skills and with the presentation of information in your writing.

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However, you’ll be glad to know that there is still so much to explore when it comes to this topic!  

This half-term we will be delving deeper and taking a closer look at some of the personal stories from everyday people caught up in the war.  This should inspire some more great writing!  Take a sneak peek at the ‘Their Past, Your Future’ website where you can find real diaries, photographs, films, and personal stories from the Second World War.

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Happy hunting!  Let us know which stories you find the most interesting and why!

Miss John, Mr Cooke and Mr Leigh

P.S. If you enjoyed making our timeline of the war, there is also an interactive timeline on the website.  Not only does it go into more detail but you can use it to compare what was going on in different parts of the world around wartime!

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‘AULA DE MUSICA’ (Music Classroom)

What’s the latest at Adela Diaz School? (The Spanish school we all wrote to last year!)
Check out their new blog: where the different year groups share what they have learnt in music and talk about their favourite songs. 
Scroll down and you can also sample some Spanish pop music! 
Are any of their favourite pop stars the same as yours? 
Can you spot where they have also talked about their favourite food?
(HINT: Scroll down and look for phrases like ‘MI COMIDA FAVORITA’)
Can you use the same Spanish phrases to tell us about your favourite food, hobby or singer? 
Reply to this blog to share your Spanish skills!
Miss John
P.S.  If you want to know more about our Spanish partner school go to:

The Windrush Generation


The arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in June 1948, at Tilbury Dock, Essex in England, marked the beginning of post-war mass migration.

As it is Black History Month, and we have already looked at some key migration routes as part of our IPC topic – what else can you find out about this turning point in Britain’s history?

Go to and see if you can find the answers to these questions:

Where did the passengers arriving on the SS Empire Windrush come from?

Why did they choose Britain?

Why not the USA?

Explore the website and post the most interesting facts you find!

Happy hunting!

Miss John

The Tower Hamlets Book Award 2013



A group of children in year 6 are shadowing the Tower Hamlets Book Award 2013.


During the next few weeks we will be reading these seven exciting books and deciding which one we think should be voted the best book of 2013.

We will be adding our comments and discussion on each of the books during the next few weeks.

Sam Gayton,  the author of The Snow Merchant will be visiting year 6 in November to give us an exciting discussion about his book and how he became an author.

if you have read any of these books and would like to post a comment please add a reply below.