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Year 6 at the Imperial War Museum

This week, Year 6 visited the Imperial War Museum to enrich our learning about our Local History Topic: World War II.

We admired the fascinating artefacts and exhibitions that gave us a glimpse into what life was like during the war.

One of the exhibits even had an Anderson Shelter to take cover in as an air raid siren sounded.

We thought about fortunate we are to have the right to be safe and the right to an education, which was not the case for many children during that time.

Here are some of our pictures from the visit:

RSPB Visits Thomas Buxton Primary School

This week Thomas Buxton Primary School had a special visit from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Jo came in from the organisation to help years 2, 3 and 4 learn more about the local habitats that exist within the school grounds.

The children had the opportunity to observe carefully to identify the different habitats. A check list helped the children to find habitats including soil, compost, shrubs and bushes, gravel and trees.

After finding existing habitats the children had the chance to spot opportunities for creating more habitats for mini beasts and animals. Year 2 decided that a bird feeder on many of the trees would be an ideal way to get birds to use the school grounds as their habitat.

The visit was a really fun and exciting event and has spurred us on to try and gain a School’s Wild Challenge Award.

Find out more about nature by playing these fun learning games by clicking here.

Science Week at Thomas Buxton Primary

This week has been Science Week at Thomas Buxton Primary School!

On Monday the children visited different classrooms to conduct science experiments ranging from making astro-nappies to gunge and pooh!

On Tuesday the children created posters about famous explorers and scientists. Some of our winning entries include:

Wednesday saw the school turn into a science laboratory! Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall and other scientists made their presence known on the classroom doors.

Thursday saw a scientist from the British Gas company HIVE come to school to discuss her job. The children were given the chance to ask her questions and conduct research about her company. They also were able to test out some of the company’s products including a smart light bulb!

Our GROW partner came into school on Thursday afternoon to help year 1 learn about planting fruits and vegetables.

The week ended with the school dressing up as different types of scientists and sharing their work with the whole-school.

Albert Einstein also made an appearance throughout the school during Science Week. He was hidden in 10 locations inside and outside of the school. The children had to use their observation skills to try and find him in all 10 locations.

Thank you to everyone for making the week a success!

What was your favourite part of Science Week? Leave a comment below.


Chris Riddell in Tower Hamlets!

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, some lucky children in Year 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to meet author, illustrator and ex-Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

Chris talked about the writing process; his passion for illustrating; and showed us some of his fantastic books. We laughed as he told us funny anecdotes and took mental notes when he gave us his top tips for writing and illustrating. Incredibly, he spent the whole time illustrating characters whilst he spoke- it was amazing to watch his talents live! At the end of the afternoon, we had a chance to ask him some questions and he even took the time to meet some of us. We felt so privilege to take away signed and dedicated copies of his books- we have not stopped reading them since!

Check out some of the illustrations he did on the day.





Spanish Buzz Day – Computing Session!

During Spanish Buzz Day, pupils in Year 5 and 6 programmed some very special translation games.

We learnt some new Spanish vocabulary and even challenged ourselves to write Spanish sentences and conversations.

Have a look at some of our games below. Which Spanish words do you know?  Which words are new to you?

Harry Potter Night 2017!

This week, a wonderful evening of wizardry occurred in our school.

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 grabbed their tickets and boarded the Hogwarts Express!

The newest students of Hogwarts experienced a Potions class, a campfire in the Forbidden Forest and revised for their O.W.L. exams with a quiz!

Here are some photos from their time at Hogwarts:



Reading Sleepover and D.E.A.R at TBP

At TBP this year, we have really been focusing on our reading!

Thanks to a great offer from the National Literacy Trust, we have been able to offer children a choice of free books for them to take home and keep!

As part of this offer, we have organised two in-school events to celebrate the children’s reading.

Firstly, children from years 4, 5 and 6 attended a reading sleepover, where they enjoyed activities such as: a campfire with Mrs F, choosing books with Mr Downs and Mrs Milne, creating book-related cupcakes with Miss Maynard and Miss Turnbull and quizzing a quiz with Miss Dwyer and Miss John!

The children also enjoyed a Drop Everything And Read session with all of KS2, where older pupils swapped classes with younger pupils and read with them. The children all loved it and the teachers said it was great fun!


KS2 Singing Celebration!

Our last half term of the year had a harmonious start with Key Stage 2 showing off a range of musical talents.

Each class took to the stage to demonstrate a musical skill they had learned over the course of this year.

There was a range of activities to show off various concepts such as: pitch, tone, dynamics, rhythm and beat.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined us in the audience.

Maths Buzz Day 2017

This half term we had a gr-eight day for Maths Buzz Day! We were able to put our problem solving skills into action and had some fantastic discussions using our reasoning skills. We learnt about the problem solving process and took our time to reflect on different ways of finding resolutions to problems. We considered the mathematical vocabulary that we were using and applied it to the different problems.


Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight commenced last week! The pupils at Thomas Buxton gathered for an assembly to introduce Fairtrade.  Throughout the week, pupils watched and discussed informative videos detailing the importance of Fairtrade Products.  Many of us were surprised to learn that you can purchase Fairtrade footballs!


At the end of the week, we completed quizzes to test our knowledge of all things Fairtrade!

After working so hard, pupils were able to buy some delicious, healthy Fairtrade snacks after school, prepared and sold by our Super Health Team!