Elder Class Archive

October 2018

Well done Cameron for being our first ‘reading champion’ in Elder class for your excellent commitment to reading. Superb motivation!

Elder class enjoyed their cooking for the harvest celebration. The vegetable soup was delicious – well done.

Here’s a video of our harvest song. Elders you did a great job – we are proud of you all!

Rosie wrote a fabulous letter in role as a common soldier in Henry V’s army.

We had some fabulous projects handed in this week. The children had to research a ‘great Briton’ and could present their finding however they wanted. I was so impressed with the creativity of the projects from Isaac Newton’s apple to a fondant Winston Churchill! An extra special well done to the children who stood up and presented their findings to the rest of the class.

Charles Darwin

Sonny W churchill homework


Elder class had their final session with Explore Outdoor today. They have come a long way in five weeks with their team working and communication skills. Frank’s group managed to solve 5 complete challenges this week compared to one the first week – great progress! The swamp was a popular challenge today but I think the most popular had to be the bottle rockets. You might have heard the screams of delight when the rockets were launched!


Ryan did an excellent project for his homework task about Sir Isaac Newton. It included key facts and showed superb creativity. Well done!

With Annie this week we went over some actions for scene four and really tried to get into role. We then started rehearsing scene five. It’s looking really good and everyone is doing a fabulous job of saying their lines.

In our Explore Outdoor Session  today we completed a trust trail, did a puzzle blindfolded, solved a marble problem and worked as a team to solve a changing places problem.

We have our first 11 year-old in Elder class – happy birthday, Chloe! Thanks for the delicious cakes.

In English we have written a diary entry in role as Henry V the night before the Battle of Agincourt. We drafted first and today we have edited with our talk buddy using editing stations to ensure our diary entries include accurate punctuation and varied clause types. There was some excellent cooperation seen in the class.

It was our second week with Annie and we went over our first scene with her. We had to think about how we were going to get onto the stage and into position by thinking about the fighting between the English and French sides and how we might depict it through movement and music. We thought about the status of our character and how they might feel about the war and going to fight.


September 2018

In PE we are doing rugby with Tom this half term. We made a great start to our lessons with a passing and interception game this morning.

Elder class had their first ‘Lawshall Mile’ session today. We ran/walked around the field for ten minutes to boost our fitness levels. We will be doing this every Wednesday.

Elder class impressed me with their great French this afternoon. They recapped the vocabulary they had learnt last year and even sang a song for me. Superb motivation!

We had a great afternoon with Explore  Outdoor playing some games and trying to solve some problems as a team. One of the groups solved all of the problems set for them – great cooperation. Elder class will be developing their communication skills over the coming weeks.

Freya wrote a fabulous description of a picture stimulus I needed English. She had a strong authorial voice and keen sense of audience – great work.

Year 6 hosted their first reading session with Acorn and Oak classes. It was lovely to see the older children reading and interacting with the younger ones.

Elder class have begun learning about Henry V ready for our Shakespeare Takeover project. We used the key lines from the play to do a brief synopsis of the whole play with freeze frames and actions. We are all looking forward to our first session with Annie on Monday.

Elder class had another great session with Explore Outdoor. They had to use their cooperation and communication skills to solve various problems including crossing a river on lily pads, crossing a minefield and helping ants to cross a lake!

Elder class had a visit from Mr Gower and Mr Walker from King Edward VI Upper School this week. Isabelle and Lana (pupils from last year’s Elder class) also came along to answer questions too.

In maths, Elder class thoroughly enjoyed playing a ‘Yahtzee’ style game which involved place value. There was lots of healthy competition going on as well as some excellent place value knowledge. Superb motivation and cooperation, Elders.

It was week 3 of our Explore Outdoor problem solving sessions and there was a massive improvement in our team working and communication skills this week. Both groups did really well solving their problems but also had lots of fun too. Frank’s group were delighted to solve the puzzle they got stuck on last week – superb stickability!



In RE Elder class are learning about the work of Antonia Rolls and particularly her image of ‘Jesus on the Train’ which is her depiction of what it would be like if Jesus came down to Earth and lived amongst us. Elder class are creating their own image based on this picture.

Mr Mason (along with Owen and Rebecca) came along and gave a presentation to the class about Sybil Andrews Academy.

Elder class had their first session with Annie. They practised following directions quickly and silently. Next they acted out some sections of the play, Henry V, including key lines and some improvisation. Elders had an iambic pentameter play off using key lines again with some actions added in for good measure! Finally they put together a sequence including freeze-frames for words related to the play accompanied by military movements to set positions set to music – it looked really effective. What a great afternoon and a great start to our Shakespeare Takeover!