Elder Class Archive

June 2019

Mia proudly showed the certificate she received for passing her singing exam to the class.

Elders played Million pound drop spag! Grammar has never been so exciting or competitive! Special congratulations to Fergus who managed to keep his £1000000!


There was some great batting and fielding in rounders this week. Cooperation and motivation were there to be seen. Great sportsmanship too.

This week in science, Elder class were investigating which solvents were most effective at removing nail varnish.  There was great motivation and cooperation evident across the class.

May 2019

SATS day 4: completed and celebratory cake eaten!


SATS day 3: arithmetic and reasoning paper 1 completed. Still all smiling.

SATS day 2: reading completed! Now enjoying cricket in the sunshiné




SATS day 1: grammar and spelling papers completed and all still smiling. Good day!

In English this week, Elder class wrote speeches about the two items they would send to Room 101 ready to make their speeches to the KS2 classes. I discovered how excellent Elders are at the art of persuasion! Great speeches which were well presented to Lime, Horse Chestnut and Willow classes – well done!

In science Elder class planned an investigation into dissolving. There was some fabulous cooperation and motivation to be seen.

We became Internet Legends today courtesy of Google. Elder class really impressed the Google trainers with their excellent knowledge of e-safety. We will make sure we are sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave when we are online.

Elder class began learning about solvents and solutes today. We started off with a bang (well a very large fizzy fountain) courtesy of a packet of Mentos and a bottle of diet cola!



April 2019

After the excitement of the Mentos fountain, Elder class investigated whether water or ethanol were the better solvent of salt. The results gave most of Elder class a surprise.

In cricket with Tom this week there was some fantastic striking of the ball. The fielders were on form too with some great throws.


Rosie told the class all about her Young Farmers’ rally at the weekend and showed them lots of photos of the event. Her group won the whole event – great teamwork!

Elder class listened to the poem ‘Chocolate Cake’ by Michael Rosen this week and then wrote a 3rd person and a 1st person narrative drawing their ideas from the poem. There was some great work, which really impressed me with its creativity.

March 2019

Elder class had a project this half term to research a famous musician from the past and present their findings to the rest of the class. We had some fabulous presentations about a range of musicians from Beethoven to Buddy Holly to Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

Elivs presentation Johnny Cash

Elder class did some great peer editing work in English this week. They are loving our Hamlet work.

In English Elder class have written balanced arguments about deforestation. They tried to expand the points for and against deforestation and come to a firm conclusion giving reasons to justify their viewpoint.


Elders also had a free write about a picture. It was lovely to read so many creative pieces of writing.

Elder class had a great time at Crucial Crew and learnt lots of interesting things about how to keep themselves safe. A special well done to Mia, Sebastian and Imogen who all got a special mention for excellent participation and impressive answers. Well done too to the two groups who got mentioned for excellent whole group focus.

After the success of last week’s enterprise event, Elder class had to count their takings, work out their profits, discuss which items sold the best and why, and decide what goods to sell at their next event on Friday 17th May.

Elder class had to work on their cooperation, motivation and stickability learning behaviours today by teaching themselves the ‘triangle dance’! I was really impressed by the teamwork and perseverance shown by the class.


In PE with Tom this week, Elder class had to invent some adapted games that could be played by someone in a wheelchair, with a broken arm or with a hearing impairment. There was great cooperation evident and lots of smiles too.

They also did their weekly ‘Boxercise’ session. Great photography by Toby.

Our enterprise event was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the year 6s. Elder class, you worked really hard and all seemed to enjoy being entrepreneurs. Next week you will be able to count your money and calculate your profit. A massive thank you also goes to Mrs Bigg for organising the event.

The girls of Elder class enjoyed their rugby session on Wednesday. Thank you to Issy, our roving photographer.

For World Book Day, Elder class dressed up as their favourite character from a book.

They got together with Lime class and Elders read their letters from The Day the Crayons Quit and Limes read their deforestation reports. It was fabulous to see the children sharing their work. Finally they read some books together – thank you Lime class, we enjoyed your company.

Elders had a problem on World Book day as their pens had quit! Elder class had to write persuasive letters (in pencil) in an attempt to get their pens back. Fingers crossed!

Dear year 6 letter

As a whole school, we had a very special message from author David Walliams (massive thanks go to Lara Cooper.)

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February 2019

In science this week, Elder class made burglar alarms using their knowledge of circuits. There was some fabulous cooperation and curiosity – well done.

In Geography Elder class began earning about international trade and how important available resources, supply and demand are when it comes to importing and exporting. There was some real ‘wheeler-dealers’ to be seen trying to negotiate terms with other ‘countries’. The team who bought resources enabling them to manufacture goods were triumphant.

Elder class had a talk from Young Farmers about the opportunities they offer and how to join. Thy all had an information leaflet to take away with them.

Some of Elder class presented their research homework on artists and architects to the rest of the class.

Antoni Gaudi Freya

Leonardo Da Vinci Facts Oliver

michael soi – joey

Rosie Diego Velazquez ppt Rosie W

Elder class had a fantastic visit to Golden Woods for their final Seed to Tree session. They watched a tree being cut down with a chainsaw and then cut down some trees themselves with bow saws. They also used loppers to take off branches and used them to help make a dead hedge. Large logs were carried to the log pile. It was a very busy morning but the sun shone and we all had a great time. Special thanks to our parent helpers (Nic Willcocks, Leah Orr, Laura Goodgame and Elisabeth Jackson) and, of course, to Elizabeth and Grenville for leading the session.

In English this week we have read the picture book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. The children then wrote a letter in role as the rubbers in our class explaining their disappointment at Elders treatment of them. All of the letters were excellent and gave me a real laugh when I marked them! I hope you enjoy this sample.

There’s more to come too as Elders are now writing letters from other pieces of equipment! And here they are!

There was indoor curling this week for Issy and Mia to make up for Issy’s lost PE lesson : looked fun!

In RE, Elder class listened to the Buddhist story of The King’s Elephant and the Dog. They then storyboarded the story.

January 2019

It was lovely to see Elder class reading with the children in Oak and Acorn classes today. Watching them all absorbed in books and spending time together in such a positive way was a privilege.

In art, Elder class have begun to design their own mandala patterns linked to our Buddhism topic in RE. We are hoping to make our designs into mindfulness sheets for other classes to use. I think they have made a great start and am looking forward to seeing how their designs develop and progress.

Elder class worked in pairs today to edit their flashback stories. There was some great cooperation and lots of the class are really starting to see the benefit of having the opportunity to improve their work.

In science, Elders worked as a team to plan an investigation using given components of an electrical circuit. It was quite tricky making the investigation question really specific but once we got sorted, Elders were really good at coming up with the independent and dependent variables. There was superb cooperation and motivation evident with lots of curiosity too. Well done, Elders.

Some of Elder class have finished their World War I hankies. They designed the hanky, sketched the image, use fabric crayons to decorate the image then sewed a message on it. I think they have done a great job!

In geography, Elder class investigated the world’s newest countries. They found out where in the world they are, what caused them to seek independence and how they have fared since achieving this independence. Once the research was completed, each group presented their findings to the rest of the class. Superb cooperation, Elders.

In science this week Elder class were investigating circuits. They learnt the symbols for components of a circuit and then designed circuits. Superb cooperation and curiosity.

In English we have started a visual literacy unit based on the film ‘Eye of the Storm’. Today we wrote setting descriptions using amplification. Elders did really well at building up atmosphere/tension and providing a detailed description. Freya’s was particularly excellent – enjoy!

In DT, Elder class continued with their WWII hankies. They are decorated and are now being sewn. Superb creativity.

Elder class planned their own investigation in science this week. They were investigating whether different materials were attracted to a statically-charged balloon. There was great cooperation evident and lots of motivation too.

Look at all the books we received from our sponsored read event! All classes received lovely new books to read and share. Well done to all of our readers who took part in the event and helped to add to every class’s library.

In DT, Elder class practised their sewing skills ready to sew a message onto their World War I decorated hankies. The thimbles were out and levels of concentration were high! Fabulous focus Elders and great sewing skills.



In English we have been writing short narratives using a picture as a stimulus. We have been focussing on interweaving description, action and dialogue. Olivia and Samuel did a particularly great job!

Elder class had a great science lesson this week learning all about static electricity. They loved the Van de Graaf generator and were willing volunteers to experience the static shock for themselves. We discovered that some of us are more static than others – Oliver was a definite winner in that department! Elders were amazed at the bending water too. Special thanks to the front two rows who did a sterling job at being protons and electrons to demonstrate how positive and negative charges are formed.

Rugby this week was done in separate groups with the boys going first (with year 5) and then the girls. The general consensus was that this new system worked really well and a good time was had by all.

December 2018

We had some excellent geography projects this half term. Elder class showed fabulous creativity and curiosity with their independent work. It was great to see their enthusiasm to share their projects with the rest of the class.

The Needles, Isle of Wight
Durdle Door, Dorset

Joey Roach – Homework

Well done, Elder class for winning your first Battle of the Bands competition against Willow class – superb cooperation. You scored an impressive 15, 355 against Willow’s score of 7,406.

Our year 6 musicians performed in front of the rest of the school in assembly. They were, quite rightly, very proud of themselves.

PE with Jerry was great fun as we had to shoot at a goal and try to score. The only problem was that Jerry was in goal defending! Some of the boys had very powerful shots but the girls proved more accurate initially.

In science we did an investigation to find out how good our sense of smell was. Some aromas were very hard to distinguish between. It was great fun though!

In English we have been looking at argument texts. We researched junk food and considered whether it should be banned or not. Elders got into groups to share their research before writing their texts.

Issy and Leo had art club with year 1 this week. The group made paper snowflakes. They looked fabulous!

Elders enjoyed making decorating their Christmas cakes for decoration morning. They topped the morning off with a lovely cup of hot chocolate.

Elder class loved playing SPaG definition heads-up. There were some great clues being given and super understanding.

Well done to Freya and Joey, the first two ‘rock legends’ in year 6! Those are impressive speeds from both of you on your times tables (1.94 seconds per question and 1.97 seconds per question respectively). You have made amazing progress too- just shows how practice makes perfect!

Well done to Issy and Leo, who have set up a lunchtime art club for Early Years and KS1. Today it was Acorn’s turn and they did some fabulous colouring of some festive pictures. A good time was had by all and the other year 6s were super-impressed with the Acorns’ colouring skills.

Cameron has completed a super project on Mount Snowdon . He made a fabulous model and has a factual report too. Super motivation and curiosity.

Freya, Imogen, Issy, Lexi, Rosie C and Rosie W were great ambassadors for the school today when they went to a YST Girls Active activity day. They took part in some games and also reflected on PE provision in school as well as planning a marketing campaign to encourage girls to be more active.

A special well done to Sebastian who received a Blue Peter badge for his poems that he sent in to the programme – super independence and creativity.

Elder class enjoyed making their Christingles with Rev Parsons and his helpers. They then led the Christingle service in the church.

November 2018

Elder class did a science investigation to discover which parts of their bodies were the most sensitive to touch. We found that the tips of our fingers were the most sensitive and our lower backs the least sensitive.

Freya wrote a fabulous letter home from the trenches, which really shows the character of the writer and includes some excellent description of the settings.

We had a great time at the pantomime!

Well done to the Elders who took part in the indoor athletics at SAA.  You were superb representatives of the school.

Elder class have been writing letters in character as a soldier in The Great War. Today they peer edited their letters. Superb cooperation – we’ll done.

Elder class have been busy rehearsing their song for the Christingle service next week. They are singing ‘Make me a light’ and are sounding fabulous. The harmony at the end is quite tricky but with stickability we will get there!

In science we planned and undertook an investigation into the size of pinnas and the effect on the volume of sound we hear. There was great cooperation and motivation to be seen throughout the class.

Elder class made their mini-Christmas cakes ready for icing and decorating on decoration morning. There was a lovely ‘Christmassy’ smell in the classroom afterwards. Special thanks to Rosie and Chloe for washing up duties and Mrs Bigg for cooking all of the cakes. They look fabulous!

In hockey this week with Jerry, Elders learned how to tackle! They practised block tackles and jabs. Freya showed her skills by getting the ball off Jerry much to the delight of the rest of the class!

Completing the Primary maths challenge – a special well done to Oliver, Ryan and Rosie for getting the top three results. It was a tricky test and the whole class showed superb stickability.

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!