Art in the summer sunshine

Year 6 spread themselves, in the summer sunshine, along the length of the school’s bamboo hedge and made beautiful monoprints of the bamboo, using the handle end of paint brushes and palette knives to scrape images of the stems and leaves onto an inky surface and then print onto white paper.  Here are  prints from Rayyan, Reaiah, Patrick, Faisal, Sonny, Sarafina, Nina, Olivia, Emily, Nathan and Sylvie.

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Weekly round up

Congratulations to everyone on completing the SATs – and without any fuss and bother 🙂

We’ve started a new project on ‘Ways of thinking and living in China’.  Here are a few opening thoughts and comments from Nell, Sylvie, Zeca, Ellie, Patrick and Emily:

  • I think we can learn from China by looking at their different culture and they looking at ours – maybe adjusting ours as well.  Nell
  • I think if people learn their [Chinese] ideas, thinking and opinions, and they learn ours, it could bring the world closer together and create a better understanding between different ways of life.  Sylvie
  • We can learn about their types of medicine, their lives, routines and more.  Zeca
  • I definitely know that we can learn from the Chinese because they believe in Daoism – and that’s the flow of the universe – instead of just inventing and building for the sake of it like we do.  Ellie
  • I think we can learn from the way Chinese people live, and they can learn about how we live, because we still live in the same world and people should learn not to be prejudiced.  I think that England should start thinking more about other countries’ lifestyles because we don’t have all the ideas.  You need to listen to others to make the world better.  Emily
  • I think we can learn how Chinese people think and live, and experience the way they live and how it is different to our lifestyle.  Patrick


He huffed and he puffed and was boiled alive…

Try to find time in independent learning to read and comment on the newspaper articles by Faisal, Patrick and Daisy.  Have they achieved the style and tone of a newspaper article? Can you spot use of the passive tense?


He huffed and he puffed and was boiled alive

by our crime reporter Faisal Amin

Yesterday, three little pigs were arrested for the murder of Mr B B Wolf, who was found dead in a cooking pot in the brick house belonging to the eldest little piggy.

It is understood that at 3:00 in the afternoon, Mr B B Wolf tried to enter the straw property, crafted by the smallest brother, Charles Pig.  When refused entry, Mr Wolf blew down the house leaving nothing standing.  Managing to escape, Charlie Pig ran off to the second brother (Alfred Pig), seeking refuge in his home.  

But not far behind, the wolf had followed the trail to his brother’s home,trying again to obtain access into the abode.  When they refused, he blew down this house too, again leaving nothing standing.

Neighbours report that they had then seen the two pigs escape to their eldest brother, Thomas’s house. They said that a wolf was chasing after the pigs, knocking on their door and demanding access.  Mr Wolf was then seen climbing into a chimney and, shortly afterwards, witnesses heard the disorientated howl of a wolf in pain and contacted the police to make sure no harm had been done.

We have spoken to the eldest pig, Alfred, who told us that Mr Wolf had been threatening them all day and that the boiling water was not put there on purpose.  “We were simply cooking dinner; it’s not our fault if he fell in,” they insisted.  

Mrs Wolf pleaded: “My husband would never harm anyone, nor blow up a house.”  She added: “He was a vegetarian and those unworthy pigs should receive nothing but a life sentence.”

Since the accident, people have been moved into brick houses to protect them and their family from danger.  Police are also rumoured to have taken a final look through Mr Wolf’s house and unexpectedly found three pieces of meat in his bins.  Police expect the trial to begin next week


The Death of Big Bad Wolf

by our crime correspondent Patrick Solis

Yesterday afternoon, three pigs were accused of the murder of Mr B B Wolf, who was found dead in a cooking pot at the house belonging to the eldest pig.  

It is understood that yesterday morning Mr B B Wolf visited a straw house that belonged to the youngest pig.  Witnesses report that the wolf threatened the pig with a huff and a puff and then blew the weak house down.  He ran next door to his brother’s house which was made of sticks but was followed by Mr Wolf. Once again, he huffed then he puffed and then he blew the house into a pile of rubble.

At this point, two pigs were seen fleeing from Mr B B Wolf so they could take refuge at their oldest brother’s house, which was made of bricks – but they were again followed by Mr Wolf.  He was again heard to be demanding to be let in but was again refused.  Unable to blow down the sturdy house of bricks, Mr Wolf was then seen climbing up the drain pipe and down the chimney.  The police were contacted by the neighbours when they heard a disturbing howl.

Five minutes later, an armoured police car arrived at the scene.  The police entered the house and they came out with a bag containing the body of Mr B B Wolf and were followed by the three Pig brothers in handcuffs.  

We spoke to the oldest pig brother who said he was sorry for boiling Mr Wolf alive but that it had been an accident.  “We were only making dinner when something fell into the pot,” he claimed.

Mrs B B Wolf was shocked when she found out about the death of her husband.  “He would never eat the pigs because he’s a vegetarian – and he isn’t that strong to blow a house down,” she affirmed.

The trial of the three pigs is set for two weeks’ time in London.  Meanwhile, relations between pigs and wolves are at an all-time low.


All a misunderstanding

by crime features editor Daisy Hogan

Yesterday afternoon, three pigs (Chase, 22; Jack, 24; and Jonathan, 28) were arrested for the murder of Mr B B Wolf.  

It is known that in the early afternoon of May 12, Mr Wolf visited Chase’s home.  Demanding to come in, but being refused, he blew the house down.  The young pig ran to his elder brother’s house where he stayed until he thought he was safe.  When he was shooed out by his sibling, horrible scowling was to be heard outside the small house.  Thinking he could gain access, Mr Wolf blew this house down too.

Neighbours report seeing the two pigs fleeing to Jonathan’s house.  However, Mr B B Wolf is reported to have turned up yet again to attempt blowing down the last of the pigs’ abodes.  When he was unable to do so, he apparently climbed down the chimney and found himself in a large cooking pot.

Within two minutes, armed police and police dogs were at the house.  A large body bag was taken out of the building with dripping contents.  Following were the three pigs, all in hand-cuffs.  

We spoke to the youngest pig and he claims that boiling Mrs Wolf was all a misunderstanding.  “We were simply making stew (other mother’s recipe) when he shot down our chimney!” he said.  “It was like he thought there was going to be a swimming pool at the bottom,” he added.  Mrs Wolf told us that her husband had asthma and could hardly blow up a balloon let alone a house.  “He has three pups on the way – I am sure he wouldn’t throw himself down a chimney!” she wailed.

The worst part is that small children had to witness the awful scene.  “I walked past my favourite neighbour’s house so he could help me plant my garden, only to see him taken out in handcuffs,” a six-year-old girl told us.

Most local pigs are moving out of Carosbury village because of the wolves.  After further investigation, it has been said that old bones have been disposed of in bins at Mr Wolf’s house.  

Macbeth’s sililoquy – the boys

The boys’ sililoquies have mostly not recorded well unfortunately – so here are just a few of them.





What have I become?
Have the three hags made me a monster? Nay, it was I who put the wicked forces upon me.
Will all the oceans clean me of this guilt?
No, but rather turn the sea incarnadine.
Blood begets blood: Duncan, now Macduff.
When will the noble blood stop spilling?
Even the throne does not b ring me happiness but instead melancholy.
Away Duncan! Away damn vision that haunts my eyes!
Life is but a candle melting away till the light goes.
It is not worth living.



What is happening to me?
Why have I slaughtered?
My veins are poisoned with desire to kill.
I was once a hero, then I committed treason.
My life is Scotland’s defeat.
Blood brings blood; why did I start this?
No matter.
What’s done is done.



What have I turned into?
A great leader, loved and trusted by my men.
Now a shell of a man, diminished to king killer. My best friend, children, many innocent lives.
Taken because of my greed.
I am tortured by my deeds!
I don’t recognise the man I’ve become
These hands have become possessed. I have gone too far to be able to turn back.



What shall I be?
A killer of a warrior.
Forces of evil made me a king killer.
Will nothing get rid of the horror from my body?
Blood begets blood; first my king, then my friend, and then innocents.
The blood began to ooze into the river of my soul.
Is there no end to this slaughter?
This isn’t happiness; this is death.



What have I become?
Is this regret in my eyes?
Why must I cause this endless violence?
Lady Macbeth and myself are strangers
These hands will never be rid of the blood of a king and best friend.
Greed has got the better of me and I shall suffer the consequences.
These damned visions will die with me.



Learning about being a scientist


We asked the class to round off this half-term’s science project by reflecting on what they felt they had learned about science.  Here are some of the extremely interesting and thoughtful responses.

Sylvie wrote: ‘I have learned that science isn’t about the teacher knowing the answer to the question – it should be about the children finding out for themselves.  It is about trying something new, combining as much information as you can from other scientists, then putting it together into a new experiment.  Use what you know.  Ask the questions that can be useful.  Change the world for good.  But it’s not just about the bigness of changing the world in enormous ways.  You should also do small experiments that add up to a better understanding of the world.’

Sylvie captures the spirit of scientific enquiry – but using science to change the world for good is a great point too (and not one that we much discussed).  Microbiology, as many other areas of science, has so much potential for both good and harm.  Nina said that ‘Science gives us power over our surroundings’ and Zeca that ‘Science is basically everything.  It’s like the future.’  So we must surely want young scientists to give thought to the purpose and goals of science at the same time as generating new knowledge.

Patrick said, ‘I learnt to think like a scientist.’  Caspar, ‘Ask lots of questions and don’t hold back.’  Archie said:  ‘I have learned that in science you can’t really do an experiment once because the results sometimes vary… Science is about doing experiments and finding out new stuff about the world by asking questions.’  

Eleanor compared science to a large experiment with endless possibilities.  Mohammed said something similar: ‘What I like about science is that there is always a new and better experiment.’  And Jim came up with a great idea for continuing his team’s experiment, which was to use yeast to generate CO2 and then use this to see whether mould will grow on bread in an atmosphere of CO2 or whether it needs oxygen.

Classifying the natural world

In science this week, we’ve studied the idea of scientific classification. Here’s Patrick’s write up of our class attempt at classifying the natural world.


Faith suggested a dotted line between living and non-living because the remains of animals and plants are preserved in fossils. Perhaps wooden objects cross over in the same way. And to complicate things further, we talked about how boundaries between living and non-living may blur as artificial life develops.

We also spent a pleasant half-hour in the nature garden, sketching different organisms and plants and then classifying them into the five animal kingdoms etc. Here are Olivia’s sketches and some photos.


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Science in Year 6

Science in Year 6 is going to be all about understanding how science works, and what it means to be a scientist, and doing experiments where we don’t know the answer before we start.  

We’ve begun by asking ‘What is science?’  Here’s what some of the class said.

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What is science?

“Science is a way to study the world,” said Olivia and Patrick.  “Not the only way,” according to Nell, “but it’s certainly a good one.”   “You ask yourself what happens if…., said Nina, “and then test out your theories.”  And science is fun, several of the class pointed out.

Daisy and Nell got a little poetic.  “Science is like our world’s own magic,” said Daisy.  It’s when you explore the world, learning about it, and answer the unanswered questions in extraordinary ways” – Nell

Science and technology

Emily says, “Science gives humans extreme power over the world.”  Reaiah, “Science gives people the power to destroy and to understand the world.”

“Because of science, some of us live in luxury.  We have medicine, communications and all the stuff in our every day world.   Without science we would have nothing – literally nothing” – Jim.  (Is that true?)   Eleanor says that without science “we would still be jousting in castles or building pyramids!”