Our Visit to Dagenham Park
On Tuesday 3rd October 2017, Year 6 was lucky enough to have a “taster” day at Dagenham Park Church of England School.
They got to experience different options of subjects such as: English, foreign languages, art, science, P.E and music. They were also fortunate to see an outstanding performance by the school’s Year 10 students.
“I really enjoyed the foreign languages because it was kinaesthetic and it was also really enjoyable,” quoted Emma, 6S.
“In P.E, we learnt about basketball and how to shoot. It was very onerous but rewarding in the end,” commented Gabrielle, 6S.
As a treat, Dagenham Park kindly offered to give the students and teachers a meal free of charge. Most pupils stated that the food was delicious. We can’t wait to try more options if we return!
Mr Endacott takes 15 lucky children from Year 6 to Dagenham Park, every Tuesday, for Science Club. Emma Ostapec, has been keeping a weekly blog detailing what they did.
On Tuesday 26th September 2017, 15 scientists went to Dagenham Park Church Of England School for Science Club. In that lesson, we learned about ‘Zombie Apocalypses’ AKA- germs, diseases and how we could find electricity in a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. Mrs A Ridout, a science technician and our teacher, showed us how many germs there are on your hands using special, harmless training gel for nurses and doctors. In that lesson, we also learnt how to power tiny LED lights using: copper coins, zinc, vinegar, cardboard and a multi-meter.
On Tuesday 3rd October 2017, we learnt how to make a compass that would be useful during a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. Mrs Ridout showed us how to make one using: a petri-dish, water, magnet, needle and a cork. She also told us that the reason the cork will point to North is because it is magnetic North. She also proved this by putting a compass next to it.
On Tuesday 10th October 2017, we learnt how to filter dirty water if there was a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. Mrs Ridout showed us how to make one only using: a cut bottle, sand, cotton wool, gravel and filter paper. We compared it to the dirty water we started with and it got much clearer. We found out that if we filtered it again through the same filter it would get dirtier but with a new one, much clearer.
On Tuesday 16th January 2018, we have been making ice-cream. We split the 14 people into 2 groups to experiment with dairy cream and milk. We noticed that the dairy cream made the ice cream all smooth when we were shaking and eating it whereas the milk made it clumpy. We added salt to the ice so that it would freeze the ice cream in the bag quicker so that we didn’t need to do more shaking.
On Tuesday 23rd January 2018, we have been making honeycomb. We made the honeycomb with bicarbonate of soda, golden syrup and sugar. We had to pour it on parchment paper so that it could cool. When we bit into the finished product, it was crunchy and hard on the inside whereas it was soft on the outside.
On Tuesday 30th January 2018, we experimented with chocolate bars and how much weight it could hold whilst it stood on two mini jam jars. The chocolate bars we had were: Milky Bar, Curly Wurly and Dairy Milk. Each of the weights were 100 grams and we noticed that Curly Wurly was the weakest of them all.
On Tuesday 6th February 2018, we made homemade butter using double cream and an empty jam jar. We poured double cream into the jam jar and shook it up for about 20 minutes. Soon we could hear a sloshing sound and saw butter milk. We then rinsed off the butter milk and put it into tiny jam jars for us to take home and enjoy!
On Tuesday 20th February 2018, we made balsamic vinegar pearls using balsamic vinegar and agar agar. We heated up a pan and poured in our balsamic vinegar and agar agar. We waited until it had started to boil and took it off the hob. Miss Ridout had lowered the temperature of the oil by putting it into the fridge before the lesson. We took it out and using a syringe, squirted out our mixture slowly into the oil so that it could make pearls. We used a sieve to pour the oil out and once again, put them in smaller jam jars for us to enjoy at home!
On Tuesday 20th March 2018, we made microwave meringues using icing sugar, egg whites and obviously a microwave. We added icing sugar into a bowl along with egg whites. We then used our hands to roll it into a little ball. After, we put it in the microwave and watched it expand into a plate of a hard foamy layer. When we bit into it, it was very sweet and crunchy!
Trewern Residential Trip
Trewern is a residential facility set in spacious grounds. It is situated near the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye nestled amongst the Black Mountains.
Visiting groups can take advantage of highly qualified teaching staff to participate in a range of outdoor activities. Alternatively pupils can use Trewern as a base for personal exploration.
Trewern Outdoor Education Centre Hay-on-Wye. We offer outdoor activity and field study courses to Primary and Secondary schools.
A Trewern Course advances academic, personal and social education. Working in teams, students are presented with challenges relevant to all levels of education, the application of which is not easily demonstrated in the classroom.
We offer schools a way of channelling the curiosity and enthusiasm of students, bringing to life ideas and concepts outside their experience and addressing many of the key skills identified in the National Curriculum.
Key Skills – Adventurous Activities
Students are helped to develop life skills, with an emphasis on achievement and enjoyment. Careful consideration is given to the level of activity presented to groups and safety is paramount.
Please click this link to see previous pictures of our pupils visiting Trewern.
When are the 2017 KS2 SATs tests?
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 14 May 2018.
The 2018 SATs schedule is as follows:
Monday 14 May 2018 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Tuesday 15 May 2018 English reading
Wednesday 16 May 2018 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 17 May 2018 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
KS2 SATs papers explained
Key Stage 2 Sats, are taken by 10- and 11-year-olds at the end of Year Six.
The Key Stage 2 tests are used as a measure of school performance.
This year’s Key Stage 2 tests will be more demanding than in previous years and will be based on the new curriculum taught in England since 2014.
Pupils will sit them week beginning 9th May 2016
English reading (one paper)
English grammar, punctuation and spelling (two papers)
Mathematics (three papers)
How will KS2 SATs be marked?
The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children are given scaled scores.
You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved).
The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:
80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
120 (the highest scaled score)
The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won’t have achieved the expected standard in the test.
The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.
There will be a selection of question types, including:
Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’