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DT - Pitta Bread Pizzas

 

This week, Year 6 made pitta bread pizzas.  They are quick and easy to make and cook:   

 

  1. First, take a pitta bread, plain or wholemeal, spread some tomato paste on it.
  2. Then add your favourite toppings.  (The children chose: mushrooms, sweet peppers, chilli peppers, pineapple, tuna, chicken, onion, sweetcorn, basil, but you can add whatever you like.) 
  3. After that, top it off with grated cheddar cheese, grated mozzarella or chunks of soft white mozzarella cheese, or any other cheese of your choice.
  4. Finally, pop it under the grill for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

DT - Weaving

 

Mahogany class learnt how to weave today.  They worked with Ms Green on cardboard looms.  The children learnt how to warp and weft which are the two basic components used in weaving. The lengthwise (up and down) warp yarns are held stationary in tension on a frame or loom while the widthwise (left to right) yarn us drawn through and woven over and under the warp.  

Lockdown Reflections

 

Today, Tuesday 23rd March 2021, marks a year since we all went into the first lockdown.  We have all been through so much since and we all have our thoughts, feelings and worries about the past year and what is yet to come.  The children got a chance to mark this momentous occasion with some personal reflections and letting off bubbles in the playground to carry away any of their worries and concerns.

Science Week - Biscuit Dunking Investigation

 

This week we are celebrating science week.  Today (17th March) Year 6 all took part in a biscuit dunking investigation.  They tested 3 different  biscuits: shortbread, bourbon and rich tea.  For all the dunkers out there, Mahogany class recommend Rich Tea biscuits as the ultimate dunking biscuit.  They were by far the clear winner.

The Paper Chain Challenge

 

Year 6 were given the challenge of creating the longest paper chain possible using only one A4 piece of paper, glue, scissors and, if needed, a ruler.  The children all rose to the challenge and got stuck in.

They created paper chains ranging from 30cm long to over 7m!!

Bridge Building Challenge

 

Year 6 had great fun trying to build the strongest bridge possible.  The only stipulation was that it had to be 30cm long.  Before starting to build, the children looked at different types of bridges to get ideas for their own.  Working in groups of 3 or 4, they constructed their bridges from recycled materials.  The strongest bridge held the weight of one of the pupils who built it whilst sitting on it with his feet on the floor!! 

Monday 8th March - Back to School

DT - Cooking - Baked Oatmeal

As the children thoroughly enjoyed the cooking challenges over the school closure, we have decided to carry on with our weekly cooking.

 

This week the children made baked oatmeal, and, despite their initial thoughts, it turned out very tasty!

 

As we were using a recipe that measured the ingredients in cups, the children had to convert from cups to grams or millilitres before they could begin.  They are becoming very adept at zeroing the scales and changing them from g to ml and no longer need constant reminders.

 

They are also developing their team skills, learning to work much better together and sharing responsibilities to ensure everyone is involved.

The Year 6 Team are all looking forward to welcoming all the children back to school on Monday 8th March.  It will be so great to see them all face to face after such a long time away.  We hope you are all as excited as we are.

 

Below, you will find the Year 6 curriculum letter where you can find information about what the children will be learning.  We are hoping it will be fun and interesting.

Spring 2 Curriculum Letter

Gate opening times

 

Year six gates will open at 8:45am. Afternoon gates will open at 3:10pm ( Mon-Thurs) and 2:10pm on Fridays. Please remember to wear your masks when dropping off and adhere to social distances measures-Thank you.

 

Watch the gate reminder video below.

 

See you on Monday!

Yr 5/6 gate entrance

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All year 6 pupils will be welcomed into school via the yr 5/6 gate.
SCHOOL CLOSURE

Today is St David's Day

 

St David is the patron saint of Wales and he is celebrated on the 1 March.

 

To mark the day, Welsh people around the world wear one or both of Wales's national emblems - a daffodil and a leek. Special concerts and parades are also usually held in St David's honour.

 

Patron saints are chosen to be special protectors or guardians over all areas of life.

 

EnglandIreland and Scotland also have their own patron saint, to whom they dedicate a day.

 

 

 

Jewish Festival of Purim - Thursday 25th February 2021

 

'Every year Jewish people from all over the world wear fancy dress to celebrate the beginning of the festival of PurimPurim celebrates the courage of a Jewish girl called Esther who married the King of Persia, and saved the Jewish people living there from being killed over 2000 years ago.'

Purim: The Jewish festival in pictures - CBBC Newsround

 

To find out more about this colourful celebration click on the CBBC website below. Why not design a poster which tells us all about this celebration (activity in this week's lessons under the RE icon). Please take pictures of your completed posters and send them to me via our class webpage. For more exciting activities check out Microsoft Teams where you can find 2 DT activities (one baking challenge and the other is to make your own Gragger)...!

Watch Eden and Lu-Lu take part in a fancy dress catwalk at school on the above CBeebies website.

Friday 12th February - Chinese New Year - Year of the Ox

Happy Chinese New Year - Year of the Ox

 

Wishing everyone who is celebrating a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year of the Ox.  Enjoy your celebrations.

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK (1-7TH FEBRUARY 2021)

This week is Children's Mental Health Week and the theme this year is 'Express Yourself.' The idea is to get children (and adults) to find creative ways to  share their thoughts and emotions through a variety of activities including dance, music and art. The charity Place2Be has a fantastic range of ideas and activities for you to explore. Find the website below and a message from the Duchess of Cambridge who is the Patron of the charity. 

 

NB:BIG MATHS WILL NOW BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK'S LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES ICON!

Big Maths Challenges - 27.01.21

Well done to the following children who have completed their Big Maths challenges today: Enzo and Mustafa :-)

Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2021

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.  Apparently, landmarks around London will be lit up in purple later in honour of Holocaust Memorial day.

MONDAY 25TH JANUARY - BURNS NIGHT!

Good morning lovely Mahagony - I hope you are all safe and well?

Did you know that today most of Scotland will be celebrating Burns Night? It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. His best known work is Auld Lang Syne. Find out more about this celebration today. Below you will find an assortment of activities that you can do throughout this week (there are other resources on Microsoft Teams - e.g. design your own tartan, colouring pages...)!

Make some delicious shortbread!

Burns' night related baking - Shortbread Recipe - Send in your photographs of you making it and the finished product. Make sure you have adult supervision.

Big Maths Challenges 26.01.21

 

Well done to the following children who completed their Big Maths challenges today: Kimiya, Malique and Zahra.  Great job.

Come on everyone else, please get them done as soon as possible.

BIG MATHS CHALLENGES 25.01.21

 

Big well done the to following children who have already completed all their challenges for this week: Bailor, Monique, Marley, Reion, Sonny, Janiece, Tommy and Imran.  Fantastic job.  

 

Make sure you all get them done as soon as possible. Don't wait until Friday!

BIG MATHS PROMOTIONS!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN PROMOTED THIS WEEK - THEY ARE:MONIQUE, IBRAHIM, ISAIAH, MOMUSU, MARLEY, SONNY, JANIECE AND IMRANlaughlaugh!

 

BIG MATHS 22.01.21

Congratulations to the children who completed Big Maths this week: Bailor, Camron, Chloe, Monique, Ibrahim, Isaiah, Kimiya, Momusu, Enzo, Marley, Sonny, Janiece, Leonie, Anjola, Tommy, Jessie, O'Daine, Tyrese, Aghogho, Imran and Imran.

If you haven't completed your Big Maths yet (and there are a few of you) then you still have until Sunday!

19.01.21 - BIG MATHS.

Well done to the children who completed their Big Maths today: Ibrahim, Momusu, Isaiah, Janiece, Leonie, Tommy, Tyrese and Bailorlaugh.

BIG MATHS 18.01.21

Well done to the children who have completed their Big Maths today. They are: Monique, Jessie, Anjola, Sonny and Marleylaughyes.

BIG MATHS PROMOTIONS (15.01.21).

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN PROMOTED ON BIG MATHS THIS WEEK:LEONA, MONIQUE, IBRAHIM, ISAIAH, MOMOSU, IDARA, MALIQUE, MARLEY, SONNY, JANIECE AND IMRANyeslaughlaugh.

TT Rock Stars

Please make sure you are logging on to TT Rock Stars to practise your times tables.  Your log in details are the same as last lockdown.  If you need them resent to you let me know via the class email or Purple Mash and I will send them to you.

Live Meetings On Teams

14.01.21

I have scheduled another live session for tomorrow (15.01.21) at 1 pm.  Today we had 23  participants and were joined by the children in school.  It was great.  We would love to see everyone tomorrow, if possible.  blush

 

I have scheduled another live session for tomorrow (14th Jan) at 11:00 am. Today, there were 17 participants, including Mrs Darnell and Ms Bond.  You should all have been sent an invite.  Fingers crossed you can all see it this time. 

I hope more of you are able to log in tomorrow. 

Look forward to seeing you all.

 

I  have scheduled a short meeting on Microsoft Teams for tomorrow at 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, just to say hello and for a quick catch up.  It  would be  great to talk to as many of  you as possible.  Please log in to Microsoft Teams to see whether you have received the invitation.  I look forward to seeing and speaking to you tomorrow (Wed 13th Jan).

13.01.21 Big Maths Challenges

Well done to those children who have completed their maths challenges today: Nathan and O'Daine.laughyes

There are still 16 of you who have not yet completed them.  Come on and  get them done.  We want to keep our place as the champions!!smiley

 

12.02.21 - Big Maths

 

Well done to the children who have completed their Big Maths today: Kimiya, Anjola and Jessielaughyes.

 

11.01.21 Big Maths.

 

Well done to those children who already completed their Big Maths so far this week: Momusu, Jessie, Bailor, Monique, Ibrahim, Marley, Reion, Sonny, Janiece, Leonie, Tommy and Imranlaughyes.

Virtual Junior Citizenship Event

 

Please do not forget to join the Virtual Junior Citizenship event on Tuesday morning (12th Jan) at 9:30 -11:00.  The link has been emailed to your parents.  Hope you can all access it.

Look forward to hearing what you thought about it and what you learnt from it.

11.01.21 Big Maths.

 

Well done to those children who completed their Big Maths today: Bailor, Monique, Ibrahim, Marley, Reion, Sonny, Janiece, Leonie, Tommy and Imran.

BIG MATHS 08.01.21

 

Well done to these children who completed their Big Maths today: Enzo, Mary, Isaiah, Momusu, Idara and Zahra.

 

BIG MATHS PROMOTIONS!

 

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN PROMOTED THIS WEEK ON BIG MATHS!yeslaugh

LEONA, MONIQUE, IBRAHIM, ISAIAH, MOMUSU, IDARA, MALIQUE, MARLEY, ABDALLAH, ZAHRA, SONNY, JANIECE AND IMRAN.

LEWISHAM ZOOOOM CHOIRS!

 

Do you like to sing? Lewisham Zoooom Choirs are offering FREE singing sessions from next Friday 4.30pm. If you are interested you need to register on:-

 

http://www.lewishammusic.org/zoooom-choirs

For more information have a look at the following poster!

 

BIG MATHS 07.01.21

 

Well done to the following children who completed their Big Maths today: Camron, Leona, Monique, Marley, Abdallah, Reion, Anjola and Imran. Remember you must complete it by tomorrow so I can announce who has been promoted.

07.01.21

 

Good morning Mahogany Class,

 

We hope you are all okay during this current lockdown and are staying safe.

 

Apologies for the late notification, but TODAY (7.01.21) LitFilmFest are putting on a meet an author session online for children to join. 

 

This will be live at 10:30am this morning with Claire Fayers, author of Storm Hound! Her book mixes NORSE MYTHOLOGY with WELSH LEGENDS... sounds bonkers.

 

You can watch live at 10.30 am TODAY! Just use the link below. There's a giveaway too!

 

We hope as many children as possible can join in live. 

 

Hope you enjoy it.

WIN a copy of Storm Hound | LitFilmFest Classrooms

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06.01.21

 

Good morning Mahogany. I hope you are all well? I would like to say well done to those children who have already completed their Big Maths yesterday. These are Bailor, Chloe, Ibrahim, Malique, Sonny, Janiece, Leonie, Tommy and O'Daine.

Remember if you have any concerns or worries please email me on our class webpage. Meanwhile, have a lovely day.

 

05.01.21

Good morning lovely Mahogany. I hope you have had a restful and safe holiday? Unfortunately, you are not back with us at school for now so we have to go back to online learning to continue your education. Please check our class page everyday for activities and messages.

 

It is extremely important that you complete work that has been set and I will be checking on your progress daily. You will have received information about Microsoft Teams which is a new platform for setting work. I will talk to you about this in more detail soon and I will be sending each of your login details as soon as possible. When you receive these and instructions on how to log on, there is work set there for you. 

  • This includes 4 days of English (Short Stories) and a PowerPoint of short daily reading comprehensions. 
  • Maths - Daily Maths activities on PowerPoint.
  • Art Activity 

You should be able to write on the activities so you do not need to print them out and I will also be able to mark these and send you feedback.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to do this with the Art activity so when you have completed this, please take a picture and send it to me.

 

Meanwhile please use check out the work on our class page  (see yellow star below). Try and keep to a normal school day - if possible. Any problems or questions please let me know by contacting me on our class email.

 

Happy New Year and I hope you and your family had a safe and Happy Christmas!

 

As you are aware Elfrida Primary School will be closed for the majority of children for the next two weeks! As before we will be ensuring that our children continue their education during this time. You will have received an email asking if your child has access to the internet or whether they will require a home learning pack - please let us have this information as soon as possible. 

 

If you have any concerns or would like to speak to me please use the class website mahogany@kafed.co.uk.

 

Please be advised that if you have any questions or queries, you can contact Mrs Efrat directly by emailing her at the following email address:  mahogany@kafed.org.uk

Mahogany Photo Gallery

Look Up

with Dapo Adeola and Nathan Byron

 

On Tuesday 15th December, The Royal Astronomical Society hosted a reading and drawing Christmas extravaganza via zoom. The children joined author and illustrator Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola for an out-of-this-world event about their amazing picture book Look Up. The children listened to Nathan read the story and then had a chance to ask questions.  Finally, they took part in a drawing session, led by Dapo, where they were taught how to draw Rocket, the main character from Look Up.  The children thoroughly enjoyed it and created some fantastic sketches which you can find below.

TetraTREEdron

 

In this final week before the Christmas break, year 6 have been using multiple tetrahedrons to make their own TetraTREEdron.  This has been inspired by a project being run by Maths on Toast.

 

The idea is to write messages of hope for the future, reflections of this year, and greetings for the festive season. 

 

If you would like to have a go at home, follow this link which will take you to the Maths on Toast website where you can find all the information and download a tetrahedron template so you can create your own TetraTREEdron and decorate your home.

 

Below, are some examples of the children's work and photographs of them at work making them.

 

 

 

Elf Day in Year 6

Monday 14th December was Elf Day in Year 6.  Many of the children came dressed as elves or in red and green.  They participated in different activities throughout the day: maths activity using a pair of compasses to make an aerial view of a snowman; end of 2020 general knowledge quiz; and making a paper ball reindeer.  Below are some photographs of the day.

Mahogany Elves

Science

Introduction to the Circulatory System

 

This week (beginning 30th November) Year 6 have been introduced to their new science topic, Animals Including Humans.  Their first lesson was to learn about blood and the circulatory system.  As well as learning lots, they had great fun making and drinking blood smoothies!  The four ingredients they used for their blood smoothies each represented a different component of blood:

raspberries for red blood cells, small white marshmallows for white blood cells, sprinkles for platelets and pineapple juice for plasma. 

Science

Rosalind Franklin Fact Files

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

Mahogany class have been researching information about Rosalind Franklin and have created these lovely fact files.

 

Anti-bullying Week

During anti-bullying week, Mahogany class created anti-bullying posters.  In Mahogany class, we stand united against bullying.  Everyone is responsible for playing their own part.

Children in Need 

Some of the children in Mahogany class came to school dressed in spots for Children in Need.  Pudsey comic strips and stories were worked on diligently.

Pudsey Comic Strips

Wearing spots for Children in Need

Maths - Finding Equivalent Fractions to Calculate with Them

 

This week, Year 6 have been finding equivalent fractions by finding common denominators in order to calculate with them (adding and subtracting).  They have had great fun playing with dice and dominos to generate mixed numbers for their calculations.

Self Portraits

In Art, Year 6 have been learning to mix different flesh tones, trying to mix their own skin colours.  They also drew self portraits, using mirrors to make them as self-like as possible through careful observation.

 

Below are some examples of their work.

Information Texts

This week (week beginning 19.10.20) Year 6 are focusing on information texts in literacy.  They have been looking at non-fiction books and identifying the features of information texts in preparation for writing their own information text about our amazing brains.

 

 

Tales From Africa - The Cheetah's Whisker

As part of our diversity curriculum, in Mahogany class children will be choosing a story to read to the class. We will do our best to get these recorded and put on our class page to share with everyone. This first story was chosen and read by Momusu.

Our Amazing Brain

 

In science, Year 6 have been learning about their brains.  They are training to become mini neuroscientists!  This has involved them learning the names for the different lobes of the brain in Latin.  Please ask them if they can remember them. 

 

As well as learning the Latin names, they have been finding out what each lobe is responsible for.  This week (beginning 5th October) they labelled and added information on the the left and right side of a brain and then cut them out to make a hemisphere hat. 

 

Lots of fun and jokes were shared whilst busily working on their hemisphere hats.  Please ask questions to see what they can remember about our amazing brain. Below are some photographs of them at work and wearing their finished hemisphere hats.

How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson

We have been focusing on this book in literacy.  The children have been learning the features of persuasive language and have created wanted posters and are currently in the process of writing persuasive letters to do with the pros and cons of immortatility. 

 

Over the past few  weeks, they have been learning about subordinate clauses and subordinate conjunctions.  Ask them what 'I SAW A WABUB' means?  They have also been using rhetorical questions in their writing.  In addition, they learnt a song to help them remember how to use colons and semicolons.  Why don't you see if they can remeber it and how to use the above punctuation marks?

 

Below, are some of their wanted posters.

What Went Well?

Every Friday, the children will be assessing their learning over the week and identifying for themselves what went well.  They write what they think on a post-it note and this is then displayed in the classroom.  Each week, a selection of these will be posted on our class webpage.

Post it notes for the week beginning 2.11.20

Post-it notes from week beginning 28.09.20

Post-it notes from week beginning 21/9/20

Our Seasonal Greetings Cards - more information to follow shortly...

Science Fun - Lava Lunacy

 

Mahogany class have made lava lamps and have been learning about hydrophobic materials.  See if they can tell you some of the science behind their lava lamps.

Summer Holiday Homework Gallery

 

 

For the time being, we are asking children not to bring in their summer project homework, but to take photographs of their work and to send them to use either via the class email or via Purple Mash.  We will then put them up on the class webpage.  We are looking forward to seeing all their fantastic work.

 

Home learning Resource

Click the link below for home learning videos

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2

Yr 5/6 Walkway

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Yr 6 playground door

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Mahogany Classroom entrance

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Important information for children returning in September:

On Thursday 3rd September the children will be returning to school. They will be welcomed back by their previous and new teacher for year 6 Ms Efrat- Yay!

 

Mahogany class children are to enter and leave school through the yr 5/6 gates. Children are to line up on Elfrida Crescent. Children will be collected from the gates by their teacher and TA. Parents will not be allowed on site. 

We are encouraging only one parent to drop off and collect their child to reduce large groups occurring outside the school gates.

 

Start time: 8:45am  Finish time: 3:20pm (2:20 pm on Fridays)

 

See you in September!

Mrs Efrat and Mrs Darnell are looking forward to welcoming you all to Mahogany Class on 3rd September.  This is what the classroom looks like:

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Secondary school applications

Parents, you will be able to begin to apply for secondary schools from September 1st 2020. Elfrida will be forwarding further information to you shortly. Please do visit the websites of schools you are interested in and visit: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/schools/school-admission/applying-to-start-secondary-school 

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