Mrs Tait's 2018-19 Year 6 Class

Tuesday 9th July, 2019. 
Such a successful sailing trip! Thanks to staff at Ely Sailing Club who gave us a great experience in a variety of boats and even organised for us to picnic on the lake with the boats rafted together. 
Hope your wet clothes have managed to dry out okay - Mrs Tait's shoes are still wringing!!!
Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July, 2019.
The Year 5 and Year 6 production 'Mystery at Magpie Manor' was a huge success. 
Well done for learning your lines so well and giving it gusto in front of an audience. 
Thanks, also, to the parents for the creative costumes! 
Thursday 27th June, 2019. 
What a fantastic opportunity all of KS2 had today! Watching 'School of Rock' live in London! 
Well done to everyone in Year 6 for representing the school so well and thank you for not getting lost! 
Wednesday 26th June, 2019.
Today we were visited by Lisa Taylor from Science Ambassadors. 
She provided us with lots of scientific vocabulary linked the heart and circulatory system and then brought it all to life by identifying the various parts on a real sheep's heart! 
We were also fortunate enough to see a windpipe, lungs, heart and diaphragm all attached. 
As well as using our observational skills, the Year 6s donned gloves to become more hands on! 
Tuesday 25th June, 2019.
What a great NRich Maths workshop we had today with Katie McDonald from SVC. 
Well done for persevering with the problem-solving tasks - you showed great resilience! 
Friday 21st June, 2019. 
Sports Day was a triumph! The sun shone, teams passed water balloons and covered each other in shaving foam and stickers were worn with pride. 
Well done, everyone, for showing great sportsmanship all morning. 
Monday 10th June, 2019.
What a wonderful trip we had today to Dalham Hall Stud! Well done Year 6 for braving the rain - it was relentless. 
Our wonderful guide, Louisa, provided such detailed information and encouraged us all to follow our dreams. We felt very privileged indeed to meet Dubawi - a stallion worth £600 million!
If you would like to look at more information related to Godolphin, the following website is very child-friendly:
Thursday 23rd May, 2019. 
Hope you all enjoyed the SATs Party this morning - you were totally amazing at Horses, Knights and Cavaliers!
Enjoy a well-deserved half-term break and don't forget to learn those lines for our Y5/6 Production - Mystery at Magpie Manor!
Friday 17th May, 2019.
Well done to the 18 Year 6 pupils who took part in the Quadkids Athletics Competition today at Soham Village College. 
You all showed great sportsmanship and perseverance. 

Friday 17th May, 2019.

We've made it!!!

Well done Year 6 in completing your KS2 SATs!

The staff are so very proud of the attitudes you have exhibited towards your test papers this week and the range of exam strategies you used.



Thursday 16th May, 2019. 
Hope you all enjoyed the pool party with your Reception Buddies! Fantastic variety of inflatables. What a great way to spend Thursday afternoon at the end of SATs week. 
Special thanks to Mrs Cole for setting up the pool and to Miss Diplock and the Reception parent helpers for making it all run smoothly. 
Thursday 16th May, 2019. 
Our final SATs breakfast!
Friday 5th April, 2019.
In Art we have been looking at the work of the artist Alexander Calder. He uses wire to create 3D sculptures.
We tried our hand at his technique and made some intriguing creations. 3 sheets of A4 white paper acted as our gallery backdrop! 
Monday 11th March, 2019.
Year 6 were contacted (on Monday) by The National Trust who were distraught at the thought of builders having planning permission passed to build on the beloved Susie's Wood. 
Thanks to the pupils' fantastic observational skills and their passion for this nostalgic area, enough evidence of wildlife was found to prevent the builders from starting construction. Well done!
Thursday 7th March, 2019. 
What a fantastic World Book Day! Well done, everyone, for the amazing creative costumes and for being able to talk so confidently about your book characters.
Hope you enjoy the photos of the pupils who wanted to have their picture taken below. 
Monday 4th March, 2019. 
Today was the last of our practical food technology lessons. We completed our series by making German Soft Pretzels. The recipe is as follows:
- 350ml warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons dried active yeast
- 500g white bread flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg, whisked
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Step 2 - Combine the warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Whisk up with a fork then leave to stand until it bubbles up (approx. 10-15 mins). 
Step 3 - Combine the yeast mixture, flour and salt to form a dough that is soft but not too sticky. 
Step 4 - Knead for 10 minutes then divide into 12 equal pieces. 
Step 5 - Roll with your hands and shape into pretzel plait shapes and place on grease-proof paper. 
Step 6 - Carefully brush the pretzels with egg then sprinkle with a small amount of salt. 
Step 7 - Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
Step 8 - Enjoy :)
Hope you have enjoyed trying out these recipes at home! 
Wednesday 27th February, 2019. 
Today we made spring rolls as part of our DT 'Global Food' topic. I'm afraid we were so engrossed that we didn't have time to take photographs but hopefully some of the evidence made its way home!
Lots of pupils have asked for the recipe, so here goes:
- 300g cooked rice noodles
- 100g fresh bean sprouts (we didn't have any of these available on Wednesday)
- 200g grated carrot (I think we grated 2 medium-sized carrots)
- 200g shredded Chinese leaf cabbage (this wasn't so popular with the Year 6 pupils)
- 200g diced pepper (need to dice pretty small)
- 100g chopped spring onions
- 1 piece of ginger finely chopped
- splash of light soy sauce
- squidge of garlic paste (we cheated!)
- sprinkle of Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 15 sheets of filo pastry
Step 1 - Prepare all the vegetable ingredients.
Step 2 - Mix desired vegetable ingredients in a bowl (you MUST include the cooked rice noodle) and add soy sauce, garlic and five-spice to desired taste.
Step 3 - Spoon vegetable mix along the shorter length of a sheet of filo pastry, leaving about 2 and a half centimetres at the top and each side of the pastry.
Step 4 - Brush the beaten egg around the edges.
Step 5 - Fold in the top and each side of the filo sheet and gently roll spring roll mixture to form a sausage shape. 
Step 6 - Transfer spring rolls onto a baking sheet, seam side down, and brush with a little more egg. 
Step 7 - Bake the rolls in a pre-heated oven (refer to pastry pack for temperature) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
Step 8 - Enjoy :) 
Week beginning 11.2.19
This week in DT we are making guacamole. If you'd like to make it at home, here is the recipe. 
- 1 ripe avocado (remove stone and skin then slice, dice and mash fruit with a fork in a bowl)
- 1/4 red onion sliced and very finely diced
- 1/2 tomato de-seeded, sliced and finely diced
- a small bunch of coriander finely chopped
- 1/2 lime - extract juice with a fork
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy eating as a dip :) 
Week Beginning 4.2.19
This week in DT we are making salsa. If you'd like to make it at home, here is the recipe:
- 250g fresh tomatoes diced
- 1 spring onion or a small bunch of chives finely chopped
- bunch of coriander finely chopped
- juice of 1/2 a lime
Step 1: Cut the tomatoes in half, then quarters. Remove the seeds. Dice the remaining tomato and add to a bowl. 
Step 2: Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the spring onion/chives. Add to the tomatoes. 
Step 3: Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the spring coriander. Add to the tomatoes. 
Step 4: Use a fork to extract the lime juice and add to the bowl. 
Step 5: Mix all the ingredients together. 
Step 6: Enjoy eating! 
 November 19th - Our marble runs are finally complete... well done teams! The Reception children loved them.
'Marbulous Structures'- we had our first go at making bridges for our marble runs on Tuesday.  It was hard work to join the sections but we discovered that fan cuts at the end of the tubes and PVA glue fixing gives a much more professional look than masking tape!
Year 6 have enjoyed being out of school for several visits recently:
  • Ely Cathedral Schools' Day where we were treated to a theatre workshop and service centred around the centenary of the end of the First World War
  • A visit to the Imperial War Museum Duxford to find out about the aircraft and lives of local people during the Second World War
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Challenge Day at Soham Village College.
We met our Reception class buddies on Friday and helped them at lunch. Great fun was had by all!