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Downing class were delighted that Daphna got going so quickly with her topic homework. We loved the Molasses biscuits!

Downing class have loved being involved with the puppet show this week and are very proud of the puppets they have created. Here are photos of a few of them but if you want to see more, come to one of the performances tomorrow (5th October). Shows are at 10.30am, 2.00pm and 5.30pm and tickets can be bought for £2.50 from the school office. Our instructions for how to make these puppets are attached at the bottom of the page.

Bat puppet

Crocodile puppet

Dingo puppet

Koala puppet

Platypus puppet

Friday 19th October 2018

Downing class have now all written their warning stories and they are utterly wonderful! Set in a range of places from an abandoned lighthouse, to a mysterious school cupboard, to hell (!), they have truly let their imaginations run wild. Have a look at Kayden's story (attached below) for a brilliant example.

Happy Half Term!

Friday 2nd November 2018

Downing class have worked incredibly hard this week and have successfully tackled long division! Here is a photo of Kyleigh's beautifully presented work:

Friday 16th November 2018

Downing class have enjoyed making WWII planes in DT with Mrs Cubitt. Here are some of the finished masterpieces!

Thursday 22nd November 2018

A quote from a Downing pupil; " If you don't count the fact that the boiler has been broken, today has been absolutely perfect in every single way."

Yesterday, Downing pupils had a go at coding their sprites on Scratch. Many of them were much better at this than Miss Dilnot!


Friday 30th November 2018

Darwin class have written some absolutely extraordinary stories based on the clip 'The Black Hat'. Here is what their creative planning session looked like:

Friday 7th December

As part of our science linked to WWII, yesterday the class was split into families and allocated ration coupons to exchange for the ingredients necessary for our Rumford Drop Cookies. Each family didn't have enough coupons to get exactly what they needed so they sorted out brilliant ways of exchanging ingredients so that all of the families could make their cookies.  Here is a picture of our cooks in action:

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Downing class made their own submarines today using only straws and plastacine! We had a great time ensuring that our submarines were the optimal weight to be able to move up and down our water bottles when the bottles were squeezed.

Friday 11th January 2019

Downing class have crashed right into their new topic for this term 'I'm a pupil, get me out of here'. We started by designing and making our own display to make us feel like we are learning in the rainforest. See if you can spot the toucans, parrots, green anaconda and monkeys!

Friday 18th January 2019

We have been enjoying finding out more about countries in South America this week and have produced some fact files based on our research. 

Friday 25th January

We have had another great week this week with the majority of us doing our cycling course with the Bikeability coaches. We braved the cold to go out onto the roads of Trumpington; it was a great success. Hopefully, we will now have lots of opportunities to put our new skills to good use!

Friday 8th February 2019

This week we have been learning about the different layers of the rainforest and how plants and animals have adapted to suit the different conditions in each layer. This is Manon's brilliant diagram:

Friday 15th February

Downing class pupils have shared some extraordinary homework this half term. Thank you for all of your hard work. Here is Stanley's map showing population density in South America and Isaac's fantastic insect creation:

Friday 1st March

Today we gave out the new homework 'menu' for this half term which was met with an enthusiastic response. Have a look and take your pick of projects!

Friday 8th March

On World Book Day, we set ourselves the challenge of creating, writing, illustrating and publishing a children's book.  All of the pupils worked incredibly hard to create our very own class book: The Snowflake. See the pdf attachment below for the final product!

Friday 15th March

What a week! Science week 2019 has been utterly brilliant. It started off with a visit from Michael Rosen on Monday morning:

On Tuesday we had slightly smaller visitors to the classroom:

And on Thursday an engineer came to help us with our car projects - they can now all move both forwards and backwards!

Friday 22nd March 2019

This week we have been starting to learn our new model text 'The Great Kapok tree'. Have a look at the text map below and see if you can decipher the story!

Image result for the great kapok tree

Friday 5th April 2019

Downing class have had another great week this week to finish off the Spring term. On Tuesday, we excavated the fossils we had created, mimicking the process of 'mould and cast'.

This is Mika and Charlie's fossil:

Friday 3rd May

Downing College (the college we are named after) have kindly invited us to an exhibition they are currently showing in their gallery. Going to see the exhibition counts as a spicy homework task so pupils who go and can tell the class about what  they saw will earn five house points.

The year 6s also got their new topic homework menus today. Because this is such a short half term, we will carry the same topic menu across both half terms and expect 20 house points by the end of the summer term, rather than 10 house points by the end of each half term.

Friday 10th May

Downing class have worked incredibly hard this week and should be very proud of themselves.  We also got a present of pens and post cards from Downing college which was a lovely surprise! In Art, we have been making shadow puppets based on characters from Macbeth. Here is Neysa's crow which she based on the three witches:

Friday 17th May 2019

What a week! Downing class have completed their SATs and we are incredibly hard of all of their hard work and perseverance. In the afternoons of this week, we have been working on stop-motion animation films ranging from a retelling of Macbeth to a watery tale about orca's (obviously from Isaac's group!). We will aim to get some of the films up on the website and are just working out the best way to do that.

Friday 24th May 2019

We have made it to half term! Well done to all of Downing class for their incredible half work over these past five weeks. 

Next half term, we are going to be starting by writing biographies. This is the task we have set for the year 6s to complete during half term:

Half term homework

Over half term, we would like you to find out more about the life of one of your family members. You need to make notes on this person’s life which you will then use to write a biography of their life in the week after half term. The person that you choose needs to be over 18 years old and needs to be happy for you to write about their life! You might want to ask about:

  • where and when they grew up
  • what their childhood was like/their experience of school
  • any times they have moved where they have lived
  • the way their own family has changed since they were little
  • a special memory
  • any particular likes or hobbies

Thursday 6th June 2019

Downing class had a lovely surprise today when Lana brought in gifts for everyone to celebrate the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr. Here is a photo of the gifts that Lana prepared for us:

On a completely separately note - I was so impressed by Stanley's 'The Guardian of the Earth' that I asked him to type it up so we could put it on the website. It is one of the attachments below. 

Friday 14th June 2019

This week we have been getting stuck in to rehearsing for our upcoming performances of The Lion King.  If you want to practise at home, search the songs from the film on youtube and you can sing along! We're doing:

Circle of Life

Just Can't Wait to be King

Be Prepared

Hakuna Matata

Happy singing!

Friday 21st June 2019

Downing class had a brilliant time visiting Downing College on Wednesday of this week. The bus journey went very smoothly and the pupils got to have a look around the art gallery before having a go at creating their own designs. We are very grateful to Downing College for inviting us to visit - who knows, one of us could end up there one day!

Friday 28th June

This week, Downing class have made great progress with their mini-enterprise projects. All of the companies have now completed their market research and designed their packaging. We are on track to actually make our biscuits in the last week of term.

Here are some of the packaging designs by Edward and Neysa: