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Well done and good luck!

Just wanted to say, for the last time, well done to all of you for all that you have achieved at Holtsmere End.


It was a pleasure to teach at the school and I have really enjoyed working with the children in Year 6 this year.


I wish you all the very best for your time at you new schools - I'm sure that you will enjoy many more successes in the years to come.


Good luck Holtsmere's new Year 7s!

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Guest — Lydia Knight
Thank you for a great year at holtsmere (the best one ever!) I know that there have been ups and downs but but its been a great ye... Read More
Monday, 17 August 2015 12:28
Guest — Lydia Knight
I still can't thank you enough for all the advise you have given me this year from books to friendships thank you so much! ... Read More
Monday, 17 August 2015 12:29
Mr Phil Marland
Thank you for the kind words Lydia. You made some very good choices this year and should be proud of all that you achieved. Good... Read More
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:20
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So proud!

Well done to you all for the fantastic show that you put on for your parents; you were all incredible!


Hope you all enjoyed the disco!


Mr Smyth and I are really proud of you all for the way that you conducted yourselves this afternoon and this evening.  Well done!

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Guest — Lydia Knight
Thank you it went really well. Well done year 6!
Monday, 17 August 2015 12:18
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SATs Results

You received your SATs results on Friday, along with your reports.


First of all, it was a pleasure to write your reports this year: I had to make fewer ammendments than ever because you were all quite easy to write.


You have all worked really hard this year and Mr Smyth and I are really proud of you all for all that you have achieved during your time in Year 6.


I know that some of you were disappointed with the levels that you received for your SATs.  There is no need to be.  Your teacher assessed level is an accurate assessment of your abilities in Maths, Reading, Writing, and Spelling and Grammar; the SATs level shows how you performed during a series of tests over the course of four days!


Your Secondary School will refer to your SATs levels, only to check progres at the end of your time at Secondary School. 


You have been a pleasure to teach this year and you are all well-equipped to do very well at Secondary School.


We wish you all the very best for next year - you will stand out as very capable children with good behaviour for learning, as many of the previous Year 6 children from Holtsmere End have.


Thank you all for a very interesting and enjoyable year.

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Guest — Lydia Knight
Thank you Mr Smyth and Mr Marland for preparing us for secondary school and helping us with our SATs. looking foward to September!... Read More
Monday, 17 August 2015 12:20
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Pictures for the Kesavans

Hello Pranav


It was nice to see your family this evening.


As promised, I have added the link for the photographs of your Top Trumps Tournament.


I think that the link will only be live for a short while.


There are not very many pictures of you though I'm afraid.


However, it looks like you all had a great day.

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Guest — Umapriya Laksmipathy(Pranav's mum)
It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you very much for posting the pictures.
Monday, 20 July 2015 07:33
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Let Loose songs (Updated!)

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Good luck Pranav

Pranav will take part in the final of the Top Trumps Tournament on Saturday this week at Chessington World of Adventure. 


Good luck Pranav. We hope you have a great day and we look forward to hearing all about it on Monday. 



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Guest — Pranav Kesavan
Thank you Mr Marland, as you said, I will try my level best.
Saturday, 06 June 2015 18:41
Mr Phil Marland
Please be sure to update us as soon as you can Pranav as to how you get on tomorrow. I wish you all the very best for the tournam... Read More
Friday, 26 June 2015 17:55
Guest — Lydia Knight
That will definitely be interesting to watch I bet you thrash pranav anyway!... Read More
Sunday, 28 June 2015 11:40
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A message from the Bananagrams organisers.

I received an email from the organisers of the Bananagrams Challenge:


All the children (and their families) had a really super day.  The Bananagrams team were just astounded by the level of skill and breadth of vocabuary that all the finalists showed.  In fact they were all so fast at playing the game that the day finished an hour ahead of schedule!

All the finalists were extremely good sports, congratulating their opponents if they didn't win and were all genuinely a credit to their schools.

Our worthy winner, the UK's first top banana, was 10-year-old Louis Webber from Amersham in Buckinghmashire.  I think everyone at the event will agree, he was a very worthy winnerwith quite mind-boggling ability to 'peel' at the speed of light!  Needless to say, all 12 finalists at the event did extremely well to get to the final - beating nearly16,000 school children for a place.

Lots of parents have asked us for copies of photos from the day, so I am pleased to be able to share with you a link to all the photos from the day.  Please feel free to download any of the photos in the link below:

The password to access the photographs is an anagram of:

a panel bean

The password is all lowercase with no spaces (I thought you might like that Pranav).





These are some of the pics from Pranav's day.  It looks like everyone had a great time!

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Guest — Lydia Knight
Well done again Pranav. It looks like you had a really fun day! It is so good to even get to the final! A great achievement well d... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 17:54
Guest — Umapriya Lakshmipathy(Pranav's mother)
Thank you for sharing the pictures Mr.Marland. It was an excellent opportunity for us to join Pranav for the Finals. We extremely ... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:56
Guest — Pranav Kesavan
In the top trumps online game, i have helped our school come first so far with 55601 points Top 4 is Holtsmere End Junior Scho... Read More
Monday, 18 May 2015 21:44
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Was the Industrial Revolution a good thing or a bad thing?

Our final piece of work for our History topic will be to consider whether we believe that the Industrial Revolution was a good thing or a bad thing.


We've looked at health and illnesses; how children were forced to work in terrible conditions; the effect that industry had on the environment and the living conditions of the poor.  We understand how the rise of industry forced people out of the countryside and into the emerging towns and cities and we've thought a little about how scary the massive changes must have been for the people involved.


I've added a clip from the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics - it is quite a powerful clip.  The man that you see at the beginning an at various points throughout the clip represents Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


Part-way through the clip, about 7 minutes in, the music changes for about a minute and a half - listen out for the whistling and the drums no longer being played.  Why do you think the music changes in this way?


Do you think that the producers involved with the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics consider the Industrial Revolution to have been a good thing for England?  What is it about the way the clip is choreographed that makes you think this? 



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Guest — Lydia Knight
I think that the industrial revolution was a great part of our history. I can't decide whether the industrial revolution was a goo... Read More
Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:58
Guest — Pranav Kesavan
The Industrial Revolution is A BAD THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't understand why people say it is a good thing because it reduced a ... Read More
Sunday, 14 December 2014 19:33
Mr Phil Marland
Obviously I think it was a good thing. I understand that for people at the time, the rate of change (how quickly change happened) ... Read More
Sunday, 14 December 2014 21:09
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Victorian food for the poor.

How do you fancy preparing some traditional Victorian food.


Follow the link below for the recipes of three meals for the poor.



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Guest — Pranav Kesavan
Thank you Mr.Marland. Now I know what the recipes of a Victorian Oatmeal Bar. P.S : My mother has subscribed so she told me that ... Read More
Saturday, 06 December 2014 21:36
Guest — Keely Bradding
Mr Marland you now you changed the password for my maths. But for some reason it wont let me do it.Ive tried it like 3,4 and maybe... Read More
Sunday, 14 December 2014 12:39
Mr Phil Marland
Hi Keely The new password is endjuniors Let me know if you still can't get on.
Sunday, 14 December 2014 13:08
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The Children who Built Victorian Britain

Have a look at these clips.  They are the ones we have been looking at in our History lessons this week and will help you in your learning in English next week.


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3

Clip one looks at children in industry; clip two looks at children in agriculture; clip three looks at children at war.


In our English over the next couple of weeks, we will be creating scripts and recording emotive podcasts.  The most effective will be posted here.


It would be useful to others if you could summarise the key information from the clips in your comments so that we can refer to it in our research.


These clips are from the series, 'The Worst Jobs in History'.

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Guest — Lydia Knight
Thank you for putting the videos on the blog Mr Marland! They will really help me with my topic homework this half term!
Friday, 05 December 2014 19:21
Guest — Olivia Moore
Same here Lydia
Saturday, 06 December 2014 14:09
Guest — Pranav Kesavan
Thanks Mr.Marland. Are we also looking at this in History? It is very useful.... Read More
Saturday, 06 December 2014 09:11
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Did anyone else see this?

I just watched David Attenborough's Life Story program and saw this.  I know about animals doing things to attract a mate - peacocks with their great big, colourful tails, etc.  but this tiny puffer fish is just incredible!

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Guest — Lydia Knight
WOW! At the beginning my brother and I were wondering what the puffer fish was doing but then it made the most amazing pattern on ... Read More
Friday, 21 November 2014 08:20
Guest — Pranav Kesavan
Oh, I find that little fish so cute.
Friday, 21 November 2014 08:20
Mr Phil Marland
Did you watch the clip Pranav?
Friday, 21 November 2014 08:27
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Recommended Reading.

Sorry, this is a really long post!


As an update to my previous post, we have this week bought 22 new books for Year 6.  These books are by authors that I have enjoyed, including (obviously) Garth Nix, P. B. Kerr and Tom Becker.


I'll give you a brief synopsis of these.


First of all, Garth Nix.  We already have Mr Monday, the first of the 'Keys to the Kingdom' series.  We now have Grim Tuesday and Superior Saturday (I'm on the look out for Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday and Lord Sunday and will get them when I can find them at a reasonable price.)


The books basically chronicle the adventures of Arthur, a 12-year-old asthmatic boy who is chosen to be the heir of The House: the centre of the universe.  The trustees of the house, the Morrow Days (Mr Monday, Grim Tuesday, etc.) are basically criminals and all want to take control of the House.  Each represents one of the seven sins (Mr Monday - Sloth; Grim Tuesday - Greed; Drowned Wednesday - Gluttony; Sir Thursday - Wrath; Lady Friday - Lust; Superior Saturday - Envy; Lord Sunday - Pride).   


The Keys to the Kingdom are objects of power given to the trustees which gives them each control of their part of the House.  As the rightful heir, chosen by the Architect, Arthur must take control of all of the keys.  I won't say any more than that.


The books by P. B. Kerr are the Children of the Lamp series.  In these, we follow twins John and Pippa, who have a particularly gifted mother, a very kind father and two dogs, an they live a life of luxury in New York.


In the first book, 'The Akhenaten Adventure', their wisdom teeth appear simultaneously and they have an operation to get them removed, during which they both share the same dream.  In the dream, their uncle, Nimrod, asks them to come to London.  He tells them they are djinn (genies), descended from Akhenaten who, as you may have found out when you studied Ancient Egypt, was the husband of Nefertiti and father of Tutankamen, and they must undergo training to use their newly discovered powers.


As they struggle to balance the powers of good luck and bad luck in the world, they must battle the evil Ifrit tribe and its leader Iblis.  


There are 6 books in the series.  As with most series' of books, it is not essential that they are read in order, but sometimes reference is made to events which happened in earlier books.


My one criticism of the first book is that the characters are not particularly well-drawn (Typically a writer of adult fiction, P. B. Kerr had to learn that there are different rules when writing what is essentially teenage fiction, such as character development and the pace of the story).  But it is an enjoyable book and I believe that in the latter books, he is more successful in bringing the characters to life.


Tom Becker's Darkside sequence is about a boy, 14-year-old Jonathan Starling, who discovers a world hidden in London.  A horrific version of Victorian London, the Darkside is a world run by Jack the Ripper's family.  The worst of the worst live here; it is a society of murderers theives and of course a werewolf and a vampire.


Becker creates an incredible sense of play in the first novel and there are lots of twists and turns in the plot.  If you have read and enjoyed Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (which I'm sure that's on our boockase), you'll love this book!


Lifeblood is the second book in the series; Night Trap is the third, the fourth is Time Curse and Black Jack is the final book in the series.


I also bought two Jinx books, which I read the first chapters of while in the shop (warehouse actually: the books were bought from 66 Books, Wood Lane End, Hemel Hempstead).  They read quite well.


Anyway, if you're in Year 6, I would really appreciate it if you would have a go at reading all of the new books and letting us know what you think.  As with the previous post, it is always useful to comment on books that you have read and enjoyed.


You are welcome to take the books home to read, provided that they are looked after and returned (please try not to fold corners over to keep your page: make a bookmark or use a paper clip or post-it note).

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Guest — Lydia Knight
Thank you for your suggestions on what books to read! As soon as I have finished lirael,I will be grateful if you suggest a book ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 18:40
Mr Phil Marland
I think you'll really like The Subtle Knife or Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman: We've at least one copy of The Subtle Knife at... Read More
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 21:27
Guest — Pranav Kesavan
Your Welcome, I have been reading the Garth Nix series from the school library but I don't think I have read PB Kerr or Tom Becker... Read More
Friday, 14 November 2014 19:40
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Favourite books and authors.

This week we have been looking at The Ragwitch, a book by Garth Nix.  The Ragwitch was the first book that Garth Nix ever published and this is clear by the inconsistency in the quality of the writing.  Elements of the book are exceptional; the description of the settings are second to none  However the characters are not very well-drawn.  If you ever read the book, you will find that it is difficult to empathise with the central characters: Paul does nothing but complain and feel sorry for himself throughout.  Nontheless, it is a good book if you can ignore its shortcomings.


Othe books by Garth Nix are the Keys to the Kingdom series, the first book of which is Mr Monday and these are a really good series of books - a real improvement.  He has also written a trilogy, The Old Kingdom.  These are also great books, although are intended for an older audience.


My favourite author is Terry Pratchett.  I can highly recommend the books that he has written for children: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and the Tiffany Aching books (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight).


Who are your favourite authors?  Is there a book or a series of books that you have really enjoyed?


Let us know and maybe we can add any recommendations to our library! 

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Guest — Pranav Kesavan
My favourite author is Joseph Delany because he creates lots of amazing, thrilling books.... Read More
Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:09
Mr Phil Marland
Can you recommend a book by Joseph Delaney and tell us briefly what it's about? Has he written a series of books which should be ... Read More
Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:16
Guest — Pranav Kesavan
Hello Mr.Marland! There is a book called Spooks Secret where the spook takes this boy called Tom to Anglezarke(a very dangerous pl... Read More
Saturday, 25 October 2014 08:57
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Success Criteria for finding fractions of amounts!

Hi everyone. I am posting the success criteria from our maths lessons this week looking at fractions of amounts. The success criteria deals with both unit (where the numerator is 1) and non-unit (numerator is greater than 1) fractions. Hope you find it helpful!


Success Criteria

 Read the amount given.

Identify the fraction.

Divide by denominator - if unit fraction, you have the answer.

-If non-unit fraction, multiply the answer by the numerator.

Record the answer.

This may also help you with this week's maths homework!

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Endangered animal podcasts.

In Literacy we worked collaboratively to carry out research on endangered animals.  We used this information to create a podcasts about the plight of our chosen animal.  The brief was to use powerful, emotive language.  

We also took inspiration from work that we completed on powerful speeches earlier in the year and tried to incorporate the elements of effective speeches that we looked at and tried to incorporate them into our own delivery.  

Use the players below to have a listen and see what you think.  Mr Marland and Mrs Ledgerwood think they're amazing!


Bailey, Jack and Kayla  

Artist Name - Bailey-Jack-and-Kayla.mp3

Beverley, Luke and Libby  

Artist Name - Bev-Luke-and-Libby.mp3

Esmae, Ben and Ben  

Artist Name - Esmae-Ben-and-Ben.mp3

Harvey, Anna and Dennis  

Artist Name - Harvey-Anna-and-Dennis.mp3

James, Ella and Jack  

Artist Name - James-Ella--Jack-M.mp3

Josh, Josh and Tia  

Artist Name - Josh-Josh-and-Tia.mp3

Lois, Krystle and Morgan  

Artist Name - Lois-Krystle-and-Morgan.mp3

Lucy, Dominyk and John  

Artist Name - Lucy-Dominyk-and-John.mp3

Sophie and Akshay  

Artist Name - Sophie-and-Akshay.mp3

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Guest — Lois R
I really enjoyed creating these pod-casts. Especially researching on the ipads ... Read More
Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:49
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Can people who have never taught in schools make changes to education?

Michael Gove (the Education Secretary), has made lots of changes to education. Should MPs and other people who comment on education be made to spend a term teaching a class of children?   Can people outside of education really have an informed opinion on what makes good teaching and learning?

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Guest — Lois R
NO NO NO! I hate mike Gove. school days should not be longer, teachers work hard enough as it is, and holidays should stay the sam... Read More
Thursday, 13 February 2014 19:22
Guest — Lois R
has Mr Marland figured out how to post comments yet!?... Read More
Saturday, 15 February 2014 19:37
Guest — JoshB
I think you mean same Lois
Monday, 24 March 2014 19:42
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