Welcome to Year 6!
This Term, Year 6 were evacuated to different areas of the country. On the day, the children came to school dressed in 1940’s outfits. Some had even made their own identity labels and gas mask holders.
The evacuees were gathered in the school hall where they were chosen by hosts who took them away to their new home. For some this was a very pleasant experience – those evacuated to North Wales played games and made homemade lemonade! However, many of the children found themselves having to work hard for their keep by peeling potatoes and helping on the farm. Some of the evacuees were made to do exhausting army drills to prepare for a future on the front line.
In our new homes, they wrote letters back to their families. Lots of the children spoke about their new way of life – including how difficult it was to understand some of the accents.
Earlier this term, we studied ‘The Viewer’. First, we looked closely at the artwork from the book, and how it affects the reader’s experience. Each child then went on to create their own artwork based on events from a historical period of their choice. As you can see from this example, the children’s artwork was very detailed and precise. They each researched their chosen period in depth and experimented by sketching to record their observations and later improving upon their designs.
At the end of the story, Tristan mysteriously falls into the viewer and is trapped. The children rewrote the ending, imagining that they themselves were Tristan - falling into the viewer. The writing that the children produced was fantastic – chillingly so!
Both the writing and the art work are around the school.
In one our narrative pieces, we turned beautiful, innocent little Goldilocks into a terrified, lost soul being chased through a shadowy forest. From the very beginning of this unit, the children’s writing tapped into those feelings of late-night fear that we are all well acquainted with and then they kept us enticed with well-written stories full of interesting characters.
As well as SATS practise, we’ve been taking part in lots of practical maths lessons. We went bird spotting around Forster Park School. This is a graph created by India - it indicates how many Hawks and how many Eagles were spotted during each month of the year. The children collected the data, plotted their graph and then used their graph to answer questions.
Here, Harvey has calculated the missing angles by using his knowledge of right angles, straight-line angles and full circles turns.
This narrative poem is one of Year 6’s absolute favourites: we all love a ghost story - especially one that’s full of romance! The language in The Highwayman is rich and vivid with the most wonderful imagery and this led to the children creating some fantastic artwork. We discussed our views on the themes in the poem and performed the poem aloud in class. Finally we wrote our own verse, paying particular attention to the rhythm and repetition as this is a fundamental part of Noyes’ original poem.
We love science!
In March, we celebrated British Science Week by taking part in daily science activities: planting seeds and bulbs, scientific reading challenges and a chemistry experiment with the Year 2 classes. This year, we have also taken part in the BBC Terrific Scientific Program. Photos of our Live Lesson made it onto the BBC Website!
Our budding artists have created some outstanding masterpieces in art this year. Superhero Art
(Top left to bottom right) Deborah, Uvathika, Alfie, Malika, Apianka, Charlotte, Zayna, Susan, Tyler.
Finally, let’s not forget the talents of our legendary steel pan band!