December - Ghana Christmas party!!!!!
Merry Christmas everyone!
December - Make do and mend sock snowmen
To finish our WWII topic, we used some of our 'make do and mend' skills to upcycle old socks into these very cute snowmen...
December - Take One Picture
This year's 'Take One Picture' week focused on a painting by Walter Sickert called Brighton Pierrots. It was painted in 1915 during the First World War and portrays a seaside entertainment show. The message of the painting, however, is not necessarily one of joviality: the composition is awkward with main characters partially hidden behind pillars. There are empty chairs in the audience and soldiers with bandaged heads possibly signifying the horror and emptiness of this point in British history. In year 6 we also discussed how the colours are muted and subdued giving a sombre feeling.
After studying this picture carefully, year 6 undertook a colour-matching activity in which the class was split into two groups (they chose to be split girls v boys!) and each child was asked to copy 1/16 of the painting as faithfully as possible. This involved sketching using a grid system for accuracy and then colour blending powder paint to create accurate colours and textures. Our results are below. Which do you think was the most effective? Can you identify which painting was created by which group?
December - army visit
In December, year 6 spent some time creating envelope packs for service men and women who would be overseas and away from their families this Christmas. Our recent learning about evacuees and WWII helped us to empathise with people who have to cope during difficult times away from their loved ones. We included: a letter of introduction explaining who we were, why we were writing and what our pack included; a set of instruction on 'How to make a wartime hero' and an artwork relating to soldiers at Christmas time.
Subsequently, we were fortunate enough to be visited by six members of the 29th Regiment Royal Logistics Corp, Duke of Gloucester Barracks (based in South Cerney). Alongside collecting our letters, they kindly gave a presentation on the changes in weaponry and kit between WWII and now; they also taught us about everyday-life in the services. Last - but certainly not least - they let us try on lots of their military kit. They even left us some of their ration-packs for our Christmas party (although they did warn us that they were pretty unpleasant!)
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed this highly educational visit and took the opportunity to ask many thoughtful and insightful questions: what a special afternoon!
November - Children in Need
Thank you so much to all of those who paid money and made the effort to dress in (some very imaginative) spotty clothes; well done to those children who went one step further by organising their own fund-raising events within school.
November - Macbeth
We were fortunate enough to be a very interactive audience at our recent Macbeth production performed fantastically by the Young Shakespeare Company. We know the whole story so well - please ask us about it. Later in class, we created our own powerful witches' spells using trochaic tetrameter for structure and necromancy for the gruesome ingredients!!!!
October - Circulatory System Drama
October - Blitz artwork
We created these artworks using chalk pastels and oil pastels for the background; we built on this using dark shades of card to create city-scape sillhouettes. Finally, we added the detail of search-lights, windows and smoke with white chalk. We tried to focus on using colour, contrast and jagged lines to make our pictures express anger and fear. Which one do you think is most effective? Why?
Y6 Evacuee Trip (By Roksana)
On the 9th of October, Ghana and India travelled back in time to the 1940s. Putting on fabulous disguises, the children experienced being evacuated, during WWII. From going on a steam train to being in an air raid, year 6 had a great time.
During WWII, children had to be evacuated due to the Blitz. The Blitz was an awful time where major cities, docks, and train stations were being bombed. Children had to leave for the countryside, in steam trains, which is exactly what year 6 did. They went on a very old fashioned steam train; they loved the experience. Along the way they met real evacuees from WWII, who told them a lot of important information.
Once Ghana and India were in the countryside, they needed to be prepared. While India went off to learn more on WWII, Ghana practised firefighting with AFS members (Auxiliary Fire Service) and had a whale of a time. Using water pumps to push out water into the hoses, they needed to get as much water into their bucket as they could. The bucket was around 4 meters away, and sometimes toppled over!
The sirens rang all over the station as Ghana were walking into the air raid shelter. Bombs were going to fall and they needed to be as safe as they could get. The lights went out and you could hear the British firing back. It was petrifying knowing a bomb could fall on them any second. Luckily, they got out alive and can tell the tale!
As Ghana class were off to learn more on WWII, it was India’s turn to learn about firefighting. Little did they know German planes were heading their way…
Ghana was safe but now it was India heading into the shelter. Every second counted: a bomb could fall any second. It was silent, you could hear everyone’s hearts beating, but then the bombs started to drop. Would they make it out alive?
Learning more about WWII were Ghana, listening very carefully. They were taking part in a range of activities: dressing up, in uniforms, washer woman clothes and suits; playing with WWII toys, like skipping ropes and marbles and guessing the object with our teams, like pots, candle holders and dusters.
Soon it was time for lunch, and both classes headed out to eat. Unfortunately their food gave away they were from the future. Luckily though no one saw, or they would be in trouble.
The time to leave came too quickly: they needed to get back to 2018. Farmer Bill – who took care of Ghana – and India’s farmer Broomfield had to say goodbye to their evacuees. And as year 6 walked through the time portal, they thought how lucky they were that 2018 has peace.
Autumn term - World War Two: why did children leave their homes?
In the Autumn Term, Year 6 will be learning about World War Two with a specific focus on the effects on children who had to leave their homes as evacuees or refugees. We will study the causes of the war and how it affected the lives of millions of people across the world, looking specifically at evacuation in Britain as well as at the plight of child refugees escaping from Nazi occupied Europe.
Our text this term is “Letters From The Lighthouse” by Emma Carroll which will support historical understanding and also help to inspire fiction and non-fiction writing in English.
September - Financial Awareness Workshop
On Friday 28th September, all of Y6 took part in a Financial Awareness workshop run by St. James’s Place. Each child was allocated a virtual £500 which they kept control of on their bank-sheet. They were then able to choose to spend or invest this money in a selection of activities including pontoon, darts, building schemes and physical challenges. They also had the option of saving part of their money in the bank at any time in order to keep it secure and earn interest on it. The children learnt valuable lessons throughout the day as they began to realise which activities were high-risk (the possibility of high returns but low probability of success) and which were more secure money-makers. They also learnt (the hard way!) of the dangers of trusting your money to strangers with no contract signed or guarantee of returns. That sneaky Rich Richie!!! Our winners - with extremely impressive totals of over £3000 - were Roksanka, Leo, Thea and Mika.
September - Countries week
Ghana spent the first week and a half of term this year studying the country after which we are named. We learnt about the geography of Ghana by studying maps, considering land-use, placing and naming major cities and rivers, applying symbols and keys and using 6-figure grid references to improve the accuracy of our map-work. Through maths, we studied line graphs and bar charts to investigate the weather in Ghana and identify links between temperature and rainfall. We watched videos of ‘a day in the life’ of a Ghanaian child alongside viewing many pictures of Mrs Scott’s and Mrs Baggus’s trip to Ghana in 2015 – this lead to lots of group discussion considering the similarities and differences between life for children in Ghana and children in the UK. We finished our learning by examining the symbolic meanings of Kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian fabric. We designed and created our own Kente weavings using traditional weaving patterns, colours, geometric shapes, tassels and cord to make our creations as authentic as possible.