Autumn Term 1st Half
What a great start we have made in Year 6 and we are looking forward to a more settled year. We launched our new topic, World War Two, with an investigation day. Using a variety of primary sources, we found out how war affected the lives of people in Britain. We then worked hard to produce some superb non-chronological reports about important areas of the war such as evacuation, rationing and air raids and blackouts. Alongside non-fiction, we wrote first person diaries, letters and descriptions from different points of view. We impressed our teachers with use of empathy and emotion in our writing.
For us to gain an understanding of the sacrifices made during World War Two, our house point challenge was to measure and weigh food items that were rationed during the war. We were astonished to learn that weekly rations of cheese, butter, lard, bacon, tea and sweets were extremely small and it made us realise how lucky we are today. The winning team members earned a weekly ration of sweets (which was not very many!)
Through history lessons, we have gained a deeper understanding of the reasons why and how the war began and identified the countries involved in the conflict on a world map.
We have been thoroughly enjoying our class text, Letters from the Lighthouse, which is the story of an evacuee who becomes involved in a mysterious but daring mission. We cannot wait to find out how the story ends!
As a school, we are using the Power Maths scheme. Our first unit, Place Value, has helped us to become more confident using numbers to 10 million and recognising the place value of each digit. We have spent time applying our knowledge to a range of different word problems. Our current unit involves consolidating our understanding of the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and applying this knowledge to solve a variety of word problems.
In October, we were invited to visit the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby, where we were presented with different real life scenarios from road safety to fire safety. We even learned how to cope in some medical emergencies.
We have continued to learn the ukulele with specialist music teachers from Rotherham Music Service. Since September, we have mastered a number of new chords and are perfecting new, exciting songs.
We are extremely fortunate to have Miss Priestly, from Wingfield Academy, who is delivering high quality dance and drama lessons. It has been lovely to watch our self-confidence grow throughout the weeks.
In PE, we have been following the imoves scheme where we have completed a number of active challenges to aid team building, independent thinking and problem solving. To aid relaxation and promote wellbeing, we have enjoyed yoga lessons.