Term 3 - World War Two
Our WW2 topic has ended with a fun quiz, allowing us to retrieve all of our learning from this term. Excellent job, Year 6 - you really showed off your understanding about our topic.
Our learning of decimal numbers has been so fantastic this term, for both the children in school and the remote learners. Decimal place value was recapped, as well as how to multiply and divide decimal numbers by powers of 10, and finally how to multiply and divide decimal numbers by integers! Wow! Here are two pieces of great Maths work - please view our Maths books and our remote learning galleries for even more examples.
In Science, our learning of the circulatory system has led us to examine the impact of exercise on our bodies. After learning about pulse rates, we then completed a range of activities to see which led to the highest pulse rate, therefore helping us to understand what exercises have the greatest impact on our circulatory system. The Year 6s in school and at home then presented their findings in a suitable table, completing repeat tests to check for anomalies.
Further developing our understanding of life during WW2, we explored what life was like for evacuees. We studied real interviews from children who had been evacuated to understand what life was like for them, as well as building on our empathy and understanding by considering what we would take if we were evacuated. We then developed our reasoning and justification skills by ordering the items in a diamond 9, justifying our choices.
Our English (and History) learning moved on to us exploring the life of a key historical figure: Anne Frank. After applying our reading skills in retrieval activities, we researched key aspects of her life. We ordered these chronologically, after understanding how this is a crucial feature in a biography. We developed our sentence structure by recapping how to use conjunctions and cohesive devices, before beginning to write about Anne's life and her legacy.
Here is our brilliant Blitz artwork now that we have added the finishing touches - well done to our remote learners too for creating some masterpieces!
After learning about the Blitz and the impact that this had on the United Kingdom - and Boston in particular - Year 6 applied this learning in a short piece of writing, including a range of key facts and inferring emotions. They also sketched and designed mini Anderson shelters (gathering materials from outside, including moss to camouflage it in the grass) to develop their understanding further. Well done Deer class!
We have been applying our learning of life during World War Two in our Big Write sessions too, considering what life would be like for an evacuee. The children were superb at including key facts, such as rationing, in their writing.
In Art, we have started to apply a range of art skills to create backgrounds, before adding silhouettes. Mrs Duncan taught us how to create silhouettes (including some tricky silhouette bridges) to represent the skyline of London during the Blitz. Here is some of our work so far:
In History, we continued to explore the persecution of Jewish people, examining what beliefs, attitudes and behaviours there were at the time. After looking through Mr Hawkins' photographs of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, we learned more about the laws and rules which the Nazis introduced to discriminate against Jews.
In our English lessons, we have continued focusing on 'Letters from the Lighthouse'. We planned and wrote our own version of what we think happens, based on our predictions. The children included dialogue to begin to advance the action, as well as including our historical understanding of World War Two.
Our P.S.H.E this term is examining discrimination and prejudice, linking into how Hitler discriminated against Jews and persecuted them, as well as considering how people today show discrimination towards others. The Year 6 children working remotely at home and also those in school have shown a really mature attitude towards this learning.
In school and at home remotely, we have been exploring the characters and settings in our class novel ('Letters from the Lighthouse'). We learned how to use actions to show how characters are feeling, rather than simply saying "Olive was sad" for example. We have also been learning how to build up atmosphere in our writing and how to incorporate dialogue to advance the action. Well done Year 6!
Year 6 are already gripped with our new class book - ‘Letters From The Lighthouse’ - just by exploring the front cover and blurb! They are making some excellent predictions and can’t wait to discover what happens to Olive!
Our next lesson explored propaganda and its role in WW2. We evaluated different famous propaganda posters, discussing their purpose and how effective we thought they were.
We explored the outbreak of World War Two, including the events leading up to this. We examined a text and retrieved key information, as well as retrieving our learning of World War One. We then matched key events to their dates, creating a chronology of events.
Here is our WW2 display, showing a silhouette of the Blitz and including our key vocabulary, enquiry mat and images of Boston at the time.