Year 6 Project - A Child's War
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover. It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Read the diary of Anne Frank, written whilst hiding from the terrifying stormtroopers in a secret annexe, and try to empathise with her hopes and fears. Make do and mend. Cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sunk ships. And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says ‘It’s an unconditional surrender.’
Memorable Experience - Evacuees
Art and Design - Creating sketchbooks; Observational drawing
Computing - Search technologies
Design and Technology - Recipes; Structures
Geography - Human geography; Cities of the UK
History - Second World War
Science Investigations - How can you send a coded message?
Next week we will be;
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Please see below regarding the use of Homework Diaries in Term 6.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the majority of secondary schools, including The Lenham School, Highworth and Norton Knatchbull, have cancelled the Transition Days being held during the week of 28th June. Secondary schools have notified parents with alternative arrangements that have been made.
This week's homework is;
If you were unable to access the Maidstone District Transition Meeting on 28th April, a link to the recording of the meeting can be found below:
Each week, we will be posting handy tips to support your child with their transition to secondary school. We hope you find these useful:
Allow plenty of opportunities for your child to talk about their feelings about not returning to their primary school and the new challenges that lay ahead.
Write/draw or simply discuss any good and/or bad memories that they have about their time in Primary. Any favourite lessons/activities? Can you share any memories from your own primary school?
Does your child feel ready to move on? If not, what can we do to support?
Make sure that you acknowledge all their feelings – they may change their mind day to day (or even hour to hour!?!) – They may have been at their primary school since YR so could be understandably very sad (or happy!!!) to be leaving.
Would they want to return to their Primary school in September?
Start to talk to your child about how they are feeling about leaving Primary school. Would your son/daughter like to say goodbye to any staff –perhaps help them to make cards? Who are they grateful for meeting? What are they grateful for experiencing? Who and what are they going to miss about Primary School? Although this seems a few weeks off, it may be better for some children to start thinking about saying their goodbyes little by little, rather than having to rush on the last few days of term. Acknowledging these feelings with your children can be very powerful as well as very reassuring that you understand their feelings.
In school, your child/children will be discussing what they will need to do in order to be ‘ready’ in the morning. What can they already do independently without you telling them to? Is there anything that they know they’re not doing, but they know they can?!? What would they like to be able to do on their own and what would you like them to be able to do? What do they/you need to do to be able to achieve this?
Many children struggle with completing these tasks independently, so the more they are prepared between now and September the better!
(This will include how to tie a tie, tie shoelaces and pack a bag ready with the appropriate items ready for the school day!)
This week in school we will be discussing various scenarios that our Y6 pupils are often anxious about. We will be role playing/discussing and hopefully alleviating any worries your children may have. Your child/children may come home and talk to you about this. It may be helpful to find out what their thoughts and feelings are, and if they are more confident about dealing with such situations. You may want to continue the discussions with your child by problem solving ideas – “what would you do if…..?” “Who would you ask for help if you were unsure about something?”
Talk about how you have asked people to help you in different situations, emphasise that everyone needs help sometimes!
Can they remember their journey previously discussed in week 2? Or the discussions you had about what to do if something didn’t quite go to plan? Continue to be positive and encouraging – your son/daughter may have had a visit/meeting with someone from their secondary school? Hopefully this will have been a positive experience for them!
Weeks 2 and 3:
What a memorable experience dissecting a lamb's heart was! We were able to investigate the four chambers of the heart and the arteries and veins. It was fascinating!
We also made artificial blood, representing the main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets.
When it's raining outside and you still want to get your body moving, why not try your hand at speed stacking? Year 6 are quite the masters at this sport!
Our Indoor PE session this week allowed us to learn a new game where we could refine our co-ordination and agility skills!
Following their research in Science and their persuasive writing lessons in English, Year 6 have been using the Chromebooks to create their own anti-smoking adverts.
This term we have written various non-chronological reports about The Heart, its function and how to keep your heart healthy. Great work Year 6!
This week in PE, we took part in Boccia and Curling working in small teams to perfect our aim and accuracy skills.
Year 6 have been perfecting their sending and receiving skills in tag rugby. Here they are practising the 'pop' and 'spin' pass down the line in a race against the clock. Great work Year 6!
This week we have been investigating algorithms to see if they are accurate and efficient. Here we are following a pre-written algorithm to order a set of numbers.
When it's raining outside, Zumba is relocated to the classroom. Here we are dancing away and busting some groovy moves! 🕺👯♂️🕺🏽
This afternoon, Year 6 spent their DT and computing lesson evaluating the home pages of different websites. We were investigating features such as headers, logos and navigational links. This will then help us to design our own websites. Watch this space for our creations!
We are rather proud of our finished websites. To create these, we first completed our own header drawings in Art and then uploaded these to the Chromebooks before inserting them into Google Sites. Linked to our own interests or hobbies, our websites cover a range of topics. The Year 6 children will be able to show parents and carers their websites by logging into Google Classroom. We hope you like them!