Language + Questioning = Communication
These three words sit at the heart of our curriculum.
Children need to have:
We achieve this by using the principles of Philosophy for Children to become: critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers; this will allow our children to become good communicators which is an essential life skill.
This term we are using ‘Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell as the stimulus for our English. The plot is about: From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries.
If only he could land and look about him.
As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.
As pat of our transition work with the local secondary schools we will also complete some narrative and non-narrative pieces based on the topic of 'Titanic'.
Year 6 Reading Stimulus
Spring Term Reading - Shackleton's Journey
This term we are using ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll as the stimulus for our English. This book is set in the period of World War Two. Olive's sister went missing in London and then her mum evacuated Oliver and her little brother Cliff to Devon. ... Letters from the Lighthouse starts when Olive's sister Sukie goes missing. This fits in with our History topic on World War Two.
During Anti-Bullying Week, Year 6 became 'Secret Angels' for one another. This involved us being buddied up with someone else in the class. We observed our buddies and made them a card to empower them and to help them to realise how much we think of them and appreciate them.
We completed the cards over a week and gave our cards to our buddies at the end of the week.
Some of the comments from the children were:
"This made me feel extremely happy and made me feel that I am a really good person!"
"This card made me feel really loved and emotional,"
"This made me feel very happy, loved and warm inside. I feel so happy and grateful."
Year 6 pupils have requested for us to complete these cards again - watch this space!
Bewdley Trip - WW2
On 5th November 2019, Year 6 visited Bewdley Museum to gain further insight into life during World War 2.
During our visit, we found out that Neville Chamberlain was DESPERATE to avoid war, especially after 'The Great War' (World War One). After Hitler broke the Munich Agreement, war was declared on 3rd September 1939.
We explored many areas of World War 2, including evacuation, the blackout, gas masks (including the equipment used by babies and infants), air raid shelters (we walked through a real Anderson shelter), make do and mend, rationing and toys.
"I found the air raid shelter interesting. I know lots about these, but it was different to see what they actually looked like inside."
"I found taking the role a Tile Bomb Buster was a challenge to get it into the bucket within 10 seconds. This made me feel as though I was a real WW2 warden."
"I enjoyed learning about the different toys and games in WW2. They were so different to today and made me appreciate what I have."