Year 6 (classes 16 & 17) - 2020/21
Beyond the lines….
We couldn’t stop Year 6 writing for this unit of work! They have thoroughly enjoyed using all of their writing skills to create wonderfully atmospheric stories set on an action-packed battlefield in France during WW2. We hope our stories make you feel like you are there with the characters. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Year 6 remember
Usually at this time of year we would be excitedly buying poppies, proudly wearing poppy merchandise or maybe even preparing to participate or attend a Remembrance Day parade or service. Unfortunately things are a little bit different this year. Year 6 did not want this day to go unmarked or for the lives of the brave soldiers who have fought for our country to go unremembered, so we decided to create two very large window displays as a way to mark our respect. We spent a whole afternoon designing and making poppies in all shapes and sizes: the red poppies are in memory of the courageous soldiers, the purple poppies are in memory of the animals that have assisted us in war and the white poppy is to symbolise peace.
Please take a minute to have a look and enjoy our tribute to those that bravely fought and lost their lives for our nation.
The future leaders of our country…
We started our new topic by listening to a serious speech, which was broadcast on the radio in 1939, by the Prime Minister at the time, Neville Chamberlain. We thought he did a very good job as we knew what was going on, understood the seriousness of the situation and felt inspired to support our brave nation. Chamberlain’s strong and solemn words inspired us to write our own speech announcing the start of World War 2 (and we think we have done a better job!)
A historical story called ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman. They spent every day on the edge of their seats waiting for the next adventure of Felix and Zelda.
For the last two weeks, we have been on an emotional journey following the highs and the lows of an optimistic young Jewish boy during World War 2. He finds a whole carrot in his soup then begins a journey in search for his mum and dad. We won’t tell you anymore because we highly recommend you read it.
We loved it so much that we had to read then second book in the series of 6.
This is Year 6!
We have had a brilliant start to the year in year 6! Our ‘This is Me’ PSHE project is really helping us to understand how we are feeling at this strange time. From germ hotspot hunting to ‘Emotions Charades’ to learning to control overwhelming feelings on a gaming controller, we have learned how to support one another. Well done team year 6!
Year 6 - 2019/20
Have you ever wondered what is would be like to explore Antarctica? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in a land of ice? Well today, Year 6 from Highfield and Valley Road found out the highs and the lows of an Arctic expedition from Al Sylvester: adventurer, explorer and an inspiration to us all. We now know how to survive, what training we need to do, how to go to the toilet and how to remain very, very patient.
We are off on an exploration!
Our topic for the Spring Term will take us on an adventure round the frozen kingdoms as we explore the polar regions of the world.
We started our adventure by getting changed into the correct kit to make sure that we survive the harsh and very cold climate. As you can see, we needed to wear a lot of layers to trap in the warm air. We discovered very quickly that the kit and equipment was very heavy and difficult to walk in. We can’t wait to see what exciting adventures and interesting sights we will find as we continue to explore these frozen kingdoms.
Food is vital for survival when exploring the Polar regions of the world. High–calorie and food high in protein means that we will have enough energy to maintain our body temperature and ski across the icy, frozen landscape.
The chefs have been introducing us to some and weird and wonderful foods that are often eaten in these cold climates including pickled eggs, chocolate brownies and steak. We are being taught the vital skills of using a knife safely (you do not want to be injured in the Arctic) and how to preserve and cook our food so that it also tastes delicious. We can’t wait to see what we will be eating next week!
Celebrating World Children’s Day
On Wednesday 20th November we enjoyed celebrating World Children’s day by making bunting of the articles we think are very important. Two of our Year 6 Rights Respecting Champions even led a whole year group assembly – well done Toby and Emily!
WW2 in computing
Over the past few weeks we have been researching information about different areas of WW2 and putting it all together in power-points. We have learned a lot about how to present information, how to include slide transitions, animations and using hyper-links. Then we have used them to teach the rest of our class what we have found out. It has been great to ‘be the teacher.’
In English we have been researching and finding out about Anne Frank’s tragic story. We have really enjoyed learning new facts and finding out how hard life was for Jewish people during WW2. Some fantastic biographies have been produced…
Class 17 Remembers
Class 17 were the final group to visit two local war memorials this week and we got a lovely day for it! First, we travelled to Seaham to pay our respects at the decorated ‘Tommy’ statue. As we stood there, a few of us decided it felt right to hold our own moment of silence. The whole class joined in, making Mrs Anderson and Mrs Beaton extremely proud of our respect. Following that, we took the time to look at all of the metal poppies lining the fence overlooking the sea. It brought it home to us why it’s so important to remember the fallen heroes of the various wars: each name was a real person, some sharing our surnames.
After another short minibus journey (thanks to Mr Hibbert!) we arrived at the cenotaph in Mowbray Park. The wall surrounding it has the details of all of the wars where people have Sunderland have given their lives to protect and serve. It was both sad and interesting to read.
Toby commented, “I can’t believe that I have never properly understood the symbol of the poppy and why we celebrate Remembrance Day.”
It has been a special week, so closely linked with our topic. Well done class 17!
Step Back in Time - Beamish
We had a great day as we travelled back in time to the 1940s and experienced life as an evacuee. At Home Farm, we were kindly taken in by George and Stephanie, who showed us the many tasks we would have to complete if we were evacuees (including cleaning up after the animals!) We all enjoyed sitting inside a real Anderson shelter, blacking out the windows and making carrot cookies. We even managed to squeeze in a trip to the sweet shop to see if sweets have changed over time!
World War 2
Year 6 have made a fantastic start to their new World War 2 topic. We have been enjoying finding out when and why it all began. We have been ordering the main events in the lead up to WW2, listening to the moment war was announced by Neville Chamberlain and doing pencil sketches of the leaders.
Watch this space for our very own version of Neville Chamberlain’s announcement speech (because we know we could have done a better job)…
We have also been taking inspiration from the artist Clarice Cliff to design postcards that evacuees would have sent home to their parents.
We have been on the edge of our seats in Year 6 reading the page-turner ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman. Chapter after chapter, we have been left on cliff-hangers awaiting the fate of Felix and Zelda in war-torn Poland during World War 2. This book has been published all over the world and each time with a new and exciting front cover. In our art lessons, we designed our own version of the front cover for one of our favourite books. We can’t wait for the next instalment!