YEAR SIX: AUTUMN TERM
OUR YEAR SIX DURING AUTUMN TERM 2020
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
AUTUMN TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: WE ALL STAND TOGETHER
Wow! What a fantastic first term of our new When I Grow Up... curriculum it has been. This was our first trial term and, as teachers, we have learned much for phase two moving forward. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about World War Two as part of our We All Stand Together theme. We loved learning about life during the war, and learnt lots of new facts. It has created lots of exciting discussions and debates and left the children wanting to find out more. Learning all about rationing was eye opening and we even made our own rationing biscuits in Design & Technology! Whilst studying the artwork of Henry Moore, the children showed excellent progression in their pencil drawing and shading skills. Their dedication to the task can clearly be seen in their Christmas cards this year. I’m sure you’ll agree, they are worthy of being sold! As well as learning about World War Two in the English language, we have learnt about it in French too. Our topic on ’La Seconde Guerre Mondiale’ was challenging yet fun. We learnt a range of new French vocabulary. P.E. has developed our invasion game and teamwork skills whilst learning to play hockey and netball. In Science the children have investigated evolution and adaptation. It was amazing to see their knowledge about different animals! In Music, we were listening and responding to a range of popular songs from the 1930s and 1940s, whilst online safety and coding were the elements we studied in Computing. It was particularly interesting to see the impact of the online safety work as this is clearly something very prominent in the everyday lives of year 6 children. During our Religious Education work, we set our children the challenge to research how Muslims show their devotion to God.
We were disappointed that our Street Party VE Day Celebration could not be anywhere near on the scale we wanted - with a rather muted, socially distanced affar in our class bubble instead - but there are brighter days ahead.
Our children have enjoyed the challenge of our English studies this term. We firstly looked at adventure stories in 'writing to entertain' with the children writing their own narratives with a focus upon unexpected twists and turns in the stories. We created some wonderful survival guides during our 'writing to explain' unit and finally we studied Shakespeare's Macbeth. This was an intriguing unit and the children were fully absorbed by the downfall of Lord and Lady Macbeth.
Mathematics this term has been wide and varied, it has created some thought provoking challenges which has required the children to be more resilient and determined when faced with 'trial and error' situations. We have studied geometry, fractions, place value and arithmetic in detail.
As part of our core intention, it is essential that we plan for our children to have a wide range of speaking, listening and presentation opportunities. The moral and social PSHE debates drawn from this theme have enabled this greatly. We have equally worked to ensure that we build in extensive time for personal research and response. We are committed to ensuring the children are not given learning and are not 'task completion' driven. Instead we aim for them to consider how they can respond to the questions we have set them this term and feel they have the time to 'try and try again' in order to make progress in real terms. We are pleased that our new Autumn Term theme has given them sustained opportunities to implement our philosophy on learning at Mayfield. Our prime role in our curriculum preparation is to implement our core principles that we know drive learning for our classes.