YEAR SIX: SPRING TERM
OUR YEAR SIX DURING SPRING TERM 2021
OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION
SPRING TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: MODERN OLYMPIC HEROES
A 'When I Grow Up' Spring 2021 Summary
A school term dominated by remote learning meant huge changes to what was possible and achievable as outcomes. There would never be any compromise over our planned commitment to deliver Modern Olympic Heroes to the best of our ability, but it remains hugely frustrating that we could not try the first full run through of our new Spring Term ‘When I Grow Up…’ theme. We have been able to study the origins of the Olympic Games in their ancient format through History activities: the physical setting; the events; some of the rules - some of which would seem bizarre by modern day society expectations. We considered ancient and modern day Olympic heroes by comparing their strengths and actions. Whilst from a Geography point of view we considered Central and Southern Europe as the focal point for these events and their significance to the region. Our Science offer involved the study of habitats and adaptations for living creatures and, although limited in the practical work we could, we were able to focus heavily upon the knowledge side of this subject matter.
We have attempted to retain our studies upon Greek artwork and style which depicts the ancient Olympics and consider the music of Benjamin Britten as part of what role anthems play - particularly in such large sporting events. P.E. was clearly very different and we adapted our plans as Mr Baer became the Mayfield Year 6 Fitness Instructor via his now famous (or infamous) fitness films which became a ‘must see’ for all. It kept up our spirits and hopefully our physical fitness! Clearly Computing had to veer in a differing direction from that initially planned however the focus of the online safety messages became as significant as ever in that climate.
Crime and mystery narratives, writing to inform and writing to re-tell (through news reports) were focus on our English reading and writing work and although delivery and the order of work had to change slightly we were able to complete our studies. In Mathematics we revised some initial plans to focus more upon revision and consolidation in the absence of ‘in person’ input before moving onto the planned areas outlined in our curriculum mat.
Our 15 day return to school prior to Easter took the shared ‘readiness, refresh, recover and prepare’ approach that we adopted across school. Undertaking our pre-learning work related to the immediate themes and topics to follow, whilst spending a huge amount of time on ‘how we want to learn’ with refine and polish being a vital focus as we push for that progress within and between sessions by enabling greater independent reflection and improvement upon completed work. All gearing us ready for stage two in our new curriculum in April.