Year 6 have returned to school excited to embrace the range of learning opportunities on offer this term. Farm School is extending their learning beyond the classroom, allowing them to practise their Geography skills in a muddy real-life setting (as well as meeting a few furry friends along the way!) In English, the children are honing their public-speaking skills and the preparation for the ESB exam is underway. Effective communication skills are such an important part of modern life: presenting a talk on a favourite topic is the perfect way to practise these. Talking skills have also come to the fore in Maths, where Year 6 have enjoyed creating and solving puzzles using their knowledge of place value and decimals.
The Year 6 children have all had a bit of a shock during their Science lessons! We have begun our new topic - Body Pump and Keeping Healthy. To start this topic we have revisited the food pyramid. The children have worked to extend their understanding of food groups and a balanced diet by looking at portion numbers and sizes. Having learnt how many portions of each food group they should have a day and thought about sensible portion sizes, the children were very disappointed to find out that three portions of fats and sugars didn’t constitute three chocolate bars a day. The children then looked at all the things they had eaten over a day. This led to lots of gasps and comments like: ‘I didn’t eat any dairy’, ‘I had no protein’ and surprise, surprise ‘I had way too many fats and sugars’. All this learning and discovering will help prepare the children for our upcoming STEAM day.
In Drama, Year 5 and 6 embarked on a project about migration. In their first lesson, they thought about the full range of ways in which people (not they themselves) might respond to someone coming from another country. They articulated how these people might feel, from hostile to welcoming, from curious to fearful, from confused to excited at the prospect of meeting someone new. Some of the responses were,
“You’re welcome to come with me. I’ll show you around.”
“What does he want and why is he here?”
“I’m interested in that person!”
The person representing the one who left their homeland then articulated how they felt having heard these comments. Some of their ideas were,
“I feel more relaxed now because the people are welcoming.”
“I feel threatened.”
“I think this is going to be exciting!”
The children considered all the reasons why someone might leave their homeland and go to a different country, from job opportunities, to joining family, to escaping war or natural disasters, to a desire to learn about other places.
This theme will be developed by reading and listening to first person recounts of people who have emigrated to Britain, such as children involved in the Kindertransport before WW2 and EU migrants who came to Britain for work. The children will also listen to extracts of ‘Windrush Child’ by Benjamin Zephaniah.Through role play and improvisation, they will explore the emotions involved in migration and develop empathy for those who found themselves in a strange land.