Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural experiences in Year 6
Continuing our World War Two topic, we have learnt about the life of Anne Frank. We discussed how difficult her life became and we looked in detail at the Secret Annex, writing a biography and starting to write an information leaflet about the hiding place. This sparked lots of discussion about changes to the lives of Jewish people under the Nazi rule.
We also celebrated our AfPE morning, and wrote newspaper reports about the achievement.
Our topic this term is World War Two, and we have looked at the experiences of many people during this time, from the people fighting at war to the women and children left behind. The discussions we have had have shown very mature thinking from our children, showing empathy for people from all sides. We looked closely at The Holocaust and the way people were treated, it really made us think about how to treat others with respect despite any differences we may have.
We started the month preparing for our school Christmas Fair on Enterprise Day. We enjoyed making Christmas tree decorations to sell at the fair and raise money for our school. In our PE learning we have been working as a team in our house groups, to compete in Dodge Ball and Tag Rugby inter-house tournaments.
What a great start we have had to this half term. Our play leaders are working hard each day to encourage other children to participate in games, during lunch time. The prefects and Head Boy and Head Girl are out every morning at 8.30 am selling poppies to raise money for the Royal British Legion. In our science learning we worked collaboratively to create educational TV programmes explaining how we see. As part of Anti-Bullying month we have watched some videos created by school children. We have even made our own - watch this space to see the finished version!
As part of our learning we have been debating Online Safety and its importance. We were very lucky to see lots of replica items as used in the Houses of Parliament and we talked about the way our democratic society is set up. We used these items to help us with our debate, as if we were actually in the House of Commons. Some of us even got to dress up as the Speaker of the House. It helped us to create a balanced argument, to link with writing in Literacy.
We watch BBC Newsround most days and discuss issues from around the world. This allows us time to reflect on events that are happening, thinking about how people may be affected. We understand the importance of keeping up-to-date with current affairs.
As part of our Living Things Science learning we have been outside looking at the trees in our school environment and appreciating the awe and wonder of nature. We were surprised by how many different varieties of trees we had.
Our ukulele players gave us a treat with a performance of their very own rock song. We were all very impressed.
As part of our language learning we discovered where we had been in the world and where we would like to go. Oliver shared his experiences from visiting Thailand with his family. We learnt so much.
Early on in the term, we had a visitor from Anglian Water. He showed us how important water is and how we could consider becoming more water-wise. We spoke about how we are lucky to have fresh water straight from the tap whilst others are less fortunate.
During collective worship we discussed the effects of Hurricane Irma on those living in its path. We saw pictures and news footage of the devastation it caused, helping us to reflect on the impact of nature.
We voted for our Executive School Council. The elected children are: Holly, Alex, Harvey S and Kacie G.
We also elected our Eco-Committee members who will help us to keep our school eco-friendly.
We had a wonderful time at Hilltop, challenging ourselves and working together. It was great experiencing new things and carrying out our learning in a different environment. We were able to reflect on our adventures and say how we were proud of ourselves.
In our PE learning we have been playing mini-games of Tag Rugby. We are learning how to respect others when playing, as well as working as part of a team. We are remembering to encourage our classmates and to show sportsmanship by shaking hands at the end of the game and congratulating each other.
November was Anti-Bullying Month
During anti-bullying month we have been reading Wonder by Raquel J Palacio. The story opened up lots of discussion for us, especially regarding the way August, who has a facial disfigurement, was treated and how he reacts. It allowed us to talk about discrimination and the way our actions affect others.
Miss Manning's class are really enjoying learning how to play Tag Rugby in their P.E lessons. We have been developing our accuracy when throwing a rugby ball and are starting to participate in mini games to practise the new rules we have learnt. Here are some photos of us in action!