Our Topic: World War 2
Our Power of Reading text: Rose Blanche and The Boy In Striped Pyjamas
Year 6 is one of the most busy yet exciting years of your child's primary education. Over the course of this year, you will see your child grow, develop and achieve in more ways than you could imagine and it is our absolute pleasure to be a part of this journey alongside them. From staying away from home on residential trips to preparing for the transition to high school, your children will overcome challenges using the resilience and growth mindset that they've developed over the last 6 years at Dale Hall.
This page will detail some of the incredible learning opportunities your children will experience this year as well as key information, important dates and smaller updates on their day to day learning.
Our learning this half term
Friend or Foe?
This half term we will be learning about WW2. In our Topic Learning the children will be learning about the Homefront- including what it would have been like to have been evacuated and what The Blitz was like.
Our Power of Reading texts explore what life was like in Germany during the war.
We will be covering the Holocaust and what happened to the Jewish people.
In music we will learning about the American influence of the Glenn Miller Band and how Dame Vera Lynn became the 'Forces Sweetheart.'
In order to begin the transition between traditional primary teaching and what your children will face at high school, we've decided to structure our timetable so that children will be taught by a range of familiar staff members for specific lessons each week.
Your children will be taught by their main class teacher for all English and Maths lessons and this will take place every morning. In the afternoons, your children will move between classrooms for their foundation subjects.
Monday: Miss Killeen - Topic, Mrs Spalding - Indoor PE.
Tuesday: Miss Killeen - Topic, Mrs Goodfellow- Music/Grammar
Wednesday: Mrs Ardern - RE/French, Mrs Abbott - Arithmetic
Thursday: Miss Shaw- SATS Booster- Miss Killeen Topic
Friday: Miss Killeen - Outdoor Games, Mrs Spalding - PSHE.
Here's a little more about some of the staff members teaching in Year 6 this year...
Our Year 6 Teaching Assistants
In year 6 our TA's are Mrs Closs and Mrs Ward
Mrs Ward mainly supports in Lions and Mrs Closs in Leopards
In the afternoons both TA's do reactive Intervention with the classes
Other adults that teach in Year 6
Miss Shaw will be working alongside Miss Killeen and Mrs Goodfellow every Thursday morning to work on interventions.
In the afternoons (up to SATS) Miss Shaw will be teaching a relevant SATS Booster Lesson planned by the teachers- focussing on learning focus from the week
Today Year 6 walked to Christchurch Park to watch the Armistice Service.
We were very fortunate to be asked to lay some crosses by the memorial as well as being able to walk up to the memorial to look at the wreaths that had been placed.
There were some past and current soldiers in uniform who held the flags during the 2 minute silence as well as former soldier who played the 'Last Post' to mark the beginning of the 2 minute silence.
We felt very fortunate to get the opportunity to take part in this service; the line we remembered well and spoke about on the way back to school was:
'They gave their todays so we could have tomorrows'
In Lions, we transformed our reading and working area into a trench themed space, complete with poppy field in the background. Next to this, we created the Prime Minister's office where we imagined the difficult decisions made there.
In Leopards, we created our very own Homefront complete with living room, dining room and washing line decorated with war time propaganda. Alongside this, we transformed our reading area into a German spy office and sectioned off two areas of the classroom to become the Prime Minister's office and a front line trench.