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Autumn Term

We have continued to build upon our Spanish knowledge this term and have been learning about: places in my town, transport and the verb 'to go'. We have started to learn about describing ourselves and others. During the last two weeks we have been learning about Christmas traditions in Spain.

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Visitor - Post War Britain by Pam Osbourne - 9th December 2019
 
A big thank you to Pam Osbourne for coming in to share her experiences of life after WWII.  Her presentation provided children with an interesting and personal insight into life during the 1950's.  A perfect way to round up our topic this term.

Post war talk.

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 London Blitz in watercolours. 
 Autumn Term Art project: Painting Inspired by the London Blitz (1940) - December 2019
We are extremely proud of the final outcomes Year 6 have produced for this term's art unit of work: Painting inspired by the London Blitz (1940)
The children worked extremely hard and successfully combined exploration with their paint skills of blending and mixing to produce high quality pieces of Art.
Please pop in to the Year 6 classroom to take a look at their work up close!

Some of the final pieces.

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Art

This week Year 6 have been developing the Art skills of mixing and blending as well as exploring the effect of tint and shade.

They will be producing a final piece of Art inspired by the Blitz on London in 1940.
 
Watch this space for their final pieces of work!

Christingle Assembly 2019.

 

Thursday 28th November Year 6 led a Christingle Assembly for the whole school.  
In preparation the children made Christingles and learnt about its meaning and its importance to the Christian Faith.  In the assembly, the class shared the Christingle story.  This was followed by a moment of reflection during the lighting of the Christingle and finally, they performed the song 'Sing Christingle'.

Christingle.

Remembrance Day in the community.

 

Monday 11th November Year 6 were invited to a remembrance service at St Marychurch and to lay a wreath in honour of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Seb and Brooke laid the wreath on behalf of our school, it was a real honour to be part of such a poignant service.

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The life of an evacuee.

In year 6, the learning journey this half term is ‘Day in the life of an evacuee’. 

On Monday, the children had the opportunity to experience this first hand during an Evacuation Day.

The children met at ‘Highbury & Islington’ tube station (in the pouring rain) and said goodbye to their parents before heading off to their ‘new school’ in Devon packed up with their gas mask boxes, identity labels and a jam sandwich.

Saying goodbye.

Our experience.

 

During the morning, the children experienced learning 1940’s style.  Using only a workbook and pencil, learning from a blackboard, the children practised reciting key maths facts and learning all about the geography of Torquay.  They also wrote postcards to their families back in London informing them that they were safe and well.

At various points of the morning, they also experienced air raid sirens, sheltering under the tables whenever a siren went off.  At playtime, the children played games with balls and ropes, as they would have done at this time.

 

 

In the afternoon, the children learnt about rationing.  They designed a poster to encourage people to grow their own food and children to eat their vegetables.  They also had the opportunity to experience some wartime food (Spam and Carnation Milk) as well as cook Orange Drop Cookies to take home to their host families.

 

At the end of the day, the children waited patiently in the hall for the billeting process.  Parents came into the hall and selected a child to take home with them. 

 

          Thank you to all the parents for their support in making this day possible.  The children had a fantastic day!

 

 

School life during the war.

' Mrs Taylor was really strict! ' Georgia

' It was fun hiding under the tables from the Germans.' Owen

' It was really hard playing football with my gas mask box around my neck.' Zac

Collection in the hall.

YEAR 6 SCIENCE

In science, Year 6 have been learning about the Linnaean System of classification and micro-organisms.  They have really enjoyed this topic and have produced some fantastic work!

 

After growing mould on bread in their investigation, the children had an exciting lesson making observations of the mould through microscopes as well as creating eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells out of playdough!

The scientific language the children learnt and used across the whole unit of work has been exceptional – well done Year 6!

 

Presentations

Aviation South West.

 

On Monday 9th September, Year 6 had a fantastic experience at Aviation South West. A visit intended to inspire and ignite our Learning Journey for the half term (A day in the life of a pilot) - it did just that and more!

The children learnt about the functions of a small plane and life as a pilot from Captain Matt. They sat inside the cockpit of a small plane, experienced the workings of the radar room and control tower and found out all about Exeter airport during WWII from local historian Chris Wiseman.

Thank you to all involved at Aviation South West for making this a very memorable day – despite the rain!

Aviation South West

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