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Our geography topic this term is looking at Trade. To launch this topic we played a game where the children were split into groups and were designated a country. The more affluent countries were given all the resources they needed to produce objects which they could export for money. However, the less affluent countries were given only a selection of resources to produce the objects and therefore, their productivity suffered and they could not export as much. As you can see from the pictures, the children had to barter for objects in order to increase their productivity. This game also encouraged the children to co-operate and communicate within their group as they all had a different role to perform.
In gymnastics this term, our learning has been Mirroring and Matching. Mirroring required us to perform all the actions that our partner was performing but the “opposite” way round. Matching required us to perform the “same” movement at exactly the same time so we needed to communicate and practise many times! We then had to complete a sequence of four mirroring and matching movements ensuring our transition between these was controlled.
On 27th January, Year 6 took part in Holocaust Memorial Day in which we remembered not only the people who died but also those who survived the Holocaust. This year’s theme, Stand Together, encouraged every individual to stand together, not feel isolated and speak out against cruelty and persecution. To remember those who suffered, we wrote poems based on one written by a German Christian, Pastor Niemoller, called, ‘First They Came.’ We ended the day by lighting candles, reading a prayer together and having a minute’s silence.
Year 6 have been exploring the significance of Epiphany for Christians through the French Festival, ‘La Fete Des Rois!’ We had an opportunity to bake and eat, ‘Galettes Des Rois,’ (Three Kings Cakes) which many children commented on being simply delicious! The traditions and customs of this festival were explored through cross-curricular activities in class. The day culminated in new kings and queens being crowned; a welcomed opportunity to boss their teachers about in class the next day!
To launch our topic of Adaptation and Evolution, we visited the Galapagos Islands where Charles Darwin identified finches with a variety of beaks. Our experiment involved eating different food sources with different types of, ‘beaks,’ to discover which finches would survive and which would die and become extinct!
To learn about The Magi, we visited our local church, Saint Mary’s, where a member of the church, Mr Silverwood, talked to the children about the science involved around the shining star in the Christmas Story.
Finally, in Design Technology we made space buggies. We had to work as a team by communicating and listening to each others’ ideas. We had to ensure that the motor enabled the wheels to turn – especially as we had a race to see whose buggy went the fastest!
We were then given a homework project which required us to research an area of Space which interested us. We were encouraged to design this knowledge in a creative way. Amongst the designs created were 3d models, fact-files, posters and even cakes!
To launch our new topic of Space, we visited the Winchester planetarium and science centre.
We also made Greek pots out of clay using a variety of modelling techniques.
We launched our first topic of Ancient Greece with a day of dressing up, food tasting and Olympic games.