World War One Diary Writing
We have spent the past week writing a diary as a soldier in the trenches. To help us develop our writing we spent one morning in Forest school. During the morning we built and repaired our dugouts as well as experiencing an attack and venturing into No Man's Land. We then wrote up some of our experiences as part of our diary.
Black History - The Underground Railway Quilts
As part of our work on Harriet Tubman, Year 6 designed and sewed a combined Year 6 beautiful textile quilt. The purpose of these quilts were to help slaves as they escaped to freedom from the southern states in America to the Canadian border. Each quilt was like a code. The codes were communicated through stitching, patterns, designs and colours. These codes informed the slaves how to prepare for their journey, the dangers they might face, significant landmarks and a final route to safety. If you look closely, you can see this on our quilt. Many thanks to Mrs Langford for all her efforts to put each part of the quilt together.
Autumn 2 - Curriculum Plan
Our focus for this half term is looking at Black History with the focus on Harriet Tubman and Slavery in America followed by World War 1 using War Horse by Michael Morpurgo as the text focus on which to base our learning.
'Journey to Freedom' Guided reading text
Identifying the features of a biography and comparing different biographies
|Factors and Multiples||
What was slavery?
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Planning and designing Underground Railway Quilt
|Week 2||Writing a biography of Harriet Tubman||
Square and cubed numbers
Mental calculation methods for addition and subtraction
|Electricity end of unit assessment||
Abolishment of Slavery
Key individuals who supported this
Sewing Underground Railway Quilt
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Cold Write flashback narrative and talk for writing text mapping, exploring vocabulary
Reasoning from known facts
End of Unit Check
Fraction terms and glossary
What is light?
What do we know about World war One - KWL
Create a timeline of events
How WWI began
Anti bullying Week activities
The Piano by Aidian Gibbons
Film stimulus to look at writing a flashback.
Fraction on a number line
Comparing and ordering fractions
What they do, how we use them
|WWI propaganda recruitment posters|
Comparing settings - flashback
Hot Write - writing a follow on chapter for War Horse, including a flashback
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Assessment week activities
Life in the trenches
using primary and secondary evidence
Creating a trench diorama
Diary writing for the trenches
5 day writing project
Adding and subtracting fractions - problems
Multiplying and dividing of fractions
|Light and colour||The Christmas Truce|
|Week 7||World War One poetry||Plotting coordinates, reflections and transformations||Investigating shadows||
Peace - the end of WW1
Welcome to Year 6 - Autumn 2020
The first half term of Autumn 2020 has been a great success. We welcomed everyone into their final year at Bridgetown as well as Mrs Milward to her first term at Bridgetown. After getting used to our new classroom layout and COVID arrangements it has been full steam ahead with our learning. The purpose of this half term has been to settle ourselves in, understand the expectations for independent learning, management of our behaviour, establish the importance of Growth Mindset and get back to school-based learning. We have all been keen to get back to that! Here are some of the things that we have been doing.
Skellig by David Almond has been the focus for grammar, punctuation and writing. Within this text we have focused on characters and setting, diary and narrative story writing as well as writing a non chronological report about Owls or Eagles.
We have welcomed the introduction to Power Maths as our lead in teaching and learning the Year 6 maths curriculum. During this term we have covered the following topics:
Topic - Our Voice
Sadly, Year 6 were not able to visit the Houses of Parliament this year but we were fortunate to be able to have access to the fantastic Education Department at the Houses of Parliament. With a virtual tour and Q&A session, we were able to find out about our democratic voting system, the role of MPs and what happens in both the House of Commons and the House of Commons. Within this topic we also looked at how historical evidence helps us to find out information about the past, studying the Gunpowder Plot, the Suffragettes and how parliament has developed into how it is today.
Portraits have been the focus for this half term. The work culminated in portraits being drawn and painted of politicians and peers in the House of Lords. Take a look and see who you can spot!
Hopefully you could spot our current Prime Minister, Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak, Jess Phillips, Nadim Zahawi, Lord Sugar, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Baroness Floella Benjamin.
So an amazing Autumn 1 - here we go ready for Autumn 2.