Welcome to Year 6
Here is an update on the curriculum for Year 6 during this term:
Following our updated curriculum, we will shortly be beginning our new focus question: what was the impact of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain? Our focus questions help us to accumulate knowledge over the course of this academic year to be able to answer our big question: do invasions change countries forever?
During this focus, we will be learning that when the Romans left Britain, the door was left open for more invaders, who soon took advantage of the newly undefended country. Using map work, we will explore the countries of origin of these Anglo-Saxon invaders. Additionally, we will explore why they settled in Britain. They ignored the towns left by the Romans and, being farmers, took the fertile lands for their homes. It was far easier to take by force the farmland that the Britons lived on rather than clearing the impenetrable forest that covered much of the island. Moreover, the many settlements established by the Anglo-Saxons gradually became small kingdoms and, by around AD 600, there were seven of them. The children will be completing map work relating to this, and they will also understand that many of the names of towns and villages in Britain also came from the Anglo-Saxons, e.g. those with these endings: –ham, -ford and –worth. Whilst exploring Anglo-Saxon settlements, the children will learn about the lifestyle of these individuals, including homes and jobs etc. Finally, the children will explore religious beliefs. They will understand that the Anglo-Saxons were initially Pagan and worshiped lots of different Gods, before understanding the conversion to Christianity that occurred. As a result, many festivals Christians celebrate now have links to those previously celebrated by Saxons, certain days of the week are named after early Saxon Gods, and the 12 days of Christmas have links to Alfred the Great.
In art and design, the children will be using pastels to create art inspirited by the Anglo-Saxon Gods and linked to the days of the week. They will collect information, sketches and resources and present ideas imaginatively in a sketch book. They will use the qualities of materials to enhance ideas. Finally, they will spot the potential in unexpected results as work progresses, and they will comment on artworks with a fluent grasp of visual language.
Anglo-Saxons 24 January
Our current focus questions is ‘What was the impact of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain?’
Sutton Hoo kindly sent us a collection box full of artefacts.
Pantomime 19 December
Year 6 really enjoyed the Christmas pantomime (Rapunzel) at the South Holland Centre.
Christmas Carols 18 December
The Year 6 children did a fantastic job retelling the Christmas story at our carol service.
Christmas Lunch 17 December
The Year 6 children really enjoyed their Christmas lunch today.
DT 17 December
The Year 6 children have been learning about the British colonisation of North America. They have used their knowledge of this and the symbolism of the USA flag to design their own symbolic flag designs. They have then produced these through material and sewing.
Christingle 10 December
Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed making enough Christingles for everyone in school to have one.
Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:
- The orange represents the world
- The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
- The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
- The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
St. Mary's Church Whaplode 5 December
Every child at Whaplode primary school has considered the current school value of hope and has written a beautiful, meaningful message on a dove which has been decorated to use as Christmas tree decorations. Year 6 and Year 2 then went to St. Mary's Church Whaplode to decorate a Christmas tree with these decorations.
GIST 20 November
As part of the National Child Road Safety Programme, GIST came to visit our school and Year 6 enjoyed listening to information with regards to this topic, including stopping distances, blind spots etc.
Peterborough Phantoms 8 November
Year 6 enjoyed listening to players from the Peterborough Phantoms talking about sport and being healthy.
Geography 8 November
Year 6 have been learning about North America and have been using atlases to located the physical features of the continent including mountains and rivers.
The children have sculpted their pencil sketched Roman bust designs using clay.
Celtic towns vs Roman towns
TheYear 6 children have been learning about the impact of the Roman invasion of Britain. As part of this, they explored pre-Roman towns and learnt that the Celtic tribes lived in scattered villages. They lived in round houses with thatched roofs of straw or heather. They then looked at how this changed under the Romans who designed towns in the form of a grid, with streets built at right angles to each other and parallel with one of the two main roads. Their buildings were constructed from stone and brick. The children then made models to replicate their understanding of this.
The Year 6 children have been developing their art skills by exploring tone. They learnt about the hardness of different pencils.
The Year 6 children have been developing their art skills by exploring how lines can be used to show texture. The children looked at a variety of techniques including hatching, contour hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, smudging and random hatching. The children these used these techniques to shade a classroom object.
The children are going to be making their own Roman busts from clay. To start with, they looked at pictures of Roman busts and learn that some are veristic (truthful, old and wrinkled to show experience and reliability) while others are idealistic (youthful and athletic looking). They have begun by completing initial designs for their Roman busts of themselves depicted in a Roman style. They are very impressive!
Macmillan Coffee Morning 27 September
The Y6 children did an excellent job holding a coffee morning for parents.
Collective Worship 12 September
Year 6 displayed a lovely collective worship to the rest of the school about the Bible and its contents. They role played two of its stories: Noah’s ark from Genesis and Jesus calming the storm from the New Testament.