Mr Tauchert is the teacher in 6 Vivaldi and Mr Evans is the classroom assistant.
Autumn Half Term 2
In the second autumn half term, Year 6 have been analysing and constructing their own non-fiction explanation and information texts in English. This has included writing our own academic article on the origins of World War II through to redrafting our version of Winston Churchill’s famous speech, The Few, which he delivered during the Battle of Britain. We also built model Anderson Shelters and wrote our own comprehensive, step-by-step instruction guide for others to follow. Other cross-curricular topics included using our knowledge of how light behaves from our science lessons to design our own electronic information booklet on periscopes. Furthermore, we have been able to contextualise our Maths knowledge through applying our learning in Real Life Maths, where we had to break the German Enigma encryption using our BIDMAS skills to decipher coded messages about Luftwaffe targets on the South Coast of England. We also answered Churchill’s call and assisted the government in recalculating their wartime ration allocations using our knowledge of fractions, and we provided critical calculations to aid the Dunkirk sea rescue of Operation Dynamo. To contextualise this fully, we had a WWII dress-up day, where we dressed and acted as evacuees. Lastly, we have been rehearsing for our digital acting debuts for our class festive production, including green screen special effects! We can’t wait for you to see it! Bah humbug!!!
Autumn Half Term 1
Year 6 Vivaldi have been exploring the novel Goodnight Mister Tom in English, which introduced some of the experiences and challenges facing child evacuees during World War II. In addition to develop our characterisation and technical English skills (through drafting a diary recount, letter writing and third person narratives with dialogue and tension), this cross-curricular topic has been further contextualised through History – such as learning about the bombing of the UK by the axis powers, reception areas of the country that children were evacuated to and the creation of information leaflets on how to survive the London Blitz.
In Maths, we have contextualised our place value together with multiplication and division knowledge through solving Maths Mastery world problems involving converting different units of measurement – such as length, mass and volume. We have also learnt how to create and use conversion graphs to convert between imperial and metric units of measurement. For Real Life Maths, we used our knowledge of place value to order, round and add to 8 digit value numbers in a real life World War II context.
In Science, we have explored how light behaves and both investigated and found answers to ‘How do we see?’, ‘Why does a pencil appear to bend in water?’ and ‘What affects the size of a shadow?’. We have designed our own experiments through planning our methodology, fair test conditions, making a prediction together with recording and analysing our results.
For art, we have painted figurative portraits of our classmates inspired by Picasso’s cubism period and still life in the style of Patrick Heron. For a snapshot of some of our highlights, please see our class displays some examples below.