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Autumn 2

Our whole-school topic in Autumn 2 was ‘Communication’. The children have carried out a range of activities linked to working together to improve their Communication skills.

Our Year 6 topic was Shakespeare!

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In Literacy, the children were exposed to a number of Shakespeare’s plays. The children studied two plays in depth: Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The children were been given the opportunity to take part in drama and completed two extended pieces of writing: a letter and an argument. The term ended with the write-up of a Christmas recipe.



The children began the half-term by further developing their written methods for division. The focus was then on fractions, decimals and percentages. In the final week of the half-term, the children revised co-ordinates and used their mathematical knowledge to solve seasonal puzzles.



After a successful start in Autumn 1, the children have been carrying on with real PE. This half-term, the focus was on ‘creative’ which allowed the children to develop the skills to respond imaginatively to different situations and to adapt and adjust their skills, movements and tactics to make them unique or in contrast to others.



In PSHE, the children have been learning about different types of bullying and have been thinking about the negative impact of bullying on mental health. Through PSHE this half-term, the children have also covered Online Safety – learning how to stay safe online; how to protect their private and personal information and how to be discerning consumers of information online. The children have also looked at the role the media can play in shaping ideas.



This half-term, the children have been investigating the key question: Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity? The children have been thinking about what makes a place special/ sacred. They have looked at how Mosques and Churches and Islamic and Christian art are used to express beliefs and values and have also explored the charity work carried out by Islamic Relief and Islamic Aid and also Christian Aid.



This half-term, the children have been continuing to learn to play the ukulele. They have been learning to use hand signs to distinguish between notes and have also been learning to body pitch. The children have become more familiar with using the terminology ‘tempo’, ‘unison’,’ round’,  ‘crescendo’ and ‘diminuendo’.



Our Outdoor Learning session this half-term was focused on ‘communication’ (our whole-school topic). The children had to communicate with each other to successfully complete Forest School jobs. The children had a go at: willow weaving; making a saw horse; building a bug hotel; weeding and dismantling dens.



On Poetry Day, Year 6 performed ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes to an audience.



Year 6 were lucky enough to have a virtual visit from highly acclaimed, award-winning professional poet, performer and educator Joshua Seigal. Joshua – who uses poetry to develop literacy skills and inspire confidence and creativity in communication – gave the children the opportunity to create a poem inspired by an emotion and the associated animal it made them think of. 



On ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ we made it our mission to use no pens all day!