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Spring 2

As we found ourselves in a national lockdown during Spring 1, we made the decision to carry our Year 6 topic of 'WW2' into Spring 2. Our whole-school topic was 'Diversity'.

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In Literacy, the children begin the half-term by engaging with the play script ‘Bombs & Blackberries’ by Julia Donaldson. Working in small groups, the children each took a difference scene to act out for a socially distanced Year 6 performance.

As part of our whole-school ‘Diversity’ topic, Year 6 children learnt about WW2 from a Jewish perspective through three key books: Anne Frank’s Diary, Erika’s Story (by Ruth Zee) and the Harmonica (by Tony Johnston). In their Extended Writing books, the children produced: a narrative, a diary entry and a poem.



The half-term begin with a recap of fractions, decimals and percentage learning. Year 6 then went on to look at angles before finishing the half-term with area and perimeter. Throughout, the children were provided with opportunities to engage, in depth, with reasoning questions.



In PSHE, the focus this half-term was on respect and being able to confidently articulate what is meant by respect as well as knowing how to show respect to others, both in school and in wider society. Year 6 also learnt about stereotypes and the impact stereotypes may have. In their final lesson of the half-term, a Learn 2 Learn lesson, the children had the opportunity to discover more about different disabilities.



In outdoor PE, Year 6 took part in invasion games with a focus upon throwing and catching skills.

During their indoor PE lessons, Year 6 learn several basic Lindy Hop moves and even some lifts! They applied their new found skills to create a short Lindy Hop routine which they performed to the song ‘Sing Sing Sing’ by Benny Goodman.



Year 6 have been continuing to learn to play the ukulele. This half-term, they learnt several new notes including: C, F and G7.


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT (22nd February – 7th March)

Each year, the Year 6 pupils at Ashbourne Primary take part in a local Fairtade Fortnight competition. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there was no competition to enter so we decided to host our own! The Year 6 pupils were tasked with creating a Fairtrade chocolate bar wrapper. There were some fantastic entries so it was very difficult to decide on a winner but eventually one was chosen: ‘Delish’ by Poppy in 6D. The lucky winner in 6VA was Lily with her fantastic design!



Our focus for Forest School this half-term was ‘Fun!’ and we sure did have lots of fun. We started the afternoon with games and ended by creating our own mud slide!



Ashbourne Primary celebrated World Book Day on the final day of the half-term. Year 6 had a socially distanced ‘Vocabulary Parade’ to show off their fantastic costumes!



During remote learning, 6D had accumulated lots of PRAISE points. The children decided to pool their points for a class trip to the local park. It was lots of fun!

Ashbourne Primary celebrated Red Nose Day!

We also took part in a ‘masked reader’ game where the children had to guess which teacher was reading an extract from their favourite book!