My name is Mr Harrak and I am the class teacher for 6YH. It has been wonderful welcoming the children back for what we hope will be a productive, fun and successful academic year.
This term, our topic will be Ancient Greece, which is a personal favourite of mine as well as the children. At Bessemer, we link our topics with the other subjects we teach ensuring the children have a broad understanding of the topic.
In English, we will be learning about Ancient Greek myths and poems. We have already explored the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, which has many versions. In fact, Greek myths are constantly adapted in order to portray its moral. We have already read two different versions of Theseus and the Minotaur, whereby the moral of the story was to be grateful and to always keep your word. 6YH also produced amazing poems about Cerberus, often highlighted as a savage beast, however some children wanted to be creative and changed the theme to ‘The misunderstood vitim’, as he was only carrying out the duties of his captor, Hades. We will be concluding the term with Shadow of the Minotaur, which is loosely based on Theseus and the Minotaur. This book is outstanding and I’m certain the children will produce amazing, creative pieces of work.
In Art, we have already produced some beautiful Ancient Greek landscapes using oil pastels, which are already on display in the classroom. In the coming weeks, we will be designing our own Greek pots; Greek pots are important because they tell us so much about how life was in Athens and other ancient Greek cities. Pots came in all sorts of shapes and sizes depending on their purpose, and were often beautifully decorated with scenes from daily life. Sometimes these scenes reflect what the pot was used for. Lastly, we will be designing and creating our own Greek sandals, which were important in everyday ancient Greek life. The hot, humid temperature resulted in every ancient Greek owning a pair and they were also worn by the hoplites in the famous battle of Marathon. With Parthenons already hanging from every corner and shortly pots and sandals, by the end of the term, our classroom will be a mini Athens.
In addition to learning about Greek mythology, we will learn about Grecian battles, especially the famous Battle of Marathon. We will write a non-chronological report about the legendary Greek victory by analysing how the ‘underdogs’ Greeks emerged victorious against the mighty Persian empire.
This term, our topic will be The Mayans. Although many aspects of Mayan civilisation still remains uncovered, year 6 will become archaeologists in an effort to discover the hidden truths. Using Mayan murals, we will analyse their way of life from religion to social roles. We will also decode the complicated Mayan calendar and numerical system. Finally, our aim is to research and come to conclusions as to why the Mayan civilisation came to an abrupt end.
We will learn about Mayan stories, such as The Rain Player. The Rain Player is a tale inspired by the belief that fate is divinely decreed and cannot be changed. The book highlights many aspects of Mayan civilisation including sacrifice, gods, drought and the national sport of Pok-A-Tok. Year 6 will become news reporters and report on the famous Pok-A-Tok game between Pik and the god of rain, Chac.
The main two topics which will be covered in autumn 2 are fractions (a lengthy and extremely important unit) and position/direction. Mathletics is a brilliant tool to assist and solidify these units. Children are encouraged to log in and use this resource weekly.
In Art, we have been busy creating Mayan murals and calendars. The Maya painted murals on the walls of their buildings including their houses, temples, and public buildings. The subjects of the murals varied widely including scenes from daily life, mythology, battles, and religious ceremonies. Unfortunately, due to the high humidity of the region, few of the murals have survived. As a result, we decided to revive some of these beautiful and intricate pieces of artwork by creating our very own version. The class have produced a stunning Maya mural wall in the classroom with their splendid artwork.
In P.E, we have been learning and developing our skills in a variety of different sports. Our P.E lessons commence with the daily mile, which is becoming a very popular scheme across the country to promote fitness. The children and I spend the first 5 minutes of our P.E lesson doing a light jog to improve our fitness and stamina. Already the children’s fitness has vastly improved since our first daily mile in September and I’m looking forward to them shining on sports day.
Due to the current siutation, homework is to be accessed and completed via google classroom. In year 6, homework is compulsory. Every week, maths and spellings are uploaded onto google classroom; the tasks need to be completed and submitted back onto the website. We will shortly be launching our yearly rising stars homework, which consists of maths, reading comprehension and SPAG.