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. They are all very well presented and looking forward to a great 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 situation, 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.
End of autumn term class party
After an amazing term where the children have adapted extremely well to year 6 and after being away from school for 6 months, they thoroughly deserved an end of term Xmas party. Thank you all for your amazing effort and well done for the fantastic progress you have made.
Unfortunately we have gone back into a lockdown, however the home learning has been absolutely amazing. Children have been submitting work on a daily basis and the quality has been fantastic.
On a daily basis, the pupils must watch the Maths and English videos and complete the worksheets on Google Classroom. In addition to this, there are reading comprehension activities based on the current text we’re reading (Origami Yoda) and there is an additional folder with extra reading comprehension activities loosely based on our new topic of Japan.
We will also been starting live lessons in the afternoons via Google Meets which is an opportunity for me to model the lesson just like I would in class. 6YH have their live lessons at 12pm and can complete the worksheet after lunch. Please see the scheduled timetable below:
Friday: Wellbeing meetings
During keyworker school, year 6 were encouraged to look after their wellbeing by ensuring they take time out of their day to do an activity they enjoyed. These activities should be done everyday to ensure we are taking care of our mental health. Each child selected a different range of activities which made them feel happy.
WELCOME BACK 6YH. AFTER 8 WEEKS OF HOME LEARNING, WE’RE ALL EXTREMELY EXCITED TO BE BACK AT SCHOOL!
For the rest of this term we will be continuing Japan, which is an amazing country and civilisation. As usual, we have linked our topic with all our other subjects producing outstanding pieces of artwork, some interesting facts and we have examined Japan’s changing demographics. Did you know that Japan’s population is predicted to decrease by roughly 50% by the end of the century?
In Art, we have been looking at the works of two famous Japanese artists: Katsushika Hokusai, famous for the Great Wave and Yayoi Kusama, who was faced with adversity but with resilence she reached her goals. We have learnt about the history of both of their work and how they have inspired many other famous artists. We created our own Great Wave using a variety of techniques. We also created our own Japanese fans with Cherry blossoms on top. Firstly we drew cherry blossoms, and afterwards we mastered the technique of silk painting and printing onto tissue paper to create our fans. The outcomes have been amazing!
Since returning to school, we’ve focussed on our wellbeing and have scheduled weekly class assemblies to review and discuss the following themes: Friendships/relationships, kindness, respect, express yourself, growth mindset, E-safety, road traffic, music and personal best. We also had a non school uniform day which enabled everyone to express themselves through their clothing choices. We quickly discovered that we’re all unique in our own way and this should be a positive thing and we should always celebrate diversity.
Using atlases and ipads, we have investigated the geographical features of Japan. Although Japan is roughly two times bigger than the U.K, only 30% of the land is habitable; the rest of the land is covered by mountains or active volcanoes. On the other hand, the U.K has flatter land, which is habitable. As a result, Japan’s population is far more concentrated, whereas U.K’s population is more dispersed. Interestingly, Japan is experiencing changing demographics, which will heavily impact their social and economical position. It’s forecast that Japan’s population will fall by up to 50% by the end of the century due to an ageing population. Statistics show that 3.5% of Japan’s population are over 80, whereas only 2% of their population are new-born. Also, we have investigated the human and natural features of Japan. We found that Japan has created some amazing inventions, especially technology, which we use in our everyday life. Japan also has a vast amount of active, dormant and extinct volcanoes so we built our own exploding volcanoes by using baking soda and vinegar to cause an exciting eruption.
For this term, we will be looking at Rivers. We will use ipads and atlases to locate rivers and seas in the U.K, research different rivers and coasts in the UK, the water cycle, the importance of rivers, River Thames project and finally a topic quiz with prizes.