My name is Mr Harrak and I am the class teacher for 6YH.
This term, our topic will be Ancient Greece, which will be linked to all the other subjects we teach this term.
In English, we will be learning about Ancient Greek myths and poems.
In Art, we produced some amazing Ancient Greek landscapes using oil pastels. Also, we designed 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
We have learnt about Greek mythology, as well as Grecian battles, such as the Battle of Marathon. We wrote a non-chronological report about the legendary Greek victory by analysing how the inferior Greeks emerged victorious against the mighty Persian empire.
We have placed Ancient Greece on a timeline in chronological order. Our team work was incredible!
During this term, we have been learning about light in our Science lessons. We have learnt that light travels in straight lines and refracts off objects.
We tested this out by creating amazing kaleidoscopes and periscopes. Have a look at the amazing results:
As part of our topic, we designed Ancient Greek sandals. The ancient Greeks didn’t use footwear very often and they mostly walked barefoot, especially in the house. However, if they wore footwear, they wore leather sandals or leather boots. We became shoe makers starting with learning the different parts a shoe is made of and then we created our own designs. Afterwards, we brought our sandals to life and the results were simply amazing.
This term, our topic will be The Mayans.
We will learn about Mayan stories, such as The Rain Player, as well as some of the many things that Maya people invented!
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. This year, I’ve introduced 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- I think we may have the next Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe in the making.
Our topic this term is 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?
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.
In Art, we have been looking at the work of the famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, famous for the Great Wave. We have learnt about the history of his work and how he has 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- please look at the displays on Tutorial day.
On week 5, we went to Old Kent road fire station for our Junior Citizens trip. The children were able to learn citizenship messages and life skills from participating agencies including: The Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Southwark Council, The Blue Cross and Transport for London. These short sessions will undoubtedly prepare our children as they transition into secondary school.
During this term, we have continued the daily mile, which has spread rapidly across the entire school. As our fitness and stamina has improved, we have now moved up to jogging for 7 minutes. The results have been simply amazing and it’s very rewarding to witness the success of this scheme.
The children also participated in a short Marathon to raise money for the wildfires in Australia. As the group frequently run, we were able to breathlessly (excuse the pun) achieve our target.