Term 1 2018-19
Our learning this term
The year six children have had a great start to the new school year. We had a busy term and enjoyed learning about the history of Reading. This included a trip into Reading where we spent the day investigating the evidence which can be seen today for Reading’s past. We enjoyed looking around the town centre and discovered that so many of the building fronts had many different styles from different time periods. During the day, we visited Reading Museum and learnt more about Reading Abbey. We were also lucky enough to be able to go into Reading Minster at St Mary’s Butts, investigating the architecture and comparing the features which were originally ‘saved’ from the Abbey when it was demolished in 14th century.
This term we had a visit from the Trooper Potts Foundation, where the children re-enacted the experience of saving Trooper Arthur Andrews by pulling the children on shovels during a shovel race. During this visit, the children learnt why Trooper Potts received the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War. The children were excited to have an opportunity to hold artefacts, such as weapons and helmets dating back to WW1. In this experience, we also had the opportunity to meet the granddaughter of Trooper Potts, who recounted her grandfather’s experiences from the war.
In English, we read Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, linking to the First World War theme in Topic. We used drama and role play to help us write letters home from the trenches in role as a Private during World War II. In Maths, we have been learning long division and multiplication, developing the children’s understanding of how to use different operations to solve problems. We have also been working hard on Arithmetic.
In Science, we learnt about Living Things and their Habitats. We learnt about how living things are classified into broad groups according to common characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals.
This term also hosted Danger Day where we were able to experience fire lighting, using power tools and an assault course. This helped children face their fears through exciting experiences.