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Autumn Term 2018

Ancient Egypt

Welcome back to the Autumn term; I hope you had a super summer break!  We are looking forward to lots of interesting learning and hard work in Year 6 this term.  Our topic  is "Ancient Egypt".  Please click on the curriculum letter below to find out more about our learning this term:. 

Autumn Curriculum Newsletter


November 2018 - Remember 100 years

In Year 6, we spent some time this week discussing the significance of Remembrance Day and in particular 100 years since the end of WW1.  Many themes were discussed and a few were: friendship, compassion, thankfulness, empathy, tolerance acceptance and RESPECT.  Then using either a poem (Flanders Fields and For the Fallen) or an extract from Warhorse (Michael Morpurgo), we were set the challenge to create our own Blackout Poetry.  We considered the words we felt were signficant to us and circled them.  Next, using black or red pen, we eliminated the words we did not want as part of our own poetry creation.  We are all extremely proud of our new, extremely moving poems.  

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October 2018 - Mini Police

A few weeks ago, PCSO Woolerton and PCSO Ironmonger visited out school to hear a considerable number of our Year 5 & 6 pupils make a speech persuading others that they would be a perfect Mini Police Ambassador to represent our school. The pupils had researched the role well and all spoke confidently and persuasively.  All pupils in Y5 and Y6 listened and voted to decide who should be elected.  After a tense time waiting for the votes to be counted, ten lucky pupils were elected and they proudly tried on the first part of their uniform.  

At the end of our first Autumn term, the children carried out one of their first major responsibilities, engaging with our school community, where they prepared a second presentation to parents, friends and family explaining their roles and the missions in the current year.  Well done to all the pupils whotook part; you are all great ambassadors for our school.

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October 2018 - Art: Egyptian Clay Cartouche

In art, we have been learning about Ancient Egyptian cartouche.   A cartouche is an oval frame which surrounds the hieroglyphs that make up the name of an Egyptian God or royal person.     It was like a nametag, which has the magical power to protect the name that is written inside it.   A cartouche was meant to protect against evil spirits in both this life and the afterlife.

We designed and made our own Cartouche using our names and then decorated them with patterns and borders.

We painted them, decorated them with gold and silver pens and then finished them with a glaze using PVA glue. 

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October  2018 - History: Papyrus

We have been learning about how the Ancient Egyptians made papyrus.  We had a go at making our own papyrus using paper towels and glue and we are very pleased with how it turned out.  We then investigated the Ancient Egyptian writing system using hieroglyphs.  Did you know that there are over 700 different hieroglyphs?   We had great fun being Ancient Egyptian scribes and decorating our own papyrus.  Here are the finished results:

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September 2018 - Science: Separating Materials

This term in Science, we are investigating how to separate materials.  We have carried out lots of hands-on, practical science investigations to learn about how we can separate different materials.  We have also learnt about soluble and insoluble materials, which create solutions, and which create mixtures.   Mrs Coote set us a challenge to investigate the best material to filter and clean the dirty river water from the River Nile!  We found out that cotton wool made the best filter and made the water the cleanest.


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September 2018 - History:  Ancient Egypt Topic

We started our topic by thinking about history and timelines.  The children were given several historical events / time periods and they had to sequence them in chronological order.  There was a lot of debate in class!


September 2018 - Religious Educations

0n the 17th of September 2018, as a part of R.E, we were learning about signs and symbols.  We looked further into the Christian story of Noah’s Ark and identified some significant signs and symbols such as the rainbow, which meant that God would never flood Earth again; the dove with the olive branch in its beak, which meant peace to all surroundings and the olive branch, which meant life and a second chance. We all had to bring a special object in which meant something to us; these included items such as teddies, photos, bookmarks and books. Written by Ruby and Elod.

 September 2018 -  Our first day in Y6

We had a fantastic first day in Y6.  We wrote letters to our future self, setting ourselves challenges to achieve over the year, which we will open again in July 2019!  We also chose our reading books to begin our class reading challenge and got straight into considering all we already know about Ancient Egypt. 

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