After a very long wait year 6 finally were able to create their rationing recipe – honey cakes! The children had previously planned for these cakes and considered the ingredients and equipment that would be needed.
The children had to work in small groups to measure, weigh and mix the ingredients together before kneading the mixture and creating small honey cakes. The children then waited for their cakes to bake and filled out their evaluation forms. Once they had finished, the children tasted their cakes and evaluated the flavour and texture. They then tasted modern day Madeira cake and compared it to the rationing recipe.
Earlier this week, the children had a visit from the History Man who told them about World War II. The children learnt an awful lot but could also answer lots of his questions after studying the topic for a whole term. They learnt all about the end of WWI, why WWII started and interesting facts about what equipment/objects were used during the war.
After being shown and told about lots of different objects from that period of time, the children were given the opportunity to explore all of it themselves. This even included weapons from the war as well as an air-raid siren!
The children had a fabulous afternoon and really did love exploring all of the stuff.
This week Year 6 were visited by the fabulous historian (time travel detective) – Professor McGinty.
As always he had the children in stitches but they also learnt a great deal about both World wars. They were able to demonstrate their already vast knowledge of this particular period in time, as well as enhancing their learning by focusing on such areas as:
Evacuation, Rationing, Make-do-and-mend and weaponry. The children are now applying their extensive knowledge to their writing in both English and Humanities.
Year 6 have started to look at WWI in English. They have already learnt all about how it started and focused on various famous soldiers such as Walter Tull and Harry Patch. The children have shown a real interest in the subject. This week after lots of research, four children took the role of ‘Walter’ himself and answered questions asked by the rest of the class in order to find out more about his life and achievements. They are now writing diary entries and letters as the voice of Walter Tull and Harry Patch.
Year 6 have just started their new Spring Term topic ‘Around the World in 80 days’. Before half term Mrs Knipe came in to tell the children all about her travels. They learnt all about the adventures Mrs Knipe has had travelling all over the world with her husband. She also told them some fascinating facts about the many countries she has visited.
Following that, the children have started to read The Conch Bearer. It is a magical story about a boy’s adventures when he discovers a very special conch shell. They are learning all about India and designing their own travel brochures using the netbooks.
Year 6 have been busy this week selling poppy related products on behalf of the British legion. The children got a chance to purchase: pencil crayons, snap band rulers, bracelets and lots of other cool items. Today was our busiest day; they can hardly lift the collection tin for all the coins children have kindly donated.
This week the children in Year 6 Eagles have been lucky enough to have a visit from Professor McGinty.
He came to talk to us about World War I and II. He put on a fabulous show and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. They learnt even more about life in the war for soldiers and their families. They also learnt all about rationing, shelters, and what school life was like. (School children having to carry on with their studies underground while the bombs were being dropped didn’t impress them at all! )
The professor bought along many artefacts such as guns (you can imagine how impressed the boys were!) old coins and gas masks. Faith and Gibril were chosen to dress up in authentic WWII costumes, and Ben got to wear a real gas mask (made in 1939 – 3 years before the Second World actually started). Here are a few of the photos we took:
As we previously mentioned, it was National Poetry day earlier this week – and today Year 6 worked in small groups to practice and record the war poems they completed on Monday. They were concentrating on projecting their voice and varying the tone and intonation used in their poems. They really enjoyed filming themselves and were able to offer constructive criticism to each other to improve their performance.
Year 6 have been studying WW1 and WW11 in their English lessons, as well as in their History lessons. We have shared and discussed lots of information about life for the soldiers fighting in both wars, and they are now using all their newly-acquired knowledge to write fabulous pieces such as diaries and letters.
Below is a link to BBC iPlayer. It contains the Michael Morpurgo’s novel ‘Private Peaceful’. This is a wonderful chance for the children to immerse themselves even further into the topic. Perhaps you could encourage them to do so. There are 13 episodes for the children to enjoy!