October in Year 6

In Year 6, we have had a very busy October!

During Black History week, we watched a variety of video clips and discussed the term – segregation and racial segregation. We discussed what happened to Rosa Parks and looked at a variety of images showing segregation in public places such as shops. Then, we looked at, and discussed, a variety of different clips from the film and extracts from the book Hidden figures – even discussing what the title Hidden Figures suggests.  After watching the clips, we discussed a variety of questions about how the characters felt, secrets of success etc and why certain points in the book and film were significant moments. The book ‘Hidden Figures’ – which is a true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space – was extremely thought provoking and incredibly inspiring. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space.  They did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. However, they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world (Achievement and Legacy). Finally, we researched one of the inspiring women and the exemplary work they did – and presented our findings (in our own way) to others.

During Literacy, History and Geography, we have been exploring all about the Titanic.  Firstly, we researched the Titanic using a variety of resources and decided which source of information was the best and why and which wasn’t very useful and why. Furthermore, we thought about why some of the facts in different sources varied. After researching, we wrote a non- chronological report about the Titanic. There are many theories on why the Titanic sank. We investigated a variety of different theories and sources of information. After reading all the information, the children imagined they were part of the official enquiry and decided which theory was the reason they believed ultimately caused the sinking of the Titanic. To finalise our learning, we compared the similarities and differences of the experiences of the Pilgrims and Passengers on the Titanic regarding:  the travelling to America, reasons for travelling and the reasons for immigration.

For World Mental Health Day, we first considered what mental health is and how a poor mental health can be portrayed. We then considered who we can talk to if we are worried about our mental health and discussed things we can do to improve it. We considered the importance of having Mental Health Day and how it can raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. A focus of the day was mindfulness – looking at three examples of mindfulness strategies: progressive muscle relaxation, breathing techniques and visualisation. We tried each technique, then evaluated them and discussed how each technique might work for different emotions. Finally, we considered how we can set time aside each week (or day) to prioritise our mental health.

During Mid October, Y6 have been involved in the STAR project. A Youth Engagement Officer from West Mercia Police delivered the project. The learning focused upon: Drugs awareness, Identifying our personal strengths to help build self esteem, Definitions of what a drug is and awareness of legal and illegal drugs, Negative impact of drinking too much alcohol, How tobacco affects a young person’s body and Being assertive and learning how to say NO in difficult situations

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