Autumn Term in Year 6 got off to an exciting start with a week of activities based on the book ‘Almost Anything’ by Sophy Henn. As a whole school we embraced the message contained within the book that, with a positive growth mindset, we are capable of ‘almost anything’. Literacy, STEM and creative challenges followed on from this, including working with a Willow Artist to craft the main characters in the book and even speaking with the author of the book herself via video link. A truly inspiring start to our year of learning together.
Health and well-being is a priority for us here at St Mary’s and Year 6 have been keeping active by participating in the Daily Mile initiative each day. 10 laps of our field is the challenge to meet the mile target each day. In October we had the opportunity of putting our running stamina to the test by participating in a fun run at Ty Mawr County Park.
Staying safe and understanding risk is also an important part of wellbeing and our class trip to Dangerpoint in Talacre brought to life many scenarios so pupils could assess risks in daily life and understand how to avoid or minimise these.
Year 6’s topic this term is WW2 and so, after constructing our own gas mask boxes and dressing up as evacuees, pupils found themselves being evacuated to Stockport. We fully immersed ourselves in the role play experience as we took a step back in time to 1940 and toured the authentic underground shelters of Stockport, learnt about rationing and blackout precautions, and prepared ourselves to be ‘picked’ by our foster families. The experience really brought our learning to life.
Our value this term has been ‘compassion’. This means compassion and understanding towards others, no matter what their race, religion or cultural background. Pupils participated in a workshop on immigration led by the educational charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ which highlighted the misconceptions and myths than can divide society, and how, by challenging these prejudices, we can play our part in creating a more tolerant and compassionate world. Year 6 pupils also led this Year’s Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church supported by our local branch of the Royal British Legion – our theme was ‘Remember Together’- remembering the friends, allies, and Commonwealth nations who joined Britain in defending its freedoms, values, and way of life.
In November Year 6 contributed to our whole school tree planting initiative as part of the Woodland Trust initiative #EveryTreeCounts – Raising awareness and taking action as part of The Big Climate Fightback.