Year 6 - Cycle B - Spring 2: Curriculum Overview
Year 5 and 6 took part in a day of immersive experiences giving them a taste of life for families during the Blitz. They began by creating their own freeze-frame dramas of an air raid with families rushing to the shelter for cover. They prepared their suitcases and recreated an evacuation scene. The children learnt about rationing and made their own war-time cookies. Down in the reading retreat, they huddled under blankets as part of a ‘night in the shelter’ activity. Using tissue and clear plastic they created their own soldier silhouette art work. They looked at war time propaganda and created their own posters. Finally, they imagined the feelings of families at the end of the war and held their own VE Day street party. It was a fun but also thoughtful and reflective day.
Year 5 and 6 Victorian Immersion Day
As part of their curriculum topic 'Challenges', Year 5 and 6 took part in a fully immersive Victorian Day. All the children arrived promptly in full Victorian costume, ready to be whipped into shape by a very scary-looking bunch of Victorian teachers. Firstly, they attended an assembly, in which they recited the Lords prayer and sang the National Anthem. Following this, they returned upstairs - in strict silence - to take part in Victorian themed classes including sewing, handwriting and drawing. Later in the morning, some unfortunate children were forced to attend the workhouse where they made match boxes and unravelled string with only a bowl of gruel to keep them sustained. After a miserable lunch of more gruel, the children were encouraged to write to Queen Victoria to propose a few changes to her regime. Finally, certificates were given out and everyone congratulated themselves on a job well done.
More pictures from our Victorian day here.
Year 6 visit to the Ragged School Museum
In September, Year 6 took a trip to the Ragged School Museum in Bethnal Green. The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canal-side buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London. Now, it provides an exciting opportunity for children to learn about life from the point of view of poor East End children in Victorian times. The children were taught in a real Victorian school room and learnt about the kinds of activities and teaching styles that were used in those days. The experience was thrilling, but the children were rather relieved to return to Stoneydown Park at the end of the day!