The Battle of Britain
Nearly a thousand years after the Battle of Hastings,we are ready to study the Battle of Britain. Once again, the children have really engaged with this topic and in some instances we have been able to relate some of these events to our descendants. Mason Longhurst has shared with 6H copies of some truly poignant letters exchanged between his great grandfather and great grandmother during this period in history. At the moment the children are discovering information about the Blitz and what life was like for children during and after the Battle for Britain.
In Art, to link with the Battle of Britain, the children have made some spectacular model Spitfires and Messerschmitts. Lennon Keeble was so inspired by these lessons that he made his own Spitfire model at home and brought it into school. It is brilliant.
After SATs, the children are looking forward to many exciting activities, especially the residential trip, Crucial Crew and the Year 6 production.
The Battle of Hastings
The spring term began with our next creative curriculum topic: The Battle of Hastings. Once the children had listened to the basic details of the battle, they were eager to launch into action and act out this historic event albeit in slow motion! Each group took their roles very seriously and produced some very effective freeze-frames to highlight the key stages of the battle. It was a memorable afternoon with plenty of enjoyment and learning.
A debate about who should be King of England was followed by a vote. It was an excellent opportunity for the children to practice their oracy skills. Some children were the candidates: Harold Godwinson, Harald Hardrada and Duke William of Normandy whilst the other pupils played the members of the Witan – the ruling council. It was a difficult choice to make because the candidates spoke with great conviction; however, the successful candidate was Zanetta Erhahon who convinced the majority of the Witan that she was the rightful ruler.
To conclude this topic, the children designed and then sewed a bookmark with varying degrees of success! This linked with the Bayeux Tapestry which they also re-created with card in their Art lessons. These beautiful works of art are now on permanent display in the corridor by Mr Lynch’s office.