Places Far From Here
Our next learning theme will begin a very important and exciting year. Year 6 will start this significant milestone in their school journey by exploring themes of courage, honesty and aspiration. We will be finding out about refugees, what causes them to flee their homes and what their life is like. We will also look at the life of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a political activist in Nigeria, as part of our focus on Black history. In preparation for our new roles in the life of Royal Park we will reflect on the Royal Park values.
As readers, we will be studying the text “The Other Side of Truth” a powerful narrative, which addresses themes of immigration, human rights, political asylum, family, exile and freedom.
As writers, we will be writing a variety of recounts in role as one of the characters that we are studying e.g. letters, diaries and interviews. We will produce an anti-bullying leaflet in response to the experience of the characters in our focus text. Poetry, various drama activities and video clips will provide an exciting stimulus.
As mathematicians, we will focus on all four number operations and place value. Problem solving and reasoning will be integral to each lesson. We will also be making real life connections to fractions in establishing whether food taken on a school trip has been shared out fairly.
As scientists, we will learn about electricity, using components to investigate the effect that they have on the electrical current within a circuit. Throughout this unit, we will concentrate on scientific investigation skills and will be exploring questions that we can investigate scientifically.
As artists, we will be creating collages and paintings inspired by the work of artists who were once refugees. Their artwork reflects their emotions and experiences.
As philosophers, we will debate and discuss real-life scenarios focused on the Royal Park values and our Year 6 role within the school. We will also discuss issues raised by our key text i.e. What it is to be a refugee? What is our response to bullying?
As sporting champions, we will be learning important strategic game play in netball. We will also have the opportunity to improve our swimming ability.