Term 2a Overview

Dear Parents,


A warm welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful break and wish you and your families a very Happy New Year.

Our focus this term is on the Second World War, particularly looking at events through the eyes of children. We will use Kensuke’s Kingdom to inspire our writing, before taking a journalistic approach to our English learning. We will look at original newspapers and film footage before writing our own news articles.

At the heart of this topic is our residential trip to Kanchanaburi. The trip gives the children an opportunity to develop greater independence, build friendships and foster team spirit. At the same time, it offers the children a tremendous insight into what life was like for prisoners of war working on the Thai-Burma “Death Railway”.

In Literacy, students will continue to use Michael Morpurgo’s amazing story of Kensuke’s Kingdom to inspire their writing. They will learn to include the features of suspenseful writing as well as role-playing interviews with characters, culminating in a crucial debate as to what the main character should do next. We will take our time reading this text, spending time discussing the thoughts and feelings of Michael, considering choices we would make.

In our new Maths classes, we will begin by revising and deepening our understanding of place value and decimal numbers. We will apply these skills to reasoning and problem solving challenges to prove our understanding. We will also learn about percentages and geometry before moving onto ratio and algebra.

In Humanities, students will learn about the causes of World War 2, key dates and events and the impact the war had on children around the world. Students will also learn about the experience of prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway through the residential trip and lessons in class. We have a number of ‘exciting experiences’ prepared for the children this term and will aim to transport our students back in time to develop their empathy skills. They will also learn how to draw evidence from primary and secondary sources, discussing which artifacts or sources are most reliable.

Our Art learning is linked to our Kanchanaburi trip and WW2 topic, developing sketching skills to depict scenes and prisoners of war. We will focus on expression, proportion and position of the human body, using a range of 2D media producing a final piece in the style of Jack Chalker.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Mr Bilinkewycz, Year 6 Team Leader

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Fossils – 6DL and 6TO

Recently, our class have been learning about fossils. As part of this we made a dinosaur fossil out of plaster of paris. To make a fossil we firstly chose a dinosaur we wanted to make as a fossil. Secondly, we were given 3 colours of clay to mix up. Thirdly, we made the clay into a thick circle and pushed a plastic dinosaurs into the clay making a exact copy of the dinosaur.  After that, we waited for a few minutes for the clay to harden. Then, we pour the plaster into the clay and wait until it dried up. Finally, we took out the dried plaster, which is the dinosaur fossil, and coloured it using any colours of our choice. At the very last point we ended up with a colored fossils.

Here you can see a photo of our fossils, plus a video of how we made them. Additionally we made pic collages of different types of fossils.

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Using the app – ‘Pages’ and ‘Who Discovered America?’- 6SK

This week 6SK tried a new app called pages. We typed up one of our pieces of writing, added photos and printed them out. Here you can see some of our results.

Copy of Nisha

In Topic lessons, we learned about ‘who discovered America first’.

 Most people have a exactly answer for it – Columbus. But some archaeologists think Erikson was there  first. Then over the last few years, as a consequence of analysis of DNA another  more amazing theory -maybe the Polynesians got there first.

No one could answer this question. So, what’s is the evidence? Here you can see some of our conclusions.




Author Visit – Oliver Phommavanh 6PA and 6TO

This week a special Thai author visited the school. His name is Oliver Phommavanh! He talked to us about his books and early life!

Here you can see some photos of Oliver’s visit.


Who Discovered America – 6JB

This week in our Topic lessons we learned about America being explored – we looked at different theories as to who discovered America.

Here is a video which shows our thoughts.


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Loy Krathong – 6SK and 6TO

A Thai tradition— Loy Krathong. All of years 6 dressed up in their Thai clothes and put their Krathongs into the river, presenting a beautiful view. The Loy Krathong tradition is to thank the God of River(พระแม่คงคา).

This is how you make a krathong:



  • Firstly you need to cut the banana leaves.
  • Secondly you pin it on your base of the krathong.
  • Thirdly fold the banana leaves and pin them on(if you want it to be more beautiful, you should fold it three times in different size).
  • Fourthly put them around the base.
  • Fifthly put your lovely flowers in and don’t forget to put the incense stick and candles in properly.
  • That’s it!


Here are some pictures of krathongs we made.


Year 6 Christmas Parties

Dear Parents,

I’m delighted to share with you the date for our Year 6 class Christmas parties. We will be celebrating in lesson 5 and 6 on Thursday 13th December. Class teachers will share with students sign-up sheets via GoogleDrive to decide what they would like to contribute.


Please can we be mindful of plastic and food waste when bringing in our contributions.

Parents are free to join the parties from 2pm.

Many thanks,

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz


Loy Krathong – 6DL

Today we have been celebrating Loy Krathong. We made krathongs from banana tree trunks, banana leaves, toothpicks and flowers. We made a ‘krathong tree’ as a bit fun – you can see it below. In the evening once we are back home some of us will float the krathongs on the river.

Happy Loy Krathong everyone.


Jeremy Banning Visits – 6JB

This week we had World War 1 historian Jeremy Banning visit our school. It was amazing. He talked about his grandfather who was gassed in the war and about Kanchanaburi and the death railway. 6JB enjoyed his visit so much and here are some photos of him.

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Diwali – Rangoli Patterns – 6DL and 6JB

For Diwali we made Rangoli patterns with clay on a plain piece of cardboard. We started by drawing a design on the cardboard.Then we filled in with different colours of clay to make it look interesting and colorful we also learned a lot about Diwali and Hinduism.


Here are some pictures of us working and a video for you to enjoy.


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