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