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Year 6 - Nelson Mandela Class

Year 6 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

In Autumn 2, we will be travelling back in time to 1939 as we read a book called ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne.  The book is set during World War 2 and is centred around two characters called Bruno and Shmuel.  The book is an extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war.

In class, we will use this book to explore what life was like for people during the Second World War from different backgrounds and races. We will discuss issues such as racism, relationships and respecting the culture and beliefs of others.  As we discuss these themes, we will explore our school value of ‘acceptance’ and we will learn about the importance of treating people that are different to us equally and fairly.  We will be asking ourselves – is it ever right to discriminate against people just because of their beliefs or race?  Should we all be treated equally?  Does everyone have the right to be treated fairly?

As the book is centred around the theme of World War 2, in Geography we will be developing our map skills and naming and locating countries which were involved in the conflict.   In History, we will learn about key events that took place including: ‘The Battle of Britain’, ‘The Blitz’, ‘VE’ Day and the Holocaust.  In Art, we will be designing and creating propaganda posters and in Design and Technology the children will have the wonderful opportunity to design and make their own air-raid shelters and recreate some nutritious wartime dishes.  The children will also experience listening to wartime songs and participating in ‘Remembrance Day’ activities where they will have the opportunity to take time to reflect on all of the people who have died in wars.  Throughout our learning in this topic, we will be trying to answer our Big Question which is: What impact did World War 2 have on people’s lives?

Alongside our class book, we will also be looking at extracts from other books including: ‘Rose Blanche’, ‘Half a Man’, ‘The best Christmas Present in the World’ and studying the thought-provoking poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est.’ where the children will get an insight into how it must have felt to be a soldier in World War II.  Whilst reading these books and poem we will explore our school value of ‘compassion and think about how other people may have felt during these different situations.

We have many more things planned this half – term, which we cannot wait to share with you!  Including the possibility of heading out to visit Beaumanor Hall where the children will be able to participate in wonderful activities such as experiencing what it would have felt like to be in an air – raid shelter and taking part in de-coding cryptic messages using Morse code if COVID restrictions allow.

Year 6 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

 

To start the year off, we will be reading a book called ‘Journey to Joburg’ which is written by Beverley Naidoo.  The book follows a young girl named Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, on a journey that not only saves their family, but also opens their eyes to the nature of the world in which they live in.

We will use this book to explore what life was like for a black African during Apratheid in South Africa-where due to many rules and regulations the way in which black people and white people were treated was very different.  We will be asking ourselves – should we all be treated equally?   Should human rights belong to everybody whatever our differences? Do we all have a right to life and to live in freedom and safety? We will explore these questions further, by reading the book ‘We are all born free’ which outlines the universal declaration of human rights

We will also be travelling back in time to 1994, where we will learn about a famous black-African called Nelson Mandela.  We will research and find out about his life and his achievements and why, to this day, he is considered a hero by people from all over the world. As Nelson Mandela is our class name, we have decided to use him as our focus for our Big Question this half term which is: Who is Nelson Mandela and why is he an important figure in history?

As Journey to Jo’burg is set in Johannesburg, in geography we will learn about South Africa and study its amazing diverse landscape and its unique culture.   We will be thinking about how South Africa and the United Kingdom are both similar places and how they are different.  In art, we will learn about the work of Esther Mahlango and re-create Ndebele designs.  In design and technology, the children will have the wonderful opportunity to design and make their own African instruments and listen to traditional African music.

Alongside our class book, we will also be looking at extracts from other books including: ‘Welcome to Nowhere and ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna where we will also explore the challenges faced by people living in countries where they do not feel safe.

We have many more things planned this half –term, which we cannot wait to share with you!  Including providing an opportunity for the children to be able to plan and carry out fund-raising activities for people who face many challenges from across the world.

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