Year 6

In the second half of the autumn term Year 6 are studying:

 

THE GREAT WAR

 

Soldier in Poppy Field

 

The First World War, also know as The Great War, was a conflict on an unprecedented scale. Claiming millions of lives, 'the War to end all Wars' reshaped the European continent and was a pivotal moment in the history of the twentieth century. It was the first major industrialized war, in which massive economic forces, huge nationalized armies and several new technologies - not least the machine gun - were brought to bear upon the battlefield with devastating effect.  In four years, the conflict utterly transformed the nature of warfare, critically weakened the great European powers and, ultimately, set in motion a chain of events that would lead to the rise of totalitarian political regimes in Europe and the outbreak of World War 2.

 

In this important, compelling and sometimes troubling topic, Year 6 will learn about the circumstances than resulted in war in 1914, especially the doomed system of alliances that allowed a regional conflict to escalate into a continental war. They will consider how each side produced elaborate, nationalist propaganda to recruit soldiers and energize their civilian populations to contribute to the wider war effort. Later in the unit, the children will study conditions in the trenches, analysing a mixture of primary and secondary sources and envisioning events from a soldier's point of view.

 

 As a book focus in our English lessons, we will be reading Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo:
 

Warhorse book cover
 

Revision links:

 

Below are a list of links that may help with revision. Feel free to use as necessary:

 

English:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/ - General revision with games

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/engindex.html - Excellent website that will help with all areas of reading and grammar

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_ks2_english - Some free parts of the books that are very useful (pertaining to grammar)

https://parkfield.edmodo.com/file/view-crocodoc-new-window?uuid=dc39e5e2-22b8-4850-b2a2-81cf338f3939&file_id=7216430 - A 'poster' that you could print off to remind you of aspects of grammar

http://www.parkfieldict.co.uk/sats/spelling.html - Common spelling patterns that should be embedded by Year 6

 

Maths:

http://www.mathletics.co.uk/ - Every child should have their login to use the website. Remember to move the level up and also complete the 'lessons'

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers - A huge amount of games to make maths fun, use the categories at the top of the page to select what you need help on

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge - For help with Mental Maths this is one of the best websites you can use

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/StopTheClock/sthec3.html - If you need help reading digital and analogue clocks, this website should be useful.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/ - Great general revision tool

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/index.html - Very good general revision website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths - While aimed at adults, some of this website may be useful for Year 6.