Topaz Class (Year 6)

 

Autumn 2

 

 

 This half term our topic has been The Ancient Egyptians. We have found this a really interesting time in history to learn about and have written in hieroglyphics, explored Tutankhamun's tomb and even sculpted our own death masks! We are going to be painting them this week.

We also made bread rolls from an Ancient Egyptian recipe that uses date syrup to sweeten it and add flavour. The bread was a lot heavier and more dense than we are used to, as it used no yeast.

  

At the start of November, we took part in a Guy making competition, and we spent a whole afternoon creating him using old clothes, newspaper for stuffing and a glue gun for holding it all in place! We won the competition, and he took pride of place on top of the bonfire at St Mary's Church.

 Finally, in our last couple of weeks of term, Reverend Suzie came to one of our whole school assemblies to introduce herself as the new vicar of St Mary's Church. She also talked to us about Christmas time and things that are important to us at this time of year. This gave us some food for thought, and so we decided to reach out to local residential care homes where there might be people who are feeling lonely or less Christmassy than us. We wrote letters and made angel decorations and sent them out to spread some Christmas cheer.

 

Autumn 1

 

 

This half term our topic is Rivers and Seas. We have spent time making observational drawings and creating kelp forest collages in Art. This work links to our English text 'The Hidden Forest' by Jeannie Baker.

 

  

 

In RE, we wrote our own personal prayers, appropriate for reading either at meal times or the end of the day. We thought hard about what was important to us, what we were thankful for and what blessings we had in our lives.

 

We have worked on poems inspired by Benjamin Zephania's poem called 'The British' which is written like a recipe. We have created a display in the school hall to showcase our poems, written like a recipe for England.

 

 

Also this half term, we were very excited to be invited to take part in a time capsule burial at the David Wilson Homes on Maldon Road. They asked us to fill a time capsule with reflections on our current lifestyles and what it has been like dealing with covid-19 and the restrictions it placed on us. We filled the capsule, sealed it, buried it and stood a plaque in it's place to be dug up in 2071!

 

In this part of the half term, we have also celebrated the Harvest Festival. We worked on creating lifelike, origami pumpkins which were included as part of a whole school display in St Mary's Church.