Year 6 gave a very informative class assembly linked to their World War 2 topic this morning. The children began with Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of war, then went on to show some of their Winston Churchill biographies. They effectively displayed their Blitz silhouette art pictures to the sound of the air raid siren and read extracts from ‘their own air raid experiences’ written as if they had experienced the air raids themselves, based on first hand accounts they had studied in class. They also read some of their evacuee letters they had written home to their mothers. The assembly ended with a wonderful 3 piece harmony of the 1940’s song, ‘Hey Mr Miller’. Well done to everyone in Year 6.
Year 5 and 6 spent yesterday afternoon learning all about the work of a magistrate when they were visited by local magistrates, Hannah and John. They were told lots of very interesting facts on what a magistrate does, with a questions and answers session. They were given different scenarios and asked to decide whether they considered these a crime or not. Some of the children were surprised to learn that magistrates don’t get paid for their work! Hannah and John said that they were really impressed with Year 5 and 6.
On Thursday afternoon, Year 6 enjoyed a World War II artefacts handling session in their classroom when they were visited by Ms Jarman and Ms Cutler from St Albans museum.
They became mini historians for the afternoon, studying four areas in particular; the homefront, rationing, clothing and children’s toys. They were full of enthusiasm throughout the session and asked lots of questions. The visit was the perfect introduction to Year 6’s topic work on World War II this term.
We held our leavers’ assembly this morning. I am sure our Year 6 parents and carers who attended will agree that it was an emotional and reflective time as well as being an uplifting celebration of the children’s progress from Reception to Year 6. In the afternoon after the leavers assembly, Year 6 enjoyed some fun time together at Westfield playground, enjoying each other’s company.
In our celebration assembly this morning, the following Year 6 pupils were presented with our annual trophies:
- The Lea Sports Award: Joseph Caffery and Sarah Lovell
- The Lea Citizenship Award: Eva Farruggia and Leo Milioto-Graves
- The Bishop Award: Lexi Olton
We wish Year 6 the very best for the future as they move on to secondary school. We will miss you all.
There was much excitement in our Year 6 classroom today as the pupils held their very own General Election! They began by looking at and debating the ‘real’ party manifestos. They made a ballot box and then each voted following protocol. The votes were then counted and checked by an adjudicator!
After this, it was Year 6’s turn to create their own political parties. They were divided into small groups and chose their party names and manifestos, choosing 3 out of 9 possible topics (e.g. education, housing, etc.) to concentrate on. Each party appointed a leader who wore a specially made rosette and delivered their manifesto to the rest of the class. The voting then took place. After counting the votes, ‘The Zebras’ (unity against racism) won by a very narrow majority of 1 vote! In second place was ‘The Rights Party’, and 1 point behind in third place was ‘You Speak, We Listen, We Care’.
Well done to everyone in Year 6 for their enthusiasm and mature approach to the day. Miss Weston was very impressed. They even managed to include some Maths work during the day, looking at various data and statistics from the previous General Election, such as the fraction of women elected and the gender and age of the voters.
Year 6 have certainly been lucky with the weather this week for their residential PGL trip to Caythorpe. They have all had a fantastic time and I’m sure, once they have caught up on their sleep, they will be full of happy memories of their time away.
A huge thank you to Miss Weston, Mrs Cross and Mrs Gibson for accompanying the children on their trip.
It will be a little quieter in school next week as Year 6 go off on their residential trip to Caythorpe. I am sure they will all have a wonderful time and come back happy if not rather tired!
Miss Weston, Mrs Cross and Mrs Gibson will be accompanying the children – no doubt they will come back a little tired too! We look forward to seeing Year 6 back in school after half term.