The most wonderfully moving thing about my class is their ability to empathise and I wanted them to somehow utilise this in lessons; we all know how much there is to gain when you play to your strengths. But how to do it? That was the question.
After returning from holiday, we sat down together and read Lady Gaga’s speech ‘The Prime Rib of America’. We studied her outfit which was made of raw meat. Pupils rapidly (and quite rightly) identified that she was calling out to the US Military to stop discriminating against gay and lesbian people from serving in the army. The children felt strongly that the law prevents the US Military from gaining potential talent. They expressed their anger. We discussed how this would affect the military and individuals involved. The children wrote about it.
Later in the term, we explored ITV’s drama ‘Butterfly’ . We explored the meaning of transgender as well as some of the issues currently faced by transgender teenagers and young adults. The children wrote about it.
A few weeks later, we held a fashion demonstration titled ‘Can Clothes Talk?’ The children individually identified areas they felt strongly about. The children spoke about it.
Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who made this day possible. Your support was invaluable. We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback about this which I shared with the children. Year Six, I am so proud of all of you and your writing compositions were incredibly powerful.
Maths has focused purely on algebra as of recent and the children have generated and described linear number sequences as well as expressing missing number problems algebraically. We concluded our work by enumerating possibilities of combinations of two variables. Our next unit of work will help us to become confident when dealing with statistics and pupils will learn to calculate averages in both numerical and graphical forms.
In sports the children have been learning to create and apply tactics and strategies across a variety of team games. Pupils have explored different roles, responsibilities and game positions; they now better understand the principles of how to attack and defend. You can follow along during our PE lessons on the school’s Twitter page. Look out for our Slo Mo! Thank you to all pupils who attend PE lessons with a complete and organised kit each week.
Well done to all pupils continuing to work conscientiously on home learning (SATS Buster work) each week. The activities chosen provide the class with extra opportunities to use and apply skills being taught in school. Is something in the home learning making you scratch your head a little more than normal? Why not bring it along to a SATS Café or Drop In where an adult can offer help and support.
If you would like to speak to me, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with the school office and I will do all that I can to help you.
P.s. Would you like a sneak preview of our next genre focus in writing? Warning: don’t watch before bed and definitely not if you are home alone.