Air Raid Shelter Building
What a brilliant day we had!
Starting with a ration style lunch, we ate our delights - ranging from Spam to Marmite and Jam! Some even enjoying a slice of cake - having saved up their sugar rations. It was good fun to try something new - but not always a pleasant experience! Still, we did our best and tried not to waste a morsel!
We then had a chance to explore the Museum, before heading to the Air-raid shelter for our World War 2 experience and what an experience it was! Some were surprised at the cramped conditions of the shelter, others appalled by the bucket loo and cold tar soap - but it really was a great way to experience what it might have been like during the bombing. It really made us think about how brave and courageous everyone was, all pulling together to do their bit.
We explored artefacts and were most confused by the baby bottle and the curling iron, found in one of the suitcases at the station. In a role play as evacuees, we said our goodbyes to our families and left for the country. It was a brilliant day and we learnt so much.
Year 6 kick start their Fairgrounds project with a little building challenge, though not just an ordinary building challenge... this is the Spaghetti Tower Challenge!
The children had o construct a movable, sturdy tower, using only 10 strands of Spaghetti and 20 marshmallows (with out eating any!) The results were great and we had lots of fun!
A New Chapter Begins!
Farewell Year 6: Class of 2019
After an exhausting few weeks of rehearsals and performances, Year 6 put on their final show in the church, for their leavers service. It was a beautifully 'cosy' service, as due the weather, KS2 were unable to join us. However, the whole school joined in to say their farewells, with a wonderful surprise 'Flashmob' performance for us in the hall. There was certainly laughter and tears - but a truly magical end to a wonderful year!
Thank you Year 6, for the wonderful memories.
May you all continue to shine brightly!
Mrs Lundie, Mrs Williams & Mrs Story
The Performance: The Lights Theatre
What a show!
For 3 sold out performances, the children in Year 6 and the supporting Year 3,4 & 5 children, all put on an amazing show! Wowing the audience with their comic timing and colourful costumes, the children performed, sang and danced the night away in their exceptional performance - a truly professional show and an amazing way to end the year!
Ali Baba & The 40 Bongo Bandits - The Rehearsals
Lights! Camera! Action!
Year 6 were busy preparing for their finale at Clatford School, as they embarked upon the rehearsal process of their performance: Ali Baba & the 40 Bongo Bandits.
Rehearsals began in the classroom, but soon filled the hall and corridors of the school with the sounds of song and laughter as their lines were practiced and scenes directed. Laughter and the buzz of excitement filled the air, as all the children got involved in the entire process. Prop making and scenery were being painted, along with the rest of KS2 learning dance moves and the accompanying songs. It was a wonderful process to be part of!
Fire Safety Training...some important lessons learnt!
Year 6 design their own Air-raid Shelters!
As part of our World War II project, Year 6 went on a trip to The Steam Museum in Swindon. The aim of our day was to learn all about the Evacuation process and try and imagine what it would have been like living through a war.
The day was utterly brilliant! Inside the replica air-raid shelter, we experienced what it might have been like, to be caught up in an air-raid and how public shelters were used for safety. It was a frightening experience, as we sat in the darkness, listening to the sounds that may have been typical at the time. The bombs really shook the shelter and we were all really surprised about how many people would have to be in there, for sometimes, hours at a time time!
Whilst in the shelter we learnt and sang war time songs and played games to try and amuse ourselves. The Warden was very strict and we were all expected to be very quiet (just like back in the day). We were all disturbed by the bucket toilet and hoped that no-one would be caught short - thank heavens for the modesty curtain!
After an 'evacuee-style' lunch, we then explored what we take in our cases as an evacuee and explored some artefacts from the time. We were all bemused by the ladies curling iron and old fashioned pencil case.
We said our goodbyes and boarded the train, experiencing what it would have been like in the carriages and when we arrived to our destinations. Our teachers took on the roles of the Host families, they were scary!
Lots of fun was had by all and we certainly learnt a lot!
Year 6 would like to welcome you to our website.
Time for Responsibilities and Great Learning!
Welcome to our final year at Clatford Primary School, a time for us to demonstrate to the school that we take our responsibilities seriously. Not only are we Buddies, looking after those new to the school and helping to organise playtime games, but we also have many other duties around the school including receptionist, music for collective worship and registers. We also spend this year training as Young Sports Leaders, and having plenty of opportunities to practise our skills during our PE lessons. Let’s not forget the clubs we run for younger children during lunchtimes too – they prove popular every year and enable us to plan and prepare, just like Stephanie Sparkle the Strategic Owl (one of our learning friends). This on top of a term jam packed with learning opportunities as we embark on our Year 6 learning journey, makes our lives very busy.
During this year we look at genres in fiction and create our own stories, including mystery stories (there is usually a crime which has to be solved!), as well as learning about and creating a variety of non-fiction texts, which include discussion texts, newspaper articles and biographies. Our creativity in writing is very important to us and so much of our writing and poetry is linked into our topics across the year, for example, we write diaries about what life might have been like in old Baghdad!
In numeracy we consolidate all our calculation methods and many maths strategies and then apply them to problems. We extend our knowledge and understanding of shapes, angles and area/perimeter, as well as discovering algebra! Whether it is rationing our meals for World War 2 or collecting data in order to find out how much sleep we get on average a night, our maths skills are used on a daily basis.
Our main topics this year include Early Islam, World War 2 and Coasts, which we cover in a cross-curricular way. This means that we link our Music, Art, ICT and DT to these topics e.g. creating WW2 bomb shelters in DT. Fortunately, this means that we are able to visit some wonderful places such as the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Although we prepare and take our learning very seriously, rising to the challenges of the SATs and working hard to achieve our targets, we also have the privilege of an exciting end to the year, with a residential trip to Barton Hall in Devon, an emotional leaver’s service and a KS2 end of year performance – our grand finale!