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Headteacher - Mrs Fiona Wharton

Guiseley Primary School

Year 6 - Purple Class and Turquoise Class

Autumn 2

This half term saw Year 6 tackle our Geography topic called 'Our restless Earth' which took an in depth look into the world of tectonic plates and volcanoes. The children really enjoyed keeping an eye on all of the developments in Iceland as the volcanic activity progressed through the term.
The children also loved getting stuck into this term's class novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and spent time creating newspaper reports detailing the arrest and sentencing of the book's main character - Stanley Yelnats.
The children had a special treat this term as local author Tom Palmer dropped by to share some top tips on how to really get stuck in to reading and writing. Tom spoke about how his love of sport got him into writing and so finished off his talk with a penalty shoot-out!
Another highlight was dissecting hearts as part of our science topic: the circulatory system, have a look at the photos if you dare!
We then finished the term in festive style with our Year 5 and 6 Christmas concert at St Oswald's Church.

Autumn 1

What an incredibly busy and eventful start to the year in Year 6!

In the first Autumn term our topic was World War II. In English we used our class novel 'Code cracking for beginners' as our inspiration when writing a story set in the London blitz. Following on from that, we tried to imagine what it was like to be an evacuee and created our own diary entries describing being sent far away from home to a strange new home in the countryside.

As well as Art week (see the blog post below), the children also spent time with their buddies in Reception class and performed for them in our Harvest celebration assembly. 

In our history lessons we had a more in depth look at the causes of the Second World War and then moved on to looking at what life was like on the home front.  Our 'fantastic finish' gave the children a chance to become evacuees as we held a World War II activity day in school. The children and staff came to school in period costume and instead of learning maths and English had lessons in code breaking, ration book cooking, 1940s music and blitz first aid instead.

Art week 2023

Year 6 studied the work of architect Edwin Lutyens, who is famous for building war memorials. The children used oil pastels and charcoal to create effective silhouette artwork of his memorials. They also used wax to create Henry Moore-style pictures of the London air raid shelters, and collage to create striking pictures of the Blitz. As homework, they also created stunning models of air raid shelters including some made out of cake, which were absolutely delicious!