Ancient Greek artists created paintings and sculptures but one of the most famous is the black and red decorated pot. These were both practical objects that could be used for water or wine, and also beautiful works of art.
Portals to the Past
Year 6 have participated in a workshop about Ancient Greece. This has helped developed our knowledge about:
Greek life and culture-what it was like to be a man or a woman, a boy or a girl.
The battles of Thermopylae and Marathon
How to play a game called Petteia- a Greek strategy game played by Alexander the Great
Greek Myths- the names of different Gods and Goddesses and what their powers were.
Weapons and armour-what they were and how they used them.
Athens and Sparta- how these places were very different.
Olympic Games- what the games were like in those days.
Democracy- who could vote and which cities were democratic.
In writing, we are developing our narrative skills. We are using the film clip 'Francis' as a stimulus. The story is quite mysterious and full of tension, which we will endeavour to create in our writing.
This half term we are learning about Ancient Greece. We have some artefacts to explore and will be learning about how the Greeks developed democracy. Also we will be learning about Greek gods and goddesses and how the Olympics began.
Our new class reading book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio
It is about a boy called August who has a facial disfigurement. We have just started reading the part where he goes to school for the first time.
Year 6 worked with Rick from IGNITE! to build and test rockets using the power of air!
Well done to all those whose rockets were successful.
In writing, Year 6 have been working on a narrative about a soldier who has to shoot a young German soldier in order to survive. The narrative is based on a true story and we listened to a recording of the soldier speaking when he was an old man, about this particular experience. Year 6 have worked hard to capture the tense atmosphere and the terrible guilt Joseph lived with for killing such a young boy for the rest of his life.
This week, as part of our WW1 topic we have looked at some medals, one of which was a Victoria Cross. We found out that this medal is the highest honour for bravery and valour that can be awarded to members of the British Armed Forces. In WW1 it was awarded 628 times to 627 recipients.
Year 6 have been learning about WW1 through studying artefacts on loan from Nottingham City Museums. They have found out about a British Flying Helmet which were issued to the Royal Flying Corps. The helmet is dated 1918 and is made of leather with fur or sheepskin around the face. Many aeroplanes at this time had cockpits which were open to the elements which meant that the aircrew were subjected to the cold of high altitudes and the chill from the strong winds. The helmets gave minimal protection if the plane crashed.
This half term year 6 are learning about World War 1 and have been collecting ideas from pictures and video clips to write a story about a soldier.
This is the character in our story. He has to kill a young German soldier, which affects him for the rest of his life. We will share some stories when they are finished.