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Autumn 2 - World War Two

Armistice Day

On 11th November, Y6 walked down to the cenotaph to pay our respects to all those who have lost their life in conflict.  We laid a wreath, which we had made using a variety of paper crafting skills in Art.

In the trenches!

Through our English work and Forest School sessions, we have been exploring what life would have been like for soldiers in the trenches.  As part of our PSHE work, Mrs. Knapton taught us some basic First Aid skills, which soldiers may have administered to their comrades on the battlefield.  We then went out onto the field and put our newly found skills into action by assessing wounded 'soldiers' and making impromptu stretchers (using found materials and knot making techniques).

Following our 'real-life' trench experience, we watched the short French animation 'Beyond the Lines'.  We tried to imagine what it would feel like to be a soldier on the frontline during this terrifying time; we used drama to create word banks of senses and emotions.  As classes, we then created class poems to convey how we imagined the experience to be.

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Researching Batley Heroes

In order to find out more about those soldiers from Batley who lost their lives in World War Two, we revisited the cenotaph to find the names of heroes we could research.  We went to the library and learnt how to use the microfiche in order to look at microfilms of Batley News from 1939 to 1945.  We collated facts from newspaper reports, obituaries, online census material and ancestry websites to create profiles of real soldiers from our area who fought in World War Two.

The Blitz

During our research at the library, we learned that although major cities were mainly affected by 'The Blitz', Batley didn't go unscathed. On the night of 12th December 1940, bombs rained down on Batley.   A soldier walking down Commercial Street was hit by shrapnel; 578 houses were damaged and 450 people were made homeless.  We decided to research 'The Blitz' in more detail and made double page spreads to show what we discovered.

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Whilst reading our whole class text , Holes, we've been learning about Crime and Punishment throughout the ages.  Mr. Lockwood and Mr. Booth, who are magistrates within our local community, came to visit us and told us about their role as magistrates.  We discussed how crimes and punishments have changed over the last few centuries and they shared the process they have to go through when deciding upon a punishment for a particular offence.  They also invited us to the old court at Dewsbury Town Hall where we reenacted a case linked to cyberbullying.

Making a Sock Monster for Stanley

We've been practising our sewing skills ready to make a companion for Stanley during his incarceration at Camp Green Lake.  Having researched different types of stitch, we decided that back stitch would be the most appropriate and secure stitch for our monsters.  We've been practising before we start sewing our designs.  Have a look at our brilliant back stitch and come back soon to see our completed sock monsters.

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