Autumn Term – Identity
This term, our whole school Identity, Self-Belonging and Diversity topic is called ‘The World and My Place In It’.
In Y6, as part of this broader topic, we will be learning about five key strands of knowledge and understanding, including:
- Personal Identity
- How Politics Works, Democracy and Other Systems
- Achievements of the Islamic World
- Modern Art and Music
- Communications and Computer Technology
We begin our Identity topic by reading ‘Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake which promotes lots of discussion about our own and others’ personal identity, including elements such as our core values, beliefs and family heritage. As part of this, we’ll be identifying what makes us unique, whilst celebrating our diverse world. This leads us onto the study of Shakespeare, in which we explore the impact Shakespeare has had on the development of the English language.
Whilst learning about ‘How Politics Works, Democracy and Other Systems’, we discover how the political system works in the United Kingdom with comparisons to other systems across the world. We take a closer look at the organisation and structure of the British and local government. During this learning, we learn about the Suffragette movement and perform our own campaign speeches.
To gain an understanding of the achievements of the Islamic world, we explore how the arts, sciences and technology flourished during this period of time and continue to be influential today. We also spend time learning about artists and musicians from the modern art world. Throughout this unit, we create our own modern inspired artwork and develop our understanding of cultural diversity.
To complete our Identity topic, we focus on communications and computer technology. We learn about new technologies and question how computers might shape the future world.
Parent Letter Autumn 2021
Y6 Autumn Topic Web
Class Book - Wonder
In Y6, we are reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio. We have selected Wonder as our class text as it is a beautiful and powerful story with many strong links to our school values and our ‘Identity, Self- Belonging and Diversity’ topic. Wonder is a story of a 10 year old boy named August Pullman, who has a facial anomaly. He is an ordinary child who plays Xbox, is obsessed with Star Wars, but despite the 27 operations done for his face, he will never look the normal. There are many rich themes and strong messages conveyed within the book including: the importance of kindness, anti-bullying, originality and having empathy for others.
We will enjoy delving into Wonder as part of our Reading for Enjoyment and some of our Shared Reading lessons will also be themed around the content in the book.
Whilst reading the book, the pupils will have access to seeing the text electronically and via Audible. Parents of Y6 pupils, if you would like to purchase a copy of the text for your child to read in class, this is also welcomed but not essential.
We’ll keep you posted with reviews of Wonder!