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Autumn Term

In Year 6, we have been creating extraordinary projects based on World War II. Throughout the year group, there were some amazing ideas including lots of unique and individual designs: such as, baking, Anderson Shelter models, musical ensembles, booklets, posters, artwork, and even a papier mache Barrage balloon! Year 6 have worked their socks off to produce such spectacular projects. 


On Tuesday 26th November, we invited our grown-ups and the Year 5 classes to visit our exhibition. To start it off, we sang some wartime songs and Mr Barbuti introduced Barnby's ration cards. The grown-ups had to collect 12 stamps by visiting all three classes and every child's project. Once the stamps were collected, the full ration cards were entered into a prize draw to win a box of delicious biscuits. Watch this space for the reveal of the winner...



This week in Maths, Miss Taylor's group have been looking at fractions. We have learnt songs and even written on the tables - don't tell Phil!!! 


In English, we have started to study the text, 'I believe in Unicorns' by Michael Morporgo. We have been exploring how he has used language to create images in our minds. Within the story, we are told about a wonderful storyteller, who tells the children of the town stories in the library, whilst sitting on a carved unicorn. One day she produces a blackened book from her bag and tells the children the story of how when she was a child soldiers invaded her village. She tells them that when she was small, people were scared of the power of books as they can expand your mind and knowledge. Because of this, soldiers were ordered to find all of the books in the village and burn them in front of the people who lived there. At that time, the unicorn lady's father had shown courage and bravery by plucking a book from the burning fire. For this act of bravery, he was beaten with sticks and punished.   


This week we have acted out this scene from the book and had great fun pretending to be soldiers and village people. We chanted and made our very own bonfire, full of burning books. This lead to some fantastic vocabulary that we cannot wait to use in our writing next week. 



Here the boys are holding back the unicorn lady's father from plucking the book...


The soldiers chanting, "BURN THE BOOKS!"


Soldiers making the villagers watch the burning of the books...


The girls were protecting their books by hiding form the soldiers...

 The girls were protecting their books by hiding form the soldiers...