Manor Leas Junior Academy
The Holocaust Centre
Year 6 were lucky enough to visit the Holocaust Centre in Newark. During their time there, they learnt all about what life was like, from a Jewish perspective, whilst Adolf Hitler was in power. The day started with them watching a video recording of a Jewish man telling them all about his life and his experiences. From this, they found out how 'normal' life was for Jewish people before Adolf Hitler came to power and how much it drastically changed afterwards. During the afternoon, they followed the journey or a young boy called 'Leo', who kept a diary during the 1930s. They learned all about what life was like at home and at school during this time.
The trip also involved a tour of the gardens, where they looked at different sculptures and memorials. All of the children impressed the adults with the way the maturely handled such a sensitive topic and with some of the carefully considered questions they asked. This trip was a great way to start the topic off and has sparked some interesting debates.
In PSHE, we have been focusing on 'respect' and what it means to respect someone (others and yourself). The year 6 children are currently taking part in the DARE (drug abuse resistance education) course, which focuses in on the ability to 'choose respect'. We did some role play with each other so we were able to understand how it may feel when someone doesn't respect you and discussed lots of different ways we can 'choose respect'. As it was also anti-bullying week last week, we linked it to this and discussed the importance of respecting others and not hurting their feelings. The children were able to contribute to these discussions very maturely and showed a lot of empathy and understanding.
Whitehall 12th-14th November 2018
Some of the year 6 children were lucky enough to go on a 2-night residential to Buxton this half term. This trip was jam-packed with activities which taught them a range of skills: problem-solving, working as a team, facing their fears, and many more.
We arrived at midday on the Monday and were sent straight off to our first activity - not a moment was wasted. All of the children were given the opportunity to have a go at caving, stream scrambling, rock climbing and zip wiring. Some children worked really hard to face their fears and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones. Overall, it as a fantastic trip. Take a look at some of the photos on the PowerPoint so you can see what they got up to.
Art Week - Black History Month
During Art Week, as a school, we focused on Black History Month. We started by looking at the 'I have a Dream' speech by Martin Luther King Jr. in English lessons. We unpicked the complex vocabulary and used it as a structure to plan our own poetic speech about our hopes and dreams for equality in the future.
We then looked at the work of Emory Douglas, who was famous for his newspaper illustrations which focused on black rights. We used his work as inspiration for our own. We started by researching different symbols and prints related to equality: once we had chosen our favourite, we used polystyrene and black paint to create prints. We then moved onto the quotes - we researched famous quotes and came up with our own, which symbolised 'freedom' or 'equality' for all. Finally, we practised our painting skills to create the background. The finished products looked so effective!
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