Manor Leas Junior Academy
History projects - What impact can one person have on our world?
Our key question for our most recent History topic was: What impact can one person have on the world?
The year 6 pupils worked in groups and chose a key historical figure to research in order to answer this question. They started off researching key facts before creating their own knowledge organisers, which contained the key vocabulary, a timeline of main events and any quotes they thought were relevant. They then used these knowledge organisers to refer to throughout the project. Pupils started by researching a range of facts about their historical figure: background information; their upbringing and education; the impact their had in their country; the impact they had on the wider world; any challenges or difficulties they faced and how they overcame them. The end product if this research was to create a TED-talk style video to inform their audience about their chosen figure and their impact on the world. They also wrote essays to answer the key question.
If you would like to see more videos like this, click on the hyperlink below, which will direct your towards the video resource centre!
As part of our WW2 topic in History, we learned about the Blitz. We were horrified at the destruction this part of History caused for our country but we were also inspired by the positive spirit that was held by the British people. We listened to the warning siren before blacking out the curtains and taking shelter under the tables to get a feel for what it might have felt like at the time. We then created our own propaganda posters linked to the Blitz and aimed at keeping the spirits of the people high.
In order to answer our key question in the form of an essay next week, we decided to hold our own class debates.
Our key question is: Does WW2 prove that people are inherently good or bad? We have based our entire History unit around this question and this week, we were split into two opposing sides: those who argued that it proved people were good and those who argued that it proved people were bad.
We made sure our class debate was balanced and we had the opportunity to express our own opinions towards the end. It seemed there were convincing arguments either side!
The Holocaust Centre - virtual experience
As a year group, we have visited the Holocaust Centre before to find out about what life was like for Jewish people in Germany during the lead up to WW2. This year, the Holocaust Centre kindly offered us a virtual experience through zoom. All 3 of the year 6 classes were able to tune in and follow Leo's story as well as take part in some of the activities. The children learned all about how life changed for Jewish people in Germany when Hitler came to power; how the laws came into place to legally discriminate against Jews; how Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) changed things significantly and how many Jewish children were transported to Britain as refugees.
Finally, the year 6 pupils were lucky enough to have a Holocaust survivor (Hedi) speak to them about her experiences. We were able to hear all about her story and what life was like for her as a Jew in Austria before WW2 began. It was such a privilege to be able to speak to Hedi and the children had some fantastic questions prepared at the end.
As it was Black History week, in art we looked at the work of Emory Douglas, who was an activist born in the 1940s. His graphic work was featured in most issues of the Black Panther Newspaper and his work focused on issues regarding inequality and social justice. We started the week with some colour mixing, before we painted our backgrounds with bold colours: we used masking tape to ensure the lines were straight. We used polystyrene and black ink to create the print in the middle and developed our own quotes based on the key themes of tolerance, equality and diversity. All of the pupils were ecstatic with their final piece! As it is Black History week, in art we looked at the work of Emory Douglas, who was an activist during the 1960s. His graphic work was featured in most issues of the Black Panther Newspaper and his work focused on issues regarding inequality and social justice. We started the week with some colour mixing, before we painted our backgrounds with bold colours: we used masking tape to ensure the lines were straight. We used polystyrene and black ink to create the print in the middle and developed our own quotes based on the key themes of tolerance, equality and diversity. All of the pupils were ecstatic with their final piece and you can check some of these out in the photos below!