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Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School

Year 6

We have also enjoyed reading the book “Floodland” and have thought carefully about the characters and locations in the book. We linked the story on Children’s Mental Health Day and the theme of “Finding our Brave”. We considered the definition of bravery and looked closely at the character of Zoe in the class book “Floodland” and discussed how she demonstrated bravery. We thought about personal examples of being brave.  

The focus for the first part of the half term was our amazing trip to Kingswood. On our return, the children explored writing slogans and persuasive language to create their own advertisement for their trip to Kingswood. They chose a few of their favourite activities as their focus.

The children took part in a rowing competition, rowing against others schools in the local area. They worked hard on the rowers.

Year 6 were treated to a workshop from Tribe, challenged with building their own Succah and having their knowledge about Sukkot put to test. Thankfully all their Etgar knowledge helped!

Year 6 have had a busy Summer term.


Whilst working remotely, they completed detailed projects on World War Two. They consolidated maths skills from across the year and carried out some investigations. They also learnt all about how to keep their money safe in a project about Financial Awareness. They continued the Take One Picture project, creating images of bows and arrows linked with Lag B’Omer and fruit trees for Shavuot and and also did some art work based on where they see themselves in the future. For Yom Yerushaliyim, they created silhouette skylines of Jerusalem. They also learnt all about the dangers of caffeine and alcohol. They explored online safety through different scenarios and thought about their time and Etz Chaim and their transition to secondary school. Back in school in their bubbles, they continued work on transition and learnt about the dangers of smoking and about peer pressure. They also prepared for their Leavers’ video.

On Safer Internet Day, we thought about what “identity” means and about our online identity and watched a video where different aspects of online identity were discussed. We explored how to make good choices when online. We also read a poem called “Jessica’s Wish”, about how we are all different online and the importance of not all being the same.

The children particularly enjoyed their Ivrit topic about their bedrooms and created models of their bedrooms with the labels in Ivrit.

As part of their Rosh Hashanah craft, Year Six used instructions and team work to make salt dough. Following this, they moulded the dough and shaped it into shofars, apples and pots of honey. Once dried they painted their moulds.

This half term the IPC topic has been Moving People. The children looked at and considered a Bill of Right for all, especially those who are migrants and refugees. They showed a really good understanding of what theirs and our rights are and thought about this in terms of our own British Values.

We have been learning about Island countries and have been locating these in an atlas, using grid references to show their location. We also had an informative talk about safety in the water from a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, linking with our topic.

During Go Green week, we considered the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean and made presentations about this to persuade people to think more carefully about the impact of their actions on wildlife. Linking with our Science topic on materials, we considered how to clean up a dirty beach by using different ways of separating sand and a number of other items.

They also found out how power is delivered to our homes and how our homes are wired for the flow of electrical current to light up our rooms and power such things as our televisions. They completed an investigation about what affects the brightness of a bulb.

The IPC topic for the half term was Full Power/Electricity. The children learnt about the symbols that represent the components they would be using when making circuits. They made both simple circuits and parallel circuits and were challenged to make a bulb light up using as few components as possible. They also designed switches to be tested in a circuit.

For Rosh Hashanah the children did some baking, making delicious apple and honey cookies. The children chopped apples, measured out flour, stirred in honey. They really enjoyed this activity and he sweet results of their labour.