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Autumn Term 1

Kensuke's Kingdom


Throughout this half term we will be focusing our learning around Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom. We have already made a fantastic start and have developed many questions which we are eager to find the answers to. We will have the opportunity to develop many skills in Geography and Maths including map reading using precise grid references, compass directions and population figures. There will be lots of opportunities to improve our writing skills in a creative way.


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The children have already started reading the first chapter of Kensuke's Kingdom. Below is the first two paragraphs the children studied, activating background knowledge and making predictions about the text.


"I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday.  July 28 1988. Only now can I at last tell the whole extraordinary story.  Kensuke made me promise that I would say nothing, nothing at all, until at least ten years had passed.  It was almost the last thing he said to me.  I promised, and because of that I have had to live out a lie.  I could let sleeping lies sleep on, but more than ten years have passed now.  I have done school, done collage, and had time to think.  I owe it to my family and to my friends, all of whom I have deceived for so long, to tell the truth about my long disappearance, about how I lived to come back from the dead.

But there is another reason for speaking out now, a far, far better.  Kensuke was a great man, a good man, and he was my friend.  I want the world to know him as I knew him."

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This half term we have linked our reading of Kensuke’s Kingdom with the geography of Japan. We have also strengthened our skills of colour mixing through water colour and learned about the ancient poetic form of writing when writing haikus

As part of our learning in Maths, Year 6 have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have revised the properties of different shapes including: the number of sides, corners and angles of 2D and the number of faces, edges and vertices of 3D shapes. We have also moved on to looking at nets of 3D shapes. We have been investigating nets that work and those that don't. We have used this information to experiment with drawing our own.

6R investigating 3D shapes

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                                       HOTHERSALL LODGE

Year 6's residential trip to Hothersall Lodge was a huge success. ALL children learned lots of new skills and showed great determination and perseverance with everything that was planned for them. The children participated in the following activities: canoeing, archery, mountain biking, orienteering at Beacon Fell, climbing, abseiling and zip-lining.

Orienteering at Beacon Fell

Whilst some children in Year 6 went to Hothersall Lodge, others stayed at school and took part in plenty of fun activities.

These included

  • Team building games – Tug-of-war and Island Hopping;
  • Shelter building;
  • First Aid;
  • Fire safety and of course eating lots of toasted brioche and drinking hot chocolate around the fire.

Learning outside the class room

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