Catherine Junior School

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Year 6 Trip to the National Memorial Arboretum

As part of our PBL project (Why is WW1 Significant in British History?), Year 6 visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Stoke-on-Trent. We looked at the memorials dedicated to service men and women who played an important part across both the world wars as well as battles fought during important moments in our history. We worked hard to be thoughtful and respectful on this trip and appreciated the importance of remembering all those who sacrifice their lives and remain brave.

WW1 Assembly: ‘Lest We Forget…’

This was an assembly for titled ‘Let we Forget…’ to coincide with Armistice week and the upcoming Centenary of World War 1.

The assembly dealt with the importance of remembering and passing stories on. There were 2 workshop leaders delivering this assembly: 1 was a narrator and the other played the part of a WW1 nurse, Violet Gossett, whose scrapbook was discovered in an attic a few years ago. Violet told the stories of the people that she met and kept record of in her scrapbook (it’s based on a true story).

Some very helpful year 6s played the parts of some of the people from violet’s story- they did an excellent job at their role play and contributed to the success of this whole school assembly (which linked in very well to our year 6 PBL project).

Oracy in Year 6

In Year 6, we have been using the Oracy strands and Talking Roles to help us become better speakers, especially during discussion and debates.

Year 6 Residential

At the start of this academic year, some children from year 6 went on the annual residential trip to Manor Adventure in Shropshire. They stayed there for the whole week and took part in various activities which included: abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, fencing, zip line and other activities that focused on vital skills and experiences such as developing independence, motivation, developing a responsible attitude and skills focusing on team building.  

Here are a few reflections on the experience from some of the children: