That History Bloke came to visit year 6 to end our Ancient Greek topic. We had a fascinating session with him, learning even more about life in Ancient Greece. We played a game called ‘Five Men’ and used homemade pens and ink to practise writing our name in Ancient Greek writing. We really enjoyed his visit.
Year 6 visited Palace Green Museum in Durham to discover some fascinating facts about the Ancient Greeks. We investigated real and replica artefacts, put on a Greek play and made votive offerings from clay. We had a great day!
Year 6 ended their time at Biddick Hall Junior School with a party! They enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games. Good Luck everyone!
Year 6 had a great time during their Sports Day.
On Monday 23rd January, Year 6 visited the Hatton Art Gallery as part of Creative Week. Our artist was also linked to our WWII study unit.
We learned: Adolf Hitler, born Austrian, was a keen art lover and as a younger man tried to study Art in Further Education but was not accepted on the courses he applied for. He continued to take an interest in Art and as he rose to Nazi leader, a German man, Kurt Schwitter began to be noticed in the Art world. He produced art work that was quite rare at the time basing it on collage effect. Schwitter was anti-Nazi and during Hitler’s takeover he even produced anti-Hitler pieces which once were heard about angered Adolf! In response to Schwitter, Hitler himself put together an exhibition of Schwitter’s work and said that the pieces were NOT art and were terrible. With such animosity brewing, Kurt had to flee Germany to avoid Nazi punishment. He hid on a tiny island in Norway, living in a hut with his family and once Germany conquered Norway he them had to escape to Britain.
Kurt Schwitter became a war refugee, firstly being sent to Scotland. After a stint in Edinburgh he was sent to a refugee camp on the Isle of Man where he was housed to keep him safe. Here he met many friends and continued his love of art despite the hardship of having moved countries several times during WWII.
He then moved to Ambleside where he lived in a terraced house and was given a barn as a studio to do his art work in. He would walk around the Lake District where he’d find pebbles, wooden items etc. and added them to an art wall, making a 3D collage. The same wall of the barn is now housed in Hatton Art Gallery, Newcastle, where we have visited. Its appeal is appreciated by many art critics and lovers. His work based on randomness, luck and chance is named ‘Merz’ artwork. The word ‘Merz’ itself means nothing, infact he found the letters from a cut-out of a paper and liked the randomness of the letters. Some call his work a form of Dadaism – a term linked again to randomness. Kurt Schwitter died of illnesses one day after being granted British citizenship in 1948, three years after the end of the war.
Year 6 designed and made Christmas stampers using polystyrene tiles, we then created our own Christmas wrapping paper using paint and brown paper to sell at our Christmas fayre.
To work out what profit the school could make we calculated how much each sheet had cost (including paint) and what we would could sell them for.
We also created some hot chocolate reindeer gift packs. These contain hot chocolate power, chocolate drops and marshmallows – everything needed for an amazing hot chocolate drink!
Year 6 were exceptionally lucky to have a visit from craft company who came in to work with the children to decorate ceramic baubles. It was great fun and the children tried extremely hard.
This year the children in year 5 and 6 performed a play called ‘The Stars Are Coming Out For Christmas’. The choir and actors put a lot of effort into learning the lines of the play and the songs. We were very impressed with the children’s efforts and behaviour throughout. We would like to thank any parents or carers who came to watch and support the children, we hope you enjoyed it.
We have discussed the ways in which we know about people who lived in Ancient Greek times. Year 6 researched, designed and made Greek pots. When they are dry, we will be painting and decorating them to show aspects of Ancient Greek life.