Year 6 - christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator. In 1492, he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain in the flagship Santa Maria, with the Pinta and the Niña ships alongside, hoping to find a new route to Asia. When he finally found land, he presumed wrongly he had discovered the faster more financially profitable route to India for trade; in fact he had reached the islands now know as the Bahamas. Columbus landed on a number of other islands in the Caribbean, including Cuba and Hispaniola, and returned to Spain in triumph. He was rewarded and became a wealthy and important man. He is often referred to as the man who discovered America, however he never set foot on mainland America but did set in motion the start of exploration and colonisation of the Americas.
This half term, year 6 are studying War and Peace. This exciting topic will offer opportunities for investigation, exploration and inquiry; why and how did the First World War start, why did so many young men want to fight for their country and what did they find on the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium? We will compare the war fare and leaders of the Second World War, reflecting on the impact of both wars on women’s rights and our lives today.
We will explore the skill of sketching and painting aerial landscapes: studying the work of the Carline brothers who undertook the recording of World War One from the cockpits if the fighter planes. Amongst other activities, children will have a dress up day; becoming evacuees and will make periscopes to re-enact how they were used in the trenches.
Reflecting on the consequences of war during peacetime, the children will remember those who have died and those that are still suffering in the world today. A visit to the Imperial War Museum will consolidate the learning from this fascinating topic.