Home Learning

As we draw near to the end of our World War One topic, year 6 created some brilliant projects at home. We had a range of types of work, such as:

  • Models.
  • Diaries.
  • Letters.
  • Quizzes.
  • Biographies.
  • Art work.
  • Fact Files.

I am surprised (in a good way) at the amount of effort so many of you put in! Well done to everyone.

Below are many images of some of the great work – sadly couldn’t get all of them on!

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Castle Theater Dancing

Twenty-two children from our wonderful year 6 did Simon de Senlis Primary School proud yesterday. They took part in a performing arts evening with 7 other groups from across the county. We all saw the dance during our fantastic Remembrance Day assembly; however, when on stage, with lights and emphasised music, the dance was brilliant!

All children put in their all, to an “effort-level of 20”. This was obvious through every:

  • Shooting of a gun (Selin cracked it in the end…).
  • Roll.
  • Step.
  • Facial expression.
  • Dropping of a poppy.
  • Picking up of a wounded soldier.
  • Bow.
  • Single movement.

The list of adjectives to describe this evening could go on and on.

On top of the dance being amazing, the children should be especially proud of themselves for the effort they put in. After several rehearsals on stage, with lighting introduced, small amendments and spacial differences, the children still wore a smile. As we went into our studio, after at least five run-throughs, Mrs Evans asked, “One more time?”.

The children responded with an uproar, “Yes!” and went on to acknowledge that they were still enjoying it. Still determined to perfect something already so great.

This process of evaluating was great to witness… A skill that all the children will no doubt retain and use across their lives!

Well done again to all of you involved!



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World War 1 Facts About the Battle of the Somme

During the battle of the Somme the Lochnagar Crater was created by the 179th tunneling company royal engineers. They put 1000 dynamite in the tunnel and blew the tunnel up which formed the crater that we can see today! It exploded at 0728. When it exploded it was the loudest bang at the time in history and was known to be heard from London! 0 people died from the explosion but some people died tunneling to it! The digging of the tunnel for the Lochnagar mine started on 11 November 1915 by 185 Tunnelling Company, but was completed by 179 Tunnelling Company who took over in March 1916…. This link gives you extra information.


The body of George Nugent, a World War 1 soldier, was discovered on 31st October 1998 by Mr Drage. He was walking around the crater and saw the remains of a body within the chalk on the floor. The remains consisted of a human skeleton, the skulll of which was broken. Various items of army kit were found with the remains including a rifle, bullets and water bottle, as well as personal items, including a pipe mouthpiece, a silver pen holder and a folding cut throat razor. It was the razor that held the key to identifying the remains.


The Somme:

The battle of the Somme was the first time a tank was used. This tank only moved at 3km per hour and it couldn’t move very well.

The battle was fought around the River Somme, hence the name. The battle lasted from July 1st 1916 and ended in November 18th 1916 on the banks of the Somme. Bodies are still being found from the war, even after 96 years! Some military dead have found undiscovered.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war and of all time. An estimated 1,000,000 troops were killed or injured. Including about 485,000 British and French troops. Therefore, it was one of the most well known battles of the World War 1.  For five days before the battle the British army had shot relentlessly at the German trenches to remove the barbed wire and to cave the trenches in.

To be continued…

World War 1 Dancing

This term we have the luxury of Mrs Evans teaching the year 6s some dance.

All of the children are enjoying it. Every week they are enthusiastic to do it and it’s a shame when it ends!

Towards the end of the WW1 unit (early November), we aim to showcase the dance to families. It’s difficult to explain what they are doing and how much they are enjoying it, so they will comment on it to share to everyone at home and wider how it is going 🙂

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The Start of World War 1

Today we learnt about the Great War began. After watching videos, researching and discussing we mostly had a clear idea about how and why it started. One pupil from each group wrote on the board how it started…

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Pupil unknown explained this was the catalyst for the war beginning:

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Can anyone give a more secure explanation of why the war started?