King's St Alban's

27 May

Year 6 Carousel Highlights

Over the past few weeks our Year 6 pupils have enjoyed a carousel of activities that have focused on Shakespeare, Geography and ICT.

During the Geography carousel weeks, Year 6 pupils have immersed themselves in maps and mapping. They have studied and used a wide variety of maps including OS Maps, digital maps and treasure maps! They have improved their map reading skills, including using compass directions and 6 figure grid references, and they have designed their own maps.

Using a map of the UK, the pupils have identified the location of English counties. At the end of the week, all the pupils made a 3D contour model.

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been the focus of a stimulating set of workshops for each of the three Year 6 forms during our recent carousel weeks. The children begin by acting out the ghost scene, in which Hamlet meets his dead father, probably murdered at the hands of Claudius, his ruthlessly ambitious brother. The children relish the spookiness of this activity. They re-enact The Murder of Gonzago, the ‘mousetrap’ play, modified by Hamlet to help him establish the truth about Claudius. They learn about the characters; about the spymaster Polonius, about Ophelia, his unfortunate daughter, and about the ‘with friends like these, who needs enemies’ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. They appreciate the loyalty of Horatio, the wit of the Clown/Gravedigger, and reflect on Hamlet’s indecision, his craftiness and eventual resolution. They pick their way with increasing excitement through the dizzying chain of events towards the play’s dramatic, and tragic, denouement. With supporting video clips and the use of IT and ‘Greenscreen’, a program that allows the children to project themselves onto the background of Elsinore Castle, they produce drama, writing, artwork, and a live news report, seemingly on location!