Year 6 Study The Holocaust

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Year 6 Study The Holocaust

Year 6 have recently studied World War 2, and in particular looked at the role of concentration camps and the Holocaust. This has been a challenge for our pupils as it is a hard-hitting topic.

The children were able to explore the feelings and emotions of the people involved with great maturity, showing great empathy for Jews and other groups involved. Pupils were able to express their own viewpoints and back them up securely with historical evidence.

Students commented: “I actually couldn’t believe how shockingly badly the Nazis treated the Jews and I realised that not all Germans agreed with Hitler’s final solution” (RasikChhetri).

Pupils read Billy the Kid, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas. All these books were used to develop their knowledge of WW2 and its effect onordinary people during this time period.

Kacey St Clair said: “Before learning about this topic I already knew about Nazis, but not what they did exactly. This topic has been an eye-opener for me, and when we did an assessment (Jewish and Nazi diaries) I got my first level 6. It also encouraged me to use all my writing skills.”

The children were both horrified and indignant about the treatment of Jews through the Holocaust and the Nazi’s final solution. They clearly expressed their views when we recently read a current news article about whether a Nazi War criminal should face trial at the age of 98. The topic was a great success, making a huge impact on the childrens’ writing skills.


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