The Michaelmas term has seen Year 6 studying many significant figures who have made an impact throughout history. Starting off the year with the Suffragettes, the children explored how the group of women fought for equal rights which eventually led to women being granted the vote in 1918, following their support for the soldiers during World War I.
Following on from the Suffragettes, the children studied the life of Walter Tull, Britain’s second black footballer to play professionally and the first British black officer in the army. Learning about the struggles he faced during his childhood to become a well-respected officer, Year 6 studied a range of sources of information from photographs to newspaper articles.
The topic ended with a research project on a famous person who had made a positive impact on society. Research ranged from Katherine Johnson and Alan Turing to Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln.
On Wednesday, Year 6 watched ‘Hidden Figures’, the incredible untold story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. The story focuses, in particular, on Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, a visionary trio who crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
This is what some of the Year 6 children thought of the film:
“Great to watch a film that demonstrates what truly happened and all the people in the background at NASA, who were overlooked and underestimated.” Ollie, 6RA
“Really inspirational and you could clearly see the obstacles faced in those times, even performing basic duties!” Antonella, 6RA
“I liked that finally a change was made in NASA so that black women were able to show just how amazing they were. It was saddening that no-one saw this before Katherine Johnson spoke up about her treatment!” Seb, 6RS