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Britain at War- Autumn Term 2

This project teaches children about the causes, events and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, the influence of new inventions on warfare, how life in Great Britain was affected and the legacy of the wars in the post-war period.

During the topic, we will be trying to answer our big question:

What impact does war have on the World?

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Week 6

This week, in literacy, the children have been learning about nonets (a nine line poem, each line decreases in syllables, starting with nine and ending the last line with one). They  looked at a model text based on the Second World War. We created a shared nonet about Christmas and the children did their own on a theme of their choice. They then created their own about the war.

In History, the children have been looking at the weaponry and technology used in World War Two, The Battle of Britain and learning about Anne Frank.

Week 5

This week, the children have continued planning their historical narrative in literacy. They have started to plan out the plot for what happens in the present and the past, using their character and setting descriptions to help.


In History, the children have been learning about the key events at the beginning of the Second World War. 

Week 4

This week in literacy, the children have started to plan to write a historical narrative to include flashbacks to the war. The first thing they did was to create three characters - the main character who was active during the war, a second character who they interact with in the present and a third character who was in the war with them. Once they had created their characters, the children had to describe the settings - in the present and the past. To do this, they used the senses - what can they see, hear, smell, touch and taste. 


In History, the children have finished learning about the First World War and have moved on to the causes of the Second World War and the warring nations involved. This involved looking at the leaders and what country they were leaders of. 

Warring nations

Week 3

In the 3rd week of Britain at War, we have looked at a timeline of the First World War and looked at some of the key battles and events of it. The children had to order some timeline cards and research some of the missing information. 

The children have also done an assessed piece of writing in the form of an autobiography as if they had been a soldier in World War One. 

Week 2

The second week of Britain at War has seen the children looking at what life was like in the trenches of World War 1. They watched videos, examined a letter and looked at some photographs. The children also looked at features of propaganda posters and created their own based on an aspect of the war. The children also found out about some of the weapons used in the Great War and what impact they had. 

Remembrance Service

Week 1

The first week of our new topic saw the children have a Poppy and Poetry ‘zoom’ workshop. This was run by West End Productions and Spilsby Primary School also had their own zoom call. The workshop talked the children through The First World War through poetry and drama. 
During the week, the children have learnt about the cause and start of the First World War and have started to answer our big question ‘What impact does war have on the world?’

In art, the children did some silhouette art - with images of soldiers, poppies, planes and buildings. 

In R.E, the children were set an 'Escape Room' in the classroom. The children were given riddles, maths problems and a jigsaw puzzle to solve in order to find crack a combination lock and open a locked door. This was to link with out Bandi Chhor Divas. This was to celebrate Guru Hargobind who released 52 Hindu princes from Gwalior Fort in 1619.

Knowledge Organiser

Britain at War Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term 2 Year 5/6 Spelling List