This term, our theme is 'World War 2'. The children are very keen to learn about the topic and share some of the knowledge that they already had.
In literacy, we started by writing a narrative based around The Battle of Britain. The children had to create their own fighter pilot and write a narrative based around a dogfight in the skies involving their character. The children planned each section of their narrative and edited and improved as they went along.
Last week, the children produced a Non - Chronological Report on an aspect of the war. They could choose from: The Battle of Britain, Evacuation or the Outbreak of War. They had to research, make notes and then present it as a report.
This week, the children have started to look at features of a Newspaper Report, ready to write one about the Outbreak of War.
In history, the children have learnt about how the war started and events that led up to the outbreak of war. They have created a timeline of main events from of the war. They have read about how and why evacuation took place and put themselves in the place of an evacuated child to write a letter home. The children have also learnt about rationing and compared it to how we get our food today.
In geography, we are learning about Trade and Economics - in particular Fair Trade and the importance of importing and exporting goods.
In Science, the children have been learning about Light. So far, they have been TV presenters explaining how light travels in straight lines. They have learnt that light reflects off surfaces into our eyes so that we can see things. They have also made periscopes using cereal boxes and mirrors to show how light reflects. They linked this in with World War 2 when they used periscopes in the trenches and in tanks.
In art, the children have looked at some of the work of Henry Moore, who a famous sculpture and portrait artist - focusing on sketching figures in shelters and the underground during the war. The children have looked at various sketching techniques and practiced these in their books.