Spring Term 2- A Child's War
This term we will be learning all about World War II and how the war affected the lives of children and their families.
‘A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.’
This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain.
From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. We will find out about a young girl by reading an extract from The Diary of Anne Frank.
From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and hopefully cook delicious wartime food.
At the end of our journey, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches, listen to wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.
Spring Term 1- Stargazers
Journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. Compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off. Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?
In this project, we will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding.
We will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area.
In English we will be writing explanation texts about the stages of the water cycle and reports about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world.
In Science we will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.
What genre of music do you like best-Rock, Pop, Jazz or Classical?
What instruments do you enjoy listening to the most?
How do different pieces of music make you feel?
Helping your child at home
Below you will find some links to helpful websites and resources to help your child learn at home, whether you are choosing to do a little extra to support their learning, or to support them if your family is isolating.
I hope you find them helpful.
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Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
On the parent tab of the homepage, click on Support for Learning, at the bottom of the page you will find a star icon with the label maths. On this page you can find lots of video clips to show you different methods we use to teach the four operations in mathematics and also what vocabulary is appropriate for each year group.
Sometimes the children will bring home work that has unfamiliar vocabulary. Below is a guide to terms we learn in SPAG with a definition.