This half term we will be learning about World War 2, specifically 'The Blitz' and how this affected children . We will be answering questions:
- When and why did WW2 begin?
- Who helped win the war?
- What was the Blitz?
- How did the Blitz affect daily life?
- Who became evacuees?
- How would you feel if you were an evacuee?
In the first couple of weeks back, we will learn about propaganda and how this helped win the war. Then we will move onto the Blitz and how this impacted on the lives of British children, at that time. Finally we will concentrate on children who were evacuated during the war.
This is half term we will be looking at identifying word classes and using them appropriately in our writing. In grammar we will look at noun phrases, expanded noun phrases, adverbials, relative clauses and main and subordinate clauses. We will be doing spelling quizzes daily from the year 5/6 spelling list and looking at spelling rules . We will using a short animated story, called 'Beyond the line' to develop our descriptive writing. We will also be writing our own war poetry inspired by some classic WW2 poems. We will then begin our novel study called' Letters from the Lighthouse' and this work will take us into the next half term. Our guided reading text will be a collection of short stories called 'Blitz' written by Robert Westall.
This first half term we will be concentrating on place value and the four operations (+ , - , X and /) , ironing out any misconceptions and consolidating the standard written method for each . We will be doing a weekly arithmetic test and daily times table challenges ( it is VERY important that you learn your tables) as these are crucial to this year's learning .
This half term, we will be finding more our about light and shadow. We will remind ourselves how light travels and how our eye uses light to see.
This term we will be asking the question what makes a building, or location, sacred? Is is something physical or more conceptual?
We will be developing our sketching and drawing skills this term eventually producing artwork incorporating line drawn portraits reflecting the experiences of WW2 evacuees. This artwork will also explore the impact of colour blocking upon a greyscale palette.