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Bombs, Battles and Bravery!
This Term our topic is "Bombs, Battles and Bravery !" We will be learning about World War II and in particular the Battle of Britain, The Blitz and about Evacuees . In the second half of term we will be looking at WW1 and Remembrance.
We will find out what it was like to be a child in Britain in WW2 and about the importance of the Battle of Britain. Pupils will need to be given a brief background introduction, into the causes and early stages of the war.
Britain went to war with Germany in 1939 because Germany had carried out a forced invasion of other countries and despite negotiations and threats had refused to leave. Germany wanted revenge for their defeat in WW1 and wanted to take over other nearby countries to expand its empire. First, they invaded Austria, then Czechoslovakia and finally Poland. Great Britain had promised to help Poland if this happened.
In history, we will find out about evacuation and how difficult that was for parents and pupils. We will study the Battle of Britain and find out the important role that radar had to play. In English, we will write evacuees diaries and narratives about ‘The night the bomb fell’. We will also research and write biographies for WW2 heroes. In art, we will study and recreate stylised posters and a large-scale mural depicting a bombed and burning city. We will also look at the Great War Poets and get a better understanding of Remembrance.
In science we will study light and in the context of WW2 will find out what a Spitfire pilot could see, how searchlights used reflective light and why the blackout was so important. We will also make our own periscopes.
In addition will learn how some of the displaced people of Poland ended up in our village of Weeting after the German occupation of Poland. We are hoping that we will be discovering stories of bravery and great journeys along the way.
To help us with our understanding of this historical event, we will be reading the book The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier. This is a moving tale of survival, heroism and the courage of three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia, as they escape Nazi occupied Germany on the hunt for their parents across the battlefields of Europe.
As we join Ruth, Edek and Bronia on their risky journey across Europe, we will explore themes we identify in the text such as light, dark, despair and hope. We will further develop our comprehension skills too, making sure we are able to demonstrate understanding of what we have read at a deeper level of learning. In our writing we will use character, dialogue and action to advance events in our narrative.
We will continue to build on our skills with Grammar and Punctuation, not only in our English lessons but across the curriculum.
Using our growth mindset, pupils will be encouraged to enquire even further in our Topic work, by asking questions and challenging what we already know, this will enable us to develop our individual opinions about what happened to the Polish people who were displaced and have the confidence to share our ideas.
In PSHCE we will be learning about friendships and ‘being brave’. How we can be better friends and more accepting and tolerant of others? We will explore what it means to be brave, is it brave to give in to peer pressure or to take a stand? We will link this in with The Silver Sword and our topic work to explore what real courage in the face of adversity is.
Mathematics we will be developing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We will cover a whole range of mathematical concepts including:
- Number and Place Value including decimals and negative numbers
- Calculation - formal and informal methods
- Proportionality - fractions, percentages , ratio
- Geometry - shape, symmetry, angles
- Measurement - perimeter , area