This half term our topic is 'World War I' and we will be answering the question,
'What impact did World War I have on Britain?'
We are looking forward to starting our exciting new topic and for the challenges and learning experiences that the second Autumn term will bring.
In Literacy, we will be immersing ourselves in the moving story - 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo. We will be reading the book in our guided reading sessions and watching suitable clips during literacy sessions. Using the Talk 4 Writing approach, we will be familiarising ourselves with the characters, plot and themes through the story and then moving on to write character descriptions, diary entries, letters, persuasive texts, balanced arguments, description scenes and newspaper reports. We will also explore some wartime poetry. Later on in the term, we will be exploring 'War Game' by Michael Foreman, 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo and the short film 'Christmas Truce'.
In Maths, we will be exploring the four operations, multiples, factors and prime numbers first. Year 5 will then be interpreting line graphs and tables and Year 6 will be starting units on fractions.
In R.E we will reflect on this half term's value of 'TRUST'. We will also be continuing to answer the question - 'Who is a Muslim and how do they live?' We will then be exploring the Understanding Christianity unit 'Creation and Science: conflicting or complementary?'
In Science we will be creating a Christmas light decoration using our new knowledge of electricity, including comparing variations in how components function, using recognised symbols and understanding the links between voltage and brightness.
In Geography we will locate world countries involved in WWI, developing our map skills and interpreting maps and exploring how far the British empire stretched.
In History, we will be of course exploring everything to do with WWI, including the events leading up to WWI, the major events and conflicts, what life was like for a soldier, how the role of women changed during WWI and how propaganda was used.
In Art, we will create art for remembrance, as well as looking at the work of Paul Nash and other wartime artists. In D.T we will be creating a trench in a shoebox and designing a Christmas box to send to a soldier.
Check out this page for photos below, showing all of the fantastic things we have been doing in our learning!
At home - your challenge is to continue working towards your next Reading Karate Band. Make sure you are also using Sum Dog, Spelling Shed, SPAG.com, Times Table Rockstars and preparing for your weekly spellings challenges! It is so important, now more than ever, that parents and teachers work together to ensure the children have the best education there is to offer!