Welcome to Class Three
Our topic this term is.....
World War II
It is wonderful to be back in school again and to welcome you all to Class 3 after what seems to have been a long time away. This will be a busy and exciting term as we learn about WWII and discover where and when it took place, what life was like for those living through the war and how people coped with the conflict in their daily lives.
As always, if you have any resources, artefacts or knowledge that you feel you could share with us regarding our topic this term - then please let us know!
Literacy this term will focus around our class novel of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne. This story, written from the view point of a 9-year-old German boy, will gently introduce the children to some of the realities of war and help them with their understanding of this period in history. Literacy tasks will include work on characterisation, setting and plot development as we learn to write in character in a variety of different methods including diary entries and letters. A trip to the 'Home Front' at Murton Park Living History museum will bring their learning to life and help them empathise and understand more about lives of children in this era.
As always, our continued emphasis will be grammar, spellings, punctuation and reading through daily practice and weekly guided reading sessions.
Numeracy will address the specified curriculum for Year 5 and 6 children incorporating the units of number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurements, geometry, statistics, algebra, ratio and proportion.
History/Geography - with maps at the ready, we will identify the location of countries that fought with both the allies and the axis powers, investigate the continents they are in and where they are located on a world map. We will learn about the Blitz and examine pictures of the air raid aftermaths before learning about the Luftwaffe, Hitler's attack strategies and what Britain did to defend herself. Coverage will also include the reasons for evacuation and why rationing was necessary and how it worked. We will also explore the disturbing facts behind the persecution of Jewish people during WWII, in particular the life of Anne Frank.
Art this term is inspired by the Yorkshire born artist and sculptor Henry Moore who was the official WWII artist and produced his now famous drawings of people sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. We will aim to create our own art, beginning with pencil sketches, then water colours and finally sculptures of these haunting, almost skeletal figures in the shelters.
Design and Technology - Not quite the 'British Bake-Off' but Class 3 plan to explore some famous WWII recipes and create, taste and evaluate the types of meals that would have been prepared when rationing was in place and food was scarce.
Science this term will investigate 'Forces in Action' and explore the effects of gravity, friction, air and water resistance as well as building models to explore the ways in which pulleys, levers and gears work! Our unit on 'Changing Circuits' will consolidate our knowledge of electricity and explore how to change the brightness of a bulb and the speed of a motor. Many opportunities for practical skills, hands on research and investigations to help develop our understanding of these physical sides of science.
Music this year continues to offer the exciting challenge of learning to play the ukulele for all of Class 3, alongside individual violin lessons for those who chose from the school's music service. We will also develop our understanding of musical notation to help us compose, play and sing along to our own scores.
R.E. will focus on 'Justice and Freedom' as we explore and understand these concepts and study how justice is significant in the stories from religions and in secular life and consider what religions teach us about forgiveness and reconciliation.
P.S.H.C.E. over the course of the term will address issues around global differences and conflicts as well as those closer to home providing discussions as to the choices we all make at different times in our life. Our school themes this term are E-safety and Health which will be incorporated into class discussions and provide children with an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them. We will also reflect upon 'British Values' and the 5 strands of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
P.E this term will see the children developing and strengthening their skills, coordination and techniques in football and tag rugby. By focusing on strength and control - the children will learn to use the equipment safely, work cooperatively and develop their skills when passing, dribbling, attacking and defending with pace and confidence.
French this term will focus upon 'Our journey to School'as the children develop their understanding of the language by speaking and listening and reading and writing. Through games, activities and role play, the children will also learn about the culture and traditions of France in context of their learning.
ICT over the course of this term will consist of 'Coding' as the children learn key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables and learn how to code in order to create apps and games that the children can play. We will also be learning about internet safety by focusing on scenarios children might face, such as cyberbullying and disclosing personal data, in an accessible and age-appropriate way.
We really appreciate your support by encouraging your child to read at least 4 times a week, to practice their spellings and to complete their homework and return it back to school on the hand in date. Many thanks.
It seems a long while since we were in school working on our space topic but here are a few pictures of our children's amazing art work from before lockdown...