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Class 3

Term: Autumn(1), Autumn(2), Spring(1), Spring(2), Summer(1), Summer(2)



Children will learn about;





Our core texts for our WW2 Topic are ‘Carrie’s War’ (Nina Bawden) (Year 5 and 6) and ‘The Silver Sword’ (Ian Serraillier) (Year 6). Within our writing, we will analyse and then create our own: character descriptions; first-person accounts; diaries; letter writing; newspaper reports; comparative and persuasive texts; instructions and biographies. We will also read ‘Ann Frank’s Diary and Goodnight Mister Tom and listen to a range of WW2 broadcasts, including Chamberlain’s ‘We Are At War’ speech.





This term they will use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers and recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³). Children will convert between different units of metric measure [for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre] relating it to WW2 rationing.




Children will associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. They will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the

brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches. They will use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram and will apply their knowledge of a simple circuit to creating a board game linked to WW2.



We will build on our computer programming skills by learning how to use Scratch to create quizzes and games. We will listen to WW2 radio broadcasts in a black out, how to grow your own food and practical advice on how to make do and mend.  We will then use the IPads to plan, script and record our own WW2 broadcasts.

Design & Technology


In DT, we will plan, design and make WW2 Anderson shelters. Year 6 will use different threads to sew a message ‘from the frontline’ of WW1. Year 5, will produce a small image to produce a large scale spitfire depicting WW2.



This term the children will be learning about the differences between humanism and atheism and will study at least 2 of the humanist beliefs.




Throughout our topic, we will use a range of sources to find out about the causes and effects of WW1 and WW2 and what life was like in Britain during WW2. We will learn about the different countries that were involved in the War and how they are highlighted as Axis and Allies –Allies – those ‘allied’ to Britain. Axis powers – those allied to Germany.




This term, the children will be continuing with their sports coach on Tuesday afternoons and looking at the skills needed for team games. Their last swimming lesson will be Wednesday 13th November. They will also be working on the outside gym in small bursts throughout the week.




In Art, we will refine our sketching skills through the use of different media, such as chalks and charcoals, producing work based on Henry Moore’s Blitz sketches.



In music we will learn and perform songs from WW2. We will find out where these songs were sung and their significance. We will also think about the pitch, dynamics, timbre, canons and rounds. Finally finishing off with their own percussion and graphical notation.