Our first topic is called 'World War II and the Holocaust'.
Our history work for the term will focus on the Second World War and particularly how children’s lives were affected during this time. They will learn about evacuation and rationing and how the Blitz affected children living in London and other major cities. We will enhance our learning by reading 'The Silver Sword' by Ian Serraillier, which tells of a Polish-Jewish family's traumatic struggle to reunite after the German invasion of Poland. This links excellently to our work, learning about the Holocaust, in the second half of the term.
Our work in English links to our topic in a cross-curricular way as much as possible. We use events such as the Blitz and evacuation as a basis for our writing and comprehension, also enhancing them with our Evacuee Day in early November.
The children have also come home with details of the annual World War II home-learning project, which will culminate in an exhibition of their work after the deadline date of Monday 30th November. We are amazed every year as the quality gets higher and higher.