As part of learning leading up our visit to the National Holocaust Centre, the children have studied how there was a steady, and then significant, increase in anti-Jewish legislation, propaganda and persecution from the moment Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 up until the Final Solution and the use of Concentration Camps. This has been extremely thought-provoking work, and has helped the children understand how things can quickly escalate when there are extreme views and a mob-mentality. We have discussed the importance of learning about history to ensure that mistakes from the past are never repeated.
Even though it has been really cold, we have still been managing to get outside on Friday mornings to practice our hockey skills (apart from the week it was -5!). These photos are of Trent class working in teams to develop their own warm-up activities.
In Trent class, we have been learning about the history of electricity, discovering how electricity gets from its sources to our homes, learning how to draw circuit diagrams and also following circuit diagrams to make our own circuits and experiment with using different components.
Thames Class are evacuated!
On Wednesday 2nd November, Thames class were evacuated to Brackenhurst, in the picturesque countryside of Nottinghamshire. Leaving Newark by minibus, the children safely arrived at their destination and were met by billeting officer Simon. They spent the morning familiarising themselves with their new setting and getting up-to-speed with their new way of life. They quickly became dab-hands at finding their way around an Anderson shelter, planting beans in the Dig-for-Victory garden, familiarising themselves with home-guard uniforms and weapons and learning to identify enemy and allied planes from their silhouettes.
Stop Press - Trent Class have been evacuated away from the town
The Evacuation of all children in Trent Class was successfully completed on Thursday 3rd November. Parents and teachers had been becoming increasingly anxious about the safety of the children, the longer they remained in Newark. Rumours of an imminent air-strike had been circulating.
On arriving at Brackenhurst, the children spent the day familiarising themselves with their new setting and getting up-to-speed with their new way of life. They quickly became dab-hands at finding their way around an Anderson shelter, planting beans in the Dig-for-Victory garden, familiarising themselves with home-guard uniforms and weapons and learning to identify enemy and allied planes from their silhouettes (vital if you are pt on anti-aircraft duty!). By the end of the day they were even able to tell the difference between the smells of the farm and the smells of their friends!
A great day was had by all.
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 later in the term.
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 28th November. We are amazed every year as the quality gets higher and higher.