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Autumn Term

Today in Miss Taylor's English class the chairs decided to go on strike! Year 6 had to write letters of apology to persuade the chairs to come back. Luckily, Year 6 wrote such fantastic letters that the chairs have decided to return. Pheww!

Year 6 Evacuee Day

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Year 6 had a great day this week learning about life as evacuees. The children came to school dressed in some brilliant costumes, many with old-fashioned dinners, so thank you to our amazing parents for making the effort! During the day, children learnt dances and songs of the day, baked delicious carrot cookies, made war medals, played traditional games and even took part in exercise drill. Have a look at the photo montage to see what we got up to.

Blitz Art

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Year 6 have been studying the events of the Blitz. We have discovered why the Blitz took place, what happened, and how it affected those involved and changed the towns and cities of Britain. We even looked at how people in Newark were affected- examining evidence about children who were evacuated to Newark, and also those families who chose to send their children abroad to Canada. The children have produced some amazing Art work and descriptive writing based on their work.

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.