A Child’s War

This term our exciting new topic to introduce the new curriculum is A Child’s War.

A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.


In Literacy we will be reading the diary of Anne Frank and trying to empathise with her hopes and fears. We will be writing letters to our families as evacuees describing our journey, new surroundings and feelings in our new home.


In Maths we will be looking at place value, we will be reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10 000 000. We will identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places, multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 and we will round numbers.


In Science we will be exploring how light travels and use this to explain how objects are seen. We will investigate; how light behaves, light sources, reflection and shadows. We will then use what we have learnt to design and make a periscope.


We will be using a range of materials to construct a structurally sound, miniature Anderson shelter. We will look at examples of toys from the 1940’s and make a simple toy using scraps of wood, card, fabric or paper.


In Geography we will be looking at maps finding the location on our evacuation label. We will be looking at cities and ports bombed during the Blitz and consider why these places were vulnerable to bombing.


In History we will be creating a timeline of major events of the Second World War between 1939 to 1945. We will use historical resources to find dates for events such as the start of the war, the introduction of rationing, the first evacuations, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, Japan’s attack on Pearly Harbour, Hitler’s death, Churchill’s replacement by Attlee and Japan’s surrender.


We will be using the internet to find information about the Battle of Britain; we will work in pairs and make a digital timeline of events, downloading images to add illustrations. We will create an animated presentation, multimedia presentation or podcast to summarise our learning. We will use animations, transitions, sounds and images to capture the listener’s interest.


In PE we will create a whole class dance sequence which represents the events as allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. We will also play games and take part in activities that were popular during the War such as football, tag, rounders and cricket and in paired games such as hopscotch and marbles.

As peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says ‘It’s an unconditional surrender!’