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Welcome to Autumn 1!


Welcome back to school! I hope you had a restful summer and that you are feeling positive about coming back to school! This half term, we will be studying World War Two (History), Electricity (Science) and considering ‘What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God?’ (RE). We will also be covering E-Safety and Digital Literacy in Computing, whilst we will study ‘Being Me In My World’ in PSHE. In our core subjects, we will be working hard to cover the Year 6 curriculum. In Maths sessions, we will be working on Place Value, Addition, Subtraction and building on our arithmetic skills, whilst in Writing we will be writing a recount based on a wartime evacuation. In Reading lessons, we will be studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts based on World War Two.


We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.


February, 1941.


After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her.


Then she finds a strange coded note – a note that changes everything and which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.

World War Two Sensational Starter

Wednesday 8th September 2021


Welcome to 1940! The air-raid siren is bellowing, it's ear-splitting drone awakening the cold December night as frightened civilians flee to the safety of their Anderson shelters. The Germans are here...up the sky...


To start off our World War Two History unit, we worked with Historic Workshop to share a wealth of knowledge all about WW2. The visitor played the role of the Chief Air Raid Warden of the Nottingham Division, and it was his job to transport the children back to the times of the Second World War! He was able to take the children back to 1939 and immersed them in interactive activities that made them feel as though they were living in war-time Britain (on the home front). The day was full of enriching and highly engaging work and the children learnt a great deal about life in World War Two. The rare artefacts, including a Morse code machine and an authentic WW2 gas mask, went down particularly well with the children, whilst the sound of the air-raid siren is one that is not easily forgotten...

In History, we used both primary and secondary sources to research the key events of the Second World War. We then placed them in chronological order to create our own timelines. 

We started our electricity unit by completing a pre-learning grid, to see what the children could remember from their Year 4 and Year 5 learning. We then completed an explore activity, giving the children the chance to create firstly simple circuits before the children challenged each other to make the circuit drawn on their partner's whiteboard using the scientific symbols. We then applied this learning by recognising symbols and then drawing our own scientific circuits.