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Welcome back to the Summer term in Bramble.  We are in distinctly patriotic mood as we start our new topic, WAR AND PEACE, focusing upon World War Two, and what life was like for evacuees. 

History is the main driver for the term - we learn about key events during World War II, including the countries that were involved, the London Blitz, and how the war ended.  The children will find out about rationing, and what life was like for children evacuated from the cities. We will use Shirley Hughes' powerful story The Lion and the Unicorn as a starting point for our own writing about evacuatation.  We will also explore some of the other books written for children about World War II, including Rose Blanche, Erika's Story and Anne Frank.

In addition to books, we will use films such as Goodnight, Mister Tom and first Narnia film to get a feel for life in wartime Britain.  The Pathe archive of films is also a fantastic first hand source of information.

 Later in the term, we will use non fiction texts to produce information pages about different aspects of life during the War, sparked by the children's questions and personal interest.

In Art, the children will work with Mrs Pula to explore the work of Henry Moore, better known as a sculptor, as a war artist.  They will also create their own propaganda posters, using ideas drawn from the government public information posters of the time.

In DT, the children will have the opportunity to try out some wartime recipes, and we will also make torches to 'see in the blackout'.  Make do and mend will also come to the fore, as learn how to make rag rugs, and to darn clothess.

Maths will continue to focus upon the four main operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be looking at shape, symmetry and data handling this term.

PE will take place on MONDAY and THURSDAY until half term.  After half term, it will change to Monday and FRIDAY, as we will once again have the opportunity to work with Mrs Stafford..  Please make sure PE kit is in school every day, as our schedule does change from time to time. 


We will be visiting Newhaven Fort to see their exhibition about life during World War Two, and to look round the fort.  Adult helpers will be needed, so please let me know if you would be able to help.  We will also have an evacuee day, when the children can dress as pupils from the 1940s - details to follow.

Homework is given out on a Friday for return the following WEDNESDAY - it will usually consist of a Maths task linked to the week's learning, and a literacy based task.  There will also be weekly spellings, which we test on Thursday.  Well done to all the children who completed and returned their holiday tasks.

Please continue to support your child in their reading this term - we aim for a minimum of 3 reads per week, signed off by an adult.  These can be sessions where they have read to you, or read independently.  If everybody in the class reads 3 times in a week, the children earn extra playtime.  


Please see below for the Homework Challenge sheet.  Apologies to those who have been waiting for it to appear.  Children should comlpete two different challenges over the half term holiday, and one further challenge before the end of term.  Please ensure that your child chooses a selection of tasks (written as well as practical).

Finally, if you have relatives of family friends who lived through World War Two and would be prepared to be interviewed by Bramble class, please let me know.  If you have artefacts from the war (we will take great care of them) these are always of great interest to the children.

Ms Roden


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Homework Challenges for Bramble Class!

The attached document contains a range of different challenges for children to complete as homework during May half term.  Children should also complete one further challenge during the second half of term, and bring it in before the end of term.  Thank you.

Homework challenges - War & Peace

Parent letter Summer term 2017

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