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Hi and welcome to Year 5. We have got lots going on this year throughout the curriculum and have started fantastically! Below are our main focuses with regards to topics over the year which we intend to learn about and share with you (particularly in our World War Two class assembly, as well as Ancient Greeks class assembly!):

Autumn 1 - Children in World War 2 and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Autumn 2 - Children in World War 2 and Earth and Space;
Spring 1 - Ancient Greece and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Spring 2 - Settlements and Properties and changes of materials!
Summer 1 - Rivers and Changes of State!
Summer 2 - Current News/Children's Choice!

Please see below some of our learning focuses, but please come and see us if you have any questions about our learning and wish to find out more!
Year 5’s ‘Home Front WWII’ visit to Murton Park



On Monday 9th October 2017, Year 5 went on their ‘Home Front’ trip as part of their World War Two focus. We learnt lots, ranging from experiences of evacuees, women’s jobs and rationing, to general way of life during the war times, as well as various facts about the war itself. Throughout the day, the whole class represented the school impeccably, showing excellent behaviour, but also willingly showing to the leaders how much they already knew about World War Two. The leaders were very impressed at the knowledge the children were giving and the eagerness they had with answering and asking questions. Both Mrs T and the ARP Warden both quoted at the end ‘It was a true pleasure today with the children, one of the best, if not the best we’ve ever had here for the Homefront trip. It was great to extend these children with further knowledge and activities than what we usually do, because they were so knowledgeable and efficient with activities!’.



Children got right into character for the day, coming into school dressed as evacuees, with their identity cards, ration books and labels attached to them, showing who they were and where they came from. Throughout the day, children were straight in role conducting usual jobs expected from children and adults during the 1939-1945 era. The jobs ranged from creating rag rugs, cleaning and drying clothes, making flapjacks, putting out fire-bombs as fire-guards and putting up the blacks to ensure the Germans didn’t bomb us! Having said this, we did have a real life air-raid, where we ‘pulled together’ and shared Anderson shelters to keep us safe.




It really was a pleasure to see such great learning first hand, with handling such artefacts as ‘gas masks’, different weapons used, helmets etc; as well as viewing what was a week’s ration for an adult would be…..we all agreed it was absolutely nothing- what do you think…?



Here is what some of us thought of the day:

Toby: ‘I really enjoyed visiting Murton Park, especially when we got to put out the bombs pretending to be Fireguards’.

Rhys: ‘I really enjoyed the trip to Murton Park. I liked putting the fire bomb out with the WW2 hose’.

Imogen: ‘My favourite part of Murton Park was doing the washing, because it was a different way of doing it, as we had to do it by hand’.

Sam: ‘My favourite part of Murton park was when the siren went off and we had to walk to our Anderson shelter. We had to stay really quiet’.

Hannah: ‘I really enjoyed baking flapjacks at Murton Park, because I love baking at home. Also, I liked making our rugs, because I never thought you could make a rug without sewing’.

Kai: ‘I really enjoyed Murton Park, because we got to put on a training gas mask, but not a real one’.

Tilly: ‘I enjoyed Murton Park! My favourite part was when we washed the dirty clothes. I also enjoyed tack cleaning, because it was very different to the way we do it today’.
‘Little Suitcase’- Judith Rhodes visits Year 5



On Friday 29th September 2017, Judith Rhodes visited Year 5 to discuss her mother’s (Ursula Michel) life during the 1930’s and 1940’s, before, during and after World War Two. Ursula was a refugee who came from Nazi Germany to England in 1938, on one of the last Kindertransports. Ursula’s parents and younger sister were unable to leave Germany, and they perished in the Holocaust. Judith shared her mother’s story, explaining why she was evacuated, the effect it had as she arrived, and events afterwards, including never seeing her sister/parents again. Judith also brought in her mother’s original suitcase, which she packed on departing Germany for England (as seen in the image below, as well as the visit name, it wasn’t the largest of bags for ‘all’ of her possessions!).



After watching a short clip, the children were able to ask questions about Ursula and Nazi Germany and compare it to their lives of today, as well as empathise with how Ursula will have felt. The children of Year 5 were enthralled, asking insightful questions such as ‘What did the children do for fun?’ (Megan); ‘Your film mentioned about your Grandfather and Auntie trying to escape to Switzerland from Nazi Germany- how far did they get?’ (Ben); ‘Are you the last Rhodes alive?’ (Daniel); ‘How did the Germans know if people were Jewish?’ (Jasmine); ‘How long was your grandfather in the concentration camp for?’ (Charlie C); and many more!

Judith left by thanking the children for a wonderful visit, expressing how impressed she was by the eagerness and enthusiasm of the children and the inquisitive questions they asked. Well done Year 5! However, it’s also thanks to Judith for sharing this story. This is what some of the children had to say about the visit:

Lauren- ‘I liked it where Judith showed all of her mother’s personal items, such as her little suitcase and her jumper that she came over to England in’

Toby- ‘I found it really interesting, because Judith told us about how her mother got evactuated and how she managed to survive (without her family around)’

Hannah- ‘I enjoyed watching the clip and asking her all of the interesting questions and finding out the answers’

Sam- ‘I liked listening to the questions and answers’

Stanley- ‘I was shocked to see how small the suitcase was, considering it was packed for a six year evacuation’
Maths

We have been learning various new strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide, ensuring we can apply these to problems. Additionally, we continue to learn about time (along with reading and interpreting timetables), shape, area, perimeter, fractions, decimals, percentages and many more!

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