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Our theme this term is World War Two. 

We will be exploring what it was like for children living through the Second World War. We will learn all about evacuation, rationing, the home front, women at war and much more. Our lessons will include real-life extracts, which explain what it was like for people living through the war. 



This term our class text is Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo.


'Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace.'


During our studying of this text, children will have the opportunity to write diaries, letters and setting descriptions from the perspective of the child characters, David and Tucky. 



In Maths this term, we will be focusing on Place Value and Number. This will include:

Year 4

  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000
  • find 1,000 more or less than a given number
  • count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (1,000s, 100s, 10s, and 1s)
  • order and compare numbers beyond 1,000
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000
  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
  • read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value


Year 5

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0
  • round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals




In Geography this term, we will be learning all about Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather. We will be focussing on Volcanoes and Earthquakes and learning how/why they are formed. 



For Science this term, we will be exploring States of Matter. Matter makes up our physical universe, children will investigate the matter on Earth, which exists in one of three states: solid, liquid or gas.

What makes an Anderson shelter strong? The egg test!

Anderson Shetlers - DT project