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Year 6 Ravens

Spring 1- 'Goodnight Mr Tom' (WW2)

Welcome back, I hope you have all had a restful Christmas. Our topic this half term is based on the book 'Goodnight Mr Tom' by Michelle Magorian and we will start the term by looking at life for evacuees and the events that led to the outbreak of war. The children will spend time researching key events including the Blitz, Battle of Britain and Dunkirk and will also learn about key individuals such as Winston Churchill. They will also learn about life at home during WW2 and will find out about rationing, the Home Guard and the important role women played.

On Tuesday January 8th Mr Morley will be visiting and bringing in WW2 artefacts from Halstead museum, I hope to make as much of the learning as 'hands-on' as possible. On Thursday 10th January we are really excited to have the opportunity to visit both Parliament and Churchill's War Rooms behind Whitehall. The War Rooms have been perfectly preserved and I hope it will give the children a real insight into the running of our country during WW2.

We are hoping to build a class museum of artefacts, photographs and written accounts of experiences in the war. As such, I have asked the children to enquire at home if there are any stories  grandparents/great-grandparents or other relatives can share from wartime experiences?

Do you have any photographs the children could look at or artefacts we could borrow? Last year the response from our families was overwhelming and I hope our children are as enthusiastic this year.

Please keep checking this page for regular updates as we progress though the term. 

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