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Welcome to Galaxy Class!


Our new Learning Experience is called Evacuation!



On Tuesday 16th January, the children will be dressing up as evacuees and visiting Nothe Fort for the day. They will experience what it is like to be part of an air raid, visit a 1940’s shop, taking part in rationing exercise and looking at how life differs between World War Two and that of the Modern day.


Take home task:

Choose from one, or even more, of the following. Alternatively, choose something of your own – get creative!

  • A diary entry written as an evacuee or a letter/ postcard home.
  • Propaganda poster recruiting men for the forces.
  • Make a 3D model of anything related to World War 2.

Hand in date: Friday 2nd February 2018



Week 1

In order to introduce the learning experience, we as a group will begin to develop our understanding of modern history, through the Second World War. The children will ask questions and begin to seek answers in groups based on secondary resources. We will use multi-media to deepen our knowledge of life in 1930’s Britain and how the cultural and historic climate was different across all of Europe. During Literacy this week we will be exploring what it was like to be an evacuee, the children will be focusing on exploring emotions and characterisation through drama. In Maths we will be learning how to convert between different units of measurement, including problem solving and reasoning.


Week 2 & 3

Our Hook visit to Nothe Fort happens this week and the children will be using their knowledge of life in Britain in the 1930’s, to begin to piece together the changes which led to the onset of the Second World War. We will continue reading our set text over the next two weeks, ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and in Literacy will plan and write an effective resolution and ending to an evacuee story. During Maths the children will be focusing on position and direction of shape.


Week 4

As our Learning Experience continues, the children will be continuing to investigate the history of World War 2. Looking at what happened during an air raid and what effect evacuation had on children living through the War.

The learning will also be based around multi-media, the children will use publisher and power point tools to present this information. We will continue to read Goodnight Mr Tom, which will influence our literacy and reflect on the text in groups and as a whole class. Maths will focus on statistics and ratio and proportion.

Weeks 5

As the Learning Experience continues, the children will learn what life was like as an evacuee. We will develop editing skills, via narrative and non-fiction texts. The children will continue to use known facts, along with technical language within their writing. We will also share in a cookery experience, the children will learn to bake and cook using the limited ingredients available during the period of rationing. This will also be an assessment week in reading, writing and maths.



We will be doing PE on a Wednesday and we will be swimming on a Friday. Please ensure that the children have all of the correct kit in school on these days and that long hair is tied back. It would be appreciated if children can have both trainers and daps as part of their kit so they have the appropriate footwear for both indoor and outdoor PE. We do not allow the children to wear earrings for PE so please can they be removed on these days or taped over.


Numeracy homework is given out on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Your child should be able to complete this work independently as it will be based on work they have already done in class. It is also beneficial if all children regularly practice their times tables facts in order to improve speed of recall. This is a focus this year and children will be tested weekly through ‘Times Table Olympics’ to ensure that recall is quick and accurate. (No counting up on fingers allowed)


Children will be given 10 spellings per week for them to focus on both in school and at home; they must practise these spellings and be able to understand the word and write it in a sentence in their spelling homework book. On Wednesdays, these words will be tested. You will also find a copy of the Year 5/6 spelling on the inside cover of their spelling book should you wish to practice further words.


We are also encouraging all children to read to an adult at home; this needs to be recorded into the children's reading records. It is very important for the children to read regularly and understand their reading so that they can take the Accelerated Reader quizzes within school. When your child gets 85% or above in these quizzes, they are rewarded with a star which is put onto the class chart. We are aiming for 100 stars so that we can have a class treat!

We will be adding photos, news and pieces of work regularly to this page so make sure you come back soon.

Thanks for visiting.





Miss Outram and Mrs Conway



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Watch out for Hooks taking place over the next few weeks!