Before Christmas we began to learn about World War II – how and why it began – focussing on key figure and dates that shaped this period of worldwide conflict. We will, of course, be using high level texts such as ‘My war Diary’ and Anne Frank’s Diary to look at how war was experienced through the eyes of children. As a class we are currently reading ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne – the children are gripped and it helps the class to gain insite into the attrocities of the presecution under the Nazi regime led by Adolf Hitler.
We will continue to investigate life in Britain during war time with some learning about rationing, evacuation and the Blitz. To support this, we visited Coventry in early December (Transport Museum, Herbert Art Gallery and the Cathedral)which was heavily bombed during the war. This local study is an extremely important part of the children’s education and the class learnt a great deal from the day. Please look back at our Twitter feed from last month to learn more about our trip.
Happy New Year and welcome back to a busy term in Year 6!
This half term, Year 6 will be continuing our journey ‘Behind the Bombs’ in our study of both World War I and World War II.
We have already delved into the gruesome, harrowing life of soldiers in the trenches during 1914 – 1918. During Remembrance Week we read some of the famous war poetry from poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon – exploring personification, metaphor, onomatopoeia and juxtaposition -and used these to pen our own verses.