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Year 5 Children's Activities


This Term's Studies


“We are speaking to you from the Y5 classrooms at DJS to confirm that from 4 January 2017, a state of war will exist between England and Germany. Consequently the children and their teachers will experience life as an evacuee, as they travel back in time to 1939. On our “Evacuation Day” the children, in their 1940s style clothes, will leave Dronfield with their teachers and travel to Skipton. During the train journey, the children will sketch the new animals and landscapes they observe and play a few games with their friends to divert their attention from missing their families. When they arrive in Skipton, they will meet their “host” family. Their day will conclude with them writing a letter home explaining how they found the journey and what their new family is like. We would like you, to write a reply letter back to your child.”


To help “hook” the children’s interest for the topic, they will be set a challenge to create a World War II jigsaw with facts linked to the key themes we will be studying. Researching key events using laptops and reference books will enable the children to create their own timeline for this significant era.


Entwined within the topic will be Literacy activities including: writing an informal letter, evaluating and writing their own playscripts and presenting persuasive arguments linked to World War II themes like the role of women and whether or not parents were right to evacuate their children.


The topic will also explore the following themes linked to Life on the Home Front: air raid precautions, rationing, the Blitz and how the role of women changed during the war. Within the classroom situation, The Diary of Anne Frank will be used to sensitively introduce and discuss the Holocaust. Art activities like designing propaganda posters and silhouette Blitz scenes will assist in creating a stimulating and colourful environment for the children to work within. The children will become war-time engineers with the task of designing, making and evaluating the success of a bridge to transport necessary supplies during this troubled time.


A mini topic linked to the Home Front will be completed individually. The way to present their mini topic will be decided by the pupils themselves; some might decide to incorporate ICT or the use of presentation boards. Each child will present their findings to their peers; in the past we have found this to have been beneficial in improving children’s confidence.



Click here to see the overview of the second term's studies.


Click here to see the overview of the fisrt term's studies.


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