A Child’s War

Cornerstones Topic

During our first term in year 6, we will be looking briefly at World War l. We will take a trip to the cenotaph and we will be planning a commemorative event, so don’t forget to come and join us. We will then study World War ll and learn all about such things as propaganda, air raids and evacuation. We will be making our own Anderson shelters and might even have a go at making a wartime recipe. This topic will cover history, geography and music as we will be learning some wartime songs.

Power of Reading

During the Autumn term we will be reading “Goodnight Mr. Tom.” It is a book set in World War ll about a young boy – Willie Bech – who is evacuated from London to the countryside to live with an old man, Tom Oakley. Tom has a very short temper but soon bonds with Willie and helps him to read and write. When Willie’s mother wants him to return to London, Tom doesn’t want him to leave and Willie doesn’t want to go either… All of our writing will be based on this book.


In Maths we will start off by looking at place value and determining the value of each digit up to 10,000,000. We will then learn how to multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number, using long multiplication and how to divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number, using long division. Our times tables are going to come in really handy!


Music will be related to our topic and we will be learning to sing lots of wartime songs. We’ll be coming home singing We’ll Meet Again, It’s a long way to Tipperary and White Cliffs of Dover to name but a few.


In PE the children will be developing the skills and understanding to enable them to play netball. They will also be improving their gymnastic skills, developing sequences of gymnastics moves to perform.


In Science we will be learning about how to stay healthy. We will learn all about circulation and the job of the heart, veins, arteries and capillaries. We will look at the effect diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle have on the body. We will also be carrying out several investigations and learning what is meant by: hypothesis, variables, results and conclusion.


In RE, will be focusing on the following key questions :

  • What is worship and how is it expressed?
  • What festivals of light take place during Autumn?

Work will cover: Divali, Hanukkah, Advent and Christmas.


In computing the children will be learning computer programming. They will be writing advanced programmes with Scratch, progressing to learning to write programmes for the Raspberry Pi computer. There will also be opportunities for the children to use the internet to carry out online historical research into the events of World War 2.