Wow! It’s all over!

This week we reached the end of our WW2 experience and the children have done an amazing job, showcasing their learning to the rest of the school and their families.

The children worked incredibly hard this week to put together a class assembly in just four short days! The assembly they produced was a fantastic demonstration of the amount of learning that has been happening in Comet and the level of engagement from all pupils. From evacuation to WW2 politics in history and periscopes in Science, the children have covered a lot in the last seven weeks and enjoyed sharing all of this with the rest of the school.

It was also lovely to see so many people at our VE Day tea party this afternoon to celebrate the end of the war. The children have been busy with Mrs Grenville rustling up some culinary delights in the kitchen and against all odds (leaking cake tins, egg shortages and tricky oven timings!) the honey cakes went down a storm!

Now onwards to the next experience….!

Loose Lips Sink Ships!

This week in our English lessons, we have been focussing on some specific grammar skills to help make our writing more cohesive. We have been developing our writing so that we are using a better range of conjunctions and pronouns to avoid repetition. We have also worked on how to link sentences and paragraphs through the use of fronted adverbials. Next week, we will begin to apply these skills to our biographical work on Anne Frank.

In our history lessons, we have been looking at the role of propaganda in WW2. We have been analysing a range of WW2 slogans and posters to explore what the British government were trying to persuade people to do and who they were trying to target with their messages. We also discussed the effectiveness of this method and whether we thought the British government succeeded with their appeals!

We have also been continuing with our remembrance compositions in art. The children have been working really hard on their pencil skills and this week have added the finishing touches to their pictures. I think you’ll agree, they are fantastic…

‘We Can Do It!’

This week we have been learning more about Anne Frank and her experiences of being Jewish during WW2. We have been orchestrating our own research on the Franks and recording our findings, learning how to make connections between ideas. Next week,  we will be looking at some specific grammar skills relevant to the genre of biographies, in preparation for writing our own.

In Science this week, we consolidated our understanding of how light travels in straight lines and learnt about how periscopes use this principle to help us in in the army. The children created their own periscope and drew their own diagrams to show how they worked.

‘Mothers, send them out of London’

This week in English, we have been been drafting our hot tasks. The children have worked really hard to embed the skills that we have been learning over the last couple of weeks. They have been focussing on using consistent tense and switching from the present to the past. Next week we will start to look at Anne Frank’s experiences of WW2 and write our own biographies based on her.

In our experience lessons, we have been learning more about the evacuation process of children. We were lucky enough to hear from Fin’s granny about her experiences of being evacuated from her home in London after it was bombed. We discussed what life would have been like during WW2 in Dunmow, hosting evacuees from London. The children wrote some excellent diary entries, imagining their family had been asked to take in an evacuee.

‘Put that light OUT!’

This week has been another busy one in Comet. In English we have been looking at how we can develop our descriptive writing. We have been encouraged to take more risks with our language and to be precise with our use of vocabulary to create as detailed description as possible. The children have blown me away with their already extensive vocabulary and it is great to see them picking up some effective words/phrases from their reading and applying them to their writing. Towards the end of this week, we explored how we can use speech effectively to convey character and to advance the plot. This is a hard skill to master and the children did a great job at making their speech seem as natural and purposeful as possible. Next week we will start to draft our final pieces for our narrative unit using the skills we have learnt.

In History this week, we explored Churchill’s character in more detail. We used a clip from ‘The Darkest Hour’ to support our understanding of Churchill’s personality and to consider the reasons why Churchill was offered the role of Prime Minister. We found him to be a very amusing and determined character, if a little short-tempered!

In our Science lessons, we have begun work on our unit on light. At the start of the week we explored the fact that light travels in straight lines. To test this, we made our own light mazes using shoeboxes and mirrors to reflect the light from one corner of the box to the other. Today, we took this further and used string to help us represent how light travels from a light source, to an object and then into our eyes. We also had a very interesting  conversation about what life would be like if there was no colour!

‘V for Victory!’

This week we have been looking at the Battle of Britain in more detail. We have examined a range of historical sources and discussed what life would have been like for the fighter pilots during 1940. The children wrote diary entries from either the perspective of the RAF or the Luftwaffe.

In our art lessons, we have been looking at the symbolism of the poppy. The children began by collecting their ideas and creating moodboards with images, sketches and collage materials.

In our English sessions, we have been focussing on developing our grammar skills. We have looked at punctuation, tense and fronted adverbials. The children have done some beautiful writing this week and I have been very impressed by their vocabulary. Next week we will be looking at developing setting description and speech.