Whaplode
Church of England
Primary School

Year 5

In Year 5, our topic for both Autumn 1 and Autumn 2 is ‘World War 2’ and as part of this the children will be starting with a WOW day.

We will initially be learning about the outbreak of war and which countries were involved. We will then be learning about evacuees and writing our own diaries pretending to be a child who this effects.

We will also explore The Battle of Britain and use our iPads to produce radio broadcasts of the results. We will also be learning about rationing and following rationing recipes to create our snack, lunch and dessert during a school day.

Furthermore, we will be creating our own propaganda posters. 

Branching stories

The year 5 and year 6 children have been working together to create their own branching stories. We began by watching the short video clip 'Origins' and then the children decided on alternative middles and endings to the film shown. The children then planned and have written their own individual sections. They have then used Book creator to design and publish their stories.

Children in need

On Friday 17th November, we supported children in need through non-uniform and a cake stall.

Harvest Festival

World War Two

As our topic is World War Two, the children enjoyed a research session. They initially explored what sources of evidence are. They then found out the difference between a primary and secondary source. The children then used these sources to find out about their new topic.

Battle of Britain

The children have been learning about the Battle of Britain. They used the internet to look at results of dogfights during this period. The children then selected a day and used iMovie to create a news bulletin of the results of their battle.

WOW Day

On Friday 3rd November, the year 5 children enjoyed a WOW day to help them see what life was like during World War Two (our topic). When the children arrived into school, they selected a 1940’s style name and used this throughout the day. They created themselves an evacuation style name tag which they wore around their necks. They also created themselves an identification card and had to carry it around with them all day as this was the law during those times. Our first activity was to collect pinecones and sticks to help start a fire. When the fire was alight, the first group of children went to make WW2 pancakes using wholemeal flour whilst the others demolished an existing greenhouse and started to dig a trench. In the trench, the children helped to start to assemble a genuine WW2 Anderson shelter. After lunch, children helped to peel and chop vegetables for our trench stew. We cooked the stew on the fire and also enjoyed hot drinks using this a heat source. It was an enjoyable day!