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World War II Day
World War 2 Day was a great success on the first Tuesday back to school following the Easter holidays. Dressed in their World War II garb, the children arrived at school and practised the required drill upon hearing the air-raid siren. Rebecca then delivered the written notice that the children would have to be evacuated due to the danger of German bombers. The pupils promptly departed The Grove and headed for The Pavillions where they were drilled by an army captain from The Home Guard.
Once the army captain had finished with them, the children made the brisk walk to South Devon Railway where they boarded the steam train to Buckfastleigh. While there, the children experienced the exhibits in the railway museum, a real Anderson shelter and games that were commonly played by children in the 1940s.
In English this term, the children will be focusing on the experiences of those people alive during World War 2. This will include a study of the Michael Morpurgo text 'Friend or Foe?' which examines the blurred lines between friend and enemy when two evacuees happen upon two crashed German pilots on Dartmoor.
In mathematics this half-term, we will be focusing on the areas of curriculum left to cover ahead of the upcoming SATs. The areas of maths will be covering before the May half term holiday will be:
 - Interpreting bar and line graphs
 - Interpreting pie charts
 - Creating bar and line graphs
 - Reading and interpreting timetables
 - Weights and measures - including conversion in metric and imperial
We will also cover a little revision on topics studied so far this year.
Our history topic this half-term will based on World War 2. This will include looking at the root causes of the conflict and the countries that were allies, axis powers and neutral. Once they have examined the reasons behind the outbreak of World War 2, the children will learn about The Battle of Britain and the importance of air superiority during the conflict.
Alberto Giacometti
Considering we are studying World War 2 during this half term's history sequence, we are going to look at different methods of sketching and sculpting the human form. This will include looking at the human shape in various poses, using both drawings and clay. 
As part of our collaborative showpiece, the children will examine photographs of Londoners waiting in the subways/underground during the frequent air-raids. This will give them the opportunity to create their own human models in poses that exhibit a range of different emotions associated with the time.
Formerly known as PSHE, here at The Grove, PSHME (Personal, Social, Health, Mental, Economic) looks at a wide range of topics that address the modern world our children live in today. Unlike other subjects, PSHME here differs in that the pupils are mixed with children from the other year 5/6 classes to give them the opportunity to share views and opinions with children they don't usually learn with on a day-to-day basis. As part of one of three groups, each child will visit each year 5/6 teacher on a three week rotation. Below are the talking points for this half-term.


  • How people make decisions about spending and saving money and what influences them
  • How to keep track of money so people know how much they have to spend or save




  • How people make choices about ways of paying for things they want and need (eg from current accounts / savings; store cards / credit cards; loans).


  • How to recognise what makes something ‘value for money’ and what this means to them
  • That there are risks associated with money (it can be won, lost or stolen) and how money can affect people’s feelings and emotions


Properties and materials will be the learning sequence up until Easter. Children will investigate the differences between reversible and irreversible changes, insulators and conductors, and the different properties that make materials differ from one another. Whether it's running on a non-Newtonian liquid (like custard!), or mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to inflate a balloon, the children will be learning more and more about how different everyday materials behave. 
Religious Education (R.E.)
  • Victorian Day
  • Tuesday 26th September
Following our topic on Hinduism in the last half-term, the children will be looking at Christianity once again while asking the question, 'What kind of king was Jesus?'
This unit will be about trying to transform the world, discussing and debating what a better world would be like. This will also include gathering ideas about contemporary world issues which, of course, there are a great many.

Additionally, the children will also find out about some of the people who have made a difference to the world (e.g. have a look at winners of the Nobel Peace Prize or the Niwano Peace Prize), listing ways in which people could make the world they live in a better place in the next 50 years.

Year 5