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Year 4


During this term the children have been working towards answering the Essential Question of ‘What was it like being a child during World War 2?’


This has included:


  • Writing a diary page as an evacuee
  • Making notes from research
  • Creating propaganda posters
  • Writing instructions for a wartime recipe
  • Writing an explanation text about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Judaism
  • Wrote and answered ‘hot seating’ questions after watching the film ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’.
  • Writing a recount following our trip to Eden Camp
  • Creating a short comic strip about the properties of materials


  • Learning about the properties of 3D shapes for our air raid shelter design
  • Exploring map scales to measure how far soldiers travelled
  • Looking at quantities of foods that were rationed during the war


  • Investigating the different properties of materials
  • Testing the properties of different materials - such as were they waterproof, strong, flexible, soft, rough or smooth?                       


  • Making a DVD of our learning throughout the project.
  • Researching air raid shelters and the materials they were constructed from
  • Researching rationed foods and rationing books


  • Studying maps and locating countries who were our allies and axes during the war
  • Looking at world maps to find countries who fought in the war                                                                                                                                            


  • Finding out about the history of World War Two
  • Learning about why children were evacuated, and where to
  • Studying a timeline of events during the war
  • Looking at why foods were rationed, and the different amounts for different groups of people
  • Exploring Anderson Shelters – how and why they were used
  • Looking at music ,songs and sounds from the period
  • Exploring feelings and emotions on VE Day


  • Creating propaganda posters using different techniques
  • Representing the blitz using wax crayons and limited colours
  • Designing and making ‘stained glass’ pictures for our windows – representing the 7 days of creation
  • Creating colour cards for ‘Town and Country’


  • Planning a model of an air raid shelter
  • Making an air raid shelter


  • Holding ‘singalongs’ - with songs such as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’
  • Holding a mini tea-dance to Glenn Miller, with our former evacuee visitors
  • Listening to background music from the time, during class activities


  • Comparing the differences and similarities between Christianity and Judaism
  • Holding Christian wedding services, and Jewish wedding services 


Creating a dance displaying emotions of evacuees

Experiences to enhance the learning have been:

  • A visit to Eden Camp exhibition
  • Visits from two former evacuees
  • A visit from a cartoonist who currently writes for the Beano and the Dandy (the only 2 cartoons to be produced during World War 2 – so that the children had some form of entertainment)
  • The final project included an exhibition to sell our DVD that we created, showing a range of our learning and activities during this topic.

In addition to the projects running your child has also been taught ‘stand-alone’ lessons including

Maths skills, English skills, Handwriting, Guided Reading, Religious Education, Singing and Personal Development. They have also studied the book ‘Blitz – The Diary of Edie Benson, London 1940-1941’’ by Edie Benson.