Penguins Class (Years 5&6) is taught by Mrs Richards with Teaching Assistant support from Mrs  Eltham and Ms Winterbourne.

Our topic for next term is World War 2, and we will start the term off by finding out what caused World War 2, before considering what life was like for a child in both England and Germany living through the war. On 9th May I have booked an ‘Evacuation Experience Day’ at Didcot Railway museum which from personal experience is a fantastic way for children to understand the reality of what evacuation really means.  The cost of the trip will be  £14 to include the cost of transport and a letter will be sent out early next term. To make this experience as authentic as possible, please can children wear clothes appropriate to the 1940s.  Cotton and wool clothing would have been readily available then so please don’t go to any additional expense.  I also have a small selection of 1940s clothes for children and if you speak to me I can probably help out with some of the clothing.

We will also be developing our own garden this term in our campaign to ‘Dig for Victory’ if any of you can donate any soil, planters or raised beds for our rather shady area it would be much appreciated. Although our own crops won’t grow in 6 weeks, we will also be looking at typical recipes used during the war and rationing. 

We will be linking our English to the topic, firstly studying the book ‘Rose Blanche’, then using ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ as a novel study. This book is out only on the book list for this topic, which is attached, but is also on our Yr5/6 recommended reads list.  There are so many excellent novels around World War 2, please also let me know if you find one to recommend to the class. 

 Finally, please ensure your children have a well-earned rest over Easter, though for year 6’s please think about some of your development areas and play some of the suggested games just to keep your brains ticking over. 

Homework continues to be given out weekly on Fridays, to be returned the following Friday and as always Mrs Richards is on hand through Classdojo to help your child if they are stuck. 

We share class news through Classdojo.  Parents should all have logins but if you have lost yours please contact Mrs Richards. 

Towards the end of Year 6 the children undertake the End of Key Stage Assessment tests (SATS) and the results are reported to parents and the local authority. Our Year 6 children will then transfer to their secondary school. As part of the  Didcot Partnership of schools we are involved in a number of activities to ensure that the transition to the next stage of their educational pathway is as smooth and exciting as possible.