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Year 6

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World War 2

Have you ever wondered…?

Why the war started? Who was involved?  Where did it end? What damage was caused – both on the front line and back at home? Who was affected and how did people’s lives change? These questions and more will be answered along the way, as Year 6 travel back in time to World War 2.

Year 6 will be exploring how the war changed people’s lifestyles – from food, to home and jobs. We will spend time studying the vital role that women had in World War 2, looking at the jobs they did and the amazing contributions that they made to Britain’s war effort. With the great effort of women in factories to create various ‘war machines’ (tanks, planes and more), we are going to study the influence that these machines had on the front line and how the enemies were repelled in the air raids. We will be researching how children were effected in the air raids too and how they coped with evacuation and rationing at that time.


In Science, we will be learning (skills)

  • Plan different scientific enquiries to answer questions.
  • Taking measurements using a range of scientific equipment.
  • Record data and results using tables and graphs.
  • To make predictions and complete fair tests.
  • Reporting and presenting findings and explanations.

We will be learning about (content)

  •  Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines.
  •  Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye.
  •  Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. 
  • Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.


In Art, we will be learning (skills)

  • How to control our use of materials.

We will be learning about (content)

  • How to use a variety of medium.


In Geography, we will be learning (skills)

  • Use maps to locate countries in Europe.
  • Name and locate counties and cities.

We will be learning about (content)

  • The countries involved in World War 2.
  • The areas of Britain most effected by the war.


In History, we will be learning (skills)

  • Note connections and developments over time using appropriate historical terms.
  • Ask and respond to historically valid questions about changes and causes.
  • Construct informed responses using a selection of relevant historical information.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

We will be learning about (content)

  • Why the war started and why it ended.
  • How we were effected by rationing.
  • How women’s roles changed.
  • The ‘war machines’ used and the influence they had.
  • Why children were evacuated and how this made them feel.


In R.E. we will be learning about Jewish beliefs and lifestyles.