During the autumn term, our learning themes were conflict and ingenuity. In our history lessons, the children learnt all about the great inventions and innovations of World War I and World War II. In the first half-term, they wrote some fantastic non-chronological reports about the development of tanks and planes during World War I. After half-term, we focused on war poetry in our literacy lessons. In preparation for Remembrance Sunday, the children read, discussed and performed a range of famous poetry, including For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon. We then went on to study flashbacks in literature, culminating in letters to loved ones from the trenches of World War I. In our maths lessons, the children have deepened and extended their understanding of place value, calculations, number rules and fractions. During the run up to Christmas, the children learnt about the ‘Make Do and Mend’ campaigns of World War II and applied this principle to making their own Christmas stockings using recycled materials from home. They were introduced to four stitches: running stitch, back stitch, over stitch and blanket stitch. In science, we started the year learning about puberty and then moved on to electricity during the second half-term.