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Autumn 2 - World at War

To start off our World at War topic, we had a visit from a war veteran who told us all about the First World War and his role in subsequent wars. We were invited to a Remembrance Event at Malvern Library. On crosses, we wrote the names of soldiers who were originally from Malvern and died in the First World War. We then took them and planted them along with some other local schools to remember those who gave their lives for our country. Below are some photos from the event. 
Following on from this, we investigated what life was like for soldiers in the trenches. We used various different sources and used these to answer questions about the trenches. Here we are evaluating some sources:

In Art, we had a look at some propaganda posters for World War One. Once we had considered the important features, we had a go at painting our own. Check back soon for the finished product!

In ICT, we have spent some time finding out about the soldiers from Malvern who died in the First World War. We used some different websites to gather information about the soldiers and we are going to use this to populate a database later in the term.
In Science, we have been thinking about one of the treats that soldiers would have had in their ration packs: biscuits! To start with, we conducted an experiment into what factors affect how quickly a biscuit will drop off when dunked in liquid. Later in the term, we are going to have a look at the recipes for biscuits and even have a go at making our own!
For the last three weeks of term, we have been using the Sainsbury's 2014 Christmas advert portraying the Christmas Truce of 1914. We started off by acting it out, here are some photos of us in action!
In RE, we have been thinking about what churches tell us about God. We then created our own stained glass windows showing a story from the Bible or an important symbol of Christianity. 
Following on rom our biscuit dunking experiment, we made some of our own trench biscuits following a traditional recipe. We taste tested them and then modified them with a group, writing a new recipe. The following lesson, we then baked our own biscuits and taste tested them too! We loved baking biscuits - it's definitely been our favourite activity of the topic!
We created a fantastic World War One exhibition for our learning logs - here they are!
In our final week, we held a poetry event with Year 4 and 6. We had all written poems, we then performed them to each other in small groups. After that, some of us got to perform ours on the stage in front of everybody! We did a fantastic job!