Sycamore Newsletter Term 1 – ‘World War 2’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a lovely summer holiday! Our topic for term 1 is ‘World War 2’ and we will be using the text ‘My Secret War Diary’ by Marcia Williams. Our topic work this term will be based on how the second world war started and the use of propaganda to encourage people to join the war effort. We will also be looking at the story of Anne Frank to help us understand how the Jews were treated during this time.

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday, please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult.
Spellings Spelling tests are every Thursday and your child will be tested on the ten spellings they selected in the previous week (from either the Year 3&4 or 5&6 curriculum spelling lists). Their spelling tests results will be recorded in the back of their books for them to share with you.
Maths Maths homework will be set on a Friday and will be expected to have been completed by the following Friday. Maths homework will be set on ‘Mathletics’ and the children have their logins stuck in their Reading Record book. This homework should be completed independently and will be a follow-up of the work they have been completing in class. The homework should take around 30 minutes to complete.
Grammar Grammar homework will be sent home on a Friday and your child will have 2 weeks to complete this. The homework will be based on the grammar they will be learning within their literacy lessons. This should take around 40 minutes and should be completed as independently as possible. To help with our in-class assessments, please indicate when you have helped your child.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.


Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss Hare

Reading at School and at Home

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Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Who was Adolf Hitler?
  • Why did WW2 begin?
  • What does ‘Propaganda’ mean?
  • Which festivals do Jews celebrate?
  • Can you explain the difference between Morrison and Anderson shelters?
  • What has happened so far in ‘My Secret War Diary’?
  • Who are the main characters in the story? How do you feel about them?
  • Can you predict what might happen next in the story?

World War 2 Learning Map