This week we have been writing flash backs in our English.(Flash backs are memories.) We have been writing about Charlie And The chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. (We looked at Grandpa Joe’s flash back).
In maths we have been doing place value and making numbers smaller and bigger.
In music we have been doing clarinet with Mrs Lane and Miss Garabette. It was quite loud.
By Oliver and Ben
In Maths, both Year 4 classes went on the field and took part in different activities linked to measure. The three stations were length, weight and capacity. In English, we have been busy writing newspaper reports all about the dragon from ‘The Iron Man’ landing on Australia. This week, in Science we continued to investigate magnets. We discovered that coins must contain steel in order to be magnetic.
Our investigation into Forces has continued with us looking into how forces affect sport and how those invisible forces that surround, us daily, have such an important role to play. The children have discovered that invisible forces such as gravity and magnetic attraction move and repel things without any visible contact. They have discovered that magnets have poles, that they repel and attract one another, as well as differing types of magnetic materials. In our last investigation the children looked at whether larger magnets were stronger than smaller ones.
The children wrote their own method for this investigation and compared 4 different types of magnets, making predictions before and comparing their results with their predictions to see if they were true. There were a variety of results between groups, with some surprises and unexpected results, but the children realised that even the smallest magnets can be the most powerful.
Our English work with Iron Man continues, looking at the ‘Iron Man’s Feast’ in the scrap yard, with the children editing and creating their own version. Thinking about and adding description and the emotions that the Iron Man, Hogarth and the farmers may feel as they watched him gorge himself, then making it into a small piece of drama. We had some amazing ideas of the Iron man making giant pizzas with oil sauce, instead of tomato, cogs, iron fillings and corrugated metal being the toppings, instead of cheese, bacon and pepperoni. The Iron Man stuffing his face, with pieces of metal falling out of his mouth, like crumbs and oils dripping off his chin, hands and fingers.
Year 3 & Yr 4 are enjoying their Tennis and Swimming on Thursday mornings, with some of Koala class, being encouraged to take up Tennis at club level, but all enjoying the opportunity to improve their eye hand coordination and discover a new sport. The Yr 4’s swimming, has progressed in the short time, with the more able swimmers developing their strokes and the beginners becoming more confident and creating new water confidence and skills. Keep it going & Well done!
With the threat of war imminent between Germany and Britain the Prime Minister sent an order of evacuation to everyone on Friday 31st August 1939. Since German bombers were thought, by the government, to be attacking. The evacuees were sent from big cities such as London, Liverpool, Manchester and more to the countryside.
WHAT EVACCUEES TOOK WITH THEM?
Some Evacuees took many items along with them; others, who were poor, took only an apple, a towel and a mackintosh. Evacuees had to take a few things, although the homes they were sent to give them a variety of the same objects. Gasmasks hung around their shoulders were ever they went. Attaching to their coats, labels, which had their identity on, were there so that people knew who they are.
Evacuees travelled on a train and rarely travelled on a bus. Cheerfully, the children thought that the journey was an adventure. Quickly, that all changed. Children were sent to places like Devon, Cornwall, and Wales and villages in the countryside. This was because there would we less chance of bombers bombing.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE AN EVACUEE?
Tired and hungry, children would arrive at the countryside. They did not know if they would see their families again. Some children had kind host families; others had a horrible host family. An evacuee would have been nervous and excited at the same time. Majority of the evacuees, were evacuated, were 7 or 8 years old.
HOW THE BLITZ AFFECTED EVACUEES.
Evacuation started on the 1st September 1939, though it was announced on the 31st August 1939. In May 1940 the Government tried to persuade the mothers to send their children back to the countryside. The first bombs were dropped in 1940, fortunately all the evacuees were out of London by then. On 17th September 1940 a boat, which was carrying many evacuees, was bombed and sunk on its way to Canada.
On the 7th may 1945, war was officially over. Evacuees were returning home, but many parents had died fighting; so Host families adopted the children.
With the threat of war between Germany and Britain millions of children and mothers with under-fives were evacuated. Evacuation was announced on the 31st of August 1939; on September 1st evacuees were removed from big cities such as: London, Liverpool and Manchester. Children were evacuated because the Government was worried about their safety. It was expected that German bombing would start almost at once.
An Evacuees Luggage
When evacuees were evacuated they bought many bags full of equipment they’d need. For the journey they brought food like sandwiches, apples and chocolate. Boys and girls packed different things: boys packed two vests, underwear, one pair of trousers, two pairs of socks, six handkerchiefs, a shirt and a jersey or a pullover. Girls brought: a vest, a few knickers, two pairs of stockings, six handkerchiefs, a blouse and a cardigan. When children were sent away they wore labels with their name and address on it (this was called an identity label).
Early in the morning children went to school with their belongings, which from then on they’d go to the bus station which would take them to the railway tracks, the train would take them to the country side. Some children got to other countries by a ship. Once they arrived in the evening evacuees had often been sick were hungry and tired. Some children felt the journey was an exciting holiday or outing; others felt sick, dreadful and anxious. Waiting outside the train station the Billeting Officer took them to the Town Hall, where each individual was taken to their host families.
What was it like to be an evacuee?
Most evacuees were very quiet and kept to themselves. Evacuees had lots of different life experiences and saw lots of animals for the first time such as: dogs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, cows and horses. Some evacuees ran away from their host families to try and get back home. A few evacuees didn’t run away because they were 5years or under and were lucky enough to have their mums with them.
Although Britain didn’t want a war the Government was ready and deeply prepared. Evacuation was very successful at keeping children safe. The war ended in 1945 when Germany surrendered after trying to attack Russia. After the war all the countries who were involved still had evacuees in different parts of their countries. It took a while for everything to gradually settle back to normal. For some children, in Britain, they never went back to their home cities because their parents had died but were lucky enough to be adopted by their host families.