Castle Bromwich Junior School

Spring term


During the Spring term, the children have continued to work very hard across all subject areas. Please see below to take a closer look at what the children have been learning. 



In the first half of the Spring term, the children have used the texts War Horse (written by Michael Morporgo) and Rose Blanche (written by Roberto Innocenti) to inspire their reading and writing. The children have produced a fantastic range of final pieces, including: non-chronological reports, setting descriptions, letters and playscripts. 


In the second half of the Spring term, the children have used the text Goodnight Mister Tom (written by Michelle Magorian) to inspire their reading and writing. The children have really enjoyed learning about the characters of Tom Oakley and William Beech, and observe how their relationship develops during the course of the story. 


Within their Maths lessons, the children have continued to make good progress in the following areas: 

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Algebra
  • Converting between different units of measures
  • Calculating angles within shapes 



Across the whole of the Spring term, the children have been learning about World War 2. This topic has proved to be a very popular one as the children have really enjoyed sharing their newly learned knowledge with their peers and teachers. 

During their History lessons, the children have developed their knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Understanding where World War 2 fits into timeline chronology
  • The reasons for World War 2 starting
  • The impact of the outbreak of war in Britain
  • Evacuation
  • Rationing
  • Countries involved in the war
  • Key historical figures from World War 2
  • The Blitz
  • Battle of Britain


The children were also fortunate enough to visit RAF Cosford. During the trip, the children took part in an interactive workshop about The Blitz, as well as exploring the many aircraft that were involved during war. What a super day it was! 

See below for a selection of photographs from our World War 2 unit of work.


Linked to our History topic of World War 2, the children have created their own mixed media calligrams. The children's calligrams depict a word related to conflict. A calligram is a piece of text in which the design and layout of the letters creates a visual image related to the meaning of the word itself. 


Here are a selection of the children's amazing calligrams. 


Also linked to our History topic of World War 2, the children have learned about wartime songs by developing greater accuracy in pitch and control when singing.

The children explored the differences between music during World War 1 and World War 2. We found out that songs from World War 2 were more sentimental and encouraged emotions of sadness and affection. In contrast, songs from World War 1 were less about sentiment and more about keeping up morale with more energetic beats. 

During their Music lessons, the children learned how to sing The White Cliffs of Dover by Vera Lynn (pictured below).  


This term, the children have been working hard to learn about different sports. In addition to learning how to read and write the names of sports in French, the children have combined this with their knowledge of telling the time and the days of the week.

 See if you can practise the names of some sports using the word mat below.  

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