In the first part of the Autumn term our topic was World War II. In English, we used our class novel 'Code cracking for beginners' as our inspiration when writing a story set in the London Blitz. Following on from that, we tried to imagine what it was like to be an evacuee and created our own diary entries describing what it was like being sent far away from home. In our history lessons, we had a more in depth look at the causes of the Second World War and then moved on to looking at what life was like on the home front. To link the topic to the local area we visited the Commonwealth War graves in Guiseley cemetery and heard about the role soldiers, sailors and airmen from our town played in the conflict. Our 'fantastic finish' gave the children a chance to become evacuees as we held our first ever World War II activity day in school. The children and staff came to school in period costume and instead of learning maths and English they had lessons in code breaking, ration book cooking, 1940s music and Blitz first aid.