P7 Update on Novel Study

P7 have thoroughly enjoyed the novel study The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and linking this with the events of WWII. Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in pre-war Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command of a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pyjamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighbouring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews. We have followed the lives of these two 9 year olds very closely throughout term two using a number of exciting reading strategies and using this as a context for our writing. We have also watched the DVD to make a comparison of storylines. We have enjoyed learning about the WWII leaders, the timeline of events in WWII, the Blitz, children in Britain who were evacuated and about rationing and the Dig for Victory Campaign. We have designed Anderson shelters in our home teams, created our own war medals and gas masks as a homework task and even listened to war time music including Run Rabbit. Mrs Sharp came in to tell us all about Bonnyrigg at war time and we completed the topic with a Victory Day party.