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Welcome to Amethyst Class - Yr 6


Welcome to the Amethyst  class page! Here you will find links to useful websites, information about our topics and recent activities and options to download key documents.

As always, if you have any queries or questions, we are available every day after school, or by email at sally@netherfield.e-sussex.sch.uk 

Remember: Please bring in your good news from home slips! All news welcome!

Term 1 A Child's War


A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead.  Take cover! It's 1939 and Britain is at war.  Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Read the diary of Anne Frank, written whilst hiding from the terrifying storm troopers in a secret annexe, and try to empathise with her hopes and fears. Make do and mend - and cook up a family meal from meagre rations.  And, as peace is declared, let's get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says 'It's unconditional surrender!'


Fun Facts

  • Schools sent letters home telling parents what to pack for their children’s evacuation. Recommended items included washing items, clean clothes, strong walking shoes and a favourite book.
  • Operation Pied Piper was the code name for the evacuation of nearly three million people, most of whom where children, from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombing.
  • Children were sometimes evacuated to homes very different from their own. Some ended up in country houses with butlers! Some children, evacuated from slum homes without bathrooms, refused to get into baths in their temporary home because they were scared of drowning!
  • Important paintings from the National Gallery were evacuated to Wales during the War to keep them safe!
  • Many children were evacuated on special steam trains. Their journeys often took several hours.Each evacuee carried a gas mask, food for the journey and a small bag for washing things and clothes. The children had a label pinned to them giving their name, home address, school and where he or she was going.
  • Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister at the start of the Second World War. He resigned in May 1940 and was replaced by Winston Churchill.
  • The war speeches of Winston Churchill, including ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’, boosted the morale of the British public in times of fear and uncertainty and inspired eventual victory.
  • Anderson shelters were built in gardens using corrugated iron. Morrison shelters were constructed indoors.
  • Anne Frank was only 13 years old when she went into hiding with her family in Amsterdam.
  • During the Second World War, British eating habits improved. Rationing meant that food was shared equally between the rich and poor. People ate more vegetables to fill themselves up, and foods such as white bread and sugar were less readily available.
  • Children were given daily milk, cod liver oil and orange juice to boost their vitamin levels. Improved diet and nutrition meant that children grew taller and heavier than before the War..


This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Monday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Thursdays, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Thursdays as well. The children will also have an Arithmetic Test and a Grammar Test to help prepare them for similar tests at the end of Key Stage Two, but will be tested solely on knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom.

Those children who forget to bring in their homework, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the homework during their lunch time.

Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.