The children came dressed as evacuees, complete with a gas mask box and a small suitcase/pillowcase filled with items they would pack. They listened to Mrs Jefferies talk about her experiences of life as an WWII evacuee and seeing the bombed remains of a neighbour’s house. ‘Sergeant Nicholls-Grey’ from the Parachute Regiment came in to look for potential future recruits. The children sewed toys out of scraps of material, knitted and made models of Anderson Shelters and sung war time songs. In the afternoon they had their rations of bread, butter, jam and spam.
16 October 2019
What a fantastic day we had yesterday! The children, as expected, did their teachers very proud. Once we arrived at Winchcombe Railway Station the children looked fantastic dressed as evacuees, stood on the old railway station platform. Throughout the day the children maintained a very mature, engaged attitude and interacted well with all of the activities. The children asked interesting questions and listened well to all of the characters that they met throughout the day. The whole experience really brought our WWII topic to life!
08 September 2019
Today we played detectives. On arrival to school the children heard an awful noise blaring from the classrooms. It was an air raid siren. As the children came into the classroom they found: upturned chairs, a table with very little food on it, a rationing book, old suitcases, knitting, blacked out windows, a picture of a tumbled down house and many other clues.
The children were then encouraged to imagine and describe what had happened.
Who lived here? Where are they now? How does this scenario make you feel?