Today, Year 6 experienced what life would have been like as an evacuee during our World War II themed day. The children took part in a variety of different activities including sewing, medal making, gardening, army drills and an Anderson Shelter experience. The children were able to empathise with how civilians would have felt when they heard the air raid siren and discuss how difficult it must have been to be in a constant state of alert. It was also so lovely to hear some of the personal stories that the children were willing to share about their relative’s experiences during the war, no matter their role or age at the time. We certainly have some heroic relatives in our year group.
The children looked fantastic in their evacuee style costumes and had clearly put in a lot of effort to fully embrace our topic themed day. Several children also brought in family artefacts such as genuine WW2 ration books, a soldier’s metal helmet and a set of commemorative badges as part of their outfit. The other children were in awe of these authentic artefacts, which was fantastic to see.
The Year 6 children have been enthusiastic about the history of WW2 so far this term and we cannot wait to delve deeper in our historical enquiry as the term develops.
Take a look at our photos to see what we got up to…