13 Sep Year 6 Evacuation Day
Year 6’s World War Two topic started stunningly on Tuesday with a day of immersion into the world of Evacuation. The children came into the station (the hall) where they were helped by the Billeting officers to find new homes for the day. Children were sent all over the country during WW2 such as Stoke on Trent, Liverpool, Wales, Elm Class. The evacuees were asked to carry out a number of tasks during their time away. We hope they had fun! On being sent away, suitcases were filled with essentials – jam sandwiches for the long journey; a comb, toothbrush, soap and a face towel to keep clean as well as extra clothes to ensure they were well equipped for their new homes and families. During the day, we had the opportunity to ‘Make do and Mend’ much like they did during this time of austerity. Another ‘essential’ in their cases was a teddy – a companion to keep the children company during their journey. We decided to make new clothes for their soft toy out of material that might have been otherwise discarded. No one could waste a thing! With this mindset, rationing was a very obvious reality on Evacuation Day. Using just meagre amounts of sugar, butter, vanilla extract and copious amounts of flour and carrots (which off course were grown in our gardens) the children made delicious, crunchy and golden carrot biscuits! During this time, we had 2 air raid sirens go off. Quickly making our way to the underground shelter (the library) we kept spirits high with radio broadcasts, listening to kids hour hosted by Princess Elizabeth herself and reflected on how people would have kept morale up.
No trip away is complete without writing a postcard or letter home, telling loved ones about the journey so far; what has been enjoyed and what the children could do without – carrots came up a lot in their letters. We ended the day reflecting on how life would have been like for these children and the different experience people went through. The children acted beautifully and an enjoyable and fun day was had by all.