WW2 was declared in year 5 this term when we heard the radio announcement by Neville Chamberlain that the country was now at war.
We prepared our classrooms for air raids by blacking out the windows and collecting buckets of water and sand then arranging the tables into a suitable shelter for the whole class to fit under. This process was overseen by the air raid warden – a rather serious character who gave us strict instructions and some helpful advice. When the air raid siren sounded we made our way quickly and calmly to our shelters. The warden came around to check our preparations and to inform us that on this occasion, fortunately, it had been a false alarm however for their own safety, children were to be evacuated to the countryside immediately.
We prepared for evacuation by filling out an identity label and tying it to our clothing. We also made difficult choices about what we would like our parents to send to us in the small suitcase we were allowed to have. We assembled in the hall ready for departure, with our coats and packed lunches, then headed for the train station. We felt scared, worried and quite confused – much like the evacuees must have felt.
Our topic this term is ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. We looked at the propaganda posters with this slogan and some others which were designed at the same time. We created our own propaganda slogan and poster with a learning theme. Some even include Summercroft Learning Powers. These are on display in our classroom and our classroom windows if you would like to come and see them.
So far our new topic has been really interesting and we have come up with a whole lot more questions we want to find the answers to.