On Monday 7th October all the children in Year 5 and 6 took part in an interactive World War Two experience day. A company called Splatt Theatre came in to deliver workshops to all three classes, giving them a taste of what it was like to be an evacuee during the war.
The children were called into the hall and greeted by the billeting officers. After having a quick health check, they were split into two groups to take part in different activities. One group learnt about ‘Make Do and Mend’ during the war, which involved learning how to sew using a running stitch and finding out about how people mended their own clothes during the war. The other group took part in ‘Ration book cooking’ and made a wartime recipe – Carrot biscuits! The children also learnt the importance of not wasting food and using vegetables that were grown a lot at that time.
To end the workshop, the actors told a story involving a young evacuee and her mother which helped the children to understand how difficult this would have been for children and parents. All the children made a great effort to dress up in evacuee costumes and were given a label to show their name and school. The workshop also incorporated famous music and speeches from the 1940s which helped the children to imagine life back then.