Year 6’s 1940s Day
On the 17th of April, Year 6 were visited by Phil Cooke (a ‘History Off the Page’ employee). He set the mood by explaining the activities we would be taking part in.
At 9:30, Phil taught us how to act in a 1940’s school room. We had to write with an inkwell and a pen (pencils were rationed at that time).Daniel quickly became ‘Head Boy’ and Abigail R. also became ‘Head Girl’.
To start the school day, we had to rehearse a prayer ‘Be with us Dear Lord, This morning we Pray, and keep safe, Those who keep evil away’. As you can see, we learnt it very well.
Next, ‘Mister’ taught us how to keep safe during an air raid attack. We had to ‘take our gas masks out from under our chair, put it on and hide under our tables’.
Then, Daniel and Abigail had to practice putting out a fire (Aaron).They all got very wet but ‘Mister’ was pleased with them and gave them all a merit.
After lunch, we all came in again to find a very different set up. This time, instead of a classroom we made it into a market square to teach us about rationing. We all took turns being either a shopper or a shopkeeper. After a while, Emma Va. was appointed as a police officer and when the air raid drill went off it was her job to keep everybody safe. In the market square was a café where spam sandwiches and orange squash were served to everyone’s delight.
Eventually, Phil had to leave and, with a team effort, his van was packed with everything he brought in. On behalf of all of Year 6, we would like to thank Phil and all the parents and teachers that helped us have the best experience possible.
Written by Emma Va and Ella
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