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World War II Workshop

Posted on: 23 Sep 2021 by Weston Green School

World War II Workshop

Our Year 6 evacuees had only just settled into their classroom when the eerie sound of an air raid siren echoed through the school and the local ARP warden (with a remarkable resemblance to Mr Lang) guided them out onto the playground!

They soon found themselves being driven to The Chertsey Museum where a variety of activities awaited them. Drawing on their enquiry skills, the children studied an array of war artefacts, including helmets, masks, identity cards and even a black out curtain. Analysis of a local map demonstrated bomb patterns and the damage suffered in the local area.  The children also had an insight into the severity of rationing and were all surprised to find the tea ration was fairly generous - made possible by Britain buying up all the available tea in the world in 1942!

Finally, a look at propaganda posters showed the importance of the war effort on the home front before Year 6 made gas masks to take home with them.

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