A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It's 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory!
Parents and Carers please note on that during this topic we will be watching Goodnight Mister Tom this DVD is rated PG; however, the adaptation is based on the award winning children's novel by Michelle Magorian. In spite of this if you have any concerns regarding the viewing of this DVD please speak to me as soon as possible.
Exploring Lincolnshire Wartime Aviation Heritage
Years 5 & 6 undertook a mission to find out more about the role of the RAF in Lincolnshire during WW2. First on the agenda was a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Visitors Centre. Here the children were given a guided tour of this unique living memorial to all the men and women of the RAF who served during the Second World War. They had the opportunity to ask and answer questions about the aircraft and saw a range of airplanes including Spitfires, Dakotas and Lancasters.
RAF Metheringham was home, during the war, to 106 Squadron flying Lancaster Bombers. Here the children had the chance to investigate genuine 1940’s artifacts, spend time learning about evacuees in a wartime classroom and follow a quiz trail in the museum. Local experts were available for the children to ask relevant questions to extend their understanding of life at the base during WW2. At the sound of the air raid siren – it was time to enter the authentic bomb shelter and wait for danger to pass.
A Wartime Christmas
On Wednesday 3rd November, Year 6 took a trip back in time to Christmas 1939, with a visit to Thorpe Camp. This fantastic experience was organised by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire at this former war-time base.
Dressed in period costume, the children began by learning about rationing and baked their own carrot cookies - your can find out for yourself how surprisingly tasty they are by following the recipe below. Make do and Mend sessions focused on making your own Christmas cards and decorations and learning the skill of knitting!
After lunch, a traditional wartime story was followed by the enthusiastic (although not always co-ordinated) war-time dance lesson. Concluding the day was an energetic rendition of 'Run rabbit Run', complete with actions.
It was all together a wonderful experience and will provide great inspiration for both our writing, and for planning our very own Christmas party.