Year 6 Evacuation Day
As part of their Fantasy Stories topic, our year 6 read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis. This story is set during the Second World war and centres on a family of children who are evacuated to the countryside to escape the danger of war in the city.
To broaden their experiences and understanding of life in World War II, Year 6 held an ‘Evacuation Day’. We all travelled back to 1940, dressing up in similar clothes to those worn by children during the war years. In the morning, we packed our suitcases ready to be evacuated, taking only the essential items on the list; leaving behind the luxuries of modern life – this in itself proved to be an interesting discussion! We wrote ourselves a label stating clearly our wartime name, our school and where in the countryside we would be travelling to. We then experienced the air raid sirens, hiding under the tables for protection, as we discussed our feelings of being in a crowded, noisy place. To raise our spirits, we joined Ms. Alice for some wartime singing.
After break, we were allocated a ‘new home’ for the rest of the morning; split up from our friends, we worked with different Year 6 teachers on some artwork which is now displayed in the quad. We finished our day with a dance – listening to typical music from the 1940s and learning a few new steps!