Children turn back the clock 75 years to understand the plight of evacuees

November 02 2016

YOUNGSTERS from Frenchay Primary School stepped back in time when they experienced what life was like for evacuee children during the war.

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YOUNGSTERS from Frenchay Primary School stepped back in time when they experienced what life was like for evacuee children during the war.

Boys and girls from the school's Dragon Class visited Swindon Steam Railway Museum as part of their topic on the Second World War.

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 came dressed in clothes that would have been worn during the war, most choosing to be evacuees who were being sent to the safety of the countryside. 

Some even had replica name labels from the time and carried gas masks. Teachers also came in character.

The children experienced how it would have felt to have been in an air raid shelter, listening to the sounds of bombs dropping all around them. 

They also carried out role play, becoming members of a family during the war and also played with toys which would have been popular at the time.

Another highlight was when they sat on a steam locomotive which was used for transporting soldiers and artillery. They also managed explore the interactive activities and artefacts on display in the museum. 

Class teacher Helen Shepherd said: “The day was amazing. The trip gave the children a fantastic opportunity to experience what life would have really been like for children living during the time of the Second World War. They enjoyed dressing up and getting into character and they learnt so much from the day.

"The best part for many though was the ‘Evacuee Experience’. Children could really see what it would have been like to leave their families and be evacuated on a train to the countryside.

"The volunteer staff at the museum were excellent and played the roles of Air Raid Patrol Officer and Evacuation Officers brilliantly. The children really believed they were there and learnt so much from them."

Pupil Che Mate-Kole, age 10, said: "I had a mind-blowing time! During the trip, we laughed and joked but found it very interesting. To be honest I found it so interesting I would love to go again!"

Zachary Webb, also 10, added: "I learnt so much over the day such as: despite everyone being issued with gas masks, the Nazis never bombed us with gas."