Beach Day June 2021
On Monday 14th June, Ford Class had an outdoor learning day at Alnmouth beach and up Bracken Hill. This session enabled children to explore and understand how WW2 had a lasting impact on the people and places around them. They saw for themselves the impact of the war, finding damage to local buildings. The class learnt about the efforts of the people of Alnmouth to defend their village by visiting the battery and tank traps. We met a local lady who remembers the events clearly and gave the children an amazing insight into what it was like for the villagers at the time.
The children enthusiastically built tanks and vegetable gardens on the beach as well as working in teams to come up with new fun games and upcycling found objects.
Thank you to Bridie from Mudlarks and Claire and Catherine, our fantastic governor volunteers. A great time was had by all! The children produced wonderful watercolour paintings and oil pastel landscapes the next day at school, recalling the amazing view from the top of Bracken Hill.
WW2 Evacuee Day
On Monday 10th May, Ford Class had a great outdoor learning day based on our WW2 topic this term. The children gained a deeper understanding of what it meant to be evacuated during the war. They arrived at school looking fantastic dressed as evacuees with labels, gas masks and suitcases.
Dig for Victory!
The children planted seeds to take home and planted more vegetables in the school beds. Evacuee children often had to help out in the garden and farm to help feed the whole family. The children also planted a bean or pea plant to take home.
Air Raid Shelters.
Even after children were evacuated to the countryside, there was still the threat of bombs. The children developed their team building skills to make their own shelters to hide in, just in case air raid sirens went off. They ensured the shelters were strong and safe and thought about what was needed in their shelter and how long they might be in there e.g. beds, chairs, food, books, radio etc.
Drama and Writing
In groups, the class wrote poetry, plays and postcards from an evacuee child’s perspective. We discussed how children might have felt being taken away from their families and arriving somewhere completely different. Would they love it or hate it? Would all children feel the same?
The class made magnificent dolls, soldiers and animals from wooden pegs, material scraps and pipe cleaners. Evacuee children would have made similar toys to play with because no other toys may have been available
During the two outbursts of rain the class took cover in the classroom, enjoying songs from WW2 including ‘Run Rabbit Run’, ‘Don’t Fence Me in’ and ‘In the Mood’.
The children (and adults) also found out about how families became creative to extend their rations by adding vegetables into some of their usual favourites, for example, carrot scones!
A fantastic day was had by all! A big thank you to Bridie from Mudlarks and our brilliant governors.