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What was it like to be a World War II evacuee? Year 6 know…

This morning’s assembly from Year 6 may have hit The Barn a few weeks later than scheduled owing to the snow last term – but what a great performance it was! The theme was inspired by the children’s recent history topic on Britain in World War II war and by their recent exciting and memorable visit to the Time and Tide Museum. It focused on children evacuated from the city during World War II. Pillowcase bags and gas mask boxes in hand, Year 6 became brave little city children, off on a train to escape the horrors of air raids and live with kind strangers. They also marched as soldiers… and they sang us a song about evacuees.  As Lydia’s mother said, “It was a really wonderful assembly: so moving, and so well performed, the children did it all so well, including lovely singing.”

Well done, Year 6; and thank you to all the families who came to see the children perform.

Mr Peace


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Tales from an Air Raid Shelter

Last week, Years 1, 2 and 6 enjoyed separate talks from a lovely visitor, Tawny Rae (Mrs Bird’s mother) about her fascinating and memorable experiences as a child during World War II. She recalled sleeping many nights in an air raid shelter and having to run for the midwife late one night when she was about nine years old. (Her mother had taught her carefully what to do…and her baby sister was born safely!)

Other topics for discussion included the role of Anderson shelters, ARP wardens, rationing and life at school. We would like to thank Mrs Rae for giving up her time and providing us with such a thought-provoking visit.

Yr 6 History talk


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Year 6 Evacuees

Yesterday, Year 6 performed the first Prep class assembly of the year. They dressed up as evacuees, pillowcase bag and gas mask box in hand, and reminded us of the bravery of children during World War II. Inside each bag, they carried a special possession to remind them of home and many well-loved soft toys made their stage debut!

Thank you to the parents who attended the assembly.

Mr Peace

Yr 6 Evacuees