We recently welcomed a very special visitor into Year 4 who kindly came to help the children continue with their World War Two history project. Staff member Bev had the wonderful idea of asking her 88 year-old mother Joan to share with the pupils her memories of childhood evacuation during the War.
Year 4 have been looking in particular at the wartime experiences of London children. We have researched the reasons why children had to be evacuated from the capital, and how a temporary move to the countryside might impact upon their life. To be able to listen to a first-hand account of wartime evacuation was an incredibly useful exercise for the pupils.
Joan explained how she was first evacuated to Sevenoaks, and later to Tunbridge Wells. We heard about how she felt frightened when she first left her family holding her gas mask. Joan spoke of how she was able to try out new types of food. We also learnt that listening to the radio was a fond wartime memory of hers.
The pupils then heard how evacuation didn’t always guarantee safety. Joan was hop picking in a field in Kent when a German aircraft started to attack the workers in the field. Joan mentioned that this wasn’t as bad as the bombing that was taking place in London.
We were able to see some photographs of Joan in her Airforce uniform. Joan then kindly agreed to answer some questions from Year 4 about her memories of evacuation. This was a sensitive topic, which the children approached with great maturity. Many thanks to Joan and Bev for allowing the pupils to continue their learning with this first-hand account.
Our Wartime learning has also benefited from another recent trip. Having already visited the cargo ship HQS Wellington, we have now been able to compare this ship following another trip to the warship HMS Belfast.
The pupils were able took at the living conditions of the sailors who were on board. We also had the chance to visit the Captain’s Bridge and try on various Naval uniforms.
Another recent visitor to Year 4 has been Dan the Skipping Man. All pupils were able to learn some new skipping techniques such as the Pretzel, the Rodeo Rub and some Double Dutch. We were able to put on a short skipping display to impress our friends from other classes.
We would also like to congratulate the pupils working with Dan and Fatima on helping to improve their maths knowledge. Some impressive progress has been made – so much so that we thought it worth staging a special certificate ceremony to celebrate this. Many thanks to the parents who came along to support this achievement.
Finally we are thrilled to be able to announce that Year 4 will be taking part in the Battle of the Bands competition being staged at the South Bank Centre on 11 February. We are optimistic of impressing the judges with our ukulele renditions of Blue Suede Shoes and Wild Thing. The pupils also have a wonderful choir chant of We Will Rock You to showcase our vocal skills.
Good luck Year 4 and Lorraine, our wonderful ukulele leader!