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History Curriculum In Action
 

Our LKS2 pupil all know and understand a great deal about life in our country during the war. They put on a wonderful play for us about an evacuee called Harry. Life was tough for children sent away from the cities.

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Picture 2 Sometimes their parents had gone off to fight
Picture 3 Their teachers were often very harsh in those days
Picture 4 The army was not an easy life either
Picture 5 Older folk often had to become air raid wardens
Picture 6 The nation pulled together like a platoon
Picture 7 Gas masks were carried around everywhere
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Picture 9 Everyone had to step up to do their bit
Picture 10 Digging for victory was one way of producing food
Picture 11 Some women became Land Girls - working on farms.
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Well done LKS2.A excellent demonstration of learning.

 

We'll meet again - don't know where...?

Our Young Pioneers were evacuated as part of our rememberance of the war years this week.

 

They were given a list of items to be packed into their pillow case.

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Picture 2 Some struggled to carry all their worldly goods.
Picture 3 Our teachers were evacuated with us.
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When we arrived at our destination we were informed of the dangers of attacks by German bombers up the Tyne. A ministry of defence boffin told us about our secret mission.

 

We were paraded around the church and Father Alun selected two pupils to live with him and his wife in the vicarage.

 

These pupils were particularly clean - a nail inspection was vital and clean teeth also!

 

The girls were asked to show their hankerchiefs as previous evacuees had been poorly behaved.

 

The vicar asked if the pupils could look after the church and to do duties.

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Picture 6 Walking the dog everyday was top of the list.
Picture 7 Then we had a wartime snack.
Picture 8 The evacuees work on the secret missile defence
Picture 9 Major Tom told them about aerodymanics.
Picture 10 Looked at creatures who were brilliant at flying
Picture 11 We were asked to send secret messages via pigeon.
Picture 12 The messages were fixed to the bird
Picture 13 Then sent to a contraption away from enemy eyes.
Picture 14 We then looked at a model V2 rocket.
Picture 15 We refined our ideas.
Picture 16 We tested our models.
Picture 17 The V2 flew down on wires.
Picture 18 We worked in teams.
Picture 19 We were told about the V2 menace.
Picture 20 5.4.3.2.1 BLAST OFF.
Picture 21 Our army officer cooked us up a wartime meal.
Picture 22 SPAM!
Picture 23 And more SPAM!
Picture 24 We opened our letters from home - very sad!
Picture 25 Then the V2 was sent down for testing.
Picture 26 We aimed at the target - direct hit!
Picture 27 We had a talk on gas attacks.
Picture 28 Would you have enjoyed life as an evacuee?

We prepared an Egyptian banquet for our thirsty slaves!

 

We had an afternoon of activities - including mummification for beginners.

 

We encouraged all our pupils to taste the delights of the Egyptian harvest.

 

We included dates, figs, radish, red onion, barley to name a few.

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Picture 6 Everyone was encouraged to try a bite.
Picture 7 Some were less inclined to taste everything.
Picture 8 Some would have starved for sure!

Remembrance Day seemed an appropriate time to unveil our artwork as part of our 'Flanders Field Exhibition'. We invited Mr Chandler (an ex-soldier); Mrs Tinning (Chair of Governors); Mr Roberts and Mrs Armstrong (ex-Chair). Mrs Broderick provided some beautiful music and our pupils ushered our guests and told them about our work.

 

 

Our pupils assembled in the hall with our teachers to pay their respects to those who fell in the Great War.

 

Each pupil brought a poppy to represent a soldier.

 

Mr Chandler was once a soldier – he came in to help us with our remembrance ceremony.

 

Mr Outterside told us about a battalion of soldiers from his village and our pupils read poems.

 

We held our poppies as Mrs Broderick played a lament on the violin then we all fell silent.

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Picture 3 Mr Chandler
Picture 4 Mr Outterside
Picture 5 Mrs Broderick
Picture 6 We thought about the soldiers and their familes
Picture 7 Our ‘Flanders Field’ gallery was made ready
Picture 8 Pupils made guard of honour along the corridors

Our display contained writing and pictures of our school trips to Belgium to see the sites of the Great War.

 

Our work of art was ready to unveil – Mr Roberts had designed the tribute and all our pupils contributed a poppy. They used acrylic paint – some were finger prints and others were painted.

 

 Our pupils observed and listened from the hall.

 

 Mrs Broderick led Mrs Tinning (Chair of Governors); Jen Armstrong (ex-Chair) and Mr Chandler down to the gallery. We all listened to the words.

 

The pupil’s work was unveiled by Mrs Tinning and Mrs Armstrong. A worthy piece of art that will be a lasting tribute.

 

Each poppy representing a soldier. We posed for pictures after the ceremony. Well done Mr Roberts and our pupils.

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Picture 5 Each poppy a different pupil.
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Picture 9 The poppy field began to fill up.
Picture 10 All the classes contributed poppies.
Picture 11 They admired the gallery.

We shall remember them…

 

Historical Evidence


Our new curriculum involves looking closely at different pieces of historical evidence. These pupils are looking at artefacts belonging to their relatives who were involved in the Great War.

 

Our 'big art' project also tells us what life was like in the trenches. This can be seen at the Cathedral and then in our school gallery.

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It is important to look closely - can you see who this belonged to and where they were from?

 

 

Life during the Blitz

It was a sad day for the children of Waverley who were sent away to Beamish to keep them safe from the Luftwaffe raids on Newcastle.

 

Some of the children were sick on the journey - they had never left home before. Each child carried a gas mask, a teddy, their lunch, an ID card and a name tag.

 

They travelled by bus to the farm where they would spend the war.

 

We had to make sure all of the lights were dimmed as we prepared for our first night away from home as evacuees.

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Picture 3 Some were excited but others looked worried.
Picture 4 Home Farm would be their destination.
Picture 5 It was smelly and different to life in Lemington
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Picture 7 Look at the difference between the lights
Picture 8 Windows were taped up in case they were shattered
Picture 9 Food was plentiful but they had to work for it.
Picture 10 They were prepared to dig for victory.
Picture 11 We made our beds with hay and wrote letters home.
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The Air Raid Precautions man inspected our blacked out building.

Living History


We were lucky to have a visit from Ada Kennedy - she came to tell us about life during the war.

 

She was just starting school when war broke out but she was not evacuated.

 

The classes enjoyed talking to her about life during wartime.

 

We had to prepare questions to ask and listen to the responses.

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We had a look at her identification book - have alook at the podcast pages to hear her tales.


Lindisfarne Gospels

Some of our older pupils visited an exhibition of our work at the Central Library in Newcastle. Our year 5/6 classes worked with artist Effie Burns on the project. You can see our 'gospels' exhibited and we were also shown how our artwork would look once it was fired in the glass kiln.

 

 

We also had the opportunity to contrast the gospels with other exhibits at the library. We also viewed some interesting South African art.
Check out the images below.
 

Tudor Day

We were visited by a Tudor lady. We ate soup prepared by our Tudor cook. We designed our own Tudor homes. We made nosegays full of herbs and also created our own marzipan Tudor roses for the King's feast.

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What a super learning day for us all!
 

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The Gunpowder Plot

Pipes of Peace

Assembly introduction music

War Horse Trailer

War Horse before the trenches

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