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World War Two Discovery Sessions

 
KS2 World War Two Discovery Sessions
 
Air Raid Experience
 
KS2: Britain since 1930
 
Focus: what it was like for children living through the Blitz in the Second World War.
 
Overview: The ARP Warden sounds our original siren to signal an imminent air raid. Inside and outside our meticulously researched reconstruction of a public shelter, pupils interpret a superb collection of original WW2 objects and ephemera relating to the Blitz and bombing, air raid shelters, air raid precautions and the role of the ARP Warden. Pupils experience, first-hand, the conditions inside a shelter including sleeping and personal ablutions. The class consider questions such as how did people pass the time and how did they keep their morale high? After the anxiety of the raid, the Warden sounds the All Clear and pupils emerge from the shelter to reflect on their experience.
 
Curriculum Links 2014:
KS2 History: A study of an aspect of British History beyond 1066: A significant turning point in British history.
 
Evacuation Experience

KS2: Britain since 1930

Focus: What it was like for children who were evacuated in the Second World War.

Overview: Share the anxiety and excitement as your pupils simulate the experience of leaving, travelling and arriving at destination as evacuees. On our station platform and inside our meticulously researched reconstruction of a wartime carriage, the pupils pack an evacuee’s suitcase, school satchel and lunchbox and handle original WW2 objects relating in particular to gas and blackout. The session finishes with a role-play as pupils are chosen or rejected by host families on arrival in the countryside.
 
Curriculum Links 2014:
KS2 History: A study of an aspect of British History beyond 1066: A significant turning point in British history.
 

KS1 World War Two Discovery Sessions

A Wartime Childhood: The Coming of War Brings Change to the Family
 
KS1 only: Britain since 1930

Focus: What it was like for children living through the Second World War.

Overview: Using narrative, storytelling, original objects, costume and hands on activities, pupils become part of a family whose lives are affected in different ways by the coming of war. As father and elder son leave to join the war effort away from home, Mother and children are left behind to take on new roles and deal with much altered lifestyles, wartime shortages and household pressures.  The story is told through the eyes of the family left at home. The eldest daughter embraces the new opportunities presented by war work for women. She joins the WAAF and enjoys her new social freedom. The younger son and daughter cope with limited entertainment and shortages. Mother joins the Women's Voluntary Service and tackles the challenges of food deficiencies, rationing and 'making do and mending'.

This session has been particularly designed to enable children (and teachers!) to 'do' rather than listen. It involves 'up and moving' activities with many opportunities to handle a variety of objects and talk to each other and together in small groups. Amongst other activities, all children will learn wartime signalling and experience simple WW2 dance, play with WW2 toys, learn how families got around rationing and investigate mystery objects from the era.
 
Curriculum Links 2014:
KS1 History:  Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
 
Booking
Please call or email the Lifelong Learning team to discuss your needs and find out costs for your session. Call 01793 466640 or email steameducation@swindon.gov.uk
 
If you have any further questions please take a look at our Teachers' FAQs 
 
Teachers' materials to support any of the above Discovery Sessions can be found on the STEAM Education Packs page.
 
Important note: If you have a query about a booking you have made with us, please do check the Teachers' FAQs page before calling us. Please be aware that we experience a very high volume of 'phone calls during September and October and during the first two weeks of every new term, so please do bear with us during these times. If you reach voicemail it means all lines are busy.
 
When leaving a message for our Learning Team, please be sure to leave your name, school and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. During busy periods, this could take up to five working days.
 

 

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