Pupils’ wartime lessons

Children at Hillcrest Community School in Gainsborough held a World War Two day were pupils took part in war time activities and dressed in period clothes G110701-6a
Children at Hillcrest Community School in Gainsborough held a World War Two day were pupils took part in war time activities and dressed in period clothes G110701-6a

CHILDREN at Hillcrest Community School in Gainsborough went back in time to experience life during World War Two.

A special day of activities saw pupils and teachers at the Heapham Road school dress up in clothes similar to those worn 70 years ago.

Key stage one classes had been learning all about the second world war, so they were able to teach the younger children all about it.

“We had a whole day trying to authentically replicate life for everyday people on the home front,” said headteacher Julie McDonald.

“They were told about they types of food that were not available during the war, and they even made a meal using rationed ingredients.”

The school also staged a mock evacuation, which brought home the sadness of families being separated.

Evacuees queued up with their gas masks and name tags around their necks, but fortunately they were not really put on trains to far off places.

The day ended with a spectacular VE Day party where lots of food was eaten to celebrate the end of the war.

Traditional wartime tunes serenaded the little dancers as they swung around the school hall.

“They had a lovely time,” said Mrs McDonald.

“We tried to make it as authentic as possible. It was education and fun all wrapped into one day.”