On Wednesday 23rd January the year 6 children began preparing for Blitz Night. As part of the year 6 topic, World War Two, the children have been learning about the Blitz and the effect it had on London and, especially how it impacted on children’s lives in 1940.
The children began by making a selection of wartime food including spam sandwiches, lemon curd sandwiches, macaroons, vegetable and oatmeal casserole.
Then at 5.00pm the children came back to school (some dressed in their pyjamas and dressing gowns) and brought their sleeping blankets with them. The main school hall had been set up with a selection of games including hopscotch and skipping roles and decorated with a number of replica posters from the war years.
The children hadn’t been in the hall very long when, all of a sudden, the warning siren sounded and search lights scanned the ceiling but all of them knew the drill! They lined up very sensibly and waited to be counted; they were then led into the safety bunker (or as we normally call it, The Small Hall). Inside the bunker were more posters. It was very dark and so candles were lit, allowing the children to play card games and dominoes whilst listening to songs from the era.
It was in the ‘bunker’ that the children enjoyed the sandwiches, casserole and cakes they had made earlier in the day and all of this was washed down with milk or fruit juice.
The children had a fantastic time – the evening really brought their learning to life and all of them said they enjoyed it.