World War II
For the last part of the Summer term, before we move into our new classes for Transition Weeks, we have been focusing on World War II which is what our Key Stage Two play is based on this year.
We began the project with gaining an overview of World War II. We split into groups to look at World at War, Children, War at Home and Everyday Life. We wrote a report about each area and fed back to the rest of the class. This allowed us to then make an informed decision about what we would like to focus on for the next three weeks.
The next steps..
Once we had an overview of World War II we discussed at length the areas that we had found the most interesting and agreed what we would like to focus on for the next few weeks.
Next week we are going to learn about the Blitz, we will then move onto children during the war, their schooling, the games they played and finally evacuation. We are going to be doing some drama, watching short clips of film and making some films of our own too. We have lots to learn and fun to be had!
The project will end with the performing of the Key Stage play which is set during World War II.
Week Two - The Blitz
Year three and year four were given two different children's accounts of their experience of the Blitz. They were asked to read their account, discuss what they found out from the text and then act it out in their groups. We then created freeze frames and had to explain when asked how we felt and why.
Extracts from the two accounts:
'Shortly after the sirens wailed you could hear the Germans grinding overhead. In my room, with its black curtains drawn across the windows, you could feel the shake from the guns. You could hear the boom, crump, crump, crump, of heavy bombs at their work of tearing buildings apart. They were not too far away.'
'On the same night as that we were all indoors keeping ourselves amused listening to a speech by Adolf Hitler, on an old radio. The radio was quite crackly but we all listened to the ranting and raving of this German, who they called the Fuhrer. On this same night the air raid warning sounded again and after about 5 minutes we heard the dreaded drone of the German planes again. This was now about 10 o’clock at night and my mother rushed us all out into the back garden and into an Anderson air raid shelter made of corrugated iron. It was half buried in earth and was right at the back of the garden'