Interactive lessons give pupils a real glimpse of life in wartime

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JAM sandwiches, gas masks and air raid sirens all featured in a Second World War-themed day at Dudley House School.

Year 5 and 6 pupils of the Grantham school arrived on Thursday dressed as evacuees, and spent the day playing games and doing activities synonymous with that period.

They transformed a classroom into a train station, where they ate their jam sandwiches and drank their milk at lunch-time.

Teacher Tanya Stukins said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot from the day.

“They enjoyed dressing up and they all made such an effort.”

Old-fashioned games such as Beetle Drive gave them a glimpse into children’s entertainment. The games were frequently interrupted by the sound of an air raid siren, and they rushed into their hand-made Anderson shelter to take cover.

The youngsters are learning about the Second World War as part of their history topic, and so the interactive day was a tool in helping them to learn about wartime.

Hearing the experiences of two grandparents who were youngsters during the war was also valuable for the pupils, said teacher Ms Stukins.

She said: “They came in to talk about their life and their memories of being children in the war.”

Pictured: Pupils hold on to the boxes which house their gas masks. Photo: 811B