Today, Year 6 travelled back in time to September 1939 to spend their day as an evacuee!
The morning started out on the ramparts where we learnt about anti-aircraft guns, the role of women in the war, and the history of Weymouth and why our local area was a target during the bombings.
We then split up into groups where we took part in three activities. Whilst visiting Mr Arkwrights’ shop, we learnt all about the importance of rationing and why rationing was introduced during the war.
In the kitchen and laundry room, we realised just how different everyday jobs were back in 1939! The children had a go at washing some clothes using wash pots and a mangler, and we squeezed under the dining room table to see just how many children could fit in a Morrison Shelter!
The evacuees also experienced what it would be like to sit through an air raid in an Anderson Shelter (a highlight for lots of the children!) and then took part in a competitive firefighting game whilst we learnt all about outdoor fire safety.
It was a fantastic day and the children represented Southill brilliantly; the staff and volunteers from the Nothe Fort commented on the class’ excellent behaviour and their impressive historical knowledge. Thank you to Mr Bell, Mrs Aitken, Mrs Harris and Mrs Hill for accompanying the children on their evacuee experience!