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West Norfolk schoolchildren transported back to the days of World War II




Schoolchildren were transported back a century through a hands-on learning day last week.

Middleton Church of England Primary Academy turned the whole school into an immersive Second World War experience.

A team from the North Norfolk Railway’s education department attended the school to run a series of workshops for the children.

Class Teachers Samantha Shaw (event organiser) and Karen Williamson with some of the pupils taking part
Class Teachers Samantha Shaw (event organiser) and Karen Williamson with some of the pupils taking part

Samantha Shaw, year 3 and 4 class teacher, said: “After lunch children learnt about British and German planes.

“They learnt how to spot the differences and how an enemy plane would have been reported to Headquarters.

“Children used clipboards and worked together to decided whether something was an enemy plane or a British plane.”

Clare Sullivan helping the pupils prepare a rationed lunch
Clare Sullivan helping the pupils prepare a rationed lunch

The pupils also handled artefacts, tried on gas masks and made their own lunch using rationed items.

Among the ingredients for sandwiches were spam, brown bread, beetroot, cabbage, butter and carrots. These were eaten with jelly, tinned fruit and an iced cake.

An air raid drill also took place in which the windows were blacked out.

Pupils making a rationed lunch
Pupils making a rationed lunch

Mrs Shaw added: “They really enjoyed this experience and could understand how scary it would have been for the children in the war.”

To round off the day, the children met Father Christmas and were each given an apple.


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