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Junior 6 WW2 Homefront project

28 November 2019 | Tagged: Junior School, Events
Our Junior 6 classes have thoroughly enjoyed their most recent topic on the World War 2 Homefront.

Pupils have been learning about life during the War and have shown great enthusiasm throughout. The topic involved pupils comparing life during the War to life nowadays. This included re-enacting events and bringing them to life through a model home and devised family that would tell the story of life throughout the War. Pupils then went on to use their digital skills and created iMovies to tell the stories of their families, as well as sharing the facts they had learnt.

Throughout literacy, there were many opportunities to integrate the topic and develop pupils’ figurative language and use their imaginations. Pupils had to write diary entries from the perspective of evacuees as well as a child’s imagined response to the devastation after the Clydebank blitz.

Class teacher Gillian Reid said, "Both classes have really enjoyed bringing the history topic to life. A number of multi aesthetic lessons, meaningful visits and trips, as well as using different resources has allowed the children to stay engaged and connected to the subject."

Some of the topic highlights included: 

  • A visit from Captain Dean from Homefront Histories who hosted a full day workshop where pupils were able to handle artefacts, learn marching drills in the playground and even discover how to defuse a incendiary bomb!
  • A school trip to Scotland Street School where pupils were transported into school life during the war. Pupils wore traditional 1940’s school uniform, were led by a very strict school teacher named Miss James, got to sit in an old classroom with ink-well desks and see how much has changed from going to school during the War to now.
  • Concluding the project, both classes celebrated VE day with a war-themed non-uniform day where pupils went all out, dressing up as soldiers, pilots, children during the War and even a homemade army tank! 
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