What an AMAZING day Year Six had yesterday! Andy Messer, the fantastic author and story teller, spent the whole day running a workshop with Year Six all about WWII.
Fascinating and clever, fun and exciting, Andy made learning about WWII really interesting by making us feel as though we were actually there.
Firstly, we pretended that we were children being evacuated from the city to the countryside. We were all given a number and a shape (which turned out to not mean anything) and asked to partner up. Next, we had to discussed with our partners how we would feel if we were actually being evacuated.
After break, we came back upstairs to classrooms and talked about the different sounds you could hear during the war. We talked about the different planes and tanks that the Germans and the British had and whether or not it was easy to identify which was which by just listening. Actually, it’s really really difficult. Just listen to the videos below and see if you can tell which is which…
Later on in the day, we were given a secret mission by Andy. Our job was to help protect the British Army by destroying some of the German tanks and other supplies.
We had ‘paper plate’ bombs which had a 1 minute time delay, so it was really important that we got in and out as quickly as possible. However, our mission wasn’t as simple as it seems because there was a German soldier on lookout with his torch. If his torch was shining on you, you had to be as silent and as still as possible so he didn’t shoot you! If was really exciting, if a little difficult.
One of our last tasks for the day was to look at two pictures of a countryside scene and a city scene during the Second World War. We had to discuss the main differences between the two images which sparked a heated discussion about whether it was better to be evacuated to the countryside or stay in the city.
We had such a brilliant day – thanks Andy!