Children learn about war years as evacuees

Evacuation Day at Shoreham College SUS-151003-074004001
Evacuation Day at Shoreham College SUS-151003-074004001
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JUNIOR school pupils at Shoreham College re-enacted a wartime evacuation to find out what life was like at the school in 1940.

The children learned that 75 years ago, pupils from the boarding section of the college were evacuated to Milland House, in Liphook, Hampshire.

Youngsters dress as evacuees to find out about life at Shoreham College during the Second World War.

Youngsters dress as evacuees to find out about life at Shoreham College during the Second World War.

The school thought the anniversary was an ideal opportunity to give the children first-hand experience of what it was like to be a child at the college in the Second World War.

Dressed in 1940s costumes, pupils and teachers attended a traditional church service. There was a talk explaining why and how children were evacuated, before they learned the words to contemporary songs and sang the National Anthem for the King.

At the sound of a siren, the pupils filed out of church and were taken to the front of the school to be allocated to new grown-ups for the morning.

Back in class, the lessons were 1940s-style, with rote learning, times tables, poetry and handwriting.

We were so pleased to offer the children these experiences and bring history to life

Shoreham College spokesman

Teachers led PT lessons with marching, running, jumping and many more routines for fitness and 
agility.

The catering team provided Woolton pie and steamed pudding for lunch, to fit in with the theme.

A spokesman for the school said: “We were so pleased to offer the children these experiences and bring history to life.

“It helped us all to understand just a little bit better the hardship and fears of our own ancestors and families and to reflect on the importance of living in a peaceful and democratic world.”

PE lessons, 1940s style

PE lessons, 1940s style