What a wonderful time we have been having in Year 6! The children have been exceptional and have shown such enthusiasm during our History topic, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.
We have made some delicious Woolton pies! Having learnt all about rationing, the children were tasked with producing a vegetable pie, just like those made in WWII. With only one rationed item allowed on their ingredients list, the children chose a selection of vegetables to form the basis of their pies. From broccoli to sweetcorn, swedes to potatoes, the choices were endless! In the kitchen, the children have shown such politeness and inquisitiveness and they have been absolute pleasures. The pies were a great success, enjoyed by many. The teachers thoroughly enjoyed taste testing the final products, too!
Not only this, but we were so incredibly lucky to have a visit from Mr Stiles, who enjoyed sharing his knowledge with us about his wartime experiences. He was evacuated at the age of 5 from Southampton in 1939. His story can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/35/a5942135.shtml. The children were delightful and listened with such interest. After his presentation, the children were able to ask Mr Stiles some questions and see some special wartime memorabilia that he had brought in. We are all so very grateful to Mr Stiles for giving up his time to come and talk to us.
Our History topic was summarised this week with our Evacuation Day. We had so much fun dressing up and immersing ourselves into different activities in order to understand what it would have been like to be evacuated. Some of the activities included taking part in a wonderful wartime English and Maths lesson, performing some drama, talking about how Basingstoke was affected by bombing, and painting some beautiful postcard pictures.
Overall, the children have had a wonderful time learning about WWII and their enthusiasm and interest has made the topic very enjoyable for us to teach! Well done Year 6!