The children are enjoying their history-led topic learning all about World War 2. So far, the children have been learning about the cause of World War 2, identifying some of the key events which happened during this period of time as well as learning about which countries and leaders were involved.
Rationing and Food Technology
Last week, our history focus was rationing. The children learned about the role of the Ministry of Food and changes which were implemented such as encouraging families to have allotments, discouraging waste and changing eating habits. When rationing was introduced, families had to plan their meals carefully. They made use of foods which were not rationed as they had to limit the amount of sugar, dairy and meat they were having. Lord Woolton, who led the Ministry of Food, worked together with chefs to come up with new meals and recipes which families could try at home. The Woolton Pie was one of these recipes and it was included in The Times newspaper in 1941.
In class, the children learned about how this pie was made and then in groups, designed their own. They got to choose which vegetables they were going to include and how they were going to enhance the flavour. The children will be learning the skill of making pastry by hand in order to make this pie. We will be cooking these pies next week and the week beginning the 10th December. You should have received a letter home which explains which day your child is cooking and an ingredient which we would be grateful if they could bring in to contribute to their pie. They may have this for their lunch on the day they are cooking.
Evacuation Day Enrichment
On Friday, we sent a letter home about Evacuation Day which is happening on Monday 10th December. Here is a copy of the information:
As part of our project, ‘Could you have kept calm and carried on?’, we are holding an Evacuation Day on Monday 10th December. For this day, we would like the children to come to school prepared for an ‘evacuation’.
Firstly, we would like the children to dress in clothes similar to what they would have worn during World War Two. This could simply be making a few changes to their school uniform however, you could be more imaginative if you like. For example, boys could wear a flat cap with shorts and long socks and girls could wear a dress or a skirt with tights or long socks. You may be able to find some cheap items in a charity shop that would be suitable. We do not want to make this onerous so an accessory to their normal school uniform is perfectly fine!
When children were evacuated during World War Two, they were not able to take many belongings with them when they were moved to another city or town. Because there was not much room in their luggage alongside their clothes, it is likely that they would have only been able to take one personal possession which may have been a letter, a photo, a hobby or maybe even a teddy. To enable the children to empathise, we would like them to bring a personal possession which they would have taken with them – something that is special and meaningful which could potentially keep them entertained or comfort them in times of hardship. We will share these items in circle time on Evacuation Day and say why they are so important.
Children would have also taken their gas mask when they were evacuated, which was stored in a box, in case a gas bomb was dropped. Another optional task is for the children to make a gas mask box and bring it with them on Evacuation Day. In order to do this, the children can use their mathematical knowledge by making this box from a net. They can use the net design that is on the reverse or they can create their own net to make a cube or cuboid. The boxes were rigid so it would be good to use a strong material like cardboard to make the box (empty cereal boxes would be perfect!)
We hope that the children are looking forward to this very exciting day!
Year 6 team