PUPILS at a York school have been transported back to the 1940s as they took part in the school’s Second World War day.

More than 90 children in Key Stage 2 at Burton Green Primary and their teachers arrived at school dressed as evacuees or war-time characters. During the day the children were all 'evacuated.' They were sent on an imaginary train journey to the countryside and then taken to the school hall to be chosen by their host families. Throughout the day they had the opportunity to learn new skills and undertake activities which children living in wartime would have experienced.

The pupils were shown what it might have been like to be a child in the Second World War, with the day’s activities including: making peg dolls and duck dusters, learning to dig and plant beans outside, acquiring basic first aid skills, polishing silver, watching food demonstrations using rationing, experiencing an air raid siren sounding, writing diary entries and letters home to their parents, learning to do 'hospital corners' when making a bed, cleaning, knitting, collecting eggs from chickens, playing hopscotch and darning socks!


Year 6 teacher Rachael Cerowski, said: “The children have been learning all about the second World War in our topic this half term, so we wanted to create an immersive experience for them. We have already been on a trip to Eden Camp and at the end of the topic we will be hosting VE Day party celebrations.

Head teacher Ash Atherton said: “The children learned so much on the day and many realised how different, and often difficult, life may have been for young people living through the war years. At Burton Green we strive to foster a love of learning through the deliverance of a broad and balanced curriculum, and events such as this bring learning to life.”

Burton Green Primary School is part of the Hope Learning Trust in York which has seven partner schools: Manor CE Academy, Vale of York Academy, Barlby High School, Poppleton Ousebank Primary, Burton Green Primary, Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary and Baldersby St James Primary. The Trust is also currently supporting two secondary schools in Scarborough, George Pindar and Graham School.