What was it like for children in the second world war?
What was it like to be an evacuee?
-To find out about the experiences and feelings of evacuees, from a wide range of information.
-To communicate their learning in an organised and structured way, using appropriate terminology.
-To reflect on how working in role helps to explore complex issues.
-To make notes on and use evidence from across a text to explain events or ideas.
-To write from different perspectives.
-To write in the style of a diary entry.
national curriculum links
2a) Children should be taught about characteristic features of the periods studied, including the beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past.
2c) Children should be taught to identify and describe reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and changes in the periods studied.
3) Pupils should be taught how to find out about the events, people and changed studied from an appropriate range of sources of information, including ICT-based sources.
En2: 3a) Children should be taught to obtain specific information through reading.
En3: 1c) Children should use language and style appropriate to the reader.
En3: 1d) Pupils should use and adapt language to suit a form of writing.
En3: 1e) They should use features of presentation, layout and organisation effectively.
further suggestions for possible activities to encompass cross-curricular teaching of literacy and history
-Role play: The children can pretend to be evacuees and their parents to explore feelings and create empathy.
-Hot seating: Allow the children to question teachers and peers in order to gather in-depth information, whilst in the role of evacuees.
-Diary Entries: Ask the children to write a diary entry including how an evacuee may be feeling about leaving their home and family to move to a new location.
-Reading: Share stories with the children about children being evacuated e.g. 'Carrie's War' by Nina Bawden.
-Research: Allow the children to carry out their own research using non-fiction texts and the internet.