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St John's School pupils take a trip back to wartime

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

  • St John's Primary School, Midsomer Norton, pupils dressed as Second World War evacuees BAKB20131108A-354_C.NEF

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Home-made apple crisps and carrot cookies were on the menu as children from St John's School, Midsomer Norton, took a step back in time to the Second World War.

The Year 6 pupils were evacuated from the school to the Steam Museum in Swindon so they could get as close as possible to reliving wartime Britain.

The crisps and cookies along with other goodies were part of the lunchtime ration boxes the children had been challenged to make to take with them.

Creativity showed through as they took a step back in time to dress in 1940s school uniforms and armed with gas mask boxes and their rations travelled to Swindon.

First off it was down to an air-raid shelter with the sounds of aircraft, guns and bombs going off around them and then it was all aboard a static steam train for a trip to meet their "host" families.

Disembarking on the other side of the train they were met by their hosts and had their fingernails inspected while being assessed for their suitability as farmhands and family helpers.

Year 6 teacher Daniel Percy said it had been a fantastic experience for the children.

Mr Percy said: "We had been studying the Second World War and the trip brought together everything the children had been learning.

"They got to make ration-packed lunch boxes and dress accordingly.

"It was a wonderful day and the children were able to pass round shrapnel and bomb cases."

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