Oh what a lovely war in Eaglesfield!
Last updated at 13:00, Friday, 18 October 2013
Blitz spirit was alive and well at a West Cumbrian school as pupils turned back the clock to World War Two.
Pupils at Eaglesfield Paddle Academy, near Cockermouth, put on fashions from the 1940s and learned wartime songs for a performance for their families.
The performance has been recorded and will be made into a DVD.
Pupils have been working on the World War Two topic since the start of term and experienced life as evacuees during a visit to The Beacon in Whitehaven and bought food in Cockermouth using ration books.
Members of their families had also brought in memorabilia for the children to use in their lessons.
Year five teacher Claire Langstaff said: “The children have been very enthusiastic and so involved with the topic and dressing up and using ration books has brought it to life for them.
“Many of them couldn’t believe how little people lived on in those days.
“They have learned a lot from it and they have given that back to the community with their performance today.”
Dawn Watson, headteacher, added: “They produced a fantastic performance which was inspired by their learning and having them in World War Two dress has brought it alive for the children.”
Herbie Ashworth, nine, said: “The best part was the performance and learning all the different songs.
“I didn’t know much about rationing so it was helpful to see how we would have got and how people made do with such small amounts.”
First published at 12:47, Friday, 18 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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