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Week 6 Beginning 11th May

Pin on Blitz and The Battle of Britain

This week - History. 

So, last week we celebrated the end of WW2, but we would now like you to travel back in time to near the beginning of the war!  With the start of the Second World War came Operation Pied Piper. This was the plan to evacuate civilians from cities and other areas that were at high risk of being bombed or becoming a battlefield in the event of an invasion. The country was split into three types of areas: Evacuation, Neutral and Reception, with the first Evacuation areas including places like Greater London, Birmingham and Glasgow, and Reception areas being rural such as Kent, East Anglia and Wales. Neutral areas were places that would neither send nor receive evacuees.

This week, we would like you think about evacuation during the Second World War.  Below is a powerpoint that you can look through to help you and to the side are some links to websites that may also be useful. You will notice an 'extra/alternative' activity at the end. This is an audio story and may be a good way to wind down after a hard day! If you finish the activities below quickly or are finding them a bit tricky, the audio story also has some suggestions for activities based around the book. Remember, just do as much as you can!

Task 1 is to think about your suitcase (you can use the sheet below or draw your own suitcase).  Evacuees had a limited amount of space in their one suitcase and so had to pack carefully.  After reading and watching the attached resources, you should have some idea of what was needed. Can you now fill your WW2 evacuation suitcase with items that you think you would have needed during this very difficult time? Now, as a comparison, what would your suitcase look like if you had to be evacuated next week? Would you pack similar items? What would you consider 'essential'? (again, you can either use the sheet below or draw your own)

Task 2 is a poetry task. Using page 1 of the template below (or making your own), can you write an acrostic poem using the word 'evacuee'.  Lots of sentences beginning with the letter 'e', so let's see how creative you can be!  Your poem doesn't have to rhyme but it does need to be relevant to the subject matter. It could be a really positive poem about how much of an adventure evacuation was for some children, or it may be a poem that reflects how difficult it was for some children. You may want to write it from a parent's perspective or even a family that accepted evacuees into their home.

Task 3 uses the evacuation propaganda posters that are attached below.  Have a look through them and think carefully why they have used certain slogans and images. Some questions you may wish to consider: Why have some used pictures of smiling children? Why has one used a picture of Hitler? (what is he doing? how is the poster portraying him?) Who are the posters aimed at? How do you know? Are there any similarities between the posters? Do you have a favourite?

Can you now present your findings? Think carefully about how to present this - it may be in a table, mindmaps, or simply a list, you may even want to sketch each one with your observations around the outside.

Extra/Alternative: There is a link to an audio story called 'Carrie's War'. Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to Wales to spend the war years with the dour Mr Evans and his sister 'Auntie' Lou. Carrie and Nick spend much of their time at Druid's Bottom - a mysterious house where Hepzibah, the housekeeper, tells them strange stories about skulls and curses. Carrie and Nick settle into their new lives...and then Carrie does something she’ll regret for years to come. There are 10 episodes each lasting around 15 minutes. There is also a section offering ideas of acitivites that you may want to do too!