By Harriet Elt, Kallie Anne Smith and Michael Clay.
This week Year 6 went on a fabulous trip to Bewdley Museum. We learnt many facts about WW2 that we did not know- we will share some of them with you throughout this blog.
Firstly, we learned about evacuation, where children from cities were evacuated to safer places in the countryside. 2 million children were evacuated in the period between 1st -3rd September 1939 few days before war broke out. After this segment we learned about bombs, from incendiary devices to larger bombs that destroyed important infrastructure. The ARP (Air Raid Precaution) went around the city and made sure that people were following the blackout procedures – the blinds should be down and lights would be out. Interestingly, we found out that lamp posts and other things that people might bump into were painted white at the bottoms so people could see them in the dim light and no injuries would happen from people bumping into them.
Next, we learned about ration books. Rations were to make sure everyone had an equal amount of food. People were also encouraged to grow their own vegetables. You only had a certain amount of food each week (i.e. one egg and 50g of butter!) It was not a lot, but people made it last and were very inventive. People also learned how to reuse and recycle, as they could not buy new clothes anymore. They knitted and made rag rugs and repaired any damaged clothes.
We had our lunch and got to go to the gift shop, where we could spend our money! After lunch, the guides told us about gas masks. Everyone had gas masks and they were well trained to put them on quickly, they even had drills in school. Children had different types of gas masks, based on Micky mouse. Everyone had to take their masks everywhere they went, but there was no use of gas during WW2. Babies had a type of mask that parents put them in and then pumped air into.
Finally, we got to try out some’ rag rugging’ and some typical games –like skipping, hoopla, cup and ball and yo yo’s. These were really fun!
We had a great time and the staff at the museum were lovely. We arrived back at school by about 2.45!