World War II Evacuee Lesson

Key questions:

What was it like to be an evacuee during World War Two?

How was school in 1940 different to school today and what effect did the war have on school life?

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Session overview:

Pupils and their accompanying adults will be transported back in time to 1940 in this role-play session, which takes place in a classroom that was in use during the war. From the moment the teacher arrives, pupils become evacuees arriving at Queen Street School and must obey the strict discipline standards of school life. To reassure pupils and let their families know where they have been evacuated to, pupils will start the lesson by writing a postcard home to Mother using a dip pen and ink. This will be followed by arithmetic, aircraft recognition and drawing lessons. Of course, as there is a war going on, there will be equipment shortages and pupils will be drilled in the correct way to put on and wear their gas masks.

Additional information:

To get the most out of this session we advise you to discuss what might happen in the lesson with your class before the visit. Please remind them that it is only role play and that, although our teachers are strict, none of them are nasty and all pupils will be going back to their own homes and families at the end of the visit. 

This session usually takes place in the Gallery classroom, which is not accessible for wheelchair users and may prove difficult for those with restricted mobility to access. However, it may be possible to change the location of the lesson so please contact us to discuss options and alternatives if necessary.

Session links:

To enhance what pupils have learned during the WWII Evacuee lesson, consider adding this session to your visit.

Life as an Evacuee – even during the war there was more to life than just school. Find out more about what everyday life would have been like for children during the war by handling objects from the time, visiting an air raid shelter and talking to someone who was a child during the war.