History Club - Exploring Evacuation


Last week in History Club we investigated the evacuation of children during WWII.  

We began the session by watching a BBC video about a woman called Betty who, during the war, was a young child living in Bute Town, Cardiff.  As she lived near the docks, which were heavily targeted by enemy bombers, she was evacuated.  

After this we looked at Tate’s extremely interesting book about evacuation (thank you for bringing it along to share with us).  The book contained a wealth of information and some fascinating pictures.  We learnt that almost 3.75 million people were evacuated during the war; not only children, but pregnant women, mothers with their children under 5 years old, teachers and disabled people.  We considered how it must have felt for the children and their parents being separated during such a frightening time and, finally we thought about what three items we would like to take with us if we found ourselves being evacuated from Cheltenham.  Tate decided on his favourite teddy, his camera and a book and Sophie a pillow, camera and her art equipment.

Poetry was written using 'evacuation' as a theme. Tate's acrostic poem and Sophia's rhyming poem are below.

Everyone has a gas mask
Very busy train station
A lot of bombs come down
Children are scared to leave home
Upset parents cry a lot
Arriving at a little town in the country
The children go to a new family
Interesting animals in the countryside
Only away ‘til it’s safe to go home
Now it’s time to go, yay!

The steam of the train
The speed of the plane
The bombs are down
On to the town
Down, down they go
Sad for those down below
The children away
In the country they play
“I’ll take three, maybe four”
“No children though this door!”
“Don’t chop off my hair, that’s not very nice!”
“I’m afraid we have to, in case you have lice!”
“Put on your mask!”
“But it’s such a hard task!"
“No, not the mustard!”
“I’m afraid no more custard”
Every night I’m an evacuee
I ask, “Why me?”