Year 6 at St Margaret's Prep, Calne Discover WWII

A mixture of high-tech wizardry and old-fashioned arts and crafts helped transport children from St Margaret's Prep, Calne back to the time of the Second World War.

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23rd November 2020 — Pupils in Year 6 at St Margaret’s Prep School traditionally visit the Steam museum in Swindon as part of their history lessons on the war. But this year, Coronavirus restrictions meant that the trip could not go ahead, so creative teachers decided to organise their own day to bring the era alive. Both Year 6 classes at the school came dressed as evacuees carrying gas mask boxes they had made at home as part of a homework assignment.

They were met by teachers also dressed as schoolmarms from the 1940s. Year 6 teachers Georgina Gibson and Olivia West threw themselves into the role play. Mrs Gibson said: “Teachers and teaching assistants all jumped at the chance to dress up and embrace the event. It was a fantastic day and one I hope the children will remember.”

The difficulties for families living through the Blitz were brought home as blacked out classrooms were turned into virtual tube station shelters thanks to the Internet. Mrs Gibson said: “It gave the children the chance to feel what it would have been like with the bombs coming down.”

The children also sang songs of the day used to keep morale high and made Spitfire aircraft out of paper. They also tried their hand at Enigma codes.

Head of Art Helena Harris helped the children create large models of gardens from the World War Two era complete with Anderson shelters fitted with bunk beds, vegetable patches and people.

About St Margaret's Preparatory School

St Margaret's Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus with St Mary's Calne. We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 180 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. At St Margaret’s, we believe our duty is to prepare the children in our care to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world; to equip them with the life skills and attributes that will allow them to flourish in their senior schools and beyond.

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