Pupils reassemble a WW2 timeline with lots of fun facts and acting opportunities such as acting out the Battle of Britain to work out exactly how we managed to win and also mapping out the size of a V1 doodlebug.
This is a great ice breaker for the day and is a great opportunity for assessment of pupil knowledge as a basis for the rest of the day's activities.
Pupils investigate our wide range of genuine WW2 artefacts for themselves in small groups, in several themed sections such as gas attacks, first aid and mystery objects, with items such as morse code sets, completely safe gas masks, many genuine WW2 documents, air raid warden equipment and much, much more.
This is a unique oppportunity to handle real primary sources and has been compared by many pupils and teachers to being able to step into a museum and handle everything on display in possibly the best historical enquiry session your pupils have ever experienced.
In what is one of many pupils' favourite activity, everyone gets the chance to use our genuine WW2 stirrup pump to knock over our pretend firebombs in a competition against their classmates before we have a more serious chat about what it actually entailed to be a fire guard during the blitz.
Pupils work in teams to learn about the blackout and black out windows against the clock to the tune of "Put that light out Nelly!" in a group competition.
They also learn what life was like in the blackout by looking at associated artefacts such as lamps and a sample of real blackout curtain.
The afternoon session is a choice of two activities from the following:
We use a real WW2 Morse Code machine to learn all about the enigma code and how soldiers used to communicate in the war.
Pupils come up to the front to take turns to use the machine whilst their classmates try to work out what they are sending.
Pupils learn all about first aid in WW2 by loolking at and comparing two genuine first aid boxes, one from an air raid warden and one from a private home.
They then go on to learning how to bandage each other up using genuine WW2 methods.