Our topic this term has been about the Second World War and, in particular, about what life was like for children who were evacuated.

Already this term, we have been visited by Elsie (who came in role as a landgirl and taught us all about what life was like during the war) and Mr Bell, a man who was evacuated from Newcastle in 1940 and was actually taught in Lanercost School!

More recently, we organised an evacuation of our own. We all dressed up in clothes from the 1940s, including gas mask boxes, name tags and ration books (which we made ourselves in class). Then we caught the train from Carlisle to Langwathby and had an evacuee-themed lunch at the Brief Encounters Cafe on the platform. The lunch included jam and spam sandwiches, followed by jelly and cakes. Afterwards, we were escorted, by two policewomen, to the village green, where we looked at the war memorial, before returning home on the train.

All the children had a great time, from Nursery to Year 6. We will be finishing our topic with a performance of a war-time play and a VE day party.
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