Portsmouth pupils head back to the 60s for party

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CHILDREN stepped back in time and learnt about life in the 60s as they celebrated their school’s 50th birthday.

Staff and pupils at Cliffdale Primary School in North End have marked the half-century anniversary of the school moving to its current site in Battenburg Avenue, on March 13, 1963.

ANNIVERSARY From left, Joy Lister joined in 1985, Lorrie Ansell joined in 1987, Sheila Maskell joined in 1988, Angela Barnes joined in 1989, Trudi Mason joined in 1990, Nigel Kelsey joined in 1992, and Liz Soloman joined in 1993. Inset, Alexis Biles with Alfie Essery in their 60s outfits. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (13724-4235) (13724-4262)

ANNIVERSARY From left, Joy Lister joined in 1985, Lorrie Ansell joined in 1987, Sheila Maskell joined in 1988, Angela Barnes joined in 1989, Trudi Mason joined in 1990, Nigel Kelsey joined in 1992, and Liz Soloman joined in 1993. Inset, Alexis Biles with Alfie Essery in their 60s outfits. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (13724-4235) (13724-4262)

As part of the festivities, the children had the opportunity to learn about what things were like back then.

They learnt about music in the 60s, such as The Beatles, and they were even taught how to dance the Twist.

Cliffdale is a special school which caters for children with learning difficulties.

Ashley Oliver-Catt, director of learning at the school, said: ‘It was a great opportunity for the children to learn about life in the 60s, which is quite a long time ago now.

‘They learnt a lot and enjoyed it.

‘They were particularly interested in hearing things about some of the staff who are older here and how they went to school in the 60s and what the discipline was like then. They found that fascinating.

‘And they have enjoyed the music and the dancing.

‘It’s things we have all heard about and can relate to.’

The children had the chance to take part in a fashion show as they discovered what people used to wear in that era.

They also got to try popular food that people used to eat in the 60s such as Spam sandwiches.

Ms Oliver-Catt said the day was a huge success.

‘It was fantastic,’ she said.

‘It was enjoyable and worthwhile and realistic, making it real and meaningful.’

The pupils looked at popular children’s television programmes that used to be shown then including Thunderbirds and The Magic Roundabout.

And staff dug out the original logbook which was started when the school first opened.

To round off the day, a 60s-themed party was held at the school.

A cake was made with the school’s logo on it, and all the staff and pupils dressed up in clothes from the era.