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CHILDREN went back in time as they had a taste of life during the Second World War.

Year 5 pupils from Newtown Primary School in Gosport had an evacuation day yesterday as part of their Second World War topic.

Children from Newtown Primary School in Gosport have had an evacuation day where they learnt all about the Second World War.''L-R: Luke Hudson, Darcie Wheatley, Bethany Gee, Thomas Day.

Children from Newtown Primary School in Gosport have had an evacuation day where they learnt all about the Second World War.''L-R: Luke Hudson, Darcie Wheatley, Bethany Gee, Thomas Day.

They were asked to come dressed as children during the war, who were ready to be evacuated.

Staff from HMS Collingwood spent the afternoon at the school teaching the children about the different ways they used to communicate during the war.

Teacher Sarah Walker said it’s vital children study the topic.

‘It’s so important to our local area,’ she said.

‘A lot of the children have parents in the military as well and they are interested in the history of the area and why Portsmouth was a target during the war.

‘It’s gone really well. The kids have absolutely loved it and they keep coming up with lots of interesting questions.’

The topic was spread across the curriculum including writing in English, data handling and weighing in maths, history, research in IT and making pictures in art.

Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Capps from HMS Collingwood, said: ‘It’s been quite a fun afternoon. It’s important that they learn what life was like and can understand how hard their grandparents had it when they were at that age, especially during the war.’

Children were tasked with making their own semaphore flags and were then shown how to communicate with them.

They were also introduced to morse code.

Bethany Gee, 9, said: ‘It’s really interesting and educational.

‘People used to wear different clothes. Girls used to wear skirts and dresses but I wear trousers nowadays.’

Darcie Wheatley, 10, added: ‘It’s been really fun and we have learnt stuff as well. It’s really different to nowadays.’