War-time brought to life for Rowlands Castle pupils

40s STYLE Teacher Jayne May, with James Arnold, and Mia Freeman, both nine, dress up for a history lesson. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123025-1)
40s STYLE Teacher Jayne May, with James Arnold, and Mia Freeman, both nine, dress up for a history lesson. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123025-1)
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PUPILS were transported back in time with a day dedicated to the Second World War.

The youngsters from years five and six at St John’s Primary School, in Rowlands Castle, wore special outfits which harked back to the 1940s.

Theatre group Open Box spent the day at the school carrying out role plays of different events that children of their age would have gone through during that traumatic period.

Teacher Jayne May also threw herself into the action.

She said: ‘The Second World War is the topic for years five and six.

‘The children dressed up in authentic outfits, wearing flat caps and pullovers and ribbons in their hair.

‘They made their own gas mask boxes and evacuee labels.

‘We even had a Second World War evacuee, Ted Adams, the grandfather of one of our pupils Tom Gorringe.

‘He told lots of stories about being evacuated, including a few tales he probably shouldn’t have!

‘But it was a great day and really brought it to life.’

Nine-year-old James Arnold said: ‘I really enjoyed our Second World War day with Open Box.

‘It’s something we don’t do every day. It makes learning fun.’

And Mia Freeman, a year five pupil, said: ‘I really liked dressing up. It made the experience seem real.’