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Year 4 get first hand account on WWII life at Home Front Museum in Llandudno

Year 4 get first hand account on WWII life at Home Front Museum in Llandudno

A group of Preparatory School pupils got the chance to learn more about life during the war on a recent visit.

The Year 4 group at Rydal Penrhos made the short trip to Llandudno on Monday, September 18, where they visited the resort’s Home Front museum to enhance their learning as part of their topic on World War Two.

During the trip they found out about what it would have been like to have been a child living in the UK during the war, including the black out, rationing, evacuation, while Dominic Chamberlain also had the opportunity to dress up as an Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Warden.

The group also explore plenty of interesting facts such as road signs were swapped round to confuse the Germans if they did invade and black cows were painted with white stripes to keep them safe during the black out.

The highlight for the first group was meeting 87-year-old Olive, who lived in Birmingham during the war, and chose to stay in the city with her family during the evacuation process.

She joined the children in the museum’s air raid shelter and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed asking her lots of questions about her child life, and she also spoke about playing on the bombsites and having to spend most nights in her underground shelter in the garden, in addition to providing information on the ‘Make do and Mend Campaign’.

Deputy Head Alison Hind, said: “We are fortunate to have some much history right on our doorstep, so it is important that we utilise it to give our pupils a different dimension to their learning.

“World War II is one of the most significant times in human history, and for our pupils to see first-hand the sort of things that we used during that time is extremely beneficial.

“Many thanks to all staff at the Home Front museum for making us feel welcome and providing our group with a very informative visit.”

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