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Year 6 immerse themselves in wartime experience

Junior School pupils sitting in a shelter during their visit to Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Year 6 pupils ventured to the Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Staircase House to experience what it would have been like to be an evacuee during wartime.

The Stockport Air Raid Shelters are an intriguing network of underground tunnels where visitors can gain an insight into life on the Home Front.

The children enthusiastically explored the tunnels and were amazed by some of the facts they heard and read.

They then walked to Staircase House to learn about wartime tools before taking part in demonstrations to find out how to use them.

The girls and boys then experienced what a wartime house would have been like.

They completed household chores such as washing clothes using a basin before trying on conventional items of clothing such as coats, dresses, balaclavas, pixie-hats and gloves.

They also found out about ‘make-do and mend’ – instead of throwing out unwanted clothes, people would make other items of clothing out of them.

Pupil Martha Mc said: “My favourite part of the trip was getting to go inside a Morrison shelter and looking at deactivated bombs” and Mahdiya R commented that the most interesting part was “getting to wear the gas masks and learning about the reality of life in the war.”