4JW escaped from the classroom and ventured all the way to Beaumanor Hall near Loughborough. Beaumanor was one of the Y stations during the Second World War and fed its messages to the code breakers at Bletchley Park.
The children really got into the spirit of the day as they came dressed as evacuees and brought war-time packed lunches. They had a fantastic day and learnt a lot. In fact we got so engrossed in the day that we signed Mrs Alford up for housing an evacuee. Whilst there, the children got to make their own identity cards, produced shopping lists for rationing-based meals, then visited a shop to see what their ration books and small amount of money could purchase.
They also visited the manor’s cellars that were used as air raid shelters. They experienced the sounds of a four minute air raid and were able to reflect on how this would have felt for somebody spending night after night listening to those sounds. The main activity allowed the children the chance to be listening operators who received the encoded messages and also have a go at using coding wheels to decipher the messages that were gathered.
The trip will feed into the English work looking at persuasion. The children used several posters and leaflets to investigate the different techniques that are used. They looked at the acronym AFOREST to try and help them remember some of the devices that they will be able to use when they create their own persuasive leaflets which will advertise Beaumanor Hall.
Mathematics saw the final week working on addition and subtraction. The children extended their understanding of formal written methods and carried out several investigations which involved identifying missing numbers from calculations. The children also had to use their reasoning and explanation skills to identify where mistakes had been made.
Our attendance was a disappointing 93.1%.
We collected 16 handshakes.
Our composer of the week was Leon for his amazing improvement with his handwriting.