Workshop plus Museum visit up to 4 hours
The scene is set by issuing all pupils with World War Two Identity Cards to take home. Each is also given a ‘gas mask’ for the duration of the workshop. Using an original air raid siren and gas-rattle, we practise some of the drills that children of the time would have experienced.
Children then have the chance to shop for rations using wartime coins, pack an evacuee suitcase, dress up in clothes made from 1940s patterns, try out our Anderson shelter, plan a Dig for Victory garden and play with wartime toys and games.
In the plenary we discuss what pupils have learned about what life would have been like for children in World War Two.
The workshop is followed by a chance to explore our World War Two Tunnels, find out more about local life for children during World War Two and climb our Escape Stairs.
By the end of the workshop most pupils will understand:
- The importance of National Registration Identity Cards, gas masks and air raid protection in World War Two.
- What children’s clothes, rations and toys were like in World War Two.
- The importance of Porthcurno Telegraph Station in World War Two and how it was protected from attack.
National Curriculum Links
History: a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
Suggestions for pre-visit preparation
Before the visit it would be helpful if pupils have some understanding of when World War Two was and be familiar with terms such as air raid, bomb damage, gas mask etc.
Suggestions for post-visit activities
A suggested list of post-visit activities is available here: KS2 World War Two Post Visit Activities.
Feedback and evaluation
We will give you an evaluation form to complete at the end of the workshop. Please complete this as fully as you can. Your feedback is very much appreciated and is used to ensure that future workshops meet the learning needs of your students.