Dress-up days ‘grab children’s attention’

Year-five pupils at Glebe Primary School in Southwick dressed up for Roman Day D14361423a
Year-five pupils at Glebe Primary School in Southwick dressed up for Roman Day D14361423a

SOUTHWICK pupils went back in time to experience two very different periods in history.

Year five at Glebe Primary School took part in Roman Day, while year six held an Evacuee Day, with pupils at the Church Lane school dressing up in appropriate clothing from the periods.

Amaris Foster and Oscar Court, front  D14361407a

Amaris Foster and Oscar Court, front D14361407a

Teachers wanted the children to experience for themselves what it would be like in those times.

Mrs Michaela Hearn and Mrs Alli Godfrey from year five explained: “Starting the topic off like this really grabs the children’s attention and their enthusiasm for the topic shines through.

“The children researched Roman life and posed a lot of questions about life back then. They also had a go at making some Roman pottery, creating some wonderful work.

“The children had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, although a few of the boys said they would be happy to get back to wearing trousers the next day instead of togas!”

Meanwhile, the main hall was turned into a billeting office, ready for the children arriving as evacuees. They were issued with wartime names and given identity tags and cards.

Mrs Gemma Baker said the ‘evacuees’ were taken on a walk around Southwick to find homes, although it proved difficult, as they discovered many were already full with evacuees.

Back at school, they experienced air raid sirens and the children had to take cover under tables.

Activities included making gas masks, cracking Morse Code messages and learning wartime songs to keep the spirits up.

In the playground, the children played traditional games like marbles.