Pupils get a taste of wartime hardships at Lancing school

W14526H12 WH WORLD WAR 11 DAY AT GLOBE SCHOOL LANCING PIC S.G. 29.03.2012''World War 11 Day at Globe School Lancing Thursday  W14526h12

W14526H12 WH WORLD WAR 11 DAY AT GLOBE SCHOOL LANCING PIC S.G. 29.03.2012''World War 11 Day at Globe School Lancing Thursday W14526h12

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Globe Primary School pupils play the role of World War Two evacuees Pictures by Stephen Goodger W14527H12

At Globe Primary School last Thursday, children came dressed in World War II clothes, as they were given a role-playing history lesson to remember.

The schoolchildren brought with them a pillowcase, which contained a teddybear, a pair of socks, a photo of their parents, soap and a book.

Globe Primary School’s hall was transformed into a railway station and the children were “evacuated” to the safety of the countryside, under the supervision of their billeting officer. During their first day at their new “evacuation school”, the children practised their times tables, sang songs such as All Things Bright and Beautiful, and took part in a nature walk.

The children also got their dancing shoes on as they were shown how to jive dance.

But, just as in World War II, not every child ended up in a happy home.

Linda Francis, admin support for the school, said: “Unfortunately, not all the children were able to be allocated a home. Several children would need to spend the night in the village hall, while every effort would be made to find more people willing to take in these poor evacuees.”

Despite the homing problems some children faced, everyone was well fed with vegetable soup and jam roly-poly and custard.