Bringing history back to life in class

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HISTORY was brought to life when a group of World War Two re-enactors visited Hinderwell School in Scarborough.

The group, called Allied Forces Movement Control (Northern), had members representing organisations such as the Women’s Land Army, RAF, Navy and Army personnel.

Activities included code-breaking, semaphore and drill. There were also talks about evacuees and what happened at Dunkirk and a Battle of Britain room was set up.

Teacher Sarah Dew said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The children loved it – they had a great day.

“It was a fantastic launch to our topic for this term and the children were utterly absorbed in it.”

Around 100 children aged seven to 11 took part in the activities. There was also a whole-school assembly where a flag was raised at the start, lowered at the end and a war poem was read out.

Ms Dew said: “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this, but we’ll definitely do it again.

“It really brought the subject to life for the pupils.”