Welcome to ourWWII blog. Athelstaneford Primary6&7 plan to use this site as a place where we will publish some of the things we discover.
Can you find out why rationing was introduced during the war? Do you think it worked? Was it fair?
Want to read more about evacuee’s experiences go to the link below
Play the Rationing game by clicking on the link below
What do you think the children are thinking in this picture? What do you think they are carrying?
Our Evacuee Labels
We designed our own labels using kid pix
Please find below some resources I have collated from the web created by other teachers:
ENSA (Entertainment National Service Association) In World War 2 women had to work long hours as Entertainers and more things. ENSA was made up of singers, Dancers, actors, actress and more. Fourteen million was spent on the ENSA.
The picture is Vera Lynn singing to millions of people. She is other wise known as forces sweetheart’. She sang a famous song called ‘we meet again’. Nicholas
If you would like to hear this song click here
In world war II women took part in many different activities at home they looked after evacuees and did the cooking. They also did the entertaining. Women didn’t just sit around and sewing or knitting they did lots of work some entertained people down in the underground by singing and dancing.
Vera Lynn was a very famous person in World War 2 she entertained people down in the under ground and in the halls .
Vera Lynn is in her ninety’s now
The Women’s Land Army
Men thought women could not do all the men’s farming work. But in 1939 when the men were all away at war loads of women took over there job’s.
The Woman’s Land Army
When the country was at war all strong men needed to fight. Because of this there was a shortage of strong people to work on farms and in other jobs on the land. At the same time it was becoming very difficult to get food brought in from other countries, so more land needed to be farmed to provide homegrown food.
The poster said, ‘For a healthy, happy job join The Women’s Land Army’. The work was hard and dirty and the hours were long. Some girls had training before they were sent to farms. .
The girls of the land army looked after animals, ploughed the fields, dug up potatoes, harvested the crops, killed the rats, dug and hoed for 48 hours a week in the winter and 50 hours a week in the summer.
Women were not paid the same amount of money as men.
Jill & Fraser
For homework I made an Anderson Shelter
I made my shelter out of cardboard boxes. I used a large flat piece for the base then I put the Anderson shelter box on top. Then I painted it green. The paint was very sticky because of the masking tape. Finally with some glue my mum and I stuck some twigs and grass onto the shelter. Then we got some stones from the gravel outside and stuck them to the base.
Rationing task challengeThis afternoon Ms Lewis set P5/6/7 a challenge. Our challenge was to make an interesting poster about rationing during the war.
We found information in rationing books and the internet.
There were five groups and we were given a Success Criteria list:
- Why rationing was introduced?
- When was rationing introduced?
- How rationing was introduced?
- What became rationed?
- When did they stop rationing?
We worked in teams. Our team leader gave out different jobs. We then presented our work to the class.
The George Cross for bravery
Three women from the special operations executive (SOE) were given this medal during the Second World War. Violette Szabo was born in Paris. In 1944, she co-ordinated the local people in sabotaging German communication. She was sent to a concentration camp in 1944. She was executed in February 5 1945.
The Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF)
The WAAF was first made in 1938 when the threat of war began to seem more than just a possibility. In the early days of the war all the women who joined were volunteers, keen to play their part in the war. It was not until April 1941 that the WAAF increased in size. By the late 1943′s it was counted and about 183,000 women had joined!
The women were taught to be pilots so they could fly planes from the factories to the air fields. They flew everything from small fighters to heavy bombers (the women)!
Other work in the WAAF included operating radars to tell everyone there were approaching enemy aircrafts. Women worked as electricians and as fitters sometimes the most skilled job in the RAF. They sometimes got the job of forecasting the weather. They were involved in finding photographs of enemy targets before a bombing raid, and in interviewing the crews when they returned from a bombing.
Lucy & Abbie
This week we have been learning about the Blitz and how Britain coped with the bombings during WWII. We made some Anderson Shelters