War time experience is brought to life for children

World War II renactment day Cramlington's Northburn Primary School with Matthew Ward from 'Horrible Histories' and pupils.
World War II renactment day Cramlington's Northburn Primary School with Matthew Ward from 'Horrible Histories' and pupils.
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Young children were taken back in time to experience life during the Second World War.

Year 4 pupils at Northburn Primary School in Cramlington were given an indication of what would have happened to them had they been alive between 1939 and 1945.

Historian Matthew Ward, star of TV show Horrible Histories, was guest of honour at the school last Friday as he helped the children get an insight into war-time life as part of their school project on the Second World War.

The day was a mix of practical work and studies on what life would have been like as children.

The youngsters, dressed up for the era, were given an insight into rationing, where they made fake banana sandwiches, with the bananas being replaced by parsnips.

The pupils, who told their own families’ war stories, also took part in a mock air raid evacuation, rushing to a pretend shelter and put on their gas masks; experiencing how scary it would have been.

Matthew also gave the pupils a water pistol and asked them to fill a mug from a certain distance to highlight how real hoses would have been used to dowse a real bomb threat.

And the day ended with a question and answer session involving Matthew, with the pupils and staff thanking him for his time and activities.