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The Evacuee Experience

A scheme of work on World War Two evacuees, taught over six weeks.

Evacuees To Devon and Cornwall, England, 1941. Ted Rickson, an evacuee from Kennington in London, sits with his arm around Moira the Irish wolfhound on the grass outside Dartington Hall in Totnes, South Devon. Licensed under Creative Common.

Ted Rickson, an evacuee from Kennington in London, sits with his arm around Moira the Irish wolfhound on the grass outside Dartington Hall in Totnes, South Devon, 1941. Licensed under Creative Commons.

This scheme of work allows you to introduce the topic of World War Two evacuees and to expand on it using different skills such as group improvisation, research, poetry writing, and characterisation. Click on the session titles to view the outlines.

1. Photos brought to life

Session one was published as part of an article on Evacuee Stories by National Drama Magazine earlier this year. This session is designed to introduce the topic of World War 2 evacuees, at Key Stage 3.

2. Bring a suitcase to class

Building on session one, session two is designed to get students to consider what it was like for evacuee children when they had to pack to leave home, and the kinds of thoughts and feelings they might have experienced.

3. Performance poetry

Building on the first two sessions, session three is designed to allow students to put the evacuee experience into their own words – using poetry – and to use those words in a performance. You can ask students to write poems for homework or dedicate time in class.

4 – 6. More ideas

I give you an overview of the final three sessions of this scheme of work and the activities you can include.

Go to session one

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