Polly Ho-Yen visit


This Wednesday, Year 6 were extremely lucky to have Polly Ho-Yen, the author of their class book: ‘The Boy in the Tower’, visit them. In the first session, Polly gave a talk about her inspiration for writing her three books. Each class then had a workshop learning how Polly created her first book: initially sketching and doodling, finding her idea, creating the plan and then the process of writing and constant editing.  The children then followed in Polly’s footsteps and began to create their own stories. At the end of the day, she held a question and answer session where the children learned a lot about being an author and were able to explore some of the mysteries and unanswered questions that Polly created in Boy in the Tower.

All children had a fabulous day and have recommended we book this again for the current Year 5s!


Evacuee stories



Mrs Dalton

The first thing she can remember about the war is a barrage balloon flying over our heads as a two year old girl. Her three brothers were evacuated to an aria near Winchester and used to send post cards.

As a little girl she had to go to the cold dark cellars with outside toilets there mouther would collect any water going as the well was so fare away and she used to moan at farther because he put to much jam on his toast (he had a sweat tooth)as the rations were very bad and unfair. And they had a mettle meat safe outside. When they had nothing else they made cottage cheese with their rations and put it on toast.

Her father was an iron moulders so wasn’t in the army which meant that mouther, father and her could move to Colden Common near Winchester in 1942 so her three brothers got home safely.

Grandmother lived in Guernsey, Chanel islands and step grandfather went on dangerous missions at sea but unlike many others survived the war during the war they took the last boat trip out of Guernsey before the Germans invaded .after the war grandmother went back and someone had looked after the cottage .the piano was still there but had been stained with bear by the German soldiers who had been staying there during the war.

By Alice

Mrs Oliver

Mrs Oliver was 7 when war broke out; she wasn’t evacuated but some evacuees came to stay with her. She said that the village children went to school in the morning and the evacuees went in the afternoon. Her teacher was Jewish, and her stepdad was in the army. As part of the make do and mend, her aunt knitted new jumpers out of old torn ones. At school Mrs Oliver dug for victory by growing lots of vegetables. In her village there were home guards and they weren’t allowed lights to be on at night.

Mrs Oliver had one amazing story that blew me away. Her uncle’s naval ship sunk, and they thought he was dead, but then he came back with petrol all over him. He recovered from his injuries and then went on another ship that also sunk and he survived again!

By Zac


Mrs Hannan

World War 2 started when Mrs Hannan, who grew up in the Welsh countryside, was 4 years old. When she was 6 years old, 2 new girls (Janet and Judy) were evacuated to the town where her school was. On their first morning, Mrs Hannan and her older sister went to the house where Janet and Judy were billeted to take them to school. Janet and Judy learnt to speak Welsh very quickly. When she was 11 years old, Mrs Hannan went to Grammar School. Food was rationed for a long time and Mrs Hannan recalled that on the rare occasion they got a mars bar they split it into 5 pieces (one for each school day). Her family had chickens and sheep, so therefore they had milk, butter and eggs. Her Mother made bread from home grown wheat and they picked wild strawberries and gooseberries on their way to school. The war ended when Mrs Hannan was 10 but rationing continued for a long time.

By Joe


Mrs Dudfield

On the VE day party we talked to people who had witnessed World War 2. The person we spoke to was Mrs Dudfield.

Mrs Dudfield was born in 1937 and her father was in the Navy, he had loads of medals and a sailing hat. Mrs Dudfield’s father fought in World War 2 and she didn’t see him that much. She lived in Plymouth but when the bombing started, she and her mother moved to Saltash, where she also grew up. Mrs Dutfield wasn’t evacuated but she had a gas mask, which was a Micky Mouse gas mask. Even thought she moved houses she made new friends. She also told us that she had saved their kitten by carrying it to the bunker during a bombing, she was very young but old enough to save the kitten. Her mum worked in the factories in the docks during World War 2. Mrs Dudfield didn’t like rationing.

 By Theo


Miss Kebby

Miss Kebby was 13 when World War 2 broke out. She lived in Romsey and didn’t really know what was happening. “In Romsey, there were many troops in tents around the whole town,” she told us. She told us fascinating stories and one of them is that when she went to school, she had to knit socks for soldiers and that when it was the blackout, she was riding a bike and couldn’t really see what she was doing and nearly crashed into a lorry! The people of Romsey could hear the bombs dropping on Southampton at night, but the people of Romsey were fortunate not to get bombed. The soldiers were there just in case there was an invasion on Romsey but that never happened. In the blackout, the blackout curtains didn’t cost coupons because they were a necessity in the blackout. Around where she lived was a load of long vehicles carrying tanks. Some air men were billeted to Miss Kebby’s house; and at the station soldiers were sent on trains to go to hospital after being injured on the battlefront.

By Izzie


Mr Fosh

This recount is to share with everyone the exciting and interesting stories Mr Fosh retold to the Year six children during our V.E. day party last week. Mr Fosh shared some memories of the war and tales of his childhood in the disastrous times of WW2. One of the daring tales Mr Fosh recited was the perilous nights of the Blitz. When he and most of his family would quake with fear in their Anderson shelter trying to hide from the endless bombs dropping from the sky. In the times of the Blitz Mr Fosh’s father believed he should not take shelter. The reason for this being is he thought hiding was cowardly and that he should face the enemy head on. So when the bombings began in the skies above Hanwell, Middlesex, Mr Fosh’s brave and somewhat stubborn father decided to stay in the house and unsurprisingly he met his end during a night raid.

Another of Mr Fosh’s tales, which by now my group loved, was an account of him and his brother: During a day in WW2, Mr Fosh and his brother were walking in the forest and just then Mr Fosh heard a almighty gush of air as a stray V2, which by that time was not a rare sight, soared over their heads and into the town behind them. Seconds later, a humongous shock wave charged through the nearby earth, nearly throwing the boys off their feet. Because of the huge quake, Mr Fosh was completely stunned. Almost immediately, the boys tore back to the town to inspect the damage… Mr Fosh later learned the V2 had hit a department store unfortunately killing all the people within.  

I have to thank Mr Fosh for telling lots of moving stories and entertaining us all with captivating memories and tales: I enjoyed them very much and I will remember this experience, Thank you!!

 By Jacob


Mr B Wyles

Mr Wyles was very interesting, he did not get evacuated during the war instead he continued going to school. Mr Wyles went to five different schools. Half of his third school got blown up whilst the students were inside. Twenty four died in the explosion so Mr Wyles stayed at home for a year (until he was ten.) Mr Wyles showed us photos of Southampton and his street after they were bombed. Three quarters of his street got destroyed in the bomb droppings. Luckily, his house did not get hit by the bomb but the impact of the bomb tore his walls so badly that he could walk from his bedroom through the three houses sitting next to him. Mr Wyles also showed us the amount of sweets you could have per week, which was the length of one tube of polos and weighed fifty grams. Chocolate was banned. On the other hand, fish and sausages were not rationed. Once Mr Wyles went back to school, their uniform was the dead army men clothes. I really enjoyed meeting Mr Wyles and hearing his stories.

By Heidi


Mr Fosh

Mr Fosh was born in 1936 in the suburbs of London .

When the war began he was 3 years old when he was evacuated he was evacuated

to Handel where he helped on the farm and collected scrap metal for making bombs.

Unfortunately, the Germans began to make v1 bombs,(doodle bugs)after the battle of

Britain .The v1 came down with a parachute to stop them from hitting ground and

straight away exploding . The v1 were awfully frightening but then came the b2 . The b2

don’t sound frightening yet they killed many lives . Mr Fosh and his brother were watch

the night sky they thought they had seen a shooting star but it was a b2 about to hit the

shop down the road! So many horrific things happened in world war 2 including rationing .Rationing meant that food was running short like fruit.

By Matilda

Dr Batchelor
I heard many story’s from Dr Batchelor and was quite surprised he lived near the docks but didn’t get properly evacuated. Because there was a war going on, the adults didn’t really mind what the children did. So one of the stories he shared was, when he climbed up the rubble of a bombed building and set fire to it. Then, he sat back and watched as some adults-fire men, police force- put the fire out. They did not even notice him. It was wonderful listening to all the amazing facts and stories he had to say.
By: Sophia N

Mr Hubbard

When Mr Hubbard came in, he told me about his time in WW2. He was four years old at the start of the war (1939). His first school was one of the first schools to have a farm on it; the reason for this was because they needed to grow more food for the war (as people needed to be more self-sufficient). Mr Hubbard told some funny stories; once, he was caught throwing spuds and was given the cane!

In 1940, his dad volunteered for the RAF (Royal Air Force). The following year, his dad was sent to Egypt. While his dad was there, he sketched what it looked like outside of his tent. Mr Hubbard’s dad was also an artist and he did lots of great sketches; on our VE day, he showed us one of his sketches!

Unlike other children who were evacuated to strangers, Mr Hubbard was sent to stay with his cousins and other family. He also told us another story about when he did jobs for the soldiers; for payment, he would get rewarded with chocolate!

On one occasion in 1943, he was out at breaktime and he saw three German bomber planes which were on their way to bomb somewhere else. He was relieved that they were passing over but felt sorry for the people who might be bombed.

Back in the 1940’s, the value of money was much different to how it is nowadays. For example, Mr Hubbard told us that it would only cost 1 penny for a fizzy drink. In those times, sixpence coins were as big as a modern 5p coins. Surprisingly, when Mr Hubbard was little, he didn’t even notice rationing!

Mr Hubbard really gave me a great idea of what it was like in WW2.



Mr Painter:

Mr painter had many amazing stories to tell us about. He was evacuated to Kent on a tram. He lived with a couple called the Jefferies and they lived on an apple farm called Foule hall. Mr Painter had to do lots of apple picking but he enjoyed his time with the Jefferies. After 6 months, he had to go back to London because he had a skin infection on his leg. Shortly after, he was sent to his grandparents house in Barkshire. At school he was caned for having a pillow fight in his dormitory! He had a pet dog named Bruno who had to stay in London but when he went to his grandparents house he took his other dog with him. She was called Dinah. Mr Painter told us what it was like in an air raid shelter and from how he expressed it it must have been horrible. It was a really great experience having Mr Painter and all the other evacuees come to talk to us on our V.E. day party. Thank you very much.

By Lewis.


Mrs Hannan

Mrs Hannan was brought up on a farm in North Wales and she was five when the war started. No evacuees stayed at her house in the war but two girls called Annette and Judy, who were evacuees that were evacuated from Liverpool, stayed at a farm nearby. She became good friends with them and used to walk the long walk to school with them. When she walked to school with Annette and Judy, she remembered seeing holes on the road that had covers on them. She didn’t know what they were but then her mother told her they were tank traps. If a tank came down the road they would stop them from moving.

One day, her father took her to the top of the hill, to show her the sugar factory burning in Liverpool. She could see the red glow in the distance all the way from North Wales!

By Grace L


Mr Wyles

Mr Wyles was frightened to death during World War 2. The street where he lived was bombed and only 10-12 houses were left. At the age of 5 years, Mr Wyles started school, but due to the risk of bombing he couldn’t continue. During the War half of his school was blown up by German bombs. 90% of his friends were evacuated to keep them safe. However, Mr Wyles’ mother loved her son so much that she would not let him be evacuated with all the other children. His mother was a housewife. His father did not fight in the war. Food was rationed during the war for example sausages. Even sweets were rationed and he was only allowed 50g of these a week. Fish and potatoes weren’t and Mr Wyles ate a lot of potatoes, mashed. Children had to make do with the clothes they had. Mr Wyles said a lot of his clothes were knitted by his mother.

Thomas Watts


Mr Betteridge

Although Mr Betteridge was never evacuated, his life story during the war is still incredible. He lived in North Baddesley and went to school there, where he made many friends. Some of his life was tough; frequently, air raid sirens would drive him and his family out of their house, even in the middle of the night. They hid in an Anderson shelter at the bottom of the garden. The events of the war didn’t affect his love of playing with his friends. His favourite game was soldiers, and he and his friends would parade outside, day in day out, whatever the conditions. A few times as he was playing, American soldiers would march down the road, and throw packets of sweets. One person would catch all the packets, and be expected to share them out. Luckily, all of his family survived the ghastly, treacherous war.

By Maja.


Miss Kebby:

Miss Kebby taught me so much about WW2 when I listened to her. She told our group about D-Day (this was one of my preferred parts of her talk) and about how children from London were evacuated to Romsey. This was my favourite fact. When Miss Kebby told my group about D-Day – which was when Germany invaded northern France – she made it sound like she was there. Miss Kebby was one of the few children to not be evacuated, this was because she lived in Romsey where Children from London were evacuated to. She owned hens, but she couldn’t get the egg rations because of this. Miss Kebby’s father had to make special shutters for the family’s windows – otherwise they couldn’t have any lights on during the blackout.

I really enjoyed listening to Mrs Kebby as it has really helped me with WW2,

By Max


Miss Kebby

Miss Kebby, who my group was with first at the V.E. Day party, was very interesting. She told us that all the

children rode bikes in World War Two and the lights were blacked, this means that the tops of the lights had

covers so the light would only shine on the road. Once she nearly hit a lorry! I also learned that although you used

coupons for food, clothes, furniture and other such things, you only used money (not coupons as well) for

blackout curtains. People also put tape in crosses on their windows so if the windows cracked -due to bombs

dropping nearby- the splinters wouldn’t fly every ware and potentially injure someone. Sand bags were used to

stabilise buildings,again, in case a bomb dropped nearby. During the winter months of WWII the clocks would go

forward two hours instead of the usual one to give the farmers more daylight hours because they were not

allowed to use lights while working in the dark in case of planes seeing them.

The Allied troops were dotted all around Miss Kebby’s home town of Romsey in case of invasion, which never

happened, and stayed in tents in people’s gardens. Miss Kebby saw lots of tanks and vehicles that carried them!

Often she was kept awake at night thanks to the air raid sirens; the planes; the bombs; the screaming and shouting;

the guns rattling and the marching men. At night,often people would see search lights looking for enemy planes in

the night sky. If there was an air raid they (Miss Kebby and her family) would hide in the cupboard under the

stairs. When the war was finally over, everyone was glad to see the end or rationing!

Thank you, Miss Kebby for telling us all about World War Two.

by Tegan


Mr Painter

Mr Painter lived in London and he had a dog called Bruno. He was evacuated from London to Kent during World War ii. He was billeted with Jeffrey’s fruit farm & he was working with another boy. Then he went back to his parents because he had a skin infection. Later his father sent him to his grandparents who lived in Baulking in Berkshire and then he was sent to a boy’s school where he got the cane because he was having a pillow fight in his dormitory. Then Mr painter changed school again in 1942. Then he went back home when the War ended.

By Sara


Mrs Fosh

Mrs Fosh was born in 1946 the year after the war had ended. Even though, the war had ended food was still being rationed when she was a baby. During the war Mrs Fosh lived in west London with her mother because her father still hadn’t come back from the war. Each day Mrs Fosh was given a small amount of food and as she got older sweets and chocolate were still rationed; until 1952 when they weren’t rationed. When her father was in the war he was fighting in Dunkirk and Africa but her mother was working in a work house. During the war her father was very fortunate to meet Winston Churchill, who was the Prime Minister.  After her father was fighting in the dusty, yellow deserts of Africa he received the Africa Star. Mrs Fosh was very informative and I hope she will come back next year. Thank You.




Mrs Hannan

Mrs Hannan started her life on a farm in North Wales. Her favourite animals were lambs.  She had a sister who was one year older than her. The Second World War started when Mrs Hannan was 4 and ended when she was about 10. Evacuees from Southampton were staying in a house near her family. There were two that she remembered quite well. Their names were Judi and Hernet. They used to walk to school together; between Mrs Hannan’s house and school was a staggering 2.5 miles. Since petrol was rationed and cars were not normally used, they had to walk. Sometimes, evacuees stayed at school overnight and did not pack up in time so the school could not start lessons.

Another interesting story was when Mrs Hannan and her father went up a hill and saw a red glow in the distance. It was a bombed sugar factory. Since sugar burns furiously for a long time, the firemen could not put it out for a while. I was surprised to learn that even though she was in the countryside, her family had blackouts. This meant that all lights were to be turned off. Mrs Hannan also saw pieces of shiny material dropped by enemy planes disrupting radars. She and lots of other children used to pick them up and start playing with them. Luckily for her, Mrs Hannan’s Dad did not go to war. She also wasn’t bombed. During the war, there were square shaped holes in the road designed to trap enemy tanks. Furthermore, trains packed with American soldiers (allies) sometimes threw packets of sweets, biscuits or chocolate to people around them and Mrs Hannan always used to get involved.

by Toby


Dr Batchelor

Dr Batchelor was 5 when the war started. He lived in Southampton dockyard. A couple of months into the war bombs were dropped about 50 yards away from his house. After this he climbed on the shells of the buildings and even set fire to them. One of my favourite tales was that Dr Batchelor climbed on tanks and got sweets from American soldiers. It was amazing to hear his stories as they brought my learning to life.

By Tilly



Mrs Fosh was born in 1946 which was after the war. She lived in west London. Rationing was still going on and ended in 1952 when Mrs Fosh was 6 years old.It was fun listening to her stories about her father. I especially liked the story about her fathers chocolates falling into the sea when their ship was being bombed.He had a couple of different jobs when he was in the army, he drove a lorry transporting soldiers and he helped bring the ships into the docks. Also it was interesting hearing about how her father’s house got bombed. Her father also met Winston Churchill and received some medals. I hope Mrs Fosh will come back next year. Thank you.



Mrs Saunders

Mrs Saunders was born in 1940. As she was too young to be evacuated she stayed in Southampton and got bombed out of her house 4 times during WW2. She was only one week old when she first got bombed out. She had 6 cousins and all of them were boys. None of her cousins were evacuated either, even though all of them were older than her.

When she was only 3 years old, she was blown out of a window because of the impact of a bomb. In the incident she got glass stuck in her head and broke both of her arms. She then went to hospital which she preferred to her normal life as she got three meals a day. She enjoyed this immensely as she didn’t get 3 meals a day in everyday life during the war. The first time she met her father was when she was 7 and a half years old and when she first met him, she hated him! She was given a mickey mouse gas mask as she was very young. There were a lot of air raids where she lived and she told us that most of them caused gas explosions. In the daytime she would play in the bombed buildings as there was nowhere else to play. Every night she would have her clothes ready in case an air raid siren went off and they would have to run to the shelter.

It was amazing to hear her story and it really brought to life what it’s like for child in World War 2.

By Keira


Mrs Saunders

I really enjoyed hearing all the amazing stories. I also found it amazing that she moved houses 4 times in the war because she got bombed so much and she was only 1 week old. I was surprised that she survived when I heard the story of her getting blown out the window by a bomb and broke both arms. I want to thank her so much for coming in and I hope she does it next year.



Dear Mr Fosh,

Thank you or coming in and telling our group about your childhood and what it was like in WW2. One of my favourite stories was when your family were worried that a bomb would hit a train or a gas meter at the train station but luckily it hit right in the middle . I felt sympathetic  how you slept in an Anderson shelter with 7 other people but your father wouldn’t allow it and said”If our house gets  bombed it gets  bombed.” We appreciate everything you told us. Thank you very much.
Yours sincerely
Sophie T








ww2 week


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Dear Year 5s

We are looking forward to seeing you step up to the mark and embracing the new roles and responsibilities that will entail as you join year 6.

As discussed when we met you on Monday afternoon, one of those roles will be the brand new one of being a school prefect. Remember, if you are interested in taking on this exciting opportunity, you will need to write a letter of application to explain why you think you would be a suitable candidate for this important position.

To help you, here is a reminder of some of the tasks this role might involve:

  • Handing out certificates in assembly
  • Helping to maintain high standards of behaviour around the school
  • Bringing classes in after lunch
  • Helping at events such as the evening for new year R parents
  • Office duty at lunchtimes
  • Contributions to the newsletter
  • Helping to update class blogs
  • Linking with a particular class/year group

As this is a new role, there may also be other ideas you have, which you also want to suggest in your letters. Please could you write your letters over the summer holiday and hand them in during the first week of term. We look forward to reading them then.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a very enjoyable summer holiday and look forward to working with you in September.

Best wishes

Miss Kerridge-Johns and Mrs Ware

P.S. When we met your parents this week, some of them were asking about books that might be useful to support your learning next year and we promised we would let them know:

  • A-Z of Grammar – A Teacher’s Survival Guide for the Primary Curriculum
  • Any of the Key Stage 2 CGP revision guides (Please note though – we will be offering the opportunity to buy these through school later in the Autumn term at a discounted rate)

SATs week timetable



8:55-10:40 Break 10:40 – 10:55






10:55-12:00 Lunch 12:00 – 1:15 1:15-3:40



START 9:45


GRAMMAR (45 mins+ 11.25)

Break 11:00



START 11:30









Reading revision

Break 10:00

START 10:30


READING(60 +15)


5:1 Maths general revision




Arithmetic Revision

START 9:20




Break 10:15

START 10:45




Maths revision for reasoning tomorrow
Thurs Maths revision


Break 10:15

START 10:45




PPA – Printing


Or you can download our timetable using the link below:

SATs week timings

Get moving!


This week a famous athlete, Robert Mitchell, came to our school and ran a circuit session for each year group. Here is a list of some of the activities: spotty dog, mountain climb, star jumps and press-ups. After the sessions, Robert held a school assembly where he explained his journey into high-jumping competitions. His athletic journey began at 7-years-old when he jumped over a wall at school! He now enters about 50 competitions a year.

Below are some pictures of Year 6 taking part in the circuit:



Evacuation stories from VE day


Mrs Woodhouse

The person I was with was called Mrs Woodhouse. She was 17 when the war started and also joined the wrens ,which stood for the women’s royal navel service. One day when she was out in her garden she saw a plane in the sky but the alarms were not going off. After a while, she thought it was an ally because there was an airport near them but it was an enemy who came to drop bombs on the airport and boom she saw the bombs drop straight out of the plane onto the airport. Her brother was 15 and worked with spitfires. One time when alarm went off the shelter next to them got blown up! Mrs Woodhouse was married a few days before V.E day. The war was quiet at the start but when it got going the war was devastating. The power station was never bombed and the gas masks were never used. I enjoyed the party very  much and hearing about peoples stories it was fabulous.     By Jack T


Mr W Whitlock

On the afternoon of the V.E day, along with Louie and Joss, I was talking to Mr. W. Whitlock. It was interesting to find out that his father ran away and joined the Royal Marines for twenty years! Also he used to live near the local train station, where he saw the wounded soldiers come home from the battle field. Listening to all his stories and adventures was fascinating, because I could never have known so much about world war two and being evacuated. I’ve learned so much from that one afternoon and I enjoyed it very much. By Lilly T



Mr Attwood

At our VE Day celebrations last week, I met a friendly, chirpy man called Mr Attwood who had a fascinating story about a dog fight he had witnessed from the ground between a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt. One day when he was out collecting shrapnel he heard two roaring plane engines coming his way. He looked up and saw a sight he would never forget: a speedy Spitfire tailing a deadly Messerschmitt. Down, down, down they came, each pilot trying to out manoeuvre the other. Finally after minutes of looping, barrel rolling and shooting the sneaky Spitfire snuck underneath the Messerschmitt and fired a fatal bullet right into the heart of the German Mercedes engine. Barely skimming the trees the Messerschmitt blew up over his head. The sound was going to give him nightmares for many years to come.

Mr Attwood also talked about his hobby of finding shrapnel. “It’s very, very heavy and sometimes still warm from being blown up,” he exclaimed. By Toby



Mr Attwood

On Monday afternoon, year 6 had our V.E. day and I met a lovely man, who spent all 6 years in World war two. He was called Mr Attwood. Mr Atwood told me a rather fascinating story about his life in World War two. He was entering a forest and he heard people rustling around some trees. Very soon after that he heard a gun shooting. It was very possible that someone was shooting those people. Mr Attwood was very lucky to have only heard that gun as he was about 20 seconds away! He managed to escape that forest without being noticed at all. He still lives to tell the tale. I myself was really impressed of that. Are you? By Maddie


Mr Roberts

On VE day, a man called Mr Roberts, who was a child living in Romsey during the Second World War, came in to talk to us about his experiences of World War 2. He brought with him lots of German artefacts from the time of the war; many of his family were fighting in Europe. Mr Roberts showed us a clever gadget; used to light up the road at night whilst not shining light into the sky. After showing the items Mr Roberts told us some stories. One of these was about when he and other children stood in alley ways watching parts of Southampton burn during the bombing raids. Much to our surprise, Mr Roberts told us that he has an unexploded bomb in his garden! However, he reassured us that it had been checked and was not likely to blow up. By Niamh



Mrs Ireland

It was during a school lesson, when Sylvia Island first found out about the war. Sylvia lived with her mum, dad, brothers and sister, although her Dad and all her brothers were away in the army. It was 1939, when Sylvia, aged 11 and her 9 year old sister, were evacuated on an old, slow steam train to live in a new house very far away. She needed the people who were going to take her in, to take her sister too because they didn’t want to be separated. Her Billets were nice, they lived in a house the family was a mum, dad, little boy (who was three) and a dog. She thought the war would only last two months, she didn’t really understand what was going on and she missed her family. Sylvia felt homesick for the first six weeks, but then settled down. After being away for fifteen months, she needed to go back to her mum because her house was partly destroyed during an air raid and she was needed back home. By Luke



Councillor Edgar

Councillor Edgar told us some really interesting stories about the war. Councillor Edgar, who was a child at the time, remembers the day some huge tanks arrived near to where he lived. The children were amazed by the tanks. Although they weren’t meant to, the children who lived there climbed and played on the tanks. Councillor Edgar remembered his childhood being bliss until one day his parents shut him and his sister in the cupboard under the stairs. He was dreamily sleeping until there was a big bomb dropped at the end of their road. Councillor Edgar was flung up into the air and banged his head on ceiling, luckily though, he wasn’t badly hurt but after this his parents decided to have him evacuated. However, he was evacuated from Gosport to Eastleigh which his parents didn’t feel was much safer so they decided to pick him up and bring him home. Sometime after this Councillor Edgar remembered a big boat arrived at Gosport transporting many German prisoners of war. Some local people treated the prisoners of war with compassion and gave them drinks, other people didn’t feel they deserved compassion though and took the drinks away from them. By Matilda



Mr and Mrs Broomhall

Mr and Mrs Broomhall came to see us at our VE Day party and told us some very interesting stories of when they were evacuated. Mr Broomhall was evacuated from Liverpool with his family. On his first day of primary school one of the girls, who was skipping, stopped what she was doing ,because she recognised he was new, and went up to him and slapped him in the face! Along the country lane were pig sties filled with ammunition for the war. One of the boys and his brother snuck out of school and messed around with the ammunition; one even blew his arm off! Mrs Broomhall was evacuated with her mother to a big house for five to six years! Even though there were rations they never ran out of supplies. They had two cars, but they rarely took them out during the war. One day ,when there was bombing, they took shelter in the living room and the man in the house called Mrs Broomhall over to the window to take a look at outside it was all pink coloured. That was when Mrs Broomhall realised what was happening. Because when the war started she was a baby. When I found out she had never eaten a banana until the war ended I was shocked. This was until she explained that bananas had to get shipped here from another country. By Chris


Mrs Sheppard

On VE day I met Mrs Sheppard. During the war she was 10 and lived near the air fields and that was a big target to blow up. One day a bomb came through the roof and the stairs and landed 15cm away from her, on a shelf and it didn’t blow up. When she was at her new home they went to Sunday church in the morning and Sunday school in the afternoon. In the morning she took the milk from the horse, delivered it by putting it on their door step. When the air raid siren went off, they were in the air raid shelter or under the stairs. By Lloyd

Mrs Ireland

I really enjoyed listening to all the amazing stories she told us. She was evacuated to park stone in Dorset. At the time she was 12 years old and her sister was 10 years old. They were chosen by a young couple with a son who was 4 and a small dog. It took them seven hours on the train. They were also 15 months away from their mother. It was so sad to hear that their father died of a heart attack. The girls had two brothers in the army. Their step farther drove the tanks. When they were evacuated they were given to share a bar of chocolate biscuits and a tin a corn meet. It was wonderful listening to all the things she had to say. By Lily H

I loved listening to all the stories she had to say.

Mr Broomhall

My favourite story that I heard was when Mr Broomhall told us about a boy who was playing with the ammunition and he got his arm blown off. I also enjoyed hearing about when it was your 1st day at school and the school girl stopped skipping and came and slapped him on the face. My favourite story from Mrs Broomhall was when she told us she only had her 1st banana after the war. I also enjoyed hearing about when you told us all the sign posts where taken down so the Germans did not know where they were going. I really enjoyed hearing about how you learnt your alphabet on slate and chalk.it was interesting when you told us you were sort of evacuated because you knew people who lined in the country side. By Ava


Councillor Edgar

On the 6th of June, 1994, we remember all the British Soldiers who went away to fight and were killed by Germany, which we call D-Day. When I spoke to Councillor Edgar he told me an extraordinary tale about when he was 8 years old living in Gosport with his twelve year old sister. I found out that one day he came outside as he normally did but this time he saw a lot of tanks on the banks around him. He then played on the tank every morning before school. Now, these tanks were there to take all the British soldiers away to war but one day when he came out, they were gone! They were taking away all the strong, brave fighters going away to war. One thing that interested me about this was that when the tanks went on to the ships they went on backwards, so that the guns were facing open water and any enemy ships. Shortly after this happened the Councillor was evacuated to Eastleigh! However, he had only been there for a few weeks when his Mum came to claim him and take him back to Gosport; “he’s in more danger here then he is back home so he may as well come back to his family” she said. Soon after that the top of his road was bombed and he saw and heard an almighty “Bang!” Fortunately, he slept under the stairs with his sister and that is what saved his life, he only banged his head. Later on in his life he saw the tanks once again draw up to the bank but this time it was wounded men who were carried down onto sandy shores. Not long after that a huge, almighty grey ship drew up and off it came hundreds and thousands of men but not just any men; German men! Councillor Edgar was scared but it turned out that they were our German prisoners of war therefore there was no need to be afraid. Some of the Germans stayed in Gosport for the rest of their lives, not wanting to go back to their war-torn country. Many had been forced to fight and many families had been destroyed or injured by our bombing. It changed his view of life, standing, watching and listening to the almost grateful Germans, so close / yet so far away from everything. By Emily


Mrs Woodhouse

I found lots of Mrs Woodhouse’s stories fascinating. One that I found particularly interesting was about her sighting of an enemy plane. When she walked outside in to her garden, she saw a strange plane fly over her head- it had been heading towards the airport. She thought it was going to land then some peculiar shaped dots started coming out the bottom of the plane. It turned out to be bombs dropping out of the plane landing on the airport but she didn’t hear the air raid sirens go off so it was odd. She stayed at her home and didn’t get evacuated as she was too old [17]. By Alexa



Mr Knight

VE Day was really fun I really enjoyed listing to all the stories from the people who lived in the war. It was really interesting learning about the tanks that Mr Knight told us about. It was really surprising hearing about how the tanks were loaded because I thought you put the bullets in one by one. The bit I found most interesting was all the different tanks that Mr Knight drove in the war. I liked it when he told us about him getting evacuated to Somerset and all of the jobs that he was given while the war was on. VE Day was a really exciting day.   By Thomas



Councillor Edgar

Councillor Edgar lived in a small town called Gosport which is opposite the Isle of Wight. He has a sister who was 12 and he was 8 when they were both sent to Eastleigh and a week later they both were sent back to their house. His mum said if they were going to go to Eastleigh she might as well not evacuate them and they could all be bombed together. The safest place they could sleep was under his stairs because they had no Anderson shelter. When they were under there, a bomb hit the top of his road. The pressure pulled him up and he hit his head on top of the stairs. By Catherine



Mr and Mrs Broomhall

I really enjoyed the story about the boy in Mr Broomhall who blew his arm off with ammunition, which happened just outside the pig sty along the road. Another story that interested me was that peoples didn’t have bananas throughout the war .The third story that interested me was that Mrs Broomhall saw she looked through a rusted telescope Southampton burning and she was three or four at the time when she saw it burning . In their spare time, they filled a football with newspaper because they only had the inside of the football and then they played football. They also had no male teachers and they also used slate and chalk. They were both raised in massive houses. Mr Broomhall was evacuated from Liverpool. They also were very short on food. They took down the road signs as well as the banister on the stairs. By Tyler



Mr Kingsnorth

I really enjoyed listening to Mr Kingsnorth’s stories about the war during our V.E. Day party; he provided so much detail about his wartime experiences, it was like I was actually sharing them! He told us so many great stories; it’s hard to choose which ones to share with you!                                                                                 He hid a jumper his Aunt knitted him under a hedge every day for months – until his Grandma’s neighbour caught him!  He had an extremely long garden, at the end of his garden was a road, and across the road was a big house. One night, a bomb landed on the big house, and then when it was safe to emerge from their Anderson shelter, Mr Kingsnorth and his family discovered that all of their roof slates had disappeared, the glass in their windows had cracked, and everything inside was in a terrible disarray, but all 7 year old Mr Kingsnorth cared about was whether or not his toys were okay!                                                                                                                                    Another amazing story I would like to share with you, is that when he was evacuated, there were some older boys there, and he was sleeping in the turret bedroom, and the older boys told him that someone had committed suicide in the tower room, and they pretended to be the ghost at night, but the funny thing was, in the kitchen, things would move around by themselves, and everyone thought it was a poltergeist, then twenty years later, Mr Kingsnorth visited the house, which had been converted into a boarding house, and according to one of the boarders, things still moved around in                                                                                                         the kitchen on their own accord! Maybe there was a poltergeist? By Carys


Mrs Dalton

I really enjoyed listening to Mrs Dalton’s stories and experiences on V.E day and I loved looking at her photographs of when she was a school child; the detail she provided in her descriptions helped me vividly imagine what it was really like during WW2. Although I was intrigued to hear all of Mrs Dalton’s stories, the story that captivated me the most was about her three older brothers who were separated when they were evacuated: two moved to Swanage and one moved to Wales. It was hard to believe this happened as I can’t imagine it happening to me. Another story that I was shocked to hear was about John Lewis because I found out that her mum used to work there and it used to be called Tyrell and Green! V.E. day was a great time to listen and share stories and to see many people’s wartime belongings; it really brought our history project to life. By Naina


Dr and Mrs Bachelor

I really enjoyed listening to Dr + Mrs Bachelor’s story at the V.E day party; it was very interesting hearing them tell us how it was in the war, which wasn’t very pleasant. My favourite story from Mrs Bachelor was when she told us that her mum was forced to write with her right hand when she was left handed. My favourite story from Dr Batchelor was when he said that he was evacuated for the last year of World War Two but stayed in Southampton throughout the worst of the bombing. Thank you everyone who planned and helped at the V.E day party and thank you to all the people who came and told us their amazing stories. By Michaela


Mrs Sheppard

On VE day, Mrs Sheppard said she had a bomb come through the roof and stairs which landed about 15 cm above her head. Thankfully it did not explode.  When she arrived at a cottage, in Burford, she collected milk from a horse and cart. She also had to do as she was told. She was 10 when was evacuated. She didn’t need to do any chores because the owner of the house did all of them. When she went to Sunday school it was really good. By Alex


Mrs Woodhouse

On V.E. day Mrs Woodhouse and her son told us about the time when she was going across her garden to get in her bomb shelter, for safety, when she saw a plane go across the sky. She thought it was just a plane from the airport because she lived quite close to one, and suddenly she saw something round drop out of the bottom of the plane. As it got closer, she worked out that they were bombs! By Amelie


Dr Bachelor

Dr Bachelor thank you for coming to year 6 VE day; I had a wonderful time listening to your stories.

I was surprised that you weren’t evacuated and I cannot believe you went to the dentist in an Andersen shelter! I was amazed to hear that you did not know about the blitz and the bombing.   I enjoyed hearing about what it was like living in an a underground shelter as you could hear the bombs.

I hope you can come next year; you will make them happy!     By Bradley


Mr Cuff

When we spoke to Mr Cuff I found out that he was evacuated twice both of which to Ireland. Mr Cuff lived in London with his mum, dad and brother. His journey to Tipperary included London to Wales by train, then went to Dublin by ship then Mr Cuff went by train to Tipperary. Mr Cuff was billeted with a woman he called Auntie Kate. Auntie Kate had a family of 7 children. Mr Cuff and his brother enjoyed staying with Auntie Kate. Auntie Kate and the 7 children owned 5 dogs. Mr Cuff and his brother had both never seen a dog before so having dogs in the house was a real change. Mr Cuff’s jobs in Tipperary were to milk the cows and ride a donkey and cart to the goats. Mr Cuff’s dad worked with the police to help keep buses running. And his two uncles fought in the war. By Charlotte


Mrs Dudfield

Mrs Dudfield lived in Plymouth during the second world war and came to talk to us about her memories. Her dad was In the Royal Navy and she explained that he had won 7 medals. Listening to her was fascinating and it taught me so much about the war, and about the effect it had on the people there at the time. Interestingly, it has made me want to learn more. Because he was away for so long, it was difficult to have him back; she felt she hardly knew him. It was l like getting to know him all over again; he didn’t like talking about the war. Hearing her speak really helped me to understand how people felt when their dad had to go away for so long. By Grace


Councillor Edgar

On year6 VE day Councillor Edgar came in to tell us about World War 2 and he told us stories and I loved the one where he got evacuated to Eastleigh and when he was 7 and he used to play on the tanks and he showed us picture’s with him playing on the tanks he lived with his nan and granddad and his sister lived with her uncle and aunty.   By Jack H


Mr and Mrs Broomhall

On the afternoon of the V.E.Day Party I really enjoyed listening to Mr &Mrs Broomhall’s experiences in the war. My favourite story that Mr Broomhall told me was about how he was so excited for school but he wasn’t allowed to go until he was five. But when he finally got to go to school on his first day he walked up to the gates and a couple of girls were skipping they saw he was knew came over to him and slapped him in the face. He also told us that when the war began pig houses filled with amination were put on the roads, some boys from his school decided to play with it and it took one boys arm off. Although neither Mr or Mrs Broomhall were evacuated Mrs Broomhall went to go and live in a big country house where her mum was working as a house keeper . One evening somebody told her to look through a a telescope and she said what is that. (It was Southampton burning.) By Jess


Mr Whitlock

The VE day party was really fun. I really enjoyed listening to the war stories and they were all really interesting. I liked the story about when Mr Whitlock’s father ran away to join the royal marines. He spent the whole war in the royal marines. What bravery! His pictures were really fascinating. He told us that ne was born in 1931 and was evacuated when he was eight. He lived behind a train track and he would see soldiers going and coming back. He would see soldiers in blue uniform which meant they were injured. One day he watched two plains fight wright above him. Mr Whitlock has lots of interesting stories. By Joss


Mr Kingsnorth

Thank you for coming and telling us about your past, your drawings really brought our English/ history to life. It was so cool when you told us that the house next to yours got hit by a bomb and a pathing slab landed right next to your Anderson shelter and when you got out of your shelter the glass from your house was shattered and your tiles from your roof were gone. You were evacuated when you were 7 years old I would never want to go away from my mum at the age of 7. I would hate for any or my footballs to get run over by a car especially as it was the only one you had.

Thank you for your time.

By Max


Mr Roberts

Thank you for coming in and telling us all about your past back in the WW’s. It was very interesting to hear what you had to say, it brought our English and history to life. Like how you said after a lot of blackouts your eyes got used to it.

Also it was extremely exciting to hear one German bomb was dropped in Romsey but didn’t explode. I would’ve loved to see your defused unexploded bomb in your garden.

Also looking at all the stuff you brought in, WOW! I was surprised about it. I was full of questions on like how old it was.

But one of the best things to hear was that how your father was a solider in the World War.

You were the dream of history I learned at school. I will never forget this moment that we had together even if it was a short time! I still learned a lot from you, thanks a lot. By Ryan