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					Key stage1     Unit 17
What are we remembering on Remembrance Day?

Gwen from ‘Pattern 23’ will tell one of three short Remembrance stories:
   The Poppy Train
   Sweet Hay
   Violets

In the story, the child characters are preparing for the first Remembrance
Sunday. They will consider how best to remember and never forget. The
children will share their thoughts and experiences with their teacher and
friends at school.

…. And Eric was certain of one thing; that he would take his wonderful new
crayons and draw a picture, so he would never forget! ….. When Miss
Johnson and the rest of the children came into the classroom later on, they
found Eric hard at work. The picture of the Poppy Train was spread out on the
desk in front if him and he’d coloured in all the flowers, so the little train
seemed to be puffing its way through a sea of red.’       The Poppy Train

The audience will be transported to settings so different from today, but the
themes will link with the children’s own lives: school, travel, toys, pets, older
siblings, and helping at home.

Sample time-table: group size c. 30 children

10.00 – 10.15                Welcome and introduction (all)

Group 1 (c.15 children)
10.15 – 11.00                The Remembrance Story / Picture Time

Group 2 (c.15 children)
10.15 – 11.00                Object handling / making a Poppy Wreath

11.00 – 11.15                Break and Refreshments

Group 1 (c.15 children)
11.15 – 12.00                Object handling / making a Poppy Wreath

Group 2 (c.15 children)
11.15 – 12.00                The Remembrance Stories

12.00 -12.30                 Group Discussion (all)

12.30                        Depart
Cost: £100.00
Key stage 2      Unit 9
Option 1
Led by Gwen from specialist history theatre group ‘Pattern 23’
What was it like for children in the Second World War?

Using objects, historical sources and theatre, our aim is to bring the Home
Front alive!
Gwen from ‘Pattern 23’ will tell ‘Morton’s Militia’. This is an adventure story set
in wartime Worcester, with characters Jimmy, Liz, Polly, Peter and friends.
The story will portray the evacuee experience - rationing, salvage collection,
expectations and duties, and enforced changes to family life.

Sample time-table: Group size c. 30 children

10.00 – 10.15               Welcome and introduction (all)

Group 1 (c.10 children)
10.15 – 10.45               Morton’s Militia (Pattern 23)

Group 2 (c.10 children)
10.15 – 10.45               Pack a Parcel (Rationing activity)
                            (Teacher led)
Group 3 (c.10 children)
10.15 – 10.45               War Work (War time memories in Worcester)
                            (Museum staff)

10.45 – 11.15               Break and Refreshments

11.15 – 11.45               Groups 1, 2 and 3 to rotate

11.45 – 12.15               Groups 1, 2 and 3 to rotate

12.15 – 12.30               Group discussion / object handling (All)

12.30 – 1.30                Lunch

1.30 – 2.30          The Worcestershire Soldier (Teacher led)
                     An opportunity to explore the galleries dedicated to telling
                     the stories of the Worcestershire Regiment and the
                     Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry. Using archive film,
                     memories, photographs and the unique collections of
                     both regiments, this display brings to life 300 years of
                     military history.

2.30                 Depart

Cost: £100.00
Key stage 2      Unit 9
Option 2
Led by Paul Harding from ‘Discover History’
What was it like in war time Worcester?

Using objects, historical sources and role play, our aim is to bring the Home
Front alive!
With Paul Harding from ‘Discover History’, the children will be transported
back to war time Britain. They will take on the role of the Civil Defence – an
ARP Warden, a Land Army Girl, or a member of the Home Guard! The
children will be immersed in the daily activities and drills, and respond to a
major bomb hit at the Meco Works, Bromyard Road, Worcester!

Sample time-table: Group size c. 30 children
10.00 – 10.15             Welcome and Introduction (all)

Group 1 (c.15 children)
10.15 – 11.15               War time Worcester (Discover History)

Group 2 (c.15 children)
10.15 – 11.15               Pack a Parcel and War Work
                            (Museum Staff / Teacher led)

11. 15 – 11.30              Break (all)

11.30 – 12.30               Group 1 and 2 swap

12.30 – 12.45               Group Discussion (all)

12.45 – 1.30                Lunch

1.30 – 2.30                 The Worcestershire Soldier           (Teacher Led)
                            An opportunity to explore the galleries dedicated to
                            telling the stories of the Worcestershire Regiment
                            and the Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry. Using
                            archive film, memories, photographs and the
                            unique collections of both regiments, this display
                            brings to life 300 years of military history.

                            Depart



                            Cost: £100.00

				
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