On Monday October 15th, Year 5 and 6 went on a trip to Eden Camp in North Yorkshire for the day. Eden Camp is a former prisoner of war camp from WWII, which has been turned into a museum.
First, we looked at some facts about the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Soon after, we entered a hut all about the Blitz, which means ’lightning’ in Germany. There were some models of what it would have been like and it was quite scary and loud. It was also sad how the Germans bombed so many homes.
My favourite part of the trip was the puppet show; it was really daft because in the war people were sad so they did this to cheer everyone up and be happy. We sang songs like ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’.
There was also a hut about the U-boats. The U-boats were the submarines the Germans used to circle the country and stop us bringing in food from across the seas. Winston Churchill was worried about it at the time (in fact, he said it was the only time in the war he was truly worried) but happily, some food still managed to get through.
After lunch, we had a few more huts to visit, learning about D-Day, war medals and the Bevin Boys, and then we come across a hut about WWI. The most interesting – and possibly the most shocking – fact was if you were being a coward and didn’t want to fight, you would get ‘shot at dawn’ which means you would get shot by your own people.
All the pupils agreed it was an enjoyable day out, with lots of facts to learn.