Year 6 Outdoor Learning: Anderson Shelters

In class Year 6 have been learning about World War II, which they have linked to their English work by using Michelle Magorian’s ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ as their book as a hook. Last week they took their history learning outside as part of finding out about Anderson Shelters.
The children first watched a video clip from the Imperial War Museum, about what these shelters were made from, how they were constructed and why they were needed (including the need for them to be comfortable as families would often have had to spend the night in them).
The children were given corrugated cardboard, as a substitute for corrugated iron, and some time to strengthen it with card or sticks. They then tested them by dropping a small ‘bomb’ (stick) on it. If their strengthened roof survived the bomb, they further tested it by placing a brick on it. All roofs that passed this rigorous testing were then used by the children in the Forest School area, where they dug out and built models of Anderson Shelters.
Well done children and thank you Mrs Andrews and Mrs Clay!
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