Our Year 8 students saw weaponry, uniforms and tanks from the Second World War at an interactive event at Wicksteed Park. The 50 students saw military vehicles and tanks, had the opportunity to throw dummy grenades and took part in survival skills training.
The day was in preparation for the start of the GCSE history studies next year and they heard how the park played a role in the war: Mr Rutt said: ‘Wicksteed Park was where evacuees were gathered before they went to different parts of the country and it was also where D-Day landings resources came together and then they shipped them out.
‘We wanted to get our Year 8 students engaged and interested. They showed us the different grenades used in war and gave us mock up ones that were the same weight and we practised throwing them. We also had a cookery class and learned about rationing. We made a spread from parsnips which was used in the war and it tasted like banana on bread.
There was modern army equipment and displays there too including vehicles. It can be very hard for kids to imagine and empathise with wartime, however by giving them this interactive experience where they can see and touch authentic equipment and food from the time, it helps bring history to life. The students were impeccably behaved and everybody enjoyed the event.’