Stobhillgate First School, Morpeth WW2 Project

Young people from Morpeth Stobhillgate First School have been working with Morpeth based performing arts company, November Club on a unique project to learn more about World War 2.  

The children in Year 4 have been learning about what life would have been like as a child evacuee in Northumberland, looking at photographs, artefacts and people’s memories from that time. Original artefacts were borrowed from Woodhorn Museum, Ashington to help bring the day to life including gas masks, tinned food items, ration books, identity cards, ARP bell and a gas rattle.

Stobhillgate First School, Morpeth
On Thursday 22 March, November Club held a day of workshops at Stobhillgate First School with musician Katie Doherty and Actor Christina Berriman-Dawson. The sessions allowed the children to create a new song about being an evacuee and to create some short role plays using archival photographs and stories as a starting point.

Sarah Hudson, Participation Producer at November Club said: “It’s great that we can offer the young people some different experiences to bring the curriculum to life and to see the young people putting themselves into the roles of evacuees and really thinking about how they must have felt being taken away from their families and homes.  They have created some really thoughtful role plays and their own new songs inspired by WW2 objects and what they had been learning in the classroom.  I think they have surprised themselves with what has been achieved in a few hours!"

Neil Richmond, Head Teacher at Stobhillgate First School added: "WW2 was brought alive through music and drama and once again shown how skills development is so good for children’s' confidence and self-esteem. Thank you November Club."

The Year 4 pupils had a great day:

“Fab – I loved it, such fun and I got to work with my friends.”
“It was so awesome my brain exploded!!”
“Amazing, I loved writing the song.”

For more information on the bespoke work of November Club, how you can get involved and how you can work towards your Arts Award visit the participation section of the website here.