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War experience brought to life for pupils

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YEAR 6 pupils from St Mary and St Michael School immersed themselves in their Second World War studies with a trip to the German Occupation Museum and a special visit to the Mallard Cinema.

Teacher Alex Mercer said the youngsters had been studying the topic since the start of term and have already been learning about some of the major events of the war, including how it affected islanders.

The Occupation Museum visit is a regular feature of this part of the curriculum for the pupils in this year, and they tour the museum with a question and answer sheet which they fill in as they find out more.

A week before, the children’s parents had given them permission to watch the recent Dunkirk film as part of their research and Mr Mercer said that last year the Year 6 group was able to see the film Darkest Hour, about how Churchill handled the days surrounding the Dunkirk evacuation.

Because of the relevance of Darkest Hour to their studies, Mr Mercer asked the Mallard Cinema if they would be able to show the film especially for the school, and they agreed, so the youngsters were heading straight for the cinema after their time at the museum.

‘Rather than just learning about it on a white board, this is a really good experience for them,’ said Mr Mercer.

Anna Murray, 10, said she had enjoyed Dunkirk: ‘It was more about different points of view from the sea and the beaches,’ she said.

She was finding it interesting learning about the Occupation, too: ‘I already knew about it, but not as much as I do now.’

Sienna Smith, 11, said the Dunkirk film had been a bit shocking: ‘It made you realise how many people were killed,’ she said.

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