Remembering the start of the Blitz 7 September 1940 (and a new term starts in school)
Today is the 75th anniversary of the day in the middle of the Battle of Britain that day bombing of RAF airfields and dogfights turned to night bombing of cities like London which went on for months almost without ceasing. The Blitz on London had begun.
There are widespread commemorations online and around the country of these events 75 years including the Battle of Britain Day 15 September, so that the next generation can pay their respects to and learn from the passing generation who lived through WW2.
Thankfully WW2 is still on the Primary School History Curriculum as schools go back in Cornwall.
Small part of a WW2 display in a Cornish School c. 2012
Working out of Newquay Zoo on its Education section, I often get to visit primary and secondary schools and am usually impressed by the displays I see and work I hear going on.
This ranges from hearing “Hey Mister Miller”, a medley of 40s music and songs being rehearsed by student teachers with children at Antony School to seeing great mock up Anderson shelters in a 40s corner.
In another school which I think it might have been Devoran whilst taking rainforest animals in c. 2011/12, I saw this simple WW2 display in its entrance / hall area. This must have been by Year 3 /4 (before the curriculum change that WW2 is now studied in Year 6).
Interesting Year 3/ 4 artwork studies of famous WW2 photos.
Year 3 in the past focussed on evacuation and a child’s view of the war. There is now a different WW2 history curriculum unit for year 6 in the New 2013/14 Primary National Curriculum.
Year 6 now have an interesting wartime history unit in Cornwall Learning’s Inspire Curriculum Year 6 Battle of Britain: Bombs Battles and Bravery for the Spring Term Year 6
Mark Norris delivering one of our World War Zoo Gardens workshops in ARP uniform with volunteer Ken our zoo ‘Home Guard’ (right) (Picture: Lorraine Reid, Newquay Zoo)
You can read more about the wartime history schools workshops that we offer here at Newquay Zoo in two blogposts:
Studying and Designing WW2 Posters makes an appearance in the Year 6 History Unit – this original 1941 poster design in our collection was designed by two teenage evacuees the late Carmen Blacker and the late Joan D Pring at Benenden Girls School, evacuated to the Bristol Hotel Newquay in the 1940s.
The importance or miracle of RADAR – WAAF servicewomen and an RAF sergeant at an unidentified Chain Home Station (like RAF Drytree, Cornwall) declassified photo 14 August 1945 (from an original in the World War Zoo gardens archive)
Very shortly in the next three weeks we will be blog posting about:
- the Battle of Britain Day 15 September, stamps and lots of Spitfires …
- Peggy Jane Skinner’s teenage 1940 Blitz diary from our collection
- the bombing of London Zoo 1940/41
- the bombing of Chessington Zoo and its partial evacuation to Paignton Zoo (our sister zoo) .
London Zoo’s ARP shelter pictured on our World War Zoo Gardens sign, Newquay Zoo, Cornwall, UK
Remembering the start of the Blitz 7 September 1940 75 years on.
Posted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo / World War Zoo Gardens project
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