Year 5 and 6 pupils from Smannell and Enham CE Primary School have been sharing their experiences of investigating local history with other schools in the Test Valley area.
During June, they presented their work to assembled pupils at Hurstbourne Tarrant CE Primary, St Mary Bourne Primary, Vernham Dean CE Primary, and Balksbury Junior schools. The presentation included screening part of ‘The Story of Enham Alamein’ documentary, produced by Media4Schools and filmed by Smannell pupils together with Enham clients. A touring display about Enham and the village of Enham Alamein helped to set the presentation into context.
Pupils from the participating schools then joined a 1940s local history activity day at Smannell, to find out more about local history research techniques and how they could undertake a similar project themselves. Education officers from Andover Museum and the Museum of Army Flying led various activities, together with University of Winchester volunteers and Enham clients. An Andover-based World War Two living history group helped to bring the day to life, with a vast array of original artefacts for the children to handle, including military vehicles and soldiers’ equipment, and typical kitchen items for a housewife on the home front. Activity sessions gave children the opportunity for costumed role play, as well as interviewing older local residents about their wartime experiences, and studying maps and photographs of their local area.
This is what some of the children thought of the experience:
“Fun, interesting and exciting.”
“I would like to interview some of the people that were alive in the war and ask them about their life in my village.”
If you think your school might be interested in displaying the exhibition and taking part in local history activities, there will be another opportunity during the autumn term. Please contact Julie Winning at Smannell and Enham Primary School on 01264 323201, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The touring display will now be visiting the following museum venues, with accompanying activities for school groups and families:
Monday 26th – Friday 30th July: The Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop
Monday 16th – Friday 27th August: The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester
Monday 13th – Friday 17th September: The Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop