On the 1st September
1939, even before Britain went to war with Germany, the first Evacuation
began. About one and a half million women and childen were evacuated, by
the government, from places that were likely to be bombed by Hitler. A lot
of the children came from poor families and they quite often didn't understand
what was going on. On many occassions their parents didn't even know where
they were going. Children were taken to the 'safer' countryside where they
had to stay with foster families.
1 - Design A Poster
(provide the children with a 'happy children' evacuation propaganda
picture shows you how the government wanted people to see the evacuation.
Look how happy the children look.
Many parents were unhappy about sending their children away. The government
tried to convince them that their children would be looked after.
you work for the government. Design a poster to reassure parents that it's
okay to send their children away. You may like to include information stating
exactly why it is necessary for the children to be evacuated to the countryside.
2 - Identity Labels
arrived at their destinations and were taken to reception areas. Foster
parents picked the children that they wanted to stay with them. Unlucky
children got picked last or not at all! Each child wore an identity label
to tell people who they were.
that you are one of the children who has been evacuated. Write a label to
tell people who you are and why they should foster you.
3 - A Postcard Home
of the children who were evacuated came from poor families that lived in
big cities. Some children enjoyed their time in the countryside. Other children
that you have been evacuated. Write a postcard home to tell your family
about what your first day has been like. Remember to tell them whether you've
enjoyed yourself or not.
4 - Evacuee's Kit List
who were evacuated had to take their gas masks and other belongings with
there was an evacuation now in 1999. What would you pack up and take with
you? Remember, you can't take much. Make a list of what you would take.
piece of writing with "If there was an evacuation now, in 1999, then
I would pack..."