(Suitable for Key Stage 2)
SPLATT Theatre Company invites your children to travel back in time to a 1940s ‘holding accommodation’, where your children will experience the day in the life of a war time refugee/evacuee/kinder transport child.
What the experience includes
- Content is designed and written by SPLATT Theatre Company to cover curriculum thematically through Literacy, Drama, Speaking & Listening, History, SMSC and DT.
- A Unique immersive & site-specific educational experience for children. This year’s World War 2 experience is taking place in church venues with war time history. Church Halls were traditionally used as holding accommodation for child refugees and evacuees whilst finding host families which makes the day authentically site-specific.
- Being met and registered by billeting officers who will immerse the children in a day in the life of a WW2 child.
- War time memories performed by professionally trained actors with child interaction.
- Ration-book cooking; children will learn about foods and nutrition during the war and they will cook a war time recipe.
- Make-do-and-mend; children will have hands-on experience of the make-do-and-mend initiative. They will learn basic sewing techniques.
- The experience is led by professional actors, who remain in character throughout the day, constantly incorporating elements of drama and fun to enhance the learning environment. This is a real-life adventure where the children will be immersed in the spirit of the 1940’s, experiencing stories and historical facts delivered through carefully designed theatre, original war-time audio extracts and war time music.
These are some of the benefits our World War 2 day hopes to achieve for your children…
- Develops Speaking and Listening through Drama & Theatre
- Creates for them a culturally enriching environment
- Enhances their literary knowledge
- A tolerance & empathy of other cultures & viewpoints
- Inspiration for their own creative expression and development
- Promotes growth of their self confidence
- An emotional outlet
- Boosts their ability to work cooperatively
- Helps with concentration
- Assists in the engagement of imaginative & possibility thinking
Beckenham Baptist Church, Elm Road, BR3 4JB
This venue was built in 1880 and it has played a vital role in local history. In World War 2 it was used as a Canadian Officers Social Club, which is where the action of our day will be taking place. The church also sustained bomb damage during the Blitz. Interestingly, Enid Blyton was baptized in the church and attended Sunday School in the Hall.
The venue is under a 2-minute walk from Clock House Station with good rail links from Hayes, West Wickham, Eden Park, Beckenham, Elmers End, Kent House, Lower Sydenham, Catford, Lewisham etc and is on the 194, 227, 358 and 354 bus routes. There is also an onsite car park for mini buses.
Alternatively, Splatt Theatre are able to bring a similar experience directly to your school and all they would require is access to your School Hall.
- The immersive and site-specific experience lasts for a full day
- If you choose to have SPLATT Theatre bring the experience to your school, it is a half day workshop.
Prices start from £300