Lessons on life during WWII for St Francis pupils
11:00am Sunday 17th February 2013 in Falmouth/Penryn
Pupils at St Francis School in Falmouth were given an insight into what it was like to be a soldier during World War II when they welcomed a special visitor last week.
William Richards, who is a member of Falmouth Air Cadet Corps, is an avid collector of Second World War memorabilia and arrived at the school decked out in full soldier uniform. “It’s a hobby of mine, collecting the gear,” he said, “and I’ve been coming to the school now for three years.”
As well as allowing the children to try on some of his uniform, William answered questions posed by the youngsters. These included: what was it like to be a soldier in World War II? What did soldiers eat and were soldiers scared?
William visited both year three classes at the school as part of the children’s term-long topic on the war. “We try to link the topic to as much of our curriculum as possible and particularly focus on how it affected children’s lives,” said teacher Ross Barnes. “It is one topic they are really enthused by.”
The children have made their own medals, flags and helmets and were treated to a VE Day party later in the week.