Pupils transported back to war time Wearside

Pupils from JF Kennedy Primary School in Washington paid a visit to Monkwearmouth Station Museum in Sunderland to learn about day to day life during the Second World War. Pictured having the chance to look at artifacts from WW2 are Fletcher Leaver, Lucy Taylor, Ryan Smith and Caitlin Aktinson.
Pupils from JF Kennedy Primary School in Washington paid a visit to Monkwearmouth Station Museum in Sunderland to learn about day to day life during the Second World War. Pictured having the chance to look at artifacts from WW2 are Fletcher Leaver, Lucy Taylor, Ryan Smith and Caitlin Aktinson.
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PUPILS stepped back in time to learn about Wearside at war.

Year 4 students from JFK Primary School, in Washington, enjoyed special sessions provided by the learning team at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

They saw how their forebears would have prepared for the onset of war, and how they coped with evacuation and bombing in Sunderland.

They were introduced to ration books and taken into the 1939 Covered Carriage Truck in the new Wagon Shed at the museum, to learn about how supplies were transported.

Marie Harrison, learning officer for Sunderland Museums, said: “Train transport was crucial during the world wars and train stations were places of great drama, with families being split up and children having to say goodbye to their parents as they were evacuated.”

Mrs Sherlock, deputy head teacher of JFK Primary, said: “Children always remember visits like this, and it is a great starting point for further work in the classroom.

“Everything seems more real when you are actually standing on a platform station, or sitting in an old railway carriage, rather than working in the classroom.”

•Martin Routledge, keeper of social history for Sunderland Museums, has written a blog about the time Monkwearmouth Station and Sunderland were bombed in 1916.

You can read it at: www.twmuseums.org.uk/engage/blog/monkwearmouth-station-bombed.