Our Trip to East Fortune by Rebecca K.
Yesterday P5/6 went to the Museum of Flight because we were having a Draft Day for our World War 2 project. We went by public bus. Mr Smythe took us but Holly’s Dad, Caitlin’s Mum and Niamh’s Mum came along too.
It was a remarkable experience that I will never forget!
First a short, kind lady called Sue greeted us. She took all of us to Hangar 1 to see Concorde, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It went twice the speed of sound. Astonishing! When we went inside it was amazing how many buttons there were in the cockpit.
Next we went into a biggish room and this is where the fun started! We all started to learn how to march. It sounded so realistic! There was a table with a bright blue cover over it to make it a bunkbed, then we learned how to lay out our uniforms in the morning. Some of us tried them on – they were humungous!
After that we all had lunch. I had pizza, coke, banana, penguin and a thick malteser smoothie. Yum! Once we all finished, Mr Smythe and Sue let us play outside for five minutes.
Next we all went to Fantastic Flight and we played lots of interactive games. My favourite was the “in a spin” game. I was furiously fast.
In the end we all went back on the bus and got back to school okay. I will always remember this day.
As part of our WWII project, Primary 5/6 visited the National Museum of Flight to take part in a ‘Draft Day’.
We were shown round by Sue. She told us lots of interesting facts and information about life at East Fortune air-field during the war. We found out what RAF uniforms were like. People in the RAF had many pieces to their uniform, such as a hat, a heavy jacket made of wool, thick boots and a gas mask. Every morning they had to arrange their uniform on their bed in a special way. If they didn’t, they would have to do it again and again until they got it right! They also had to march across the air-field – ATTENTION!
We got a chance to see some planes from WWII such as a Spitfire (a famous British plane) and a Nazi plane, called a Messerschmitt Komet. We even got to try on pilots uniforms. They were made of sheepskin and leather and were very heavy but fluffy and cosy inside to keep the pilots warm.
As if that wasn’t enough, we learnt lots about flight at the ‘fantastic flight’ exhibition and finished our day at the assault course! Sue said she was really impressed by how much we knew about WWII. We had a fantastic, action-packed day!
We were lucky enough to have Mrs Cunningham come to visit us this week. She was a young child during World War II, living in Haddington, and told us all about what life was like for her growing up during the war. There were air raid shelters at her school and she didn’t like going into them as they were so dark and some of the boys in her class used to try and scare the girls!! Mrs Cunningham also told us that evacuees came from Edinburgh to Haddington, and were in her class at school. She said they were all lovely children, many staying on in Haddington and eventually marrying someone who had been in their class at school! We really appreciated her visit.
Caitlin, Niamh and Jack have been inspired by our World War II topic, to make models from Lego and K’nex.
Primary One have been reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and have had great fun making lighthouses. Primary 2/3 are coming to show us how to make a circuit so that we can make our lighthouses light up!