One of the most gratifying aspects of working with Ireland in Schools is the way teachers imaginatively build upon the work of others and generously share their resources.
An imaginative scheme of work for Year 6 by Yvonne Diaz of Waterloo Primary School, Sefton, explores, through Dance, the experiences of evacuees in the Second World War.
A series of dance phrases developed in the first six lessons build up to a longer dance performance in the seventh and final lesson.
|1. Off to war |
3. Journey to Ireland
5. Grandfather's false leg
|2. The London Blitz |
|6. The rescue |
The scheme appeals across the ability range and can be downloaded here.
It is a pity that copyright considerations do not allow IiS to provide downloads of the music suggested by Yvonne, including ‘American Patrol’, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and ‘Tripping up the Stairs’. However, the siren used to great effect in Lesson 2 is available atwww.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/history/worldwar2audioclipslibrary_clip02.shtml
More cross-curricular possibilities
Yvonne's scheme draws inspiration from episodes in Marita Conlon-McKenna’s historical novel Safe Harbour(O'Brien Press, 0-86278-422-0).
When their home is destroyed and their mother critically injured during the London Blitz, Sophie and Hugh are evacuated to the house of their unsympathetic paternal grandfather in Co. Wicklow in neutral Éire.
It also complements and extends an earlier IiS study unit which uses Safe Harbour and another historical novel, Faraway Home, to explore how helpful, or otherwise, historical fiction is in understanding the experience of children as evacuees and refugees.
Yvonne’s scheme can be thus be used on its own or in conjunction the earlier unit.