SENIOR pupils at Queensferry Primary School took a step back in time last week . . . almost 70 years to be exact.
The pupils have been studying the World War Two era, namely the Home Front and how women and children living close to industrial areas and cities were evacuated to the countryside.
And last Tuesday, primary seven children got the chance to become wartime evacuees themselves for the day, with them being transported to a safe haven in the Borders.
The children got dressed up in clothes of the period, flatcaps, tackety boots, balaclavas and the like and were told to bring a small suitcase with them for their trip.
They were then transported by bus down to the small Borders village of Oxton, near Lauder, where they met up with fellow pupils at Channelkirk Primary School, also dressed up in 40s style clothing.
They spent the day at the school and took part in a number of activies such as learning how to cross-stitch, dance the ‘jive’, bake scones and hear wartime recollections from a local pensioner.
Primary seven teacher Lee Carson, who assisted on the trip said: “This is the second time we have staged this project to send pupils down to the Borders for the day. It is thanks to P7 teacher Jane Thomson whose sister Kay Livingston is the headteacher at Channelkirk.”
Mr Carson added: “Senior pupils have studied the Home Front this term and we thought to take the children on a mock evacuation would give them a sense of how children in the 40s felt when they were taken away to a strange place and having to mix with strangers.”
Mr Carson said: “We all had a really good time. It proved a very busy schedule with children taking part in various activities throughout the day. Everyone was exhausted on the trip home.”