Last week, the children of years 5 and 6 were shocked when they received this letter at the start of their English lesson:

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Many children were genuinely surprised and saddened at the discovery that, on the eve of the declaration of World War Two, many children were facing an uncertain future and that over the next few days, millions would be evacuated.

Pupils worked together to discuss how the evacuees may have felt and what they may have said to their parents to persuade them not to send them away:

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The pupils then planned and wrote letters to their parents to explain how they felt and to persuade them to change their minds. The letters produced were both heartfelt and emotive.