Year six classmates modelled their own air raid shelters in History class, as part of their studies on World War II.

The 10-11 year-olds worked together to create the iconic Anderson shelters, which were distributed to four million families during wartime.

Head of History, Mrs Claire Blann, said:  “As always, the students really embraced the topic, which was bought to life with our practical building workshop.

“As well as researching how and why the bomb shelters were made, the cohort was able to visualise what it must have been like to stay in one.”

Remove ST student Zoe, said:  “It’s hard to imagine up to six people hiding in such cramped and dark conditions.

“Families tried to make their shelters look nicer by growing flowers and vegetables on top of the corrugated iron sheets.  One wartime father said:  ‘ There is more danger of being hit by a vegetable marrow falling off the roof … than of being hit by a bomb!’”

Anderson shelters were issued free to all householders who earned less than £250 a year and those with a higher income were charged £7.  The shelters were half buried in the ground with earth heaped on top to protect them from bomb blasts.  They were made from six bolted together at the top, with steel plates at either end, and measured 6ft 6in by 4ft 6in.

The corrugated iron roofs of most of the shelters were collected by the authorities at the end of the war.  Others were sold to the householders for £1 each.  These were often dug up and re-erected above ground, fitted with proper wooden doors and used as workshops or garden sheds.

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