Expedition to East Kirkby

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As we walked to the bus, some of us were shaking with excitement. Today, Tuesday 15th September 2015, was the day Year 5 was going to East Kirkby. We were going there because we were learning about the catastrophic history of World War 2. Some thought they were going to explode with excitement. Some of the class had great Grandparents alive in World War 2; we were interested in learning about what they had to live through. We were looking forward to seeing how big the Lancaster was. We wondered what it was like between 1939 and 1945…

As we left the school grounds, we set off to start our splendid adventure to East Kirkby. There was a great energy on the bus as people experienced a great wealth of feelings – excitement, eagerness to learn and nerves. When we pulled through the gates of East Kirkby everyone was on the edge of their seats. Then we saw it. The class had a surprise greeting from one of the only three surviving Lancaster bombers.

We felt a rush of excitement as we had the chance to stand next to a real Lancaster. There it stood, ready to taxi. Our eyes explored the open bomb bay, the beautiful painting of Just Jane near the cockpit, and the guns that surrounded the plane. Just then the engines started roaring and the propellers begun to spin like a flash making them hard to see. The four Rolls Royce engines built up their speed and were creating a thundering noise. Our attention was drawn to the humungous tyres as the entire plane started to creep forwards. The looming Lancaster was absolutely awe-inspiring.

In the afternoon we separated in to our groups and started to explore around the East Kirkby site. We went to the church and saw the names of lots of people who had died in World War 2. It was amazing and saddening to see how many names there were. Meanwhile, other groups went to the blackout room and could see what it was like to live in those conditions. We also had the chance to see an airworthy Dakota, although it wasn’t flying that day, and the control tower set up with models and artefacts from World War 2. We learnt that East Kirkby used to have two grass runways and one paved runway. Also we saw cars from the era and a German sniper hole through the airfield windsock.

As the bus drove away we all thought about the amazing day we had. We experienced a Lancaster bomber coming towards us (that’s a once in a lifetime experience), we also went in the blackout room and made sweetheart broaches. It was extraordinary! Did we learn about what life in 1939-1945? Yes, we did. It must have been very hard with rationing, the constant threat of the Nazi party bombing the United Kingdom, and although everyone tried to keep their spirits up, the danger must have been very real.