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Aged Veterans – Sharing Stories, Sharing Lives Project, Intergenerational sessions held at Kerr Mackie Primary School

Published on 21 March 2018 11:13 AM

On Thursday 15th March the first Intergenerational sessions were delivered involving two Aged Veterans, Mrs Hollings, Mr Richardson, with children from Yr6 at Kerr Mackie Primary School.

The sessions allowed the children to gain an insight into what it was like to have lived though the Second World War and the roles in which the veterans had during the time. Stories and experiences from the era were shared by the veterans which captivated the interest of the children and expanded their knowledge already gained from classroom lessons. The sessions were very interactive with the children asking the veterans many questions and were enthralled with the responses that they received, especially concerning Fighter Pilots and the Bombing of Leeds.

The children enjoyed looking at the artefacts which included ration books, medals, photos as well as trying on the equipment i.e. Gas masks and a Police helmet.

A Reporter from Leeds Live and The Yorkshire Evening Post were present.

We have received the following feedback from a Yr6 Teacher, “ I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for today. It was such an amazing experience for our children to have taken part in and they genuinely thought it was amazing. I have had a number of teachers this afternoon mention that year 6 children had been telling them how wonderful it was during their lunch break. The stories and the way in which Mrs Hollings and Mr Richardson related to the children was just wonderful and an experience I feel genuinely honoured to have been a part of.”