Year 5 host a 1940s style Afternoon Tea

Written by Mrs Williams

On Thursday 17th March, Year 5’s classroom was decked with bunting and tablecloths to resemble a 1940s Tea Room. The reason? A thank you to our visitor, Mrs Marjorie Jones! Mrs Jones visited us to talk to us about what it was really like in World War Two. We can read about it and watch films about it but to speak to someone who actually lived through it told us so much more. She was able to tell us about things that happened in and around New Mills during the war and also what it was like to be in an air raid shelter, have a ration book, etc. The children were surprised to find out that she had comics to read and that she went to school as they do.

After Mrs Jones had spoken to the class, they all asked herĀ a question from a list they had devised, before we all shared Afternoon Tea of cakes and scones. Many thanks to all those people connected with Year 5 who made the treats or provided the butter and jam. We had a lovely afternoon and learnt a lot.

Mrs Jones told Year 5 about a young girl who died during the war as a result of a bomb landing near her house. She was playing the piano at the time. Her grave is in St George’s Church graveyard. The children took a slight detour on the way to their swimming lesson the following Monday afternoon to see if they could find it…they were successful.


  1. Erin murray

    It was very interesting having Mrs Jones come and speak to us.

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