Pheasants Class visit Hughenden Manor

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We went to Hughenden Manor as part of our ‘Is it right to fight?’ topic and focus on WW2. It was fascinating for the children to learn how the Manor code-named ‘Hillside’ in the war was used secretively to make maps for the RAF bombers to use on strategic targets in Germany. I was amazed to discover that the secret life of the Manor was only revealed by chance in 2004 when a Grandpa was overheard telling his Grandchild ‘This is were I worked in the war’. The NT volunteer tried to correct the gentleman saying ‘You must be mistaken, the house was empty in the War. No one worked here’!
I was extremely proud of our children polite and respectful manners during the visit. The National Trust staff remarked on their knowledge, enthusiasm and mature questions.

 

Here are some thank you letters written by the children in Year 4:

Dear all at Hughenden,

Thank you for showing us around Hughenden Manor (Hillside). I enjoyed the air raid shelter and 1940’s living room. The pretending to be pilots and navigators was very exciting. It was fun to look at the planes and forests, lakes and targets and drawing the miles off (circles) from the target. It must’ve taken ages to draw all the tiny, tinsy details on the map.

It was also fun to go in the shelter and look at all the tinned Spam, milk and the potty, helmets and oil lanterns. It was interesting in the sitting room with the embroidery, wireless, typewriter and jig-saws. I now know much more about WW2.

The nice, kind people made it a lovely, fabulous experience for all of us. Overall it was the best school trip ever with loads of fun stuff to do and look at.

From

Alexa

 

Dear all at Hughenden,

Thank you for the wonderful day of sharing the secret of Hillside. I enjoyed most making our own real map. We had to get a map then draw a small circle on the map with the target in the middle (this was the dam). Then we a bigger and bigger circle until there is no more room on the map to put another circle. Now you have a real map.

From

Lola T