History was brought to life at a Leeds school in an action-packed Second World War day.
Staff at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds dressed up in outfits from the era to hold a day of wartime lessons for students – with the help of some special guests.
Workshops were held for all year groups to offer glimpses of what life was like during the war – from rationing, to fashion to real-life experiences.
Students listened in silence as Dr Martin Kapel, of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association, spoke about being a Jewish child in Germany, when he was taken from his bed in the night by the Nazis and herded onto a train with his family.
Headteacher Eileen McCarthy said: “He gave a really powerful talk to the youngsters, who listened absolutely intensely.”
Also discussing their experiences were Gulam Zia and Wali Mohammed, who were young boys living in India when war broke out, but became head of their households when family members were recruited as soldiers.
In other workshops, students also built a tank, learned some Morse Code in a Bletchley Park exercise , and extracted metal from sand in a themed science lesson, as if hunting for shrapnel.
Army members from Leeds Careers Office also put pupils through their paces in a themed boot camp outside.
Students were asked to imagine life on the battlefield as they crawled through barbed wire-type obstacles on the military course.
A tea dance was held in the afternoon, where students and staff danced the waltz and jive to the music of a live swing band.
Mrs McCarthy said: “They had a lovely day. Rather than reading from textbooks all the time, students learn through experience.
“A lot of the youngsters haven’t been brought up in England and haven’t got the cultural history and background the students from other schools might have, so this is bringing everything to life.”