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World War Two Medals

Ella and Maisie brought in their Great Grandfather’s medals that he got during World War Two


It was great to get to see real medals that we could hold and touch – Primary Sources. 2 of the medals they brought in were called:

  • The 1939-1945 Star
  • The Atlantic Star

We decided to learn more about WW2 medals and found out why certain colours were used in different ribbons, and what people would have got these medals for.

We learned that the 1939-1945 Star had a dark blue stripe to represent the Navy, a red stripe to represent the Army and a light blue stripe to represent the Air Forces.

We learned that the Atlantic Star had stripes of blue, white and green to represent the Atlantic Ocean.

We designed our own medals for different awards and chose our ribbon colours very carefully:


David created a medal for “Espionage”



Erin created a medal for the Miners. The browns and blacks represent the ground and the coal.



Maisie created a medal called “The Shetland Star” for any Shetlander who fought in the war. The blue represents the sea and the green represents the grass.

Questions about Shetland

Primary 1 in Bridge of Weir Primary School (just outside Glasgow) wanted to find out about Shetland as their topic this term is “Katie Morag”.

They have asked us lots of questions about what it is like to live on an island. We sent them pictures of our replies so they can see our class. Here are some of our replies:

How many pupils are in your class?



Are there many shops?


Do you have any special birthday party places?



Do you have golden time in your school?


Where do you go to play at home and at school?


How do you get to Orkney?


Are there any Shetland ponies?


How do you get to Shetland from the mainland?


What was it like for an evacuee?

For the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at what it would have been like for a child living during World War Two.

We each created our own WW2 name and character. We had to make ID Cards – which everyone in Britain had to carry with them and Gas Masks which people also had to carry.

We have been practising what it was like by carrying our Gas Masks everywhere (including during lunch and the toilet!!) because we never know when a surprise gas attack might happen!

With Izzy, we have had a few drama sessions about Evacuation. We have been exploring how these children would have felt when they left their families behind and how they felt during the “Billeting” process where children were chosen to live at certain homes based on the way they looked.

This helped us to really understand the Evacuation process and how children really would have felt.

As our characters, we then wrote letters home to tell our families how we are and how we felt being evacuated.

The whole class in their gas masks!
The whole class in their gas masks!
Some gas masks up close!
Some gas masks up close!