Year 5 historians prepare for a World War II Gas attack 

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure and in Great Britain in September 1939 some 38 million gas masks had been given out, house to house, to families. However, they were never needed but nothing could be predicted about what was going to happen in war and nothing can  be predicted as to what will happen during the year 5 children’s study in the history topic of World War II.

World War II gas masks were made of black rubber, which was very hot and smelly making it difficult to breathe when wearing a gas mask. When the wearer breathed in the air was sucked through the filter to take out the gas and when they breathed out the whole mask was pushed away from the face to let the air out. The smell of the rubber and disinfectant made some people feel sick. There was a special gas mask for children called the ‘Mickey Mouse’ and even one for babies.

Due to modern day health and safety regulations the year 5s had to use much safer black card, laminated pouches, bubble wrap and elastic to create their gas masks as they ensured they prepared themselves for gas attacks by creating their own gas masks.  The children had much fun as they learned all about the importance of gas masks and the results of the children’s efforts was rather impressive.