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Project Sheet 1: What to do

What to do

Time Detectives are important people who explore the history of people and events around them. You are a Time Detective and your assignment is to discover some of the people who live close by and were children during the second world war. That means they were your age sometime between 1939 and 1945.

How old will those people be now?

Start here

  1. Start by reading some of the stories on our website, expecially the areas called:
  2. Choose one person who interests you and use Project Sheet 2: Time Detective Log Sheet to write down or draw one of their stories. I like the story about the christmas party myself! See if you can find it!
  3. At home, ask your parents and friends if they know of anyone who was a child during the Second World War and is around the age you worked out earlier. Visit them and, using another copy of project sheet 2, ask them to tell you about their own experiences during the war. See if they volunteered to help, like the stories you have read on the website.
  4. If you can, use a tape recorder or video camera to record your interview. Ask your guest if they have any photographs of themselves duriing the war. Take these to to school, copy them and return them as quickly as possible. Then write a story about your guest.
  5. Your teacher will organise a big display of what everybody has discovered as Time Detectives!