Using the account by Donald Rust of life as an evacuee in Wollaston, consider Donald's experiences with other characters in the story. What thoughts and feelings might he have experienced at different points througout his childhood?
After listening to the story, ask the pupils to re-enact parts of the story by pretending to be Donald Rust and his friends. You can use the 1940s names to select character names.
Think about the thoughts and feelings that he might have experienced. Give the pupils approximately 15 seconds for each 'scene' and ask pupils to freeze when you clap/blow a whistle.
Ask the pupils what they think Donald's worst experience would have been and what his most fun or exciting experience would have been.
Did all children feel the same about being evacuated? You can also download the diary of 13-year-old evacuee Gwen Milton (nee Jones). What are the similarities and differences between Gwen and Donald's accounts?