Friday, December 08, 2006

Rationing - Two Stars and a Wish

In P7 our topic is World War II. We have been doing lots of interesting activities. Today we were finding out all about food and rationing during the War. We filled in some missing words and then we used this LTScotland website to find out all about it. Mrs McDowall (our teacher on a Friday) asked us to think of Two Stars and a Wish for things we learned today about rationing. These are some of them.

Two things we learned:
• In August 1940 the Government passed a law that made the waste of food illegal.
• Petrol was rationed from the beginning of the war but a small allowance was available to private motorists.
• Before 1939 imported about 55 million tonnes of food each year from other countries.
• In May 1940 food rationing was tightened up.
• In 1953 there was once again unlimited butter and sugar.
• 1954 was the official end to rationing.
• Food rationing was introduced in January 1940.
• Fish, jam, biscuits, breakfast cereal, cheese, eggs, milk and canned fruit all became strictly rationed and fruits like lemons, oranges and bananas disappeared from the British diet as these had always been imported.
• You only got enough clothes rations for one outfit a year.
• Some people didn't have meat so they killed rabbits.
• Ice cream was banned in 1942.
• Chocolate was expensive during rationing.

One thing we wanted to learn more about was:
• The Black Market
• Clothes rationing
• What vehicles bombed or sank our imported food and clothing materials
• How the war started
• What make up women used
• The Home Guard

If you know about any of these things or were surprised like us, please leave us a comment.

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1 comment:

p7 teach said...

Thank you for this great post! We're planning to study WW2 next session ..... you've given us great ideas!!

I don't know about the make-up ladies used, but my aunties used to tell me how they painted 'seams' on the backs of their legs because there was a shortage of stockings!

My Nana had a guest house in Woodville Street in Glasgow and Dad used to recall how the men who stayed there as 'boarders' always managed to give her steaks to cook for their dinner .... even although they were very scarce!