Hartlepool pupils step back in time with street party to mark Queen’s coronation

Staff members Stacey Talbot and Marie Crowe, from St Aidan's Primary School, take part in the 1950s street party event to help mark the Queen's coronation
Staff members Stacey Talbot and Marie Crowe, from St Aidan's Primary School, take part in the 1950s street party event to help mark the Queen's coronation

Children at a Hartlepool school stepped back in time to the 1950s as they held a street party to mark the Queen’s coronation.

Year 2 pupils at St Aidan’s CE Memorial Primary School, based in Loyalty Road, have been learning about the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Staff and pupils at the school wore 1950s-style clothes to hold a street party to mark the Queen's coronation.

Staff and pupils at the school wore 1950s-style clothes to hold a street party to mark the Queen's coronation.

And after completing the topic, they marked the occasion with a street party, with staff and pupils dressed up in 1950s-style clothes.

The playground was decorated with bunting for the occasion, while a cardboard cut-out of the Queen was present and 1950s-style games were played.

The children “really enjoyed” the experience as they were taken back in time 62 years.

Marie Crowe, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “For about a month, our Year 2 children have been investigating what it was like in 1953 when Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne.

The afternoon was very fun, and the children all loved it

Marie Crowe, assistant headteacher

“Every year group at the school is regularly set a learning challenge, and when they complete it, we try to hold a fun event to mark it.

“We did a lot of research on the street party, and played some of the games which would have been played back then, like the egg and spoon race.

“The children ate coronation chicken sandwiches, jam sandwiches and jam tarts, while a Punch and Judy show was put on.

“The whole day was done as if it was 1953, with even old-style music played to make the children truly experience what it was like back then.

“We really enjoyed researching it, and the afternoon was very fun.

“The children all loved it.”