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History Enrichment Day

Posted on November 16 2018

History Enrichment Day

As part of our History Enrichment Day this week the children took part in activities and lessons in honour of the centenary of the end of World War 1.  The children enjoyed an introduction to World War 1 with workshops from the Travelling Theatre Footlights.

In Pre-Prep the children made some lovely poppies and arranged them on wreaths to display in the classroom.  Next door in Reception Miss Taylor and the children discussed the poppy as a symbol and made paper poppies.  They also talked about the 'ingredients' of peace.

Year 1 considered the toys that children played with during the Great War. They made some beautiful clay poppies which were painted and are now on display in the hallway.

Year 2 looked at Heroes of War, such as Walter Tull (the British footballer and soldier who was the first black officer to lead soldiers in WW1) and Edith Cavell (the British nurse who became famous for treating injured soldiers on both sides).

In Year 3 we researched the animals that had a role in WW1. We looked at a range of jobs that animals like horses, dogs, homing pigeons and even elephants took on! The children made a Fact File about two particularly brave animals, Stubby the dog and Cher Ami the homing pigeon, that both courageously faced the enemy whilst working for the American army. We then made bravery medals for Stubby the dog.  

Year 4 learned about women on the home front. exploring the different jobs that they had to take on whilst the men were away fighting.  The children looked at how women's lives were before the war and how they had changed with society and made some comic strips of a day in their life.

Year 5 recycled bottle tops to make poppies.  They also thought about the time of an air raid during the bombing of England. The children created some thought provoking poems about The Blackout.

Finally, Year 6 made propaganda posters, analysed a propaganda poem called 'Who's for the Game?' and compared it with a more serious and truthful account of the war in Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est' poem.  The children then wrote their own descriptive poems.

Please click here to see photographs from the day.

Mrs Moores

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