As part of our Remembrance topic, year 6 learnt about the following:
- The main countries involved in the war;
- Where WW1 fits in with key events in British history
- How many soldiers from each country involved lost their lives
- How propaganda was used by both Britain and Germany
- What life would have been life for a soldier
Academy WW1 Day
On Thursday 25th November, the Year 6s from across the Whinless Down Academy Trust joined together for a day of collaboration at Priory Fields School.
We were joined by an actor from The Education Group who relived the lives of two real soldiers who fought in the trenches of World War 1. He relived the Battle of the Somme where one of the soldiers sadly died.
He also taught us about the vital role women played during WW1 and about how the war led to changes to the law to make life more equal for women.
The Year 6s from Vale View, Priory Fields and St Martin's joined together in the classroom to collaborate over some art work inspired by life in the trenches.
It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all. We are looking forward to our next collaboration!
Year 6 visited the Dover War Memorial to pay their respects to those who have served our country in the armed forces. We laid our own wreathes that we made and our Head Boy and Head Girl read 'In Flanders' Field', a moving poem about the war.
Whilst there, a member of the Royal British Legion talked to us about the importance of remembering those who gave their lives and those who served. He told us about some of those remembered at Dover who won the Victoria Cross, the highest award that can be given to a soldier.
We also paid our respect to the Unknown Soldier who represents all the members of the armed forces who were killed and never identified.
We have started learning about the importance of Remembrance and the significance of the poppy flower. Amidst the horror of World War 1 battlefields, poppies continued to grow and symbolised the hope of a better future for the courageous soldiers.
Year 6 created their own clay poppies to show their respect to all those who gave their lives during war, as well as those who return from war but live with the physical and mental scars of those horrific times.