The children’s research developed their understanding of war and its consequences. The questions below show how deeply they had thought about the topic:
Why was there a war? Why did it end? Who won?
How many German soldiers died?
Why were they fighting in France?
Could you run away if you didn’t want to fight?
Did you still have to fight if you didn’t want to kill anybody?
What did the countryside look like when the war ended?
Would the war have ended sooner if both sides spoke the same language and they could understand each other?
Reflecting on their experience, the children said:
‘For WWI week we wrote about soldiers from Radcliffe, I learned lots of things about soldiers that I never knew before. We found out what it would have been like to live through a war and I don’t think I’d like to have lived at that time because life was difficult and scary. We also listened to an air-raid siren. It was very loud and gave everyone a shock! One of my favourite parts of the week was making fabulous poppies’.
Oliver Monaghan, Year 3
‘One of the lessons we had in WWI week was making fact files on soldiers from the war. Two ladies came in to tell us more about the soldiers and we got to ask loads of questions. Then we had even more facts that we could add to our fact files which made them really interesting’.
Taylor Johnson, Year 4
‘During our remembrance week the Year 5 were split into groups and given a set of instructions for making fabric poppies. We could choose from different fabrics, buttons, and sequins to decorate our poppies and make them special. I felt quite proud of myself when I saw the finished banner with all of the poppies sewn on because it looked awesome! I also enjoyed The Big Draw were we decorated the words “We will remember”. My class concentrated on drawing aircraft and it looked effective because the lettering was in different shades of red. The whole week was really interesting; I learnt lots of new things I hadn’t realised before from the Historians that came into school’.
Ben Royston Year 5
‘I made an animation during WW1 week and it was the first time I had made an animation. We worked in small groups and could use paints, clay and other materials to show images of war. Our animations showed the sadness of wartime. At the start I didn’t feel that confident as it seemed to be a big task to accomplish. But having made the animation I would do it again because the animation was effective and well worth the time it took to create. The remembrance week was very important because we wanted to remember and respect the people involved in the war and realise how our lives are very different today’.
Will Mills Year 6