Remembrance: 100 years

Lesson: History

Class: Year 6 Year: 2018 - 2019

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. At St Joseph the Worker, we commemorated this occasion with a variety of learning opportunties, trips and activities.

Year 6 visited the Imperial War Museum and experienced the wave of poppies and a brand new exhibition all about the relevance of the poppy. This gave the children opportunity to discuss what they had seen and debate their view points. This visit also allowed the children to develop their understanding in line with their class text 'War Horse', speaking to many different museum guides about what they had read.

Year 5 and Year 6 were also lucky enough to be invited to see 'The 11th Hour' at Bolton Library. This play, by Terry Deary, followed a British and German soldier at the end of the war. Throughout this experience, the children were able to see the way this war impacted so many lives on both fronts.

KS2 children visited the cenotaph in Irlam to pay their respects and conducted a small service of remembrance of their own. This service included: a recital of the poem 'In Flanders Field', children reading their own writing on the topic and the 'Last Post' played by our trombone trio.

All children in school spent time reflecting on this commemoration and decorated a variety of poppies which formed our own school version of the wave of poppies. Each individual poppy, created by children from Nursery to Year 6, was used in the artwork that was displayed within the school hall and later moved to the prayer garden.

Year 5 conducted an assembly all about Remembrance Sunday and taught the school many facts, shared poetry and sang some beautiful hymns.


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St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX