WW1 Centenary Week 20-24th October 2014
Given our wonderfully diverse community, we wanted to learn about World War 1 from new perspectives and discover how local people and our local community experienced the Great War. We started the week off by learning about local solider, George Pine, who grew up right here in Eastville! Year 1 then had a visit from Clive Burlton (author of Trams to Trenches, a book about George Pine's life) who talked more about his life during the war and bought in some real artefacts for us to explore!
Year 2 had a lot of fun making shadow warhorse puppets to commemorate the 500,000 horses who gave their lives to the war effort.
Year 3 visited Arnos Vale Cemetery to learn about soldiers from all over the commonwealth.
Year 4 really enjoyed learning about the story of local lady Mary King, whose family really didn't want to sell their horses to be used for the war. We listened to audio clips of Mary telling her story and then performed mini WW1 plays to retell the story to Year 2 and our parents.
'The Black Stoker Gangs' was the focus of Year 5's learning. A local historian came to visit us to talk about her relative, Orlando Martins, who contributed to WW1 as a member of 'the black stoker gang' on RMS Maurentia.
Year 6 were out in Bristol city centre exploring WW1 Bristol, learning how Bristol changed and survived the conflict.
We also asked you all to bring in memorabilia or stories from your families experiences of WW1. A big thank you to all of the children who were able to bring in photos, medals, letters and postcards from WW1. Your stories were very moving and really helped others learn about people’s lives during the war.
We will be revisiting this week every year for 4 years in order to commemorate the 4 years of WW1. If you would like to be involved we would love to hear from you!