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World War I Centenary Themed Day

To commemorate the World War I Centenary, the children at St Botolph’s took part in a themed afternoon, learning about aspects of this Great War.

In the Foundation Stage, the children used different mediums to create remembrance poppies. They learned about why we wear poppies today and the different parts of the flower. In Year One, the children looked at the flags of the 31 nations that were part of the war. They created these flags, looking carefully at the colours at patterns then finding the country on a map of the world. In line with their topic, Year Two thought about the soldiers and which personal belongings they might want to take to war with them. The children made backpacks, ‘packing’ the special items that they would want to carry with them. Year Three’s put their measuring skills to the test, using recipes to make trench cake. Then, they wrote messages on a tag and sent the cakes to the classroom ‘trench’ for the soldiers to enjoy. There was a lot of code cracking going on in Year Four. They learned about the animals’ role during the war, particularly pigeons that carried codes from Britain to France. In Year Five, the children learned about the horrendous conditions that the soldiers faced in the trenches. They used their poetry skills to write trench poems and created charcoal drawings of a trench scene. The Year Six children thought about life at the home front; painting, drawing and colouring propaganda posters to persuade men and women to ‘do their bit’.

The whole school worked very hard and enjoyed learning about this very important time in History through exciting activities. 

Picture 1 Reception children creating their poppies
Picture 2 Year Four's cracking codes carried by the pigeons
Picture 3 Year Three measuring ingredients for their trench
Picture 4 Trench cake ready to send to France
Picture 5 Year Three eating cake in the trench
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