This term in Otter class the children became history detectives. We learned about World War One and using local history to help us think about the impact of the war on the people who lived in the area.
Our summer term overview is below as well as lots of videos and photographs showing what we have learned.
Summer 2021 - History Detectives
We learned about WW1 this term and the children had hoped to do an exhibition for people to attend showing all their learning about the topic. As we couldn't do this due to Covid we decided to produce a virtual exhibition.
The children were grouped together and each group created an exhibition board on a particular aspect of the topic of WW1. The topics were: Causes of WW1, The Home Front, Recruiting an army, Animals in WW1, Remembrance and The trenches.
Here are some images of the boards the children created and some videos we made so that they could present their topics to you. We hope you enjoy our exhibition.
Causes of WW1
The Home Front
Recruiting an army
Animals in WW1
During our topic the children were learned about life as a WW1 soldier. They marched around the hall wearing a heavy pack and tried on an army hat.
We were very lucky to get a box of World War One artefacts from the Oxfordshire museums service and Mrs Gravett made the children a museum in the hall! They enjoyed looking at the artefacts and guessing what they were made from and what they were used for. We had a shell casing, a medal and even a part of a WW1 tank!
While learning about life in the trenches the children wrote their own trench diaries. They made them from a single sheet of paper and dyed the covers with tea for an authentic look. Then we wrote small entries each day on a particular topic, for example when they were travelling to war or when they were about to go "over the top".
Our class novel has been Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo. The children were lucky enough to receive a visit from a real warhorse last week. Chinnor warhorses came to visit and the whole school were lucky enough to meet Abbie the beautiful warhorse and Lou and Mo her owners who were dressed in replica uniforms (VERY hot on such a sunny day!). We were so grateful they came to see us and offer the children such a fantastic opportunity for learning.
The children made some amazing artwork connected to the Warhorse novel too. We have been busy!
In music this term the children composed some instrumental pieces about the mounting tension the soldiers must have felt before going over the top of the trenches in WW1. We hope you like their music!