Year 8 students commemorate the Centenary of the First World War
The Humanities Faculty invited two serving soldiers from the regional British Army team, Warrant Officer Ray Miller and Sergeant James Clarke to come into school to talk with our Year 8 students who have spent several months studying World War One in History. As part of the army’s commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, the soldiers gave a presentation which compared life experiences of the First World War compared with life as a modern day soldier.
Our students were enthralled by the presentation, the visual displays and the assortment of artefacts and modern day equipment. Questions regarding the ‘geography’ of warfare – the countries involved, the ‘religious and ethical ’ dimension of the conflict regarding Conscientious Objectors and conditions in the trenches were just a few of the areas explored. The soldiers also referred to the ‘psychology’ of warfare and the first use of gas and chemicals.
The photographs from the day demonstrate students’ engagement in the learning and it was a highly rewarding event. Our student volunteers did a sterling job in demonstrating the army uniform and weapons of WW1 compared to modern day 2016.
The History Department also took the opportunity to invite fourteen Y8 students to a reward lunch with the soldiers in celebration of their consistent hard work and effort all academic year. A huge well done and congratulations to:
Miss Bramwell, Mr Davies, Mr Blundred and Mr Chester are very proud of you!