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World War 1 Theme Work

World War 1 Theme Week

Our Learning Adventure this term has helped us commemorate the beginning of World War 1.

One of the most memorable moments was the presenting of our poppy wreaths during a special Liturgy.

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Year 6 led each class in a variety of special acts of remembrance.
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Each class had special World War 1 activities 


In Reception we thought about things we remember & how we remember them.  We watched a short film about the story of the poppy & why people wear them.  We then made lots of poppies of our own; poppy biscuits, poppy finger weaving, poppy pictures and a poppy wreath from bottle tops.  Next we thought about the things we remember & drew a picture & did some writing. The children were all able to tell us that we have poppies to remember the people who have died in the war.

Year 1 – Caterpillars and Bumblebees

During World War 1 Week we found out what it was like to be a child

We were very lucky to be visited by Sergeant Rushe and were able to look at lots of different memorabilia from the war and compare these to the items the army use today. We made medals and tried out what the soldiers sleep in, we also tried some of the food that the army take with them on tour nowadays!

We investigated poppies and looked at the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ we found out that the reason they are worn every year is to help us to remember all the fallen soldiers and to give financial aid to those who have been injured. We looked at different poems and wrote out own acrostic poems about World War 1. We found out about people in our family who had been in the war and planted crosses in the school grounds in remembrance them. We also made a class poppy wreath and our own poppies using sugar paper and pipe cleaners.

We looked at the different ways that people communicated during the war and learnt how to communicate using Morse code. We wrote our own messages in Morse code to each other and to our teachers!

We had a 1914’s school day. Our tables were in rows and we wrote on black paper with chalk. We chanted our times tables and the alphabet and learnt what it was like to be a school child in the war. Luckily none of us were given lines to write!

We also learnt the song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ because it was popular during World War 1 and we performed this to the rest of the school during our celebration assembly.

Owl and Badgers - World War 1 Week

We reflected and learnt all about the war during our theme week on World War 1.  We explored the famous poem, In Flanders Field, and practised performing it.  We used instruments to depict the emotions that the poet may have felt. 


In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae, May 1915


Next, we continued the poem and created our own stanza describing what the poppy fields looked like and their importance.

To help us do this, we looked at different images of poppies as well as the different ways the poppies had been painted.  We created our own pointillism paintings.  This is a technique of painting where we used small, distinct dots of colour in a pattern to form a picture.

Have a look at some of the art and writing that we did!

Year 3 World War 1 Week

Year 3 investigated what it was like to be a child in World War 1. We researched the sorts of things children did 100 years ago at home and at school.  

Mr Brine and Mr Rayner brought in some original artefacts from World War 1. They told us about some of their granddads’ experiences in the war. We were able to hold a special tin box given by Princess Mary to the troops with special items in. We also saw some photos and a real sword!

Home Front

We found out that families could not waste any food but had to use everything. We used a 100-year-old recipe to make bread pudding from leftover bread. We then planted seeds in our garden patch because in World War 1 they were encouraged to grow their own food and ‘do their bit’ to support the war. We made propaganda posters.

School in World War One

We came to school in 1914. We had the tables in rows. We practiced writing ‘lines’ and copying from the board. We practiced chanting our tables and the names of capital cities around the world. We did ‘Drill’ which was lots of exercises, carried out in well organised rows. Some children even volunteered to wear a ‘dunce’s hat’!

We learnt this poem where the writer remembered the soldiers when she saw the autumn leaves falling. 

The Falling Leaves

By Margaret Postgate Cole


Today, as I rode by,

I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree

In a still afternoon,

When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,

But thickly, silently,

They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;

And wandered slowly thence

For thinking of a gallant multitude

Which now all withering lay,

Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,

But in their beauty strewed

Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.

Year 4 Dahl

We had a fantastic week learning about life during World War 1. We started by making our very own Ration Books to stick in the week’s work, after learning about rationing. Writing was a big focus and we wrote letters home to 'Mother’ and made up our own poems. We created persuasive posters about local war memorials and - of course – had great fun making bubble and squeak out of leftovers! Drama and art featured near the end of the week and all the children really enjoyed putting their thoughts and feelings across. We talked about the horrors of war and the emotions experienced and the children were engrossed. Indeed, we were thrilled at just how much each child got out of the topic. Dressing up on Friday was a great finale to the week and the children couldn’t wait to bring home their Ration Books.

Year 4 Bronte

During our WW1 themed week, Bronte Class worked hard to discover more about life in the trenches and to learn about the experience of fighting during the First World War. The children have reflected upon the tragedy and sacrifices of war. Bronte Class have honored the memory of those who died during WW1 by producing: thoughtful poems, following war time recipes, writing letters from the trenches, designing peace symbols, creating insightful pieces of drama, making rationing posters and informative booklets.

The children have explored the life and poetry of Wilfred Owen; analysed propaganda through the songs and posters of the First Word War, used artifacts and resources to gain knowledge into key areas including why rationing was introduced; considered the hardship faced by the home front and many children have discovered how WW1 changed the lives of their great grandparent’s generation.

The children have showed a profound interested understanding and respect for our theme of WW1. Bronte Class is proud to have done their part to ensure that the sacrifice of all the soldiers during WW1 will never be forgotten. 

Year 5 and 6 worked collaboratively during World War 1 focus week.  Our learning was cross curricular and involved using and applying a range of our skills and prior learning in different contexts.  Not only did we learn new things about the war, but we were also able to empathise with the men and women involved in The Great War.


Our learning focused on life during the war, weaponry, life in the trenches, propaganda and the role of women during this timeWe carried out research, presented our findings and even designed our own trenches.  We also used art to show empathy towards the men and women who were involved in the war and created our own propaganda posters.

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