Imperial War Museum
Year Five went on a trip to the Imperial War Museum in November just before Remembrance Sunday. In Autumn 1, the children studied the events around World War One and wrote letters as soldiers from the trenches. In Religious Education, the children wrote prayers to remember the soldiers and to thank them for the sacrifices they made.
To consolidate their learning, the children were given the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in London to see war through the eyes of the people who lived it. They were able to see the Weeping Window display with their own eyes - a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, pouring from a high location to the ground below. The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.
The children were able to see how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its impact on people’s lives across the globe. They walked through a recreated trench with a Sopwith Camel plane swooping low overhead as a Mark V Tank loomed above them! Year Five had the opportunity to observe over 1,300 objects from IWM’s collections including weapons, uniforms, diaries, keepsakes, film and art. A fantastic, educational experience had by all!
Fire Brigade Talk
The London Fire Brigade- a world class fire and rescue service for London- visited Year Five in Autumn to teach the children about fire safety. The children learnt that fire kills, destroys homes and spreads quickly. Year Five were taught that smoke can be as dangerous as fire, how smoke alarms work, and how to make sure they are working properly. The children were also taught how to make fire escape plans from homes (including tower blocks), what to do if there is a fire, and how to call 999- through role play and discussions. Thank you to the LFB Education Team for paying us a visit!