Primary 6 had World War One as their topic last term, and through this they found out about events leading up to the Great War, life in the trenches, different types of warfare and propaganda. They created their own bunker by stuffing sandbags and making a camouflage net by gathering twigs and leaves from the wild garden.
They designed their own periscopes to use as a look out over the trenches, and tested it by holding up a number of fingers and saying how many there were.
To find out what it was like for soldiers living in the trenches, they measured out a typical day’s rations, by converting from imperial measurements to metric. They also measured the volume of water that a WW1 style tin bath would have held.
I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.
They experienced what a WW1 classroom was like and used fountain pens to write out our lesson. They also researched a local war hero called Sergeant Lewis Imlah, who was born in Edinville. They found his name on the local War Memorial in Aberlour Square and read about his bravery during the war where he successfully blew up an enemy trench despite nearly all of his company becoming casualties. He was never awarded the Victoria Cross due to the officers present not surviving the attack. They wrote obituaries for Lewis detailing his life story, after assessing the reliability of the primary and secondary sources that they had.
I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.
I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.SOC 2-06a
By considering the type of text I am creating, I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience. LIT2-26a
To round off our topic we invited parents in to come and see their work and listen to a couple of presentations that they had made. We also planted poppy seeds at the front of the school and held a one minute silence to remember the millions of people who lost their lives or suffered during the War.