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Memorial wall makes Redditch pupils pause for thought and to remember

Ross Crawford 23rd Oct, 2018

YEAR 5 Pupils at Birchensale Middle School have been marking the fast approaching centenary anniversary of the end of World War 1 by having a day of information, research and reflection.

The school produced a wall display of helmets with each one representing a man from Redditch who was killed in the conflict and inscribed with his name.

Pupils were involved in a range of activities throughout the day; from researching the names of the fallen to find out more about them and when and how they died.

The pupils also learnt about children in Worcestershire at that time and how they were affected by the War.

This included writing diary entries and letters about their daily life as children were used to work on farms and had to pick fruit to help out local farmers. Also during the War, all schools were closed at one point due to the Spanish Flu!

To round off the day, Quantum Theatre performed a play about World War 1 to pupils from Years 5 and 6 about the impact of war, enacted through war songs and dialogue.

Teacher Emma Horsley, who organised the event, said “The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring their home town during this significant period. Their research has given them a new insight into how the community pulled together for the War effort, and the men who gave their lives for our freedom.”

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