Pupils at Riverside School in Tadcaster have been marking the centenary of the start of World War One, with the support of several local community members, to create some exciting and poignant topic work.
The school worked on a ‘whole school theme’ involving a wide range of practical work.
The youngest children in school visited the War Memorial in Tadcaster, researched stories from the war, looked in detail at how messages were carried and even created their own memorials. Many of them also made models of World War 1 aircraft.
Older pupils created a trench in the hall, studied some of the battles and many of the pupils managed to research the history of great grandparents from the time. Year 5 had a ‘day from the time’ where pupils dressed the part and spent a day at school as they would have done in 1914, including boys and girls in separate classes.
Local folk helped out with many and various artefacts which were shared including photographs and letters from the front. Students from the Grammar School came down to Riverside on Thursday (the day after their drama GCSE practical) to lead some drama workshops and Jon Binstead, of History Alive helped work with pupils in various classes and helped create the trench.
The exciting and dramatic week culminated with a ‘museum’ display in the hall to which the whole school community were invited. All of the work from the week was shared, with pupils performing brass fanfares and singing songs from the time.
Ian Yapp, headteacher at Riverside, said ‘this week has been a great success. The pupils have learned so much, this week has brought true significance to Remembrance for even our very youngest pupils. The community has joined together so well including the turnout and enthusiasm for our museum. I cannot thank everybody enough.’
Around the hall, amongst the other exhibits, were more than 400 poppies created by the pupils, each representing 8000 British soldiers who lost their lives during the conflict.