Our Topic this term is entitled 'Remembrance'.
When was World War One and how has this impacted life today? How and why is it remembered? World War One started 1914 and ended in 1918. The Allies (Britain, France, Russia, Italy and the United States of America) fought against the Central Powers (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire). Fighting in World War One caused mass loss of life and events within this time, including The Battle of the Somme, left a devastating impact. Soldiers and animals gave their lives for their countries. War Horses were transported into the country for the purpose of war but was this morally justifiable and does everyone share the same opinion on this? Today, we commemorate the loss of life through remembrance services and through the symbol of the poppy. But what were the long-lasting effects of World War One and how did this lead to the Second World War?
Learning Lift Off
We have learned that the poppy is the symbol of remembrance and the reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields.
We worked collaboratively to created poppy artwork. We discussed how soldiers from all around the UK, Europe and the world fought together, and we represented this by using different mediums.
During our learning lift off, we also created poppies from clay to remember those who had served in the Armed Forces during World War 1, World War 2 and battles that have taken place since.
The day after Remembrance Sunday, Gold Class walked to the cenotaph in the centre of Dover. We held our own two minutes of silence and read some beautiful words to mark the occasion. We looked carefully for our family names and discussed the impact that the war must have had on our town. As a mark of remembrance, we laid our own wreath.