As part of the SECAT academy, Bournes Green Infant School took part in a Legacy Box project with activities to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1.
Staff and children embraced the unique ‘box drop’ of artefacts from the period to trigger a wide range of activities. The children researched artefacts such as soldiers’ boots, trench food tins and sandbags and used sketching and notes to make detailed observations. Art was also used to paint, print and mosaic different forms of poppies.
The life of a soldier was explored in lessons with movement to dramatic music, singing marching songs and a real life muddy ‘trench walk’. The latter proved to be great fun with wellington boots protecting school uniforms!
A whole school dress up and role play day of school life during WW1 allowed the children to empathise with life 100 years ago. Sitting in rows, writing on slate boards with chalk, learning times tables and poems by rote and playing games such as marbles and blow football were embraced but all the children agreed school life today is much more fun!
A local connection was discovered as war dogs were trained for the front line at the Shoebury Garrison. K9 Solutions dog trainers came into the school and gave the children a brilliant demonstration of how to use dogs to find people and objects using scent as well as giving a very valuable talk on dog safety. This brought the children’s research about war dog training to life.
Parents were invited in to the school to celebrate the children’s week-long activities. They were impressed by the range and amount of research that had taken place. Ruth Brock, CEO of the SECAT Academy also came and viewed the work and was pleased to see how the Legacy Box had inspired the school community to commemorate this important anniversary.