Thursday 23rd January ten pupils, Miss Fairbard and Mr Collinson visited Maidstone Museum and Maidstone Kent Library and History Centre as part of their Football and Peace project.
The pupils arrived at the Maidstone Kent Library and History Centre ready to carry out some research on Walter Tull. They did this will the help of Rob Illingworth and his team. They were able to use primary evidence including the use of mirco-film to discover more about Walter Tull’s early life. The pupils were excited to see where the documents were kept in the basement of the centre and were able to visit the archives. The archivist was able to show them how a document could be retrieved using a request she had to find a will. The pupils were amazed at the amount of documents the archive stored. (All eight miles of them!)
In the afternoon the pupils enjoyed a session at Maidstone Museum where they were able to explore many artefacts from WW1. They examined original letters and postcards from the trenches and tried to work out whether the Christmas Truce actually took place. They were able to look at look at a football and a pair of football boots from WW1 and even got to dress up as WW1 soldiers!
A fantastic day was had by all involved.
Coming soon; a pupils account of their day in Maidstone.
Here, at Herne Bay High we have a group of ten students who are heading up our contribution to the Football and Peace project. We are meeting up every Thursday after school to research and prepare our project.
Our project has many elements to it.
Firstly, as a class we visited our local war memorial to get a taste of what World War One has meant to our local community. (See previous posts) Our F+P project group will be contributing to the Imperial War Museum website about local war memorials. We will be trying to provide extra information about the memorial to fill the gaps that the current website has on Herne Bay memorial. Please see this here:
www.ukniwm.org.uk (Ref 1591)
Secondly, we are researching the life of Walter Tull, the first black officer in WW1 and a professional footballer. We have carried out our own research and will be focussing on this at the archives and museum in Maidstone. This will enable the F+P students to put together a lesson that will be teaching other Year 9 students about Walter Tull. This group of students have had experience in teaching lessons before and are looking forward to the challenge and sharing their expertise!
Thirdly, we are welcoming a visitor to Herne Bay High School to speak to us about the role of sport in History. This has been organised through the free speakers for school organisation. http://www.speakers4schools.org/
Hopefully all this work will contribute, not only to the Football and Peace showcase on 25th April but also to a school reception display so all visitors and staff at the school will get a chance to see the fantastic work the students are doing.
|HISTORY||Visit to Kent History & Library Centre, Maidstone – students to embark on archive research. Main focus of the project is to create a
magazine covering –
Getting Britain organised and ready to fight –Pals Battalions
Conscientious Objectors – White Feather Campaign (Archive research based on the above factors)
Industries – munitions work
Propaganda (Black and White propaganda) – ‘Chaps fighting together’
Truce on Christmas Day 1914.
Sport in the trenches – to find out the rules of 1914 football/Rugby.
|MEDIA||Students have visited the trenches – to interview each other and the importance –
|P.E||To play football/rugby using 1914 rules – document evidence of this?
The project needs to be completed by 4th April 2014.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rVtlrQqTO0http://www.youtube.com/embed/8rVtlrQqTO0″On Monday 6th January twenty-seven Year 9 pupils, Mrs Tamplin and I (Miss Fairbard) visited the Herne Bay War Memorial to learn more about how the war affected our local community. We focussed on the style of the war memorial, who commissioned it, when it was built, the materials it was built with and the condition of it. We studied the surroundings and came to the conclusion that the memorial was situated in the appropriate setting, in a tranquil park with easy access to the memorial for members of the public. The pupils studied the names recorded on the memorials and noted down three names of local soldiers who lost their lives in World War One. They also noticed that the last name added to the memorial was from a soldier who lost his life in Iraq.
Pupil Reuben Skeats said “I found visiting my local memorial interesting. I learnt about different types of memorials, how they were funded and I was surprised at how many local men lost their lives in this war”
Once back in the classroom pupils completed tasks using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwgc.org/and the Forces War Records http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ They used these sites to research the names they recorded from the Herne Bay War Memorial. They also used the Imperial War Museum War Memorial archive http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/ to learn more about their local war memorial.