6P – war medals for animals

6P have been learning about the important roles that animals played in wars – especially WW1.

Some animals were even awarded medals for their service, and one particular medal, The Dickin Medal, was awarded to animals in WW2 for their gallantry and devotion.

Freddie has designed some wonderful medals to award animals who have served in a war.

Weird and wonderful WW1 facts!

Good afternoon Year 6!

We’re really looking forward to reading your pieces of writing about World War 1 at the end of the week.

I imagine you have found many interesting facts as you’ve been carrying out your research.

I came across a couple of weird and wonderful facts myself which I thought I would share…

  • Many people suffered facial injuries during WW1. As plastic surgery was primitive, artists created copper masks to hide the injuries. The masks were held on by glasses and painted to match each soldier’s skin tone. Some even featured eyelashes made from curled metal. How interesting!
  • Effective gas masks did not exist at the start of the war. The only protection soldiers had against gas attacks was a cloth, often an old sock, soaked in their own urine. Wow!

Can you share any strange facts that you have learned about WW1?

Year 6 WW1 class assembly

On Thursday, both 6M and 6W showed off their knowledge of WW1 by performing in a class assembly for children, teachers and families.

They told the story of how the Great War began, which countries were involved, what life was like for the soldiers in the trenches and how we remember the war today. This was all shown by acting, singing and poetry reading.

We hope everybody enjoyed watching!




6M – remembering the soldiers

On Friday 9th November, we visited Blackley Forest to participate in a short ceremony to remember the soldiers who have fought for us.

Some of the children in 6M had written some powerful poems, which they wanted to share with all those who joined us on this special morning.

Their writing highlighted the sacrifices the soldiers made, the struggles they faced and how grateful we are for everything they did for us.

Their poems will be kept and displayed for the next 12 months in a memory book, which will be found at our memorial bench in Blackley Forest.




6M WW1 memorial clay modelling

6M have been exploring WW1 memorials during topic lessons. They have studied and evaluated the qualities that an effective memorial has.

Using what they have learned, they have gone on to design what they think would be a fantastic memorial. They have explored different materials and methods, and decided that clay would be the most effective material to work with.

They thoroughly enjoyed creating and modelling their clay memorials.