History Module Brings Community Together

A History lesson for Year 9 students at Sir John Talbot’s School brought students together with older members of the Whitchurch community recently. During their World War One studies, they were asked to consider the impact of the war on the Home Front and to use their own time to research and produce a ‘memories box’ that would give an insight into life for ordinary people during the Great War.

Asked to consider how aspects of life would change – as well as what parts of life might stay the same – for those not fighting in the conflict, the students produced an array of fantastically creative and diverse boxes filled with pictures, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and intricate handmade artefacts they had created from scratch.

The students were so captivated by the activity, they even chose to share their work with a group of senior citizens from Bradbury Day Centre, who visit the school on a fortnightly basis for a sociable lunch, presenting their boxes and explaining their thinking behind what they put inside. The presentation led to a very enjoyable discussion about the past for both parties, with the older contingent sharing their memories of the past and a number of the younger individuals getting to play marbles for the very first time.

The visitors were so impressed with what they saw that the session may lead to further interaction between the two polarised age groups, with a local history group keen to pay the students a visit to take their discussions even further.

The SJT students found the session to be both educational and fun, and were lucky enough to hear several beautiful stories (and even a couple of songs!). One of the students, Evie Williams, called it an “emotional and moving experience. The elderly people told us how World War I affected their families, and shared their own experiences of World War II.” Another student, Holly Barber, thoroughly enjoyed getting feedback for her work. She said that she “would love to do it again. It was a real pleasure.”

Posted by marchesadmin on 21st April 2016, under Uncategorized


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