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Year 6 Trench Experience

1st December 2020

As part of the learning exploring both World Wars, Year 6 wanted to experience life in the trenches of WW1 with the aim of giving their creative writing a more authentic quality. To achieve this they constructed periscopes, using their recently acquired knowledge of light and mirrors, and mock gas masks using up-cycled sweet wrappers and cardboard tubes. The classes had to decide upon which saw was best for the different jobs.
During this half-term, the year group have been reading about the exploits of Tommo and Charlie Peaceful in Michael Morpurgo's 'Private Peaceful'. They've even linked their writing to our anti-bullying topic by making references to the behaviour of Sergeant 'Horrible' Hanley.
Interestingly, and similarly to real life, the initial excitement of visiting make-believe trenches soon wore off and was replaced with a realisation of how difficult life was in the trenches of WW1 - even without the incessant mud and aggressive rats!
To begin the experience the classes participated in ten minutes of 'drill' consisting of marching and following orders exactly - with the threat of 'insubordination' being ever-present!
Following this 'Basic Training' there were two trenches on opposite sides of the classroom where the classes were subjected to twenty minutes of repeated gas alerts and the sound of authentic WW1 artillery bombardment.
The class realised that quickly getting on a mask was difficult in a hurry and the constant threat of alert made relaxing impossible. It brought home how difficult life was in the trenches and how this would have to be endured for weeks at a time by some soldiers barely much older than themselves.
These experiences lead to rich narrative writing where the children could relate to the characters in the book.