We discovered that the beautiful shield in our corridor holds the names of brave soldiers- lost in World War One- who had once been pupils at our school.
We worked together to find the soldiers' names on the 1911 census so we could discover where they had lived. (The writing was very difficult to read!) Some of the soldiers lived on the roads where we live now!
Being geographers, we looked closely at modern maps to find the soldiers' addresses. When we looked closely at maps from 100 years ago, we were surprised how tricky it was to get our bearings! There were so many things we're used to having nearby that were not there on the historical map!
We met 'Ernie Haberfield', a pupil who came to our school whose name is on the shield. He told us a lot about what it was like serving in the trenches and being 'at the front'. He even taught us how to stand to attention, march in time and sing "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag". Songs like these helped keep the lonely, frightened troops as cheerful as they could be.
We brought the names of those brave soldiers to life, as we rubbed the shied with crayons. Strangely, Ernie's name seemed to come through the most brightly.
As we learned more and more about the war, we began to think about the impact it had on people. Although it has been one hundred years since the end of WW1, we discovered that wars continue to happen around the world. We talked about how important it is to respect one another and to do what we can to aim for peace. Change can start with people as young as us.