100 years ago, the world saw the first global conflict of the industrial age. Launched on a tide of fervent patriotism and optimism, World War 1 became a by-word for senseless slaughter and brutal devastation that cost the lives of 16 million people and maimed countless others. Millions of men fought and perished through the mud, barbed wire and stench in the trenches that stretched from the Belgian coast to the Swiss mountains – giving their lives for the gain of a few yards, soon to be lost again. It was a conflict which changed the world forever; inspiring revolutions, dismantling centuries-old empires and destroying the old certainties of the world.
Such is the magnitude of World War 1 on our conscience, it is vital for our learners to have an appreciation of its abject horror, the sacrifice of millions in the cause of liberty and the impact that it has had on the making of our modern world.
At Tauheedul, we are commemorating the centenary of World War 1 through a series of activities during each of the next four years.
In the centenary year of WW1, students at Tauheedul Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College are commemorating the Great War with acts of remembrance, cultural activities and educational opportunities. This is part of a four-year rolling programme that aims to remember our fallen heroes and to honour those who served our great nation in the cause of freedom.
The school marks ‘Armistice Day’ each year. However, between 2014 and 2018, we are delivering a range of additional events and activities to mark the centenary of the Great War.
Through the study of the harrowing poetry of Wilfred Owen during English lessons, penning letters in French and Arabic to soldiers on the front line during Languages classes, learning about code-breaking in Computing studies, making a 3D model of the battle in a matchbox or practising a military drill in PE, students are beginning to get a deeper appreciation of the war and those 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians who perished in it.
In addition, special broadcasts of the history and the causes of WW1 will be screened at key moments during the year.
You can find out more about the commemoration of World War 1 at Tauheedul by visiting this web page throughout the year.
WW1 Activities during the week of Armistice Day
A Dan Snow screening that highlighted the fatal moment that war began is shown to all students in assemblies outlining the causes and events that led up to WW1. This serves as a useful introduction to the key events before, and during the Great War.
Students and staff were also able to wear poppies and wristbands and buy ‘World War 1’ stationery to commemorate the fallen.
A prezi is delivered to all students by their Learning Coordinators in form time exploring the significance of poppies in commemorating WW1, learning about Armistice and reflecting on the significance of Remembrance Day.
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Click here to view what activities the students took part in within the classroom.
Using digital signage around school
The twitter feed that Sky News is providing which reports ‘live’ events from WW1 as they happened 100 years ago is available on TV screens around the school’s social spaces. This is available on @SkyNewsWW1.
A group of enthusiastic humanities students are visiting the British Muslim Heritage Center in Manchester. This trip allows students to explore the contribution of Muslim and ethnic minorities to WW1. Y11 and Y13 students also visited the Imperial War Museum and the People’s History Museum. The visit enables students to experience different parts of WW1 through objects and images.
All students participate in Citizenship Week this year. As part of the activities, each year group has a day of learning and activity relating to WW1. External charities, such as the British Legion, are providing external visitors to facilitate workshops. The aim of the special days is to raise awareness of the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of our compatriots for peace, liberty and democracy. Activities include creating displays on the War and writing a letter to the ‘Unknown Soldier’.
WW1 Assemblies and exhibitions
In the week of Armistice Day, Lieutenant Williamson from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Regiment delivered an assembly to KS3 and KS4 students outlining the history behind the causes of the Great War. She read excerpts of letters written by Indian soldiers. In Y10 and Y11, student learned about the contribution of Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
In addition to this, Sixth Form History students delivered an assembly to KS5 students.
Sixth Form History students are preparing and displaying a World War 1 Exhibition. The exhibition has artefacts, displays and video clips which raise awareness of WW1. The exhibition was part of our WW1 activities and was delivered to pupils at the The Olive School Blackburn.
Students commemorated WW1 by creating poppies for a poppy installation at the front of the school.
Civic Reception for the Poetry Book Launch
A reception to launch the Poetry Book written by students, was attended by local dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant for Lancashire. For more information on this, please click here.