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War stories come to life for Stamford pupils

Over 800 children aged 6 to 11 at Malcolm Sargent and St Gilbert's primary schools in Stamford have been participating in a series of workshops organised by Stamford's WW1 Commemoration Programme. EMN-140623-165215001

Over 800 children aged 6 to 11 at Malcolm Sargent and St Gilbert's primary schools in Stamford have been participating in a series of workshops organised by Stamford's WW1 Commemoration Programme. EMN-140623-165215001

More than 800 children from two primaries have learned about the First World War.

Youngsters from Malcolm Sargent and St Gilbert’s, both in Stamford, became history detectives in a workshop with volunteers from Stamford’s Commemoration Programme, discovering a range of artefacts include a periscope used to look over the top of the trenches and a set of German field binoculars.

A British ‘Tommy’ soldier visited the schools and the groups discussed what life was like for a soldier in 1914 and looked through the kit they would have carried. The St Gilbert’s children also made poppy flowers which will be displayed as part of an installation at Browne’s Hospital.

As part of the workshop on the Home Front at Malcolm Sargent, some children tasted bread and dripping, - which is what many poor children ate during the war.

Richard Westley, deputy headteacher at St Gilbert’s, said: “I have no doubt this will inspire some more exciting learning as we approach the centenary in August.”

 

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