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Pupils on front line for World War One lessons

Georgia Wooley and Freya Bexon hang the rememberance crosses ithey have made into the tree.

Georgia Wooley and Freya Bexon hang the rememberance crosses ithey have made into the tree.

Morse code lessons, military drills and filling in ration books were the lessons on the timetable for Kimberley School pupils during a World War One-themed day.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, pupils at the school on Newdigate Street spent a day training for the outbreak of war.

Each lesson was centred on activities inspired by the wartime period, including maths lessons where students worked out the dimensions of the trenches and discovered the cost of the war. They came up with a figure of £110.7 billion!

Maths teacher James Clegg said that the themed lesson had a great effect on his students.

He told the Advertiser: “The kids engaged with the statistics of the war with enthusiasm I have rarely seen before.

“One of my students even said ‘I’ve never enjoyed a maths lesson more’.”

PE was a highlight for many of the students, who took on military drills on the school field as teachers barked out orders in the style of drill sergeants.

The pupils used all the information they had learned to create plaques to commemorate the war.

The designs were judged by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry MP, who is a defence minister, and the winning designed will be made into stone plaques and placed beside the war memorial in Kimberley town centre.

 

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