Students at Uckfield Community Technology College have buit their own memorial to soldiers who lost their lives during World War 1.
The memorial was a focal point for Year Nine students when, with staff, they took part in a two minute silence on Tuesday, Armistice Day, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
It is decorated with war and remembrance poetry, and handmade and glazed clay poppies representing British fatalities between 1914 and 1918.
A series of activities have been undertaken at the college to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the war.
Each student created a poppy for a walking display from the main entrance to reception. Messages to soldiers were included on them, quotes from a range of war poems or the name of a family member who served in the war.
Students also learned about the men of Sussex who went to fight, particularly at the Battle of Richbourg on June 30, 1916, a day known as ‘The day Sussex died’. This was one day before the start of the Batle of the Somme.
Year Nine students have also taken part in a World War 1 experience day. They tackled soldiers’ training and drilling exercises, ate rations and tried on, and handled, a range of uniform, equipment and artifacts, and learned about the experiences of war and trench life.
A cross-curricular project between history, science, English, art, drama and other subjects is under way.
In history students are learning about the effects of war on soldiers and youth, and researching local heroes.
In science they are exploring how different gases and weapons worked, while in English they are analysing a range of war texts. War artists are inspiring art work.
In drama, scenes from Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse are being recreated, as students focus on war-related text.
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