BRIGSTOCK REMEMBERS: DAY 10, SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2018
Our new Day 10 unit will focus on the importance of remembering the past as well as looking forward to the future. At the heart will be the commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War 1, and we have planned a number of activities to focus on the importance of remembering both within and beyond our own lives.
All children will experience seven activities linked to the central theme of remembering, culminating in a Tea Dance to celebrate the homecoming of soldiers for Christmas. The village and church communities will be invited to join us for this event on December 5th, and we will also link this event to the opening of our Advent Window which forms a part of the Brigstock Living Advent.
On the bank at the front of the school we will install poppies created by the children, with leaves that hold memories, poems and prayers linking to the wars and to key people and events in our own lives. Mrs Ettridge will also work with village and church communities, and invite all to contribute to and share the poppy installation.
The children will learn dances from key periods in history, and will also learn about music over the past 100 years, with the focus on the importance of music during the two world wars. We have worked closely with Chris Squires from Titchmarsh Primary, and he has led the music planning for our school as well as his own. At the Tea Dance, the songs and dances will be performed. The hall will be decorated with patriotic bunting created during another of the Day 10 activities, and there will also be the opportunity to share artwork and photographic images of key historical events over the past 100 years. Residents from the village have been invited to share memories of their years growing up in Brigstock, and will be presented with memory jars at the event. There will also be displays of our children’s own important memories around the school- both inside and outside.
We have worked closely with the village historical society, and they have planned a homework activity for the children, linked to finding out more about their homes since World War 1. The ‘Beryl Simon Cup’ will be presented at the Tea Party by members of the Brigstock Historical Society.
The unit of work will encourage our children to learn more about the importance of events from the past, both within and beyond their own lives. They will have the opportunity to engage with these memories in creative and thought-provoking ways and to share their responses within and beyond the school.
We hope that this Day 10 unit has an impact on all the communities within Brigstock and we look forward to sharing our work as it progresses.