Year 6 WW1 History Visit
On Tuesday 14th December, Year 6 had a very special visit from Sergeant Powell, a World War 1 sergeant who was brought in to teach Year 6 about all things World War One and put them through their paces. The children learnt some simple drill steps on the parade ground, like standing at ease and to attention, before learning how to salute, how to turn and how to march. The children finished their enrollment into the Lancashire Regiment by agreeing and swearing the attestation together.
Sergeant Powell, of course dressed in full battle array, allowed children to try on uniforms and talked them through the equipment they would have had if they were fighting in the trenches of WW1. The Year 6 children worked as groups to discuss and decide on what they thought different artefacts were, including bomb cases, rifle shells and periscopes. One of the highlights was definitely Sergeant Powell talking the children through the weaponry he had brought with him, including his training rifle, ammo clips, grenades and a bayonette.
As well as having a taste of how tiring drill training was and having the chance to look at and handle different artefacts, Sergeant Powell also taught the children all about how World War One started and why trench warfare prolonged fighting for so many years. The children had an amazing morning, which certainly improved their historical knowledge and brought our recent history topic to life!