WW1 Poppy Art

As part of our work in to WW1 we created poppy art, where we rubbed chalk to make the paintings look old and dusty. We only used a few colours like red, black and grey as they represent war colours, and we used oil pastels in order to make the few colours stand out. We used images such as poppies, soldiers and graves to show the sadness of war. Some of us also added a layer of transparent paper on top of the image to give it a red tint.


Life at Home

We have researched a lot of information about life at home in WW1. Food was limited and as ships would get bombed it was hard to get hold of foreign foods. The military put out a lot of posters, like “Your country needs you!” in order to get people to join the army. Because of this, a lot of people joined but then realised life in the trenches was awful and wasn’t what they had thought.


QR Code Investigation

We used our iPads in order to scan QR codes around the school. QR codes can be used to show lots of different information, but for us they showed the history behind the different rooms of the school. Many of our classrooms used to be wards with rows and rows of beds, whilst our kitchen used to be a toilet! In addition, our playground once contained a mortuary where people were taken after they had died!


Letters from the trenches

During English lessons we wrote letters as if we were in the trenches in WW1. We wrote about how we were missing home, as lots of soldiers had only just turned 18 and had families that they had to leave behind. As the conditions in the trenches were terrible, we wrote to our families about them, and said how grateful we were for any gifts that they gave us. We also said how we saw people with trench foot and how dirty and disgusting life in the trenches actually was.

Our letters will be shown in our WW1 exhibition on 17th October.



We designed logos for the Albany Military Hospital to put on our website. We made sure that we used lots of different war themes like poppies, the red cross and military colours.

The winning design will be at the top of the website soon!



QR Codes

Today we took part in a QR Code hunt where we scanned 7 different codes to find facts about different battles. We used a QR Scanner app on our iPads and wrote 3 facts about each battle.

Here are some of the facts that we found:

The longest battle in World War 1 was the battle of the Verdun

In the battle of the Somme more than 1,000,000 men were injured or killed




In school we have been learning about WWI. We’ve learnt about these battles:

  • Tannenburg
  • Somme
  • Verdun
  • First and second battles of Marne
  • Jutland
  • Ypres

Our favourite fact is that the battle of Tannenburg didn’t take place in Tannenburg. It actually took place near Allenstein (Olsztyn).

Also, we learnt about the battle of Jutland and how it lasted 24 hours.


Our Website

As we learn more about World War 1 we will be putting our work on this website. We have already learnt about the different battles through QR codes and creating posters. We have also created logos for the website which we are very proud of.  The winning logo will be on the website soon!


Albany Military Hospital Exhibition 2015

This year we will be opening the school to the public again for a public exhibition. This will be taking place on Saturday 17th October from 10am-3pm. The exhibition will include the opportunity to have a tour of the school as a military hospital with our year 6 pupils  and visit a replica World War 1 hospital ward. There will also be photos, logbooks and artefacts from the time including the original floor plan drawn in 1914. Last year it was a very successful event with approximately 500 visitors and we look forward to another highly successful community event.

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