Family Memorabilia Brings Wartime Poetry Project To Life

Cleethorpes Academy Year 8 students with their wartime memorabilia, which brought their poetry project to life. They are: (l-r) Poppy Morgan, Arun Thirumaran, Joe Burgess and Alesha Jones.

English students studied wartime and British heritage as they took a closer look at the WW1 Remembrance Day poem, 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae.

To bring the poem to life, they were encouraged to bring in family wartime memorabilia, which included a grenade, a WW2 helmet, an Army helmet, a gas mask, a child's toy, a Nazi blazer and a British Staff Sgt blazer.

Gabriella Ashton, Curriculum Leader For English, said: "Families collect memorabilia so we thought it would be helpful and interesting to bring some of that into the Academy for this project. It was a cross-curricula project with History, and it gave students an insight into British heritage and unity during wartime, and also an appreciation of the country's history.

"We studied a number of wartime poems, including Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'London Blitz' by Colin Ian Jeffery."

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