On the 23rd of February, the Year 5’s spent the day at Beamish Museum, learning about the First World War. The day started off in the Pit Village, where a soldier spoke to us about how he enlisted, and showed us what sort of things a soldier would have had in their kit bag during training. Everyone was able to try on a soldier’s uniform and have a look at the items in the kit bag. After lunch, we all gathered in the old church, where the soldier gave the Year 5’s some information and clues about 15 year old Joseph, who had left home to join the war early. It was then up to the pupils to explore the Pit Village and speak to Joseph’s family members, friends, colleagues and school teachers in order to understand why he had chosen to leave for war early. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this activity! We then had some time left at the end of the visit to take a ride around Beamish on the tram, with a quick stop at the sweet shop to sample some of the sweets of the time.
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