News - Cross curricular World War One event

On Wednesday 02 and Thursday 03 July, Westwood College organised a special ‘World War One’ Event.  The regular timetable was collapsed for two days to encourage different year groups of students to collaborate and also develop independent learning skills.

The World War One theme was chosen to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the start of the War and to allow students reflection on its significance and the way in which it should be remembered.

Cross Curricular 3Students were based in their tutor groups and given a range of challenges and tasks to complete over the two days.  These tasks ranged from designing a suitable eating pattern for World War One troops on a limited menu and subsequently cooking the meal to producing very visual representations of how we should remember the War.

In addition, there was a Year 9 Quiz and a Year 10 team building event.  Another key element of the two days was the production of plaques by each tutor group.   These were commissioned by Leek Town Council as part of their own commemoration programme. In September, these plaques will form part of a parade through the streets of Leek to remember the 419 men from the town who lost their lives in the Great War. Each tutor Cross Curricular 1group worked on a different segment and these were then pieced together to make a composite image.  The results were spectacular and very moving.

There was also a strong competitive element to the event and points were awarded for the different challenges. The winning tutor group overall was Mr Spragg’s J4 who a day out at Alton Towers.  This was a fantastic prize and very deserved given the exceptional quality of the work produced and the way in which the students operated as a group.

Cross Curricular 2The event was a brilliant success, it was wonderful to see the students’ excitement and enthusiasm and how they worked so effectively in their teams. From a learning point of view, it was rewarding to undertake a project which was genuinely innovative and relied on the students to use initiative and drive.  Some of the work the students produced, including the plaques, will be on display at the Town Council’s War Time exhibition being held in the Nicolson Institute from the 05 July.

 

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