Bottesford Primary School School held a 1st World War Activities Day
Bottesford Primary School School held a 1st World War Activities Day which was supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund on Friday 25th September, 2015. Children participated in activities designed to promote awareness and understanding of the experiences of former pupils who served in WW1 - their training, service equipment, daily routines of trench living, health, illness and injury, food and home comforts. Everyone at the school dressed up in period clothes and enjoyed a WW1 lunch.
Over 20 volunteers from the local community and beyond assisted. Scott Knowles from 'Tommy Teaches' lead activities focused on life in the trenches. Members of the Leicestershire and Rutland Western Front Association (Valerie Jacques, David Humberston, Mr .and Mrs. John Taylor, and Andy Ball) displayed WW1 memorabilia. Ian and Betty Douglas from the Lincolnshire branch of the Western Front Association demonstrated a working model of a WW1 tank. Martin Fagan from BelvoirCare and Katie Hateley from FoxMedics taught the battlefield first aid. The Vale of Belvoir U3A Knit and Natter Group showed how knitted garments were produced during WW1. Volunteers from the Bottesford Parish WW1 Centenary Project also assisted staff and The British Red Cross provided VAD nurse uniforms.
At the end of the day pupils teachers and volunteers joined in an assembly to reflect on their experience of the day and to remember those who served from the community.