Field of Archives

How Paganel Primary School is playing its part to remember the First World War, 100 years on.

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In November, earlier in the year, Paganel Primary School’s Year 5 classes visited Lodge Hill Cemetery as part of a project with the Big Ideas Company to commemorate those who died in the First World War and are buried at Lodge Hill.

We researched a number of soldiers buried at Lodge Hill, and the pupils took part in a number of activities to locate and learn more about these individuals, to help to connect them with the events of 100 years ago.

This year, with 2018 marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, there will be many more projects to commemorate the end of the war, and once again Paganel Primary School is excited to be a part of them.

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The first project we’ll be part of is The Unremembered, which commemorates the Labour corps and servicemen from across the Commonwealth who fought in the First World War, and as part of this, Paganel will be making a memorial wreath. Paganel will be one of a number of schools making wreaths, which if successful will be presented to the heads of the Commonwealth at their annual meeting this year.

The Big Ideas Company will help to provide the material to make the wreath and the whole school will be involved in making it, but the Archive After-School Club will help to lead the activity, and so we set about trying to come up with a name for our group going forward.

DTAzHIEXkAAZ5ubTo do this we used Edward de Bono’s system of lateral thinking to help use look past our initial ideas. After many different words, from bread to books and soldiers to biscuits, but eventually we settled on the name Field of Archives for the group, and Paganel’s Field of Remembrance.

In the next few weeks the group will be learning more about the Unremembered project and the Labour corps, to prepare them for helping to lead the wreath making with the whole school on the 29th March.

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