Since 2014 pupils in year 5 & 6 have been learning about the history of our school and the role it played as a Military Hospital during World War 1. The children have learnt about World War 1 and each year during October we open the school to the public and give tours of the school to members of the public as well as displaying their work in an exhibition. Each year for the past 5 years we have welcomed around 400 visitors to the exhibition.
The children recreate a hospital ward as it would have been 100 years ago with 'real' injured soldiers. The children share letters home from the trenches, poetry inspired by Hedd Wyn and graphs and statistics linked to World War 1. They have used scratch coding to develop computer games that visitors enjoyed playing had been created by our pupils. As a school we have been proud to see the the confidence and excellent communication skills shown by our pupils when interacting with members of the public. This is a great learning opportunity for our pupils and a lovely opportunity to invite the community in and share our learning. We are very proud of the history of Albany Primary School and also the links this project has made for us within our local community. We have also been privileged to be contacted through our website by relatives of patients and had the opportunity to welcome them to the exhibition.
See more on our Albany Military Hospital website or on our @Albany1914 twitter account;
This is a video made to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. It shows our exhibitions over the past 5 years and shows images and information about patients we have learnt about over the project.
‘We will remember them’
In October 2014 Year 6 pupils at Albany Primary School in Cardiff commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 and the use of their school as a military hospital. They recorded a medley of popular songs from the time and held a public exhibition.
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