World War One project produces excellent results

Martin Green with the jacket he made and Patrick Taylor with his Zeppelin model
Martin Green with the jacket he made and Patrick Taylor with his Zeppelin model

PUPILS’ efforts in a World War One project were so impressive, a one-night-only exhibition was arranged so parents could see the results.

Those in in years seven to nine at Shoreham College took part in a three-week enrichment project instead of their normal homework duties after school.

Dr Jane McCarthy, assistant head teacher, who set the project, said: “More than 120 amazing and thoughtful projects have been completed by our key stage three pupils, who have fully embraced the project by putting a huge amount of time, thought and energy into their work.

“The pupils used a wide variety of methods to display their work, including trench and battlefield models, sketchbooks, PowerPoints, animations, films, poems, posters and memento boxes filled with memorabilia and artefacts, carefully written and researched by the pupils.”

Parents had the opportunity to view the projects at the exhibition, which was very well attended and gave everyone an opportunity to view the incredible detail involved.

Dr McCarthy said: “All the teachers have been very impressed by the quality of the pupils’ work and the enthusiasm it has created.”

The project will culminate in a visit to The Imperial War Museum in the new year.

Among the works was a model called The Unknown Soldiers, featuring rows of crosses, made by Thomas Wootton.

Parick Taylor constructed a Zeppelin model, having designed and output it on a 3D printer and Martin Green made an detailed jacket featuring poppies and barbed wire.

Martin had researched his family history with help from his grandparents, who had kept a box of momentos from World War One.

He said: “I made the jacket as a tribute to my great great grandad, Philip Alfred Blaber, and his brother, Bernard John Blaber.

“Although Philip returned, sadly Bernard did not make it back. Imagine the sadness of my family when they received the card to say he was killed in Ypres at just 20 years old.”