On Wednesday 1st October 2014, 100 years after the start of World War 1, Year 3 headed to Bodmin on an expedition to find out more. At the regimental museum, the children discovered all about original World war 1 medals (including 8 Victoria Crosses, each worth more than £100 000!!) got to handle soldiers’ uniforms learnt all about some of the weapons used during the Great War.
Pupils were engrossed by ‘trench art’. Soldiers created art out of spent munitions during the long hours of waiting for the next battle.
After a short walk we arrived at the railway station, where a 1916 steam train awaited us. Everyone enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of our train journey; especially as we went through the tunnels!On arrival at Bodmin Parkway, we trekked through the woods to arrive at Lanhydrock. Here we discovered how the Agar-Robartes family lived in Victorian times, before 4 of the 5 brothers left to fight on the front.
Pupils were fascinated by the enormous stuffed animals, billiard tables and richly stocked nursery. We will be using the experiences of the Agar-Robartes family to inspire our World War 1 learning over the next few weeks and we hope the photo gallery captures the pupils’ excitement throughout the day.