Last November the Year 4 class decided they would like to stage their own WWI exhibition. They visited the local museum, Central Stories, to find out about how to stage a successful exhibition. Artefacts were brought in from home, including medals, helmets, books, photographs, and personal soldiers' records and stories. Students also investigated and presented information of their own choice, such as mascots in WWI, uses of urine, and trench life. A life-size trench was constructed, along with realistic sound effects. A tent inside the classroom was used to create a Gallipoli experience, through the use of an interactive website.
The students made an exhibition storyboard about the Tower of London poppy installation for Remembrance Day, and then took that idea to make a paper poppy for each Alexandra soldier that did not return from WWI - 42
The wider school community was invited and the exhibition ran for nearly two weeks. The exhibition was opened with the song 'The Red Poppy', and an untitled poem written by a student's great-grandfather who served at Crete. To end the exhibition a special invitation was sent to members of the Clyde Alexandra RSA. The members who attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they were served afternoon tea by some of our parents. As a result the Year 4 students were asked to sing in the ANZAC Day service in Alexandra this year.
Story location: The exhibition was staged inside the Room 8 classroom at Alexandra Primary School.
Year band: Years 1-4
School: Alexandra Primary School
Class name: Room 8
School location: 2 Ventry Street
Submitted by: Fiona Mackley