Turning back time

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: FALLING IN: Artist Darrell Wakelam with pupils next to an artwork  of the lone soldier   Pictures: GRAHAM  HUNT HG12171 FALLING IN: Artist Darrell Wakelam with pupils next to an artwork of the lone soldier Pictures: GRAHAM HUNT HG12171

Children at Bridport Primary School have been immersed in the history of the First World War as part of a special week-long project.

Teacher Katie Molloy said it had been a successful project.

She said: “It gave the children an opportunity to learn about the war, particularly its impact on the local area.

“Every year group had a different focus, whether it was remembering children in Bridport, refugees from Belgium who came here during the war, or the older children who were looking at propaganda and posters.

“Year 6 took part in a national campaign writing letters to the Unknown Soldier launched by Stephen Fry.

“They also learnt through music and drama, art, making tanks, composing First World War songs and written poetry.”

The children also looked into the life Thomas David Colfox who died in the war, aged 19.

Miss Molloy said because the Colfox family donated the land for the school playing field his death made his story very local.

“We did human time lines, he passed on at 19 and that’s obviously an age they can relate to.”

Bridport Round Table donated £1,000 for artist Darrell Wakelam to create a piece of art to commemorate fallen soldiers.

Miss Molloy added: “Thank you to the families who have allowed children to bring in medals, photos and stories of family members who were affected or served in the war.

“They now know what life was like in the trenches and the children wrote their own version of ‘It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary’.

“School governor David Powell came in with a melodeon which belonged to his wife’s grandfather which he swapped with a German soldier at the end of war at a train station.”

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