At the end of February 2018, Kildwick School had a WW1 Study Day – and members of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project were invited to attend.
Graham, the project co-ordinator, gave a talk in assembly – explaining the project and giving the pupils an insight into what life was like during the war, both at home and at the front.
The pupils then spent the day participating in three activity areas: baking, weaving & knitting, and drawing. Graham and Helen, the project’s administrator and former pupil of Kildwick School, helped out with the activities.
A slideshow of photographs taken during the whole day is available here. For now, here are a few of the highlights.
After hearing how WW1 food shortages meant that people had to innovate when making bread, the pupils turned their hands to traditional bread- and biscuit-making. At the end of the day the produce was sold and the money raised added to the school’s book fund.
Weaving and knitting
At assembly the children heard how many of the men who fought in WW1 worked in local mills. They also learned how pupils at the school during the war had taken up knitting to make socks and scarves for the men at the front.
Artwork — Portraits, maps and airships
The project has collected photographs of a number of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers. The pupils used these to create some portraits of their own.
The Farnhill WW1 Volunteers came from all parts of the village. This was used as the starting point for investigating how maps of the area have changed over time.
The pupils heard how, in 1918, a pair of British Naval airships passed over the school. They decided to find out more about airships and do some drawings.
More photographs from the Kildwick School WW1 Study Day will be published as a slideshow soon.