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Hi Everyone!

We are doing a whole school cross curricular topic on WW1 for 4 weeks when we go back after half term.! I'm struggling to find suitable books/stories and activities to do with 4 and 5 year olds apart from the obvious poppy making. Help, any suggestions gratefully received!

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Welcome to the Forum, sizzy007. I've never taught in reception, and to be honest I'm not sure how I would tackle WW1 with four year olds! However, I'm sure our lovely members will have lots of support to offer - perhaps they're all out enjoying half term!

In the meantime, why not make yourself at home and have a good look round! :1b

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I'd stick to poppies and remembrance - that's what they will experience around them. Learning why people in their community wear a poppy could be linked into the educational programme for UTW

At a push you could examine the notion of 100 - it's a big number and represents a long time ago. Collect or make or draw 100 objects over the 4 weeks. that they would remember an event or someone by?

Make a display of "100 ways to remember"

There's also plenty of picture books around I expect that will present the idea of WW1

You could also explore what it is like when someone goes away - what have they experienced like that, what did they do... phone and skype etc. What they would do with no technology?? Problem solve ways to get a message.

From this you could introduce the idea of animals in wartime using them as messengers. Look up some of the animals who won it for WW1. War horse also springs to mind.

Cx

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Sorry I haven't posted a reply sooner but thanks for your great suggestions Catma, some of which I used and my class enjoyed, especially the animals as messengers.It wasn't as daunting in the end as I thought it was going to be!

Thanks again

Sizzy

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Sorry I haven't posted a reply sooner but thanks for your great suggestions Catma, some of which I used and my class enjoyed, especially the animals as messengers.It wasn't as daunting in the end as I thought it was going to be!

Thanks again

Sizzy

Glad they worked well!! Always nice to hear something went well.

Cx

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