A group of Ponteland teenagers went on a useful visit to a museum in Newcastle as part of their First World War project work.
In order to explore issues relevant to the school’s Heritage Lottery Fund initiative Poppies, Ponteland and Passchendaele: local memories and archives of families of those who served, students from Ponteland High School became involved in the Wor Life Secondary Project.
It is being run by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to commemorate the centenary of the conflict. After an initial visit to the Discovery Museum to work with museum staff, use archive material, visit the First World War exhibition and start working on a self-generated philosophical question linked to the impact of the Great War on people from the region, students had time in school to prepare for the presentation effort at the Great Hall in the museum.
They came up with various different ways of presenting their responses to the philosophical questions they chose to explore – including an art and music piece, drama performances and film and PowerPoint presentations.
In addition, a visit from the Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland enabled the Ponteland High pupils to handle First World War objects, try on replica uniforms and research archive material first hand to gain evidence for the school’s project. Linked to the initiative, the Fourth Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers served at the Second Battle of Passchendaele.