Key Stage 2 Competition to be Launched in 2019

This is intended to form part of a scheme of work that fits into Remembrance Day and could be ideally located in the first two weeks in November. It is targeted (but not exclusively) for Year 5 &/or Year 6 children to research an aspect of Stockport/ Cheshire/ North West during World War 2. This would be presented as a class submission using multi-media resources that demonstrated a range of pupils’ work and encompassed topics related to WW2 which are specific and localised. Because of its link with Remembrance Day, there should be an element of Remembrance. Folders of work; photographs of artefacts and classroom display boards; video clips and audio recordings are invited for submission.

The choice of topic should reflect the interests of the pupils. The following list is given to suggest possible areas of exploration; these ideas are not intended to be prescriptive or to exclude other areas of interest.

  • The significant role of RAF Ringway airfield with aircraft models made to scale
  • A visit to the Air Raid shelters would give inspiration for empathy writing or factual accounts as pupils considered how war affected civilians
  • First person accounts and the life experiences of a young soldier could be inspired by website research or interviews of veterans or relatives.
  • Art work and poetry inspired by visits to Stockport War Memorial & Art Gallery; the Imperial War Museum; visiting Commonwealth Graves in local cemeteries
  • A diary of meals and school life in WW2 – supported by the section on the website ‘Life in the North West 1939 – 45’.

All class submissions will receive a certificate and the winning entry will receive £50 in vouchers (with a further £50 donated to the school) and a commemorative cup to keep for one year. Those submissions which specifically touch on the Normandy Campaign will be submitted to a National Competition, organised by the Spirit of Normandy Trust in association with the Young Historian Project (offshoot of the Historical Association) and judged by the Editor of The Historian Magazine. The national competition winner receives a prize of £100 (and a further £100 is donated to the school).

Timeline of the Primary Competition

  1. Linda Varley (Administrator of Legacy) and any WW2 veterans & Friends who are able will attend the school in the weeks leading up to 11th November. Possibility of veterans doing a reading, to speak to pupils and launch the competition.
  2. Pupils to complete project in lessons
  3. Closing date for entry submissions – December 3rd 2019.  Submissions can be sent as hard copy to: Normandy Veterans Legacy Administrator, Our Lady and the Apostles RC Church, 59 Shaw Heath, Stockport SK3 8BD. Contact telephone: 07919 162 048 OR submitted electronically to: l.varley@btinternet.com

 

Research Resources

Veterans of Stockport Normandy Veterans and Friends to visit schools

 

https://stockportveterans.com – personal accounts of Stockport and District Normandy Veterans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USPXwnijX8M – portraits and voices of WW2

National resources can be accessed at: http://spiritofnormandy.org.uk/study-links/