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Inspirational curriculum enrichment at Shirestone


Hugh Greenway

When the children arrived back at school after the Christmas holidays we found something strange in our forest school area! Twisted pieces of metal, with old fashioned artefacts were lying in the long grass. What could it be? Who could have left it here and why?

The children from each class carefully investigated the site and made drawings and diagrams, which they could then label. The children were intrigued by the numbers on the side of the twisted metal and research into this revealed it was a French fighter plane from the 1920’s. Detailed descriptions were written to help record the evidence. Upon investigating the site the children discovered old black boots and some black tape strewn in the large oak trees. Miss Kausar, being the computing whizz that she is, offered to use her technology to transfer the tapes information onto an MP3 file. Reception believed the boots belonged to Santa at first but with coins found in the wreckage their minds turned to pirates!

The next day when the children came into assembly the teachers had a strange and chilling message to play. The message appeared to be in a different language so year 6 offered to translate for us. Throughout the day it became clear that this was a German crash site from the war but how it got here we don’t know. Mohammed in year 5 was able to us his knowledge of French to translate letters that were found within the wreckage as well.

Letters were written to the British Museum by year 2 and year 4 wrote to the French and British air force. The children were intrigued by the numbers on the side of the twisted metal and research into this revealed it was a French fighter plane from the 1920’s. Year 3 wrote newspaper reports as year 6 were updating the website with daily blogs.

Mr Burkett the school caretaker was feeling worried at night times locking up as strange noises could be heard near to the site of the crash. The children agreed the best way forward was to put up CCTV cameras so we can see if he has anything to be afraid of!

The cameras revealed the next day some very spooky and strange shadows and movements in the night! From the excitement of watching this footage the children were inspired to write their own horror stories!! The competition was on as to which class could scare Miss Lucas the most!

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