Kitchener’s Volunteers

Over the last couple of weeks, Year 6 have been considering why anyone would join to be a soldier in World War 1.

First, the children learnt about the reason behind the call for volunteers, and  inspired by recruitment posters and the Sergeant Major’s speech from Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, decided whether they would join or not. They discussed the power of following the crowd (the Pals initiative) and discussed what would happen to men who chose to stay at home.

The children have since designed their own posters and persuasive speeches to help the recruitment drive.

Have a look at the pictures – and videos of some of the speeches being performed – here.


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