Taylor High School’s library commemorations of World War One have been in full swing. There have been a variety of projects since the autumn, including our fabulous display and the S1/S2 Book Club project.
I began by undertaking some research into the War in Lanarkshire, a theme that was being commemorated by our neighbours in the public libraries, incorporating this into our display. North Lanarkshire’s very own Heritage Centre in Motherwell was able to confirm where our local men fought, where they died and where our local War memorials were.
Our S1/S2 Book Club were also involved. Our pupils read an extract from Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. This provided them with an invaluable opportunity to explore the backdrop to this world famous novel.
My colleague, who kindly helps with the Book Club had recently visited the poppy display at the Tower of London on her travels. It was worthwhile having a colleague share her experience with pupils and also gave the activity a much welcome twist.
Mrs Findlay stated,
“I really enjoyed getting to discuss my trip to London, particularly my visit to the poppy display at the Tower of London. I explained how emotional I felt when I walked round this historic building with its vast collection of poppies. Our pupils were all keen to listen and eager to ask questions.”
We continued with the theme of WW1 in our Book Club during the month of November for our whole school ‘Non-Fiction Poster Competition’. This gave pupils an opportunity to celebrate some of our fabulous non-fiction WW1 books and explore this genre further.
Posters were displayed around the library, even the doors and these promoted a particular non-fiction book series, noted the author and some key facts held within the book (a good lesson in summarising, not copying the book word for word).
Their efforts were all very artistic with pupils exploring different aspects of the war, from poppies, tanks to trench warfare. It was a great way to finish our months of WW1 activities here in the library. These projects have hopefully inspired some members of the group and others to read and borrow some more historical fiction and non-fiction books.