Schools Page - Balcarras School: Year 9 take part in a history day
YEAR 9 took part in a history curriculum day.
We took part in eight different half-hour activities and ended the day with a talk.
One of the activities we did was learning how to bomb a train. We had to work out when to release a bomb that we had made earlier out of Plasticine, cocktail sticks and cardboard.
Then we had a soldier come in and tell us how to put up barbed wire and how they used it as a defence in the war. Also we learnt about the stories of the soldiers who came from Cheltenham and found out some interesting facts.
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Another activity we did was looking at war media and deciding whether some war photos were staged or genuine.
Another thing we took part in was all about how people obey. We described one another and looked at personality traits of people.
As well as this we watched a video on the Milgram experiment which shows how people obey people even if they don't want to do what they say. Some of them were so scared of the people that they gave a person 450 volts of electricity.
Another thing we looked at was the Falkland's war between Britain and Argentina. We watched an Argentine Olympic advert with the slogan "To compete on British soil, you must train on Argentine soil". The advert included an Argentine hockey player who was doing step-ups on the memorial, which caused some debate between the two countries.
Another event which took place was looking at artefacts from the Second World War and talking about how artefacts help us know about events that took place. We got to look around the room and try on some of the clothes.
Finally the whole year group got to listen to a talk about life in the trenches and the horrible conditions that they had to live in. Overall it was an interesting day and the whole year group learned a lot more about the war.
Tilly Hazael and Ruby Mountford