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About This Project

Air Raid - Civilians in Danger! At Christ Church Primary we have always valued our local heritage, so we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund First World War: then and now grant to help us investigate air raids in both world...

Lesson Plans & Teacher Notes

Teacher? Interested in doing your own WW1 project? Whilst these resources are specific to Rowlands Gill they can act as a blueprint for your own area and related research. Let us know how you get on! Rowlands Gill The Great War and the Great Peace Lesson Plan Guide...

WW1 Memorabilia

We asked the children if they could bring in any WW1 memorabilia their families may have. We were delighted to see the following.

Day 5 – With Martin Bailey

Today we worked with Martin Bailey, an award-winning teacher specialising in using IT.  Mr Bailey took our theme of Rowlands Gill in World War 1 and showed us how  "app-smashing", using iPads, could bring new perspectives to our work. It was fast, fun and we created...

Day 5 – With Emma Holliday

Today we worked with Artist Emma Holliday (http://www.emmaholliday.co.uk/), on the theme of the Armistice and the demand for peace by grief stricken populations across Europe. Emma chose to explore these themes through the powerful work of Kathe Kollwitz, who lost a...

Day 4 – Census

Every 10 years the government takes a census of the population. The last one currently available for historians to use was taken in 1911. On Monday afternoon we used this census to get a snapshot of the families living in Lilley and Cowan Terraces, largely mining...

Day 4 – University Visit

Today, the children visited Newcastle University Library where they got to handle items from the University’s Archives and Special Collections, including material related to the First World War. They found out about the role played by Armstrong College as a military...

Day 3 – Marching and Drill

On Wednesday afternoon, following their arduous battle training for the trenches, the Rowlands Gill Pals Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry were drilled by Sgt Chapman.  Their parade ground performance was excellent. With a little practice they were ‘right and...

Day 3 – Trench Life and Sgt Chapman!

A busy if scary morning with Sgt. Chapman training the new Rowlands Gill Pals Battalion. The new troops (with a couple of Conscientious Objectors) however, made light work of various tasks and training exercises. Lots of new information...how to fire a Lee Enfield...