Walker Primary School, Enfield
2 December 2014
LETTER FROM SHER SINGH RANA WALKER PRIMARY SCHOOL
Dearest Mother and Father,
Rain is thrashing down here in France.
The trenches are cold and damp, but we survive them
But we survive them.
How is everyone doing in our sweet home in Nepal?
How are the crops?
The weather is atrocious, it is raining every day.
I have to twist my clothes to drain the water out.
I’m infected with vile body lice
And had the chats seven times.
I have seen unspeakable things.
Yesterday a flying pig hit our trench
And many of our men were blown apart .
My best friend was buzzed. It was a terrible battle.
I lost a dear friend
There are none left.
I am a changed man
Seeing all these terrible things.
I cannot thank you enough for the extra clothes,
The lovely family pictures have kept my spirits up.
I’m counting the days till I see you.
Your loving son,
Sher Singh Rana
The Costumed Interpreter session improved their empathy and sense of time. It helped when writing about life in the trenches. – Staff at Walker School
The artefacts session was excellent it taught the importance of artefacts with the children wearing gloves. They felt the real equipment and got a sense of what it was like to have these things. – Staff at Walker School
The children performed and sang really well – it gave them an understanding and grasp of the impact of war. – Staff at Walker School
The project gave a huge feeling of pride at being able to tell a story respectfully and giving the soldiers the recognition they deserve. – Staff at Walker School
It gave a better appreciation of the sacrifices that were made, and a vastly improved knowledge of the participation of soldiers from the Commonweatlth countries and their roles. – Staff at Walker School
It was very well organised. – Staff at Walker School
You got to wear the clothes and hold the guns and bullets. – Ananya, student at Walker School
You can tell a story just from a picture. – Priyanka, student at Walker School
The weapons were amazing because they were actually real. – Rupainya, student at Walker School
I learned how to make a puppet and actually started to make one at home. – student at Walker School
Composition: It was nice that people listened to your opinion. – Rana , student at Walker School
Composition: I learnt how to fit lines into musical tunes and choosing the tune. – Guy, student at Walker School
Composition: It was great having a chance to speak up on what you want to sing – the joy when we finished writing it. – Hannah, student at Walker School
Composition: I really enjoyed writing the songs. – Yasemin, student at Walker School
Composition: We spent a long time practising for the performance and it paid off. I learnt how horrible the First World War was and how emotional it was when someone died. It was amazing. – Manolo, student at Walker School
I absolutely loved it! – Guy, student at Walker School
Composition: The puppets were really cool and I enjoyed singing. – Yasemin, student at Walker School
Composition: I think another school should do this project. – Ananya, student at Walker School