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Year 8 visit to The Imperial War Museum

This term the Art and English departments have been working on a cross-curricular project with Year 8 which focuses on bringing history to life. The work is inspired by one of this term’s set texts, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and the Pullitzer Prize winning graphic novel ‘MAUS’ by Art Speigelman.

To deepen their knowledge of how art can complement an understanding of history Year 8 visited the Imperial War Museum where they explored themes of trench warfare in World War One, the V weapons in World War Two and the more technologically sophisticated operations during the Cold War and conflict in the Middle East. The pupils used the exhibits as a stimulus to make connections between the impact and civilian experience of war, challenge their existing understanding and frame their thoughts about reflections of war in literature and art.