Poppy display in hub

On Tuesday 10th November, students in Years 7 – 10 participated in our first British Values Day here at St Thomas More. Students were ‘off timetable’ for the day to complete activities linked to the four key values of: democracy, liberty, mutual respect and rule of law.

Students began the day by exploring what it means to be British. There was lots of meaningful discussion about the stereotypes linked to Britain (our love of tea, fish and chips and queuing) as well as our cultural identity.

Cross curricular links were made with the English department through the study of poetry. Students analysed the work of Benjamin Zephaniah and explored the idea of Britishness and life in our capital city, London, analysing poems such as ‘The British’ and ‘London Breed’. The cultural diversity in Britain was presented to student through three different analogies, which they thought meaningfully about before deciding whether Britain is like a mixed salad, a bowl of tomato soup or a melting pot.

Historical links were made through the study of terrorism. Students spent a lesson reflecting on the 7/7 London bombings and the impact of terrorism, ever present in our world today before pausing to remember the legacy of the Frist World War. Diversity within the British Armed Forces was explored through the case studies of Walter Tub and Isaac Rosenberg, who fought during the First World War as part of Britain’s Empire Army.

Students finished the day with some arts and crafts and made a poppy. These poppies were then transformed into a display utilised for our Remembrance service on Wednesday 11th November. The hub has been transformed with the creation of our own poppy installation, inspired by the work of Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, last year.

Students are to be congratulated for their hard work and contribution throughout the day.