On Monday 15th October, Mark Smith visited Great Bedwyn Primary School. Amazingly, he is a medal collector who has now collected over 7,500 medals. Also he is regularly on TV on the Antiques Roadshow.
As a child, Mark Smith was allowed into his grandmother’s Victorian sitting room to look at his dad’s world war medals. She gave him four medals to start his collection at the age of 6.
We invited people from our community to come along to our very own Antiques Roadshow. Lots of villagers came and brought their war memorabilia which Mark kindly looked at and valued.
Luckily for us, he’d brought a number of items he has collected from the First World War battlefields. He found a hunting rifle, a grenade, a shell, bullets and we were able to ask him lots of questions.
He also brought in to show us four medals from the First World War, a military cross and lastly but not least a Victoria Cross! He told us the story of the man who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in China during World War one. He was fascinating to listen to and we learnt a lot. After studying the poem In Flanders Fields, we have already begun remembering all who died fighting and we will be particularly thinking of all who gave their lives for us on 11th November 2018 as it is 100 years since the end of the Great war.
After finding out hedgehogs are in dangerous decline, we have been working hard to help hedgehogs. During our literacy lessons, we have written persuasive letters, leaflets and posters to get our local community involved. Our letter was published in the October Parish News.
On Tuesday 27th September we visited Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. Here we adopted a hedgehog called Little Emm. It was an amazing day and we were all so happy to see the work the hospital does to help injured wildlife.
On Friday 28th September we conducted a hedgehog cake sale and raised £251.21 which we will send to Tiggywinkles.
We have also been in the forest making hedgehog homes, orienteering, creating environmental art and problem solving games.
Our topic this term is The Tudors: