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Bradford Girls Grammar School Year 9, decide what factors external and internal influence the choices they make

Bradford Girls Grammar School Year 9, decide what factors external and internal, influence the choices they make.

Listening to the opinions of others. Year 9, Bradford Girls Grammar School.

Listening to the opinions of others. Year 9, Bradford Girls Grammar School.

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  • Year 9 (13/14 years old) Bradford Girls Grammar School
  • Year 5 (9/10 years old) Nessfield Primary School.
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  1. I think the citizenship day was extremely informative with lots of work mainly around our own opinions and knowing how to back them up with sufficient evidence, this encouraged us to communicate more and come out of our shells. Our confidence grew throughout the day with the help of very friendly staff from Bradford college. Especially Mr Singer, he was #AWESOME. I would love to participate in these citizenship days in the near future *fingers crossed*. (BGGS)

  2. I enjoyed learning about World War 1 because I learnt some stuff I did not know. The Conchies were the people who thought war was wrong. I also learnt about the lice and rats that were in the trenches. In World War 1 the girls and women would sometimes give the men and boys a white feather if they weren’t in the war. In World War 1 a lot of poems were written and a lot of these made the choices for men apparent. These poems were really effective. After the war many poppies grew in the battlefields also millions and millions of graveyards were made for the men who died at war. There was also a white poppy for peace, for the Conchies in the war as well as the for the soldiers. This is a symbol of peace.

  3. I worked on World War One with a visitor and in class.
    Also we learnt about Conscientious Objectors too. After that we learnt about trench foot and other things too. People wrote poems to make people join the army or against the war and fighting. Also they made posters to make people join the army. And some people made banners to stop the war. World War One started in 1914 and ended in 1918. Plus there was a painting called ‘The Conchie’ .I think the Conchie was right about not joining the army because you should have had a choices because people didn’t want to die and their beliefs said “Do not kill”. However some people thought it was right to join the army because it was for their country.

  4. Whilst working on World War 1 I found out that there were people called “Conscientious Objectors”. These people were people who thought it was wrong to fight. One of the Conchies we learned about was someone called “Bert Brocklesby” and he had 3 brothers that were involved in the war. Burt was a Christian so he didn’t want to fight because in the Bible it says if you are a Christian you will not kill. Today to represent peace people wear white poppies. In Bradford some people are going to plant white poppies on the graves of Conchies and plant red poppies on soldiers’ graves. At the start of the war men had a choice to go to war but as the war went on men had to go to war and many of the women had to stay in England and build the weapons and bombs. But today in the 21st century we have choices every day. My opinion on war is, that war should not happen because innocent people are being killed for no reason.

  5. Diane came in to our class and we learnt lots of facts about World War one. The World War One work that we have been working on has been great and I have really enjoyed it. I have learned lots like how Conscientious Objectors got put in solitary confinement. The men had a right at first if they wanted to join the war then later on they were made to join. The women had to stay behind and when the men started thinning out in numbers the women made the weapons, tanks and the farming also they made bombs. Some of the women didn’t help with the war at all because they were against war. One of the most horrifying things was trench foot which you got by walking through the water in the trenches constantly. Trench foot is where your feet swell up and turn red or blue your skin peels of and it gets infected. Some of the women went around giving white feathers to people with no uniform which made people join because a white feather is a sign of coward. World war one lasted for four years which is a huge amount of time! There are loads of different cemetery’s which have millions of bodies in that were soldiers. Consciences Objectors are buried in cemeteries like Undercliffe..

  6. I really enjoyed all our work on world war one and having Diane there to help us made it a whole lot better. Diane was a really big help and I would really recommend other schools to get her to come in and help you learn about WW1. I have learnt so much and a lot of that was new and I had never heard of Harry Roberts or Bert Brocklesby before any of this happened. I feel very sorry for the men and women in them days because they had horrible choices like whether to be a Conchie or to go to war or to build machinery and things like that. We have a lot of choices now that they did not have then like to vote or not and to go to war or not and other things like that. In July men and women at Undercliff cemetery are going to put red poppies on the graves of the ones who fought in the war and white poppies on the Conchies graves not to say they are cowards but to show they wanted peace and that is all they ever wanted. Diane brought in some unreplaceable things and it was an honour to see and touch them, so go to the Peace Museum or get her to come to your school because you will love it.

    • I love all the Nessfield posts, you all did so well, but thank you very much indeed for this one Erin it’s a good advertisement for the Peace Museum!

  7. Some people had trench foot because they had really wet feet but they had skin coming off their feet. They got swollen up and it looks like they are attached together. Some people where Consciences Objectors so they didn’t want to join war. They had to go to prison were they couldn’t talk to anyone, so if they shouted no one could hear you. Some had to smash rocks which probably weren’t used for anything.
    I have a choice if I want to fight or not. Other people have a choice to go to war or not. Women do have a choice but people in the olden days they didn’t always have a choice so they made guns and things like that.
    If I refused to eat breakfast, the consequences for my choice might be sad for my mum and dad. If they asked me what I want for breakfast, I sometimes don’t answer. If I kept refusing my breakfast. Then I could then become unwell and I could be sick and I could die. It’s important to make good choices.

  8. Some people were Conscientious Objectors, which is a man who did not go to war because they had a strong belief and did not want to kill anybody. Some families would get a white feather from some young girls to say that your son was not strong. In the trenches men would often get wet feet and stay in the trenches for months and months and months which would give them a thing that you get when you’re in muddy sticky water called trench foot and it would make their skin come of and lots of bones would stich out!!!! The men did not know about trench foot till they got it and sometimes they would have to have to have their feet cut off. Bert Brockelsby had a family who all did something in war. He had 3 brothers and one of his brothers was the person who got people to go to war. Another two brothers were officers in the war. But Bert was someone one who did not go to war because he did not want to kill anyone at all he was a Conscientious Objector.
    You have a choice. You might not go to school. You will get consequences for not going to school, like getting told off by your family and school. School could say they don’t want you and your mum or dad would have to take time of work to look after you at home by Law your mum and dad will get arrested. Not going to school would be a bad choice.

  9. The World War 1 work that we have been working on has been really fun. Here are some facts that we have learnt from Diane and our teacher.
    . Some of the Conscientious Objectors got put in solitary confinement, could go to prison or be given horrible jobs.
    . In the trenches the soldiers had to drain all of the rain water out of the trenches
    . If the soldiers walked through water constantly they would get a thing called Trench foot which was when your feet swelled up and the skin would go blue or red and the skin would peel off also it would get infected and everything in your foot would die.
    . Some of the women went round the streets and if they saw a man walking round in no uniform they would give them a white feather meaning they were a coward.
    . Poppies grew on the battlefields after the war and before the battlefields were battlefields. The red poppies are for all those soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the war. The white poppies are a sign of peace.
    What choices did ordinary men and women make?
    The choices that ordinary men made were whether to go to war or to be a coward and stay at home,
    The choices that the women had were to go round the streets giving white feathers to the men not in uniform, making bombs for the army, farming on the farms to harvest the crops, or to campaign for peace.

  10. Diane let us hold a lot of things. We could not have held them without her because they were very old and precious and could not be replaced. She told us a lot of things. We enjoyed learning from Diane because she makes it exciting and she is a very interesting person she showed us a lot of exiting things like the medals, post cards, posters from WW1. World War 1 is very interesting with Diane because she manages to fit a lot of things in it in a very short time we learnt a lot of things like trench foot .Did you know trench foot is caused by water. It kills your cells and eventually it could kill you. If you were a Conscientious Objector you would be put in a prison cell and locked away if you were a girl you would have a choice to make guns and tanks and different things or refuse to do war work and campaign for peace.

  11. Before Diane came in I knew that the trenches were horrible and they could get horrible disgusting trench foot.
    In WW 1 the solders were defending France getting invaded by the Germans. People will got killed. When people died the rats came to eat them. The solders came and killed the rats with shovels. People were scared of the snipers so they would have to dodge them and hide in the trenches.

    People wrote a lot of poems to get other people to join the war and also against the army and the war.
    If people wanted to be a Conchie they or their family might get given a white feather for being a coward.
    If I make the choice to be bad at school I will get detention, or if I’m naughty at home I will be grounded. This would be a bad choice!

  12. In class we have been doing World War One work. We have found out lots of new facts about world war one, for example in world war one there were Conscientious Objectors. To show that they were a Conscientious Objector they might have been given a white feather to show that people thought they were a coward. Also after the war we remember the soldiers with red poppies. A white poppy is a symbol of peace.
    The men and women that were left at home had lots of different choices to make some women decided to give the white feathers out to men that were not in uniform. Some women made the machines that they used in the war. Other women campaigned for peace.
    Some choices that I made are how I should behave at school and how much care I take over my work if it is messy or not. I also have the choice to fight with my brother If I do then I will be told off if I don’t I won’t be told off. I don’t think that fighting is a good thing to do.

  13. In World War one the soldiers had to live in the trenches. Some of the soldiers were in the trenches and they walked through the dirty water every day and so they often got trench foot. We have poppies to remember the world wars and peace. In the trenches the soldiers could be bitten by the rats. The poppies grew before and after the world war one on the battlefields.
    The men did have a choice at the start of World War one about joining up but in the middle of the world war one the men did not have a choice. The women have choices such as they could make weapons for the soldiers, they could send food to the soldiers. Some women could hand out white feathers to any men who were not wearing a uniform.
    The choices that I have are what to have for breakfast what to have for dinner and what to have for tea even what to write in my literacy book. What to do when I am bored and what to do for my homework. What to play with my friends. Who is going to be my partner in P.E or if we are going on a trip?

  14. I would tell people that our WW1 work is very good and exciting although it can be gross and not nice.

    I have found out about trench foot you can get it by not changing your socks for ages when they are wet and soggy. It can happen that your boots are too small for you or too big . But if they are too big it would be ok because you would grow into them. Trench foot could lead to you loosing your toes.

    In 1914 the men had a choice to go to fight or stay at home. Later this changed. The girls had a choice to go and make items for the war, or not. The men that did not go to war would get put in prison. Some of the girls who stayed at home would go round the streets and give a white feather to men who stayed and it suggested that you were a coward.

    My choice is to look after my horse. I go horse riding so I can be a great horse rider when I am older. If I did not want to look after my horse my mum and dad would take it off me and I would have to sell her. So I have to be careful about my choices!

  15. I have learned a lot about World War 1 and learned all about how they used to give white feathers to Conchies.
    After World War 1 they used white poppies to rember the Conscience Objectors and everyone who wanted peace. Not as an insult just as a sign of peace. In World War 1 men who did not join the war might get beaten up.
    And if men did not wear their uniform would be given a white feather by a young pretty girl as an insult. To say you’re a coward why don’t you go to the war and stand for your country. And men who were just 15 went and joined up and died just because they got a white feather.
    Some men got sent to jail and got treated badly by the jail guards because they believed they were too afraid to go to the war and fight. People would send them food like apples. Because the men who did not fight did not get fed nice food. They might have got fed bread and water.
    Women had to do all the hard jobs because all the men had gone to war to fight. So girls might have made the bombs, guns, tanks and some might have done farm work and given food to the soldiers. Some girls and women though were against the war.

    • Well done Sherkur. The Peace Museum sells white poppies all year round for people to buy. But do you know about purple poppies?

  16. I would tell someone that Diane told us lots of things about World War 1.
    I would tell someone that at night time soldiers didn’t get any sleep because they would be killing rats all night. I have learnt that the two rat’s boy and girl rat can breed over 900 rats in a year.
    In the World War 1 the woman didn’t have a choice to join the army but the men had a choice if they wanted to go to the war they can but if they don’t want to go to join the army they did not have to if they didn’t want to. In 1916 they had a choice to go to war or not.
    The men had a choice to fight or not fight. The men had a choice to die or survive. Or the men had a choice to shoot or be shot.
    The choice for me would be to follow the rules so i don’t get told off and get detention. You could get excluded and then your mum and dad have to look after you and they would not be able to work and not have any money. They could also go to prison.
    From Joe

  17. Before Diane came in we did not know anything about World War 1 so she taught us a lot about it. It was really good she knows a lot about world war one. Some people who did not want to join up were Conchies; some Conchies could be transported to France and be put in prison. If you were a solder and if you were in a trench and you found water that was cold and you stood in it for really long time you could get trench foot . You often had shoes which did not fit you and your feet were really cold.
    In the past few weeks I’ve learnt that it’s not fair if you get put in prison just because you are a Conchie and believe that war is wrong and that you should not kill. I have learnt a lot , but my favourite part was the soldiers .They had bayonets on the end of their guns but the soldiers from both sides went round stabbing if they were face to face. The women had a choice of making equipment for the soldiers like tanks and uniforms. The women had another choice for helping or not so that Britain could win the war.
    My choices are to come to school but if I don’t go to school my mum or dad could go to jail.to listen to people or not however I could go into room 101(our school detention room). I could follow the school and home rules but if I don’t I will get grounded or get detention. It is important to follow the rules.

  18. 1.) At school I have learnt loads about WW1 including many interesting facts. We will be creating some WW1 poems. In World War 1 if men refused to join the army they would be called cowards or conscientious objectors.

    2.) I didn’t know about the conscientious objectors until we learnt about World War 1. The conscientious objectors would be thrown into solitary confinement some of them at Richmond Castle.

    3.) Men had a choice to join the army or not but then in 1916 they had to join the war unless they were a conscientious objector and then they might be locked up and put in solitary confinement.

    4.) I would support War so that whoever won everything could be back to normal again. But we would put a lot of lives in danger if we lost the War. I’d probably be executed because the Germans could have killed many innocent people.

  19. WW 1 seemed a horrifying time! Ordinary people were frightened that they would die either whilst fighting or in their sleep.
    I have learnt that from 1916 men didn’t have a choice to join the army. However some men did choose not to fight. These were called conscientious objectors. They got white feathers for an insult and they went to jail for not wanting to join. They had a choice even though the girls gave the boys a white feather who weren’t wearing a uniform.
    My choice is to keep my family together by seeing my sisters and my brother (who don’t live with me) or not to see them and I chose to keep the family together.

  20. The World War 1 work that we have been working on has been really fun. Here are some facts that we have learnt from Diane and our teacher.
    . Some of the Conscientious Objectors got put in solitary confinement, could go to prison or be given horrible jobs.
    . In the trenches the soldiers had to drain all of the rain water out of the trenches,
    . If the soldiers walked through water constantly they would get a thing called Trench foot which was when your feet swelled up and the skin would go blue or red and the skin would peel off also it would get infected and everything in your foot would die.
    . Some of the women went round the streets and if they saw a man walking round in no uniform they would give them a white feather meaning they were a coward.
    . Poppies grew on the battlefields after the war and before the battlefields were battlefields. The red poppies are for all those soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the war. The white poppies are a sign of peace.
    What choices did ordinary men and women make?
    The choices that ordinary men made were whether to go to war or to be a coward and stay at home,
    The choices that the women had were to go round the streets giving white feathers to the men not in uniform, making bombs for the army, farming on the farms to harvest the crops, or to campaign for peace.
    By Lexie

  21. You can go to war if you’re okay to go there. We’ve learned about trenches and if you’re asleep or walking through the trench it could collapse on you. And there was something called trench foot. Someone could throw a bomb in the trench and you would blow up.
    At first the men had a choice to go to war or not, but if they say no they could be beaten up or go to jail. Women built weapons to help the people in the war and for their country and they wanted their country to win World War 1.
    Well I have choices about breakfast, what I have for tea, dinner and to play out or not. If I don’t eat my tea I’d get grounded get poorly or might die. If I was nasty my brother Chester might hurt me if I disturbed him.

  22. Conscientious objectors that did not join the war might have been given a a white feather, which means they were cowards.
    I have also learnt that only the men went out to fight and the ladies stayed at home, however they built tanks, army planes and lots of guns for WW1. Some women didn’t agree with the war and didn’t do this.
    You can visit a place were lots of white crosses and gravestones are. It is a good way of remembering the death of soldiers and thinking about fighting for the United Kingdom and what happens when you have wars.

  23. I would tell someone that Diane told us lots of things about World War 1.
    I would tell someone that at night time soldiers didn’t get any sleep because they would be killing rats all night. I have learnt that the two rat’s boy and girl rat can breed over 900 rats in a year.

    In the World War 1 the woman didn’t have a choice to join the army but the men had a choice if they wanted to go to the war they can but if they don’t want to go to join the army they did not have to if they didn’t want to. In 1916 they didn’t havea choice to go to war or not. Most were forced to go.
    The men had a choice to fight or not fight. Or the men had a choice to shoot or be shot.

    The choice for me TODAY would be to follow the rules so I don’t get told off and get detention. You could get excluded and then your mum and dad have to look after you and they would not be able to work and not have any money. They could also go to prison.

  24. I would tell people that World War 1 was a really bad time to be alive. People were killed every day. It is really good to learn about.
    On the soldiers grave stones they sometimes plant red poppies however this year they are going to plant white poppies on the Conscientious Objector’s graves in Bradford. White poppies are for peace. Conscientious Objectors are people who refused to join the war. I learnt that in the trenches there are millions of rats and lice. They made soldiers itch constantly. Some women when there were men not in uniform would give them a white feather.
    Ordinary men had the choice to join the war in 1914.The consequences of the men going to war were that they could get killed any time. But the consequences of not going after 1916 were that they could get put in prison. Women had the choice of making army equipment, to be a feather girl, work for peace or stay home look after the house. The consequences of them not making things for the war are that the army might not have enough things to use in the war.
    I had a choice to go to my Nana’s funeral. The consequence of not going is that I might regret not going. But another consequence of going is that I would get really upset.

    • Brilliant Lucy. Some women also refused to do any kind of ‘war work’ like the male Conscientious Objectors. In 1917, 3,000 women marched through Bradford city centre protesting against the war. These were mothers, sisters, daughters and wives of men who were fighting by choice, or who were forced to fight or who were refusing to fight as Conscientious Objectors.

  25. In the First World War there were some Conscientious Objectors, these wouldn’t fight and sometimes would be sent to prison or given jobs that they had to do. If you didn’t wear a soldier’s uniform a girl might come along and give you a white feather.

    Trench foot was a really bad disease that many solders caught. Their star of peeling skin and it goes blue and red. There were lots of rats and lice. Men caught lice in their hair and their beard and mostly men shaved there beard.

    Men had to go to war and fight Germany and women would make the tanks, bombs and all the other guns and weapons at home hand made. Because the men would have to fight and the ladies job would not just be clean and feed the children and one lady said if men can go to war then we can make all the tanks, bombs and weapons and guns. Women could also choose to say war should stop and not carry on.

  26. For the past few weeks I have been learning about WW1, I have been really interested in the life they lived. When I went home I was really eager to do loads of work about it. Diane was a really good help and she told us loads of things about WW1 thank-you .I have learned about Conscientious Objectors. In Bradford this year at one cemeterywhite peace poppies will be placed on their graves.

    Anyone has a choice, the women had a choice to make weapons like bombs or guns beginning of ww1 but nobody had a choice during the world war. If they did leave the war they might be a Conchie.

    If I was soldier I would have stayed in the war.

    If I was a Conchie the consequences would be to go to jail or have really horrible jobs to do.

    • I really am interested in WW1 more than before I am really liking doing work about it .
      I love looking at trench foot and mice and rats in the trenches.

  27. World war one
    1) In class 12 Nessfield primary school we have been learning about World War 1, it has been fun! The trenches they had to live in were a mess . They had to live in dug out holes in the mud and when they got up to fight they had to walk through the mucky water and they often got trench foot. Trench foot was an awful disease that men used to get in the war. Poppies used to grow before and after the war in the battlefields. Remembrance poppies are for everyone in the world. White poppies are to remind you of the need for peace. The bodies that lay dead on the battlefields used to be eaten by rats and the soldiers used to carry around shovels to kill the rats.
    2) The men did have choices at the start of World War 1 and then in the middle of the war they did not have a choice because the law changed. The women had choices to make weapons and bombs.Some girls handed out some white feathers they were for the men with no uniform. Some made banners for peace.
    3) The everyday choices that I have are what to have for breakfast, dinner and tea, what to write in this, what to do when I get home, what to do at the weekend, what new bike I should get and what to do with my hair. Bigger choices are things like, I could have a choice to fight in a war now in the 21st century, or I could choose to make friends with a person that I have argued with.

    • Wow. Fascinating facts. Thanks Nessfield Primary School. Trench foot sounds horrible! I will remember to keep my feet dry from now on.

    • Good stuff Gemma! The Peace Museum has lots of peace banners, like you mentioned, in its collection. This includes a WWI banner which says ‘No Militarism in Schools’ and a modern banner saying ‘Don’t Attack Iraq’ against the recent Iraq War.

  28. WW1
    * At school I have learnt lots about WW1. In World War 1 if the men refused to join the army they might get given a white feather as an insult.
    * I have a choice mine is, to support my sister who is not very well. The consequence is it makes my mum and dad free to look after my sister.
    * In ww1 women had choices. Here are a few choices making the bombs and tanks, to give men white feathers as an insult, they sent food and drinks over to the trenches. Some worked for peace.
    *Also the men had a choice to join the war or not in 1914, but in 1916 most men had to join the war.

  29. *At school I have been learning lots about WW1. While I have been learning about WW1 I have learnt that if the men didn’t join the war they would have become a Conscience Objector and would be locked up in a cell. No one would listen to their opinion and their rights or they would get really bad jobs and punishments.
    The Conscience Objector’s mother would perhaps get a white feather to insult her son.
    *After the war some people thought the Cos were right because they wanted to bring peace and they wanted everyone to have their rights.
    *Before WW1 started the women had fewer rights because the men thought they were only for taking care of the children and the family, they were called house wives.
    When WW1 started the men had a choice to join the war but afterwards most of the men had to (1916). Most of the women were left at home and the army didn’t have anyone to make the weapons and the only people who were left were women. So the women made the weapons and they did a really good job and they got some of their rights .

  30. A very, very big ‘THANK YOU!’ to all the wonderful children who we have worked with so far at Nessfield Primary, Keighley. You have been a pleasure and what amazing discussion and thought in the sessions! I will be back very soon and can’t wait. Thank you Mrs Baxter too….. er and don’t forget to post your thoughts about the project on the teachers’ page!

    • It has been great reading all the comments and all the amazing things the pupils have learned. I will be watching out for trench foot from now on! Well done all.

  31. I really liked it when Diane came in, we could not have done all this work without you !!!!!

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