Monday 27th January marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Russian soldiers. We discussed with Garforth Library the possibility of holding an exhibition of some of our work, created following our Year 5/6 visit to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum near Newark.
The children in all three Year 5/6 classes created written work, poetry and artwork relating specifically to the Holocaust, as well as to wider themes of peace, war and refugees. The work is now on display in the library, where it will remain until the Easter holidays. By Easter, all children in Year 5/6 will have a piece of work included in the display. We hope the work conveys a message of respect, peace and hope for a better future.
We 'launched' the exhibition at the 'Garforth Social' event, on Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27th. Twelve children from year five and six hosted around 30 members of the public, explaining their work and what they had learned during their topic, and answering questions. We were very proud of our children and grateful to the members of the public who came along to see the children's work and to speak to them.
As ever, we had many positive comments from the exhibition visitors and the library staff about the behaviour of our children, but also about how respectful, eloquent and knowledgeable they were when dealing with such sensitive material.