Year 7 students have been working on a project entitled ‘War of the Worlds’ where they have studied different conflicts around the world and then created their own countries, complete with geographical features, language and customs. Each group described their country then ‘war’ was declared between themselves and a neighbour. They destroyed other people’s countries and then went back to rebuild their own.
The project illustrated the destructiveness of war and symbolised how impossible it is to restore a war-torn country to its original state. Teachers Mrs Martin and Mrs Ainscow have been working with the students for the past few weeks discussing the wider issues of war and the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
Mrs Ainscow said: ‘We discussed the newspaper articles about Syria and root this project in real life issues, such as peace talks, refugees and displacement and really get the students to explore some of the humanitarian issues involved when conflict happens.’
Mrs Martin said: ‘Although the students have spent quite a while designing and constructing their own countries they can happily destroy a neighbouring country without questioning the morality of their actions. When they have to return and rebuild their own countries, often without tools or resources to do so it is a graphic example of the destruction that conflict leaves in its wake.’