Sporting Wonder Women
We have had a lovely time during our Wonder Woman week where we focused upon women in sport. To begin with we learnt a variety of facts about incredible women in sports who have had a huge impact on the modern sporting world such as Wilma Rudolph, Janet Guthrie and Billie-Jean King. It was shocking to the children to see how women were treated so differently in the past, many finding it very tricky to comprehend.
We then looked at Gertrude Ederle who is famous for not only being the first woman to swim across the English Channel but she also beat the records held by men. A very inspirational woman who proved everyone wrong and showed that women are just as powerful as men.
We spent some time creating swimming symbols for an Olympic ceremony in the style of the Sochi Olympics. Afterwards, we participated in a record breaking attempt where we tried to beat the current women's records for 50m, 100m, 200m and javelin throw.
Throughout the week, we listened to a variety of assemblies by different teachers who spoke to us about women that they found to be inspirational. Some of the women we heard about included Helen Keller and Mother Theresa.
A time traveller arrived!
On Wednesday, a very special visitor arrived to speak to Year 3. She visited us from World War 1 where she taught us about Suffragettes and Suffragists and also how women contributed to the war effort.
Dorothy Lawrence was not allowed to go to the front line, as she was a woman, so she decided to dress as a man and get a new identity. An incredible feat for women but a huge embarrassment for the government!
We also learnt about Vesta Tilley who played a huge role in enlisting men to join the army. Vesta would dress as a soldier (Tommy the Trench) and ask men to volunteer and come on stage to 'sign up'. She would then embarrass those men that did not volunteer by giving them a white feather as a sign of cowardice. This might then force them to sign up. Children in Year 3 spoke very clearly about their opinions about Vesta. Some children thought her methods were very helpful for the war effort. However, some children shared that they thought it forced the men into doing things they did not want to do - which they definitely did not agree with!