Windy Nook: a school and community at War
1914-1918

WW1 Project

At Windy Nook Primary we have always valued the history of our locality, so we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund First World War; then and now grant to help us investigate Windy Nook: A School and Community at War 1914-18.

In 1914 the village was a still a distinct Edwardian community, ‘occupying’, according to Whellan’s 1894 Directory, ‘an elevated and exposed position’ within Felling Parish. The largest employers were local mines and quarries. Our school opened in 1883 and played a prominent part in local life. During the summer term 2018 our Year 6 children, led by Mr Hawdon, will explore the impact of that terrible conflict on local people.

Project blog

Which side shall we take?

Which side shall we take?

As part of our WW1 topic the Beeches have been looking into and researching how the war started. Here are a few photos of them using their critical thinking skills and deciding which side to align their respective counties. Article 17: You have the right to get...

WW1 Alliances in Oaks

WW1 Alliances in Oaks

Article 28: You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can. Today in Oaks we started our new topic on WW1. This will primarily be a local history topic but to start with we learned all about the...

Poppy art in UKS2

Poppy art in UKS2

This week, the Oaks, Elms and Beeches have been working on our school art display. This will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War One. Look out for the artwork on display in the hall in the near future! Article 29: Your education should help...

Family Memories of Conflict

Family Memories of Conflict

Windy Nook's military past came to light when the children shared precious family memories. Moving photographs of the First World War included: rare Soldiers Small Books with enlistment and family details, a battlefield grave 1917 and the rebuilding of the Ludendorff...

In the Vorticist Style with artist Kate Hancock

In the Vorticist Style with artist Kate Hancock

Today (Tuesday 26th June) artist Kate Hancock worked with the children to bring to life an art movement that coincided with the First World War. A group of artists known as the Vorticists took their inspiration from the Italian art movement known as the Futurists....

WW1 App-Smashed!

WW1 App-Smashed!

A fantastic morning of "app-smashing" (combining use of multiple iPad apps to create a single digital output) led by today's project visitor, Mr Bailey. The children sped through an amazing selection of 8 apps to create; word/tag clouds from vocabulary learned during...

Edwardian Windy Nook

Edwardian Windy Nook

We spent this afternoon in Edwardian Windy Nook visiting families in Cooperative Crescent and Cooperative Terrace. Well, we would have done if we had a time machine – so we did the next best thing and studied the 1911 census for these streets. What a place Windy Nook...

1st Northern General Hospital Visit

1st Northern General Hospital Visit

On a wonderfully fine day we visited 1st Northern General Hospital – aka Newcastle University. Working with the Philip Robinson Library Education Outreach Team (Sara and Gillian), Y6 had a busy morning. The...

German High Command at Windy Nook!

German High Command at Windy Nook!

Meet General Ludendorff and Field Marshall Paul Von Hindenburg Our German cadets were surprised on Wednesday 20 June when the German High Command, General Ludendorff and Field Marshall Paul Von Hindenburg paid an unexpected visit. Ludendorff’s plans for a major...

Western Front Revisited

Western Front Revisited

Not exactly the Western Front but as close to it as you can get in North-East England. We spent a most stimulating day today at the Heugh Battery Museum at Hartlepool where there is a superb display of both First and Second War artefacts. Our year six was split into...

Researching the Fallen – CWGC Website

Researching the Fallen – CWGC Website

Following on from our investigations at St Alban’s, Y6 researched the story of Windy Nook hero, Royal Marine, John Brown King. Famously, he was one of the first men to fire a shot in anger in the First World War, engaging the German mine layer Konigin Luise....

Windy Nook Hero

Windy Nook Hero

In a quiet corner of St Alban’s church is a brass plaque to the memory of John Brown-King, a Windy nook lad, reputed to be have fired the first shot in First World War. After tracking down a mine-laying German ship, John Brown-king’s ship the Amphion, fired on the...

Project Resources

Trade Directories

A snapshot of the village

Windy Nook Hero

Private John Brown-King

Finding John Brown King

Memorial plaque in St Alban’s Church.

Leading Up To WW1

A Windy Nook history trail with photos.

School Log Books

100 years ago at our school…

WW1 Links

Learn more about World War One by following the links in our library.

Explore

& Research

Learning through…

Local Archives

We’ll be looking at the old school log books and using military service records, CWGC resources, newspapers, maps and census materials.

Field Trips

We have field trips planned to Heugh Battery, Hartlepool, Newcastle University and St Alban’s Church.

Expert Visitors

Artist Kate Hancock, ICT expert Martin Bailey and WW1 re-enactor Sgt Chapman will be visiting school to help our Y6 children.

contact us

Can you help our project? We’d love to hear your family stories about World War 1.
Maybe you have some photos you could share with us? Or some artefacts – medals, letters or soldiers’ kit to show us.
Please get in touch using the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Windy Nook Primary School
Albion Street
Windy Nook NE10 9BD
United Kingdom

0191 469 4954

windynookprimaryschool
@gateshead.gov.uk

Image credits

Banner image: Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive Collection

Response Memorial: Photograph by Jacqueline Banerjee from the Victorian Web

Inside Heugh Battery: Paul Buckingham [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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