Windy Nook: a school and community at War

WW1 Project and its Legacy

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 and Mr Brown explored the impact of that terrible conflict on local people.

This project had a profound and lasting effect on everyone at Windy Nook Primary School; therefore, and quite rightly so, we have decided to continue to contribute to this page. It is our tribute to the fallen men and women who sacrificed theirs lives to give us the British values that we cherish: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths.

Blog entries

Year 5 poetry!

Year 5 poetry!

Last week, Year 5 learnt all about poetry. At the start of the week, we had explored a number of war poems and began to unpick the features that are commonly used e.g. simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration etc. Children then created their own word banks and used...

Lest We Forget!

Lest We Forget!

Last week, Year 6 studied some poems from WW1. We all felt that it was important, particularly in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday, to think about the men and women who have fought valiantly both at home and abroad for the civil liberties that we now enjoy....

The Outbreak of War!

The Outbreak of War!

Even though the Beeches are working from home this week it certainly hasn't dampened their enthusiasm for learning and in particular the work on WW1. Here are a collection of reports written by them about the outbreak of the war. Have a look and see what you think!...

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.


& 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

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