The day of German Unity is celebrated every year on 3rd October and this year we joined our German friends in celebrating by learning about what the day entails and why it is so important to Germany. KS3 spent the day on Friday learning about the events that led to the Berlin wall being built, what effect this had on the nation, how the East Germans felt and what life was like behind the Berlin Wall. We watched films and short video clips and we particularly enjoyed learning about all the ways that the East Germans tried to escape over the Berlin wall. We acted out the scenarios in our classroom, as our teachers divided us up into West and East Berlin and imagined how the German citizens would have felt. As a school, we designed our posters in the form of handprints on blue and yellow paper to depict the artist’s impression after the Berlin wall came down. We filled our handprints with famous quotes and German vocabulary to depict the freedom they felt – die Freiheit, die Toleranz, die Gleicheit und die Mauer.
Curriculum Leader for MFL
Here are some of the wonderful Berlin walls we drew with our handprints to signify freedom.