Stamford school takes a digital step back in time

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Year 6 students from St Gilbert’s school in Stamford have been chosen to create a multimedia interactive project about World War I. It is to be displayed at St John’s Church in the town to commemorate the soldiers that were from the area and fought in the war.

The unique project has been commissioned by The Churches Conservation Trust to commemorate the centenary of WWI. It is hoped that the content produced by the pupils will encourage not only locals, but also visitors to the area, to find out more about some of the courageous men that served their country. The information that has been gathered by the Churches Conservation Trust has been collated and sorted by the students in a bid to bring the soldiers and their stories back to life.The C.O.M.S Team

Students have been working with The Young Journalist Academy to come up with ideas and ways of producing multimedia content that will be hosted on smart tablets and situated within St John’s Church for visitors to use. Some of the ideas that the students have been considering include time lapse videos, audio poetry readings, interactive videos and interviews and the use of augmented reality to bring objects in the church to life.

This is no ordinary project though as the five students from St Gilbert’s have been given complete control over the project and have set up a steering group named C.O.M.S [Commemoration of Military Stamford] at school. Secretary of the C.O.M.S Team Helene told us, “We are all really excited to have the opportunity to take control and create something amazing for the town of Stamford.” To kick start the project they have already visited every class in the school to inform pupils and teachers about what is going on and to ask for their help with producing artwork and content for them to use.

Keep checking back on the YJA website to find out more about how the project is progressing.

C.O.M.S Team

St Gilbert’s Primary School, Stamford 

8 Responses to Stamford school takes a digital step back in time

  1. helene January 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    it’s really cool that we get to opportuinity to create this ww1 project to go in a local church

  2. Scott January 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I can’t believe that I’m doing this… I’m having an awesome time and we’ve only just started.

  3. Helene January 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    we get to email locals and present our creations on eight tablets and me Scott Isabelle Thomas and Harvey make a great group searching for factsand assessing data

  4. Helene January 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    if you have any good ww1 facts that you think might be appropriate for our creation then please email us at

    and we will try to include them in our work.

    Please try to visit our presention in St.John Church, Stamford when we have finished.

  5. Scott January 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    YES THAT’S ME!!!!!!!

  6. Helene January 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    we are just about to contact locals and intervview friends and family about how they would feel and how they would deal with the thought of going to war

  7. Helene January 22, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Matt and Sarah helps us and show us whats needs doing and what we need to do in order for our next meeting

  8. Helene January 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    B-) our poppies look awesome B-)

    we made the design up ourself

    well…i did