Junior School

Remembrance Day 2020

20 November 2020

Remembrance Day is always an important event in our calendar during the Autumn Term. Across the Junior School we took time to learn more about what Remembrance is by completing activities throughout the week in our Art, PSHCE, English and History lessons.

In Reception, Year 1 and 2 children used the story book ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ by Hilary Robinson to follow the lives of two young friends who joined the First World War together. Reception children talked about the importance of soldiers and how they help to keep us safe whilst Year 1 and 2 used the pictures to discuss some of the things that the soldiers might have seen and heard during the war. Year 5 children have studied the First World War during their English and History topics and continued this work by looking at poems from significant authors and discussing and reflecting on some of the language used to then create their own poems.

Across the Junior school we have discussed the importance of the day, the Remembrance Service and the use of the poppy as a symbol. Each class used their Art lesson to create their own poppies using a variety of resources. We had some beautiful collage poppies, a window display painted using a balloon, careful sketches using pencils and acrylic paint and also some poppies where the middle was created using spent shotgun cartridges!

On Wednesday morning we gathered as a school from our Nursery School Little Adventurers to Year 11 in a socially distanced Remembrance Parade. Colour Sergeant Pearman spoke to us about the 100th anniversary of the unknown soldier buried in Westminster Abbey before Mrs Mardsen recited the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. Our Head Boy and Girl, Milo de Gorter and Samantha Gomez laid two wreaths on behalf of the school, and as always we were fortunate enough to be able to hear the Last Post played by Keith Jones before pausing for two minutes silence. 

Throughout the week we talked about the work of the Royal British Legion looking at their website and video links during Form Time and our PSHCE lessons. The children were encouraged to make their donations and wear their poppy with pride. This year we raised £287.15 for the Poppy Appeal that will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

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