Over the last two weeks, the children have been marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with a whole school project. Today, Year 6 led us in our whole school Remembrance Service where we thought about the sacrifice of those who have bravely fought for our country and paid our respect with a two-minutes silence.
Last week, Jacqueline Hurley, a local artist kindly volunteered her time to run a remembrance workshop with some of the children where they produced their own military silhouette prints.
Maya 6G – “It was a privilege to work with Jacqueline learning all about her military poppy prints. On my canvas, I tried to capture the emotions of the soldiers and showcase their sacrifice. It is important we recognise their courage which is why we should donate to the Poppy Appeal.”
Across the school, the children have been taking part in a range of learning activities linked to the First World War. Last Thursday, the children in Year 1-6 enjoyed a team morning where they worked together to consider what peace means to them and create a large-scale piece of art work.
Jasmine Graham 6R – “In yellow team, we thought about different symbols of peace and how we can represent peace. We used different mediums: oil pastels, chalk pastels, collage and paint. We put our ideas together to create a peace patchwork to show that working together, we can achieve great things.”
River 6G – “In blue team, we worked together to create a garden of windmill poppies. Poppies are a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and in later conflicts.”
The children also made a variety of different poppies which are now on display in our peace garden. This includes a remembrance wreath which incorporates 118 poppies – a poppy for each soldier from Moordown who sadly didn’t return home from the Great War. Also, all children have had the opportunity to make their own clay poppy which has helped the children to deepen their understanding about the sacrifices people have made in the past.
Andre RF – “I like the war songs because it was fun singing the songs.”
Noah 3M – “I learnt about the animals in the war. Mrs Stockley brought in a pigeon so we could learn about how they carried messages in the war.”
Daniel T 4G – “I enjoyed working with people from different year groups during the team morning. I made a poppy out of fabric.”
Annabelle 5HW – “In History, we have learnt more about what women did during the war. I enjoyed making my clay poppy with Mrs Ewels.”
We thank you for your generous donations to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and hope you enjoy viewing the children’s learning outcomes.