“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Today is Remembrance Day and the whole school community has joined the rest of the country in remembering those who have fallen in war.
This special day was first observed in 1918 to signify the eventual end of World War One. No conflict had ever been fought on such a large scale, with men from all corners of the world fighting for their nation using technology that defied expectations of modern warfare. Despite the commemorations originating in this past conflict, the day recognises the brave acts of all service men and women in wars both past and present.
Today, we are hosting a whole-school history day, during which all our pupils will learn about World War 1 through videos, studying texts, role play, and sound clips. We will encourage children to imagine they are a soldier on the battlefield during the Great War and use what they have learned to create a mind map about how they are feeling. Key stage 1 children will then be interviewed about the conditions they are enduring and how it makes them feel.
Later today, to demonstrate progressive English skills, all children from year 1 to year 6 will produce a postcard to send home, written as if they were a soldier on the frontline. The postcards will be supported by artwork created by our reception pupils.
Rachel Skates, Principal, said: "We're sure the children from reception all the way up to year 6 will thoroughly enjoy learning the history of Remembrance Day and will develop a new-found respect and admiration for all who have served, and still do serve, our country."
Remembrance Day is a poignant event and we believe in showing the utmost respect for all of the brave soldiers who have given their lives fighting for our country. Remembering the fallen in war helps pupils to recognise the human cost of conflict and stresses the importance of peace. However you are commemorating Remembrance Day, we wish you all the best.