In the week leading up to Sunday 11th November, pupils at Greenfield were involved in special activities to commemorate Remembrance Day. From artwork to poems, all of the children have shown a great amount of empathy and maturity as they remembered those who fought, and still fight, for our country.
Our Year Six pupils started the week off by selling poppies and poppy-themed stationery to parents and pupils as they came into school. They did an excellent job, and raised lots of money for the Royal British Legion.
The younger children have been learning about why we have a Remembrance Day each year and the significance of the poppies. Orange Robins Class, which contains children who are three and four, created some beautiful poppy artwork which is being displayed on the door to their classroom. Our After School art club, for children in years one to three, also produced some loving poppy artwork made out of egg boxes.
Older children were encouraged to delve into their family history by making family trees. Many children have been proud to find a connection between themselves and their ancestors who helped to bring freedom to our country. They also took part in creative writing activities which encouraged them to put themselves in the shoes of a soldier in the First World War and consider the cost and hardship of war. Seven pupils received Headmistress’ Awards for their wonderful WW1 letters, poems and diaries, where they showed great empathy.
The week was concluded by a whole school assembly on Friday 9th, where the children focused on the importance of Remembrance Day. The Upper School, containing children from Years Three to Six, shared a moving performance of “In Flanders Fields”, complete with actions and music. This was followed by a Year Six pupil playing The Last Post beautifully, leading into our minute’s silence.
“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.”
We are proud of how the children approached Remembrance Day with empathy and gratitude towards those who paid the ultimate price for their country.