9th November 2018
This year we wanted to think of ways of making Remembrance more meaningful and relevant to our children and so we asked our families if they could find any photographs of the children’s relatives who served in either war, or who are currently in the armed forces to share with us. The response we got was fantastic and exceeded all our expectations. We had so many photographs, together with stories about relatives, sent in that we were able to share with the children and thinking about the service men and women in terms of the great grandfather of someone they know made the importance of remembrance far more meaningful to the children. We even had a photograph of a former Barrington school boy who served in the Second World War and that really made the children think.
During the week leading up to remembrance every class did a piece of work to help them to understand the significance of poppies, why we have remembrance every year and it is important to remember the men and women of the armed forces; Class One created a beautiful collage of a poppy field, Class Two wrote prayers for Remembrance and Class Three wrote haiku poems. Class Four spent the week looking at war poetry and analysing the language that is used in them to evoke emotion. They then wrote a class poem, with pairs of children working together to write two lines each and then the children organising those lines into a sequence to make a poem. We happened to have a visitor from the Local Authority on school when the children were working on their poem and she was so impressed that it was published in the county newsletter sent to every school in Cambridgeshire!
Each class shared some of their work in the remembrance ceremony that we had at the end of the week. During the ceremony we created a display with all the photographs of service men and women that are related to current members of our school and every class laid a poppy wreath they had made in front of the photographs. We then held a two minutes silence; that even our youngest children were able to participate in. The children’s work is now displayed in the school entrance hall for everyone to enjoy.
Anxiously, the horror-struck soldier trudging through the trenches; as men marched asleep. (Tilly & Colby)
Clutched guns, run through gas, crouching across the fields; Fearful we could die any second, missing
our loved ones at home. (Phoebe & Jim)
Loneliness filled their agonised chests,
erupting in a puddle of tears.
Begging for the war to end: hope hadn’t come. (Lucas & Ernest)
Isolated, the soldier - whose fear choked him with murderous hands - trembled in despair.
His horror-struck face - exchanging glances towards his friends - with a stare. (Annie & Bella)
Terror surged through every nerve in his body,
bloodshot, blurry eyes like a nervous rabbit caught in headlights; shaking in horror. (Oliver & Carmen)
Fear struck their hurting, howling, pounding hearts
as sharp as a knife,
Cutting through their helpless, solemn souls. (Lily & Rory)
Despite their bloodshot eyes,
the men kept fighting for their country, (Molly & Jake)
Brushing tears away with a fluent fist.
With hopefulness, the poppy petals swayed on the battlefields - in the foggy mist. (Maggi & Jack)
Pinched with terror, helping each other over the top;
shivering to gunshots.
Solemnly slumped with hands on knees, (Sonny & Evelyn)
Backs bent. Our lifeless sagging eyes struggling to see.
We clutched our guns with frozen gnawed fingernails, paralysed by a prickle of fear. (Lara & Kingsley)
Terror throttled him with a vanquishing vice grip,
he gasped a moan of despair in a horrific tone. (Noah & Jazmin)
Shocked, the soldier’s numb fingers
fighting against his foe, dying for his country (Layla & Jahkiah)
Face deathly-white and eyes lifeless, he was frozen staring at the bombs ahead, praying for mercy (Tyler & Fletcher)
Paralyzed and horror-struck, petrified and pale his shuddering breath was his final inhale. (Nicholas & Codie)
Let us never forget the men and women
who sacrificed their yesterday for our tomorrow.
Remember Us. (Tom and Austin)