During Children's week Year 3 have been finding out about World War 1 and the importance of Remembrance Day. Everyone made a poppy to hold during the Robin Hood remembrance ceremony.We have studied the story called 'One Boy's War' by Lynn Huggins-Cooper and Ian Benfold-Haywood. This story is about a boy called Sydney who went to fight in Belgium, even though he wasn't old enough. In literacy we have written a diary entry pretending to be a child in the war.
"The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"
We also studied the art installation at the Tower of London which has been created to mark the centenary of the First World War and to remember the people who died. During the war the Tower of London was a mobilisation and recruitment site for troops, and a place of execution for spies. The artist, Paul Cummins, was inspired by a line in the will of a Derbyshire man who joined up in the earliest days of the war and died in Flanders. Knowing that everyone was dead and he was surrounded by blood, the man wrote: "The blood swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread." From this line came the idea for 888,246 poppies, one for each British or Colonial military fatality during the First World War. Year 3 have created their own pictures of the installation using watercolours.