'THE STORY BEHIND THE POPPY'
To commemorate Remembrance Day, Class 11 led worship with their assembly about the work of the British Legion. We recited by heart 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae who is credited with the poppy image being used as a symbol of remembrance as well as Ivor Gurney's poem, 'The Target' to illustrate the effect of WW1 on 2 of its soldiers.
We have all been inspired to write and perform our own poems about the sacrifices made in war.
We went on to show powerpoints about living service men and women who have been helped by the British Legion's Poppy Appeal. We also remembered 2 animals with purple poppies who had been awarded the Dickin Medal, just like the Victoria Cross for soldiers' bravery and courage under fire.
Finally, we asked the whole school to ask about family members who have served in the past, to take a poppy and return it with their name so that Class 11 can make a wreath personal to our school and families.
Here are some of our poems and powerpoints for you to be touched by the service of others for our country.
THE IMPACT OF WAR by Daniel Morris
What happens next when everything’s gone,
When a little argument escalates,
Run! From the planes,
Bomb by bomb,
Grave by grave,
Poppy by poppy,
Heart by heart,
Broken for you.
Clawing the earth with their power,
While they sit and watch, we fight and,
You must remember the lost and found,
Horse by horse,
Pigeon by pigeon,
Poppy by poppy,
You will remember the lost and found.
In a Soldier's Pocket
Class 4 read the book "Where the poppies now grow". After we read the book we understood the sacrifices that the soldiers who went to war made. This book inspired us to write our own poems about what you would find in a soldier's pocket. We had some fantastic ideas such as a heart from their mum, a Bible so that they remembered that God was with them and a spade to dig a trench.
We used pastels to create our own pictures of fields of poppies. We learnt about why people wear poppies around the time of rememberence day. They wear them to remember the soldiers that fought in the war. Did you know that purple poppies are worn to remember the animals that died helping the soldiers?