November the 11th this year was a very important day as it is now one hundred years since the Armistice and the end of World War One. This year the 11th fell on a Sunday so, in order to mark the centenary for the end of the Great War, all the children in Year 5 walked to Browne’s Hospital today. This was because this is where Stamford’s was memorial can be found.
The children in Year 5 all made a poppy last week and then we joined their individual poppies together to make one lovely big wreath. We timed our visit to Browne’s Hospital just right. As we arrived, the large metal gates around the memorial were just being opened and we were able to form our semi-circle on Broad Street. The children were able to stand right in front of the memorial and see all the wreaths that had been placed there yesterday on Remembrance Sunday. We were able to hold our own short service and lay our school wreath with the rest of the wreaths from our community.
The children began our service by joining together to recite the famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’, written by John McCrae. Last week they found out all about who he was and why he wrote the poem. Hopefully this knowledge helped to make the words of the poem more meaningful for the children.
Then a group of five children read Binyon’s well-known lines which are as follows:
‘They shall not grow 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.’
This was the moment where the children stood still and paused for thought. We held our two minutes of silence and to conclude our short ceremony, some of the children read out prayers which they had written specially for the occasion.
it was a really beautiful day and the children behaved respectfully and admirably. On our return to school we bega;to write about our experience for our Creative Curriculum journals.