This year to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Junior School decided to use the Van Gogh painting Poppy Field 1890 as their inspiration on Take One Picture Day.

Each Infant Form spent the day using different media to create poppies. They also painted their own interpretations of the Poppy Field.

The children learnt lots of skills and by the end of the day had produced a poppy on a stick, ready to ‘plant’ at the Junior School Remembrance Service.

The Junior School Remembers

This year, on the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Junior School chose to adopt the Royal British Legion’s theme of “Thank You” for their Remembrance Service.

Take One Picture and the Junior School House Day, the last day before half term, were tied in to this theme with every child from Year 3 to Year 6 working independently to make their own felt poppy to wear to the service. Then, as a group, pupils took part in a project based on poppies to present during the assembly.

Year Three made felt poppies as flowers to be placed in vases; Year Four constructed tissue and wire flowers which were made into three stunning wreaths; Year Five made felt from wool and then embroidered beads onto them before they were sewn onto an army blanket; Year Six covered black umbrellas with red tissue poppies – a symbol of the protection provided by all who contributed to the war effort.

Throughout these activities, children were encouraged to think about those who had not only sacrificed their lives, but also about the contributions made by five other groups of people: Children, Women, the Commonwealth, the Arts and the Pioneers.

Everyone wrote a piece to say thank you, some of which were used a readings in the service on the 9 November. Ben Robinson played a superb Last Post, an aim he had set himself as a Year Three pupil when he had listened to it at the service before he had even started to play the trumpet. The Brass Band played Abide With Me and the Choir sang an uplifting song to match their positive hopes for the future.

As a whole, the service reflected the children’s work, thoughts and emotions and summed up the respect which we all hold for those who have made our lives possible today.