Poppies are planted to remember WW1

Year 5 teacher Krissie Longford with a mix of children from different year groups

Year 5 teacher Krissie Longford with a mix of children from different year groups

First published in News

SCHOOL children have planted poppy seeds as part of the school’s commemorations and learning about World War One.

The children at Woodingdean Primary School, Brighton, dressed in period clothing or something red to symbolise the poppy flower and scattered the seeds on entries from the school record book dated back to 1914.

Krissie Longford, history subject leader at the school said: "It has been really rewarding working with a small group of children, from all year groups, to dig deeper into the history of our school and to help understand what life was like in Woodingdean during the First World War.

“We have been fortunate enough to be able to use old log books found in the school, written by headteachers gone by, to gain firsthand experience of how life has changed. It is great to be given the opportunity to plant these poppies in their memory and to help the children understand a little more about the First World War in the local area."

The event was held on June 18.

Woodingdean Primary School pupil Oscar Foy, eight, said: “I visited Ypres with my family last summer to learn about World War One. I saw the Menin Gate which has the names on of all the soldiers who died without graves and it was where I heard the Last Post. It made me sad to know all those soldiers died and happy to know they were being remembered.”

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4:41pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Alison Smith says...

Great to see a primary school commemorating WW1. I got some poppy seeds in the post from Kemp Town MP Simon Kirby, which I have planted in my garden. Hopefully Brighton's gardens will be full of beautiful poppies this summer to remember all who served.
Great to see a primary school commemorating WW1. I got some poppy seeds in the post from Kemp Town MP Simon Kirby, which I have planted in my garden. Hopefully Brighton's gardens will be full of beautiful poppies this summer to remember all who served. Alison Smith
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