PARENTS were moved to tears by schoolchildren’s work for First World War commemorations

As a part of Kearsley West Primary School’s WOW week, children have been focussing on the 100th year commemoration of WWI. From life in trenches and women at war, to animal heroes and the Royal Navy, each class has taken on different aspects of the war.

All the lessons throughout the week had been WWI based. Children were asked to write biographies of local victims and diaries from the front line for their literacy lessons. Maths lessons were turned into solving rationing problems and pupils were taught war-time songs and created war-time artwork.

Earlier in the year, the school planted poppies as part of the ‘Ribbon of Poppies’ display in Farnworth and Kearsley.

Whilst visiting the Imperial War Museum for a school trip, Key Stage 2 pupils saw the original Ribbon of Poppies that they had re-created at their school. Whilst there, pupils were able to learn about the real-time heroes of the war and reflected on what life was like for the children between 1914-1918.

At the end of the week, a celebration event was held for pupils to showcase their hard work to their parents.

Both the children and staff were asked to dress up in WWI outfits to celebrate together at the war time street party held by the school.

One of the parents who’d been to look at the displays said: “In all twenty years of bringing my children to Kearsley West, this has had to be one of the best wow weeks.

“When I walked into the hall, it was like stepping back in time. The work that the children produced was outstanding- it’s such a strong and proud school.”

The emotional and moving tribute to the victims of the war was enjoyed by pupils, parents, staff as well as members of the community.

Headteacher Jackie Fitton said: “The high-quality learning across all areas of the curriculum has brought home the message of remembrance to the children.

“Parents were moved to tears by the quality of the work and the respect that was shown by the children.”