Pupils at Redriff Primary City of London Academy have been taking part in activities to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.
Children from nursery age to Year 6 have been involved in a wide range of activities, building up to the school’s Remembrance Assembly today and finally culminating in the unveiling of the school’s memorial garden.
The memorial garden has a steel solider inscribed with the words ‘Redriff Remembers 1918-2018’ including crosses, placed by the children, bearing the names of the 600 soldiers from Rotherhithe who were killed in the war.
Also featuring in the garden is a silhouette, which has been supplied by the charity Remembered as part of its 2018 Armistice project –There But Not There.
The children have also constructed a poppy made from stones on which they have written the names of each solider.
The poppy will remain as a permanent feature in the school’s playground.
The garden will be completed on Friday during the Remembrance Assembly when the final crosses will be planted.
Mickey Kelly, executive headteacher of Redriff Primary, said:
“This week has been a moving experience for all the students and staff at the school.
“The children have really grasped the importance of Armistice Day and World War One.
“Teachers have held workshops for the children on what life was like in the trenches and the different aspects of the War, from roles animals played to the impact of the War on women’s lives.”
Today’s assembly saw staff and children observe a two-minute silence.