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No Poppies Delivered So Pupils Made Their Own To Sell

Published on: 12 Nov, 2020
Updated on: 15 Nov, 2020

Pupils at St Nicolas Infant School in Guildford may have been disappointed not to get their quota of Royal British Legion poppies to sell this year, but they made up for it making and selling their own.

Poppies made by pupils at St Nicolas Infant School.

The school says that both Year 1 Chestnut and Year 2 Oak classes were busy in their class bubbles, sewing felt poppies and making poppy decorations, to sell for a donation and to decorate the school. In total £209.21 was raised.

And they add: “It was lovely to see the children working collaboratively to create these – a wonderful example of this half term‘s value of unity. Year 1 have made collaged poppy LED tealights and Year 2 have made poppy tea-light holders out of egg boxes.

Busy making poppies.

“The Year 1 pupils shared family stories of the war and people who work hard to keep us safe, especially at the moment with Covid being something that we need to be kept safe from.

“The children had a lot of ideas about who keeps them safe, which we wrote on the board. We talked a bit about how the army, navy and air force work hard to keep us safe, especially when there have been wars in the past, but also in the pandemic and when there is a big flood, etc. We agreed that we are very thankful for the hard work of all of these people.

Concentration needed when assembling the poppies.

“We used the book Where The Poppies Now Grow to learn about why we use poppies as a symbol of remembrance and why we buy poppies as a way of raising money to care for soldiers etc and their families.

“Pupils in Year 2 talked about their memories and why we remember things, especially things that happened long ago or before they were born.

Pupils stand with one of their poppy displays.

“We then talked about all the brave men and women who worked hard to keep us safe during World War One and linked this to our value of unity and the skills of responsibility and love.

“The children shared their family stories of the war and we learnt about Armistice Day and how it was decided that we would remember all those who fought to keep us safe by wearing a poppy, which means we are remembering together and showing our support.

Poppies hanging in a window at the school.

“We talked about the people who are working hard to keep us safe during this pandemic and we thought about how similar values have been shown. We also read the book Captain Sir Tom Moore, One Hundred Steps, and talked about the values of unity, hope and perseverance Captain Sir Tom Moore showed.

A beautiful cross made of poppies.

“The children were really engaged in discussion about all of this and we agreed that we would like to do something to show our support.

“There was an honesty box for donations and paper poppy garlands have been hanging in the windows to show our school is supporting the Poppy Appeal.”

The honesty box for donations and poppies with tea-lights used in the design.

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