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Portsmouth pupils sign up to learn about First World War

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IT’S been almost 100 years since the start of the Great War.

Now, Portsmouth Grammar School has opened its doors to younger pupils from schools across the area to invite them to learn more about the conflict in a scheme called The Great War Sign-Up.

Children from Fernhurst Juniors in Southsea and Sheet Primary in Petersfield paid a visit yesterday.

Pupils took part in different projects from making poppies in art to designing obstacle courses for tanks in science. They studied art, English and psychology.

Year 5 teacher at Fernhurst Juniors Sam Humphries said: ‘In November we’re doing a whole week of remembrance.

‘It’s a nice way of getting this year group involved as they will be in Year 6.

‘World War One is history but it’s important that it is remembered. The children understand the sacrifices that people made to allow us to have our freedom today.

‘They have enjoyed what they have been doing today and have been very enthusiastic about it.’

Sasha Swan, 10, said: ‘It’s interesting because it’s good to know about history and it makes me wonder what it would be like if I was there.’

Robert James, 10, added: ‘It’s fun because we get to learn a lot about World War One which I don’t know much about. Learning about the war interests me.’

Simon Lemieux is head of history and politics at Portsmouth Grammar School.

He said: ‘At PGS, having been founded in 1732 and having a long tradition of sending former pupils into the armed services and with 130 old boys dying in the Great War we wanted to do something different and special and memorable to remember the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

‘From a historical perspective it was one of the defining events of the 20th century so we should learn about it as an event in history.’

Across the week, hundreds of pupils will take part in the Great War Sign-up.

 

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