MORE than 500 children took part in a mass picnic in their school grounds to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War.
Pupils at Horndean Junior School have been learning about the war and have taken part in different activities including making poppies and learning songs from the era.
It culminated in a picnic where every child in the school was asked to come in dressed in clothes from 1914, the year when the conflict started.
Deputy headteacher Jacquie Price, said: ‘As part of our local history project we like to look at Horndean and consider what happened here in years gone by.
‘There is lots going on but the main thrust is that the children appreciate the sacrifice that was made by those people 100 years ago and that they are actually beginning to think about the world war in terms of the loss and sacrifice to our local area.
‘The level of enthusiasm has been very high and has been totally supported by the parents who have helped the children to produce some wonderfully authentic First World War costumes.
‘The thought that has gone into this has produced some excellent outcomes.’
Keira Power, nine, in Year 4, said: ‘I think it’s very fun.
‘Everyone gets to dress up and we get to do fun things. I like learning about the war because I like history. People actually died for this country.’
Albert Trevellick, nine, also in Year 4, added: ‘100 years ago there would have been lots of soldiers here going to fight the Germans.
‘I like learning about the war because my great, great, great uncle was in the war.’