Waterlooville school hosts a poppy-themed day

Pupils at Padnell Infant School made clay poppies Picture: Habibur Rahman (161528-92)
Pupils at Padnell Infant School made clay poppies Picture: Habibur Rahman (161528-92)
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AN INFANT school marked Armistice Day by creating clay poppies to show the respect to those who have fallen in service.

Padnell Infant School, in Waterlooville, recognised the importance of commemorating the fallen soldiers by having a day themed around the event.

We think that children are never too young to learn about the history of the wars.

Mandy Grayson

The pupils watched a documentary and were given the opportunity to make poppies similar to those at the Tower Of London.

Almost 250 poppies were made and will greet those who enter the school in a display for the next few weeks.

Padnell Infants headteacher Mandy Grayson said: ‘We think that children are never too young to learn about the history of the wars.

‘Each year did slightly different poppies depending on what they wanted and then they were put on display at our main entrance to the school.

‘Being so close to a military city, we recognise the importance of remembering those who have died for us.

‘But we also believe that children are never too young to learn that problems can be sorted out without coming to wars.

‘Today was a bit different for the children as making the poppies gave them a chance to get their hands dirty and use different materials.’

Despite their young age, the event got students reflecting about those who had died for them.

Robyn Gammans, six, said: ‘When I was making my clay poppy, I was thinking about how many people have died in the past.

‘When we did the silence, I felt calm.’

Oscar Osborne, six, said: ‘I like standing and looking at the poppies. It helps me think about the soldiers and how lucky we are.’