Portsmouth schoolchildren sing in memory of the fallen

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CHILDREN at school have paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War by singing a moving version of Keep the Home Fires Burning.

Roberta Kirby, headteacher of Fernhurst Junior School in Southsea, said: ‘I have never been prouder of the school.

Children at Fernhurst Junior School have been learning about the First World War. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143232-6266)

Children at Fernhurst Junior School have been learning about the First World War. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143232-6266)

‘It’s a difficult topic to talk about to children aged seven to 11 but they responded beautifully.’

The school spent a week paying tributes to those who lost their lives by taking part in many different activities.

‘It’s important to mark this occasion and we do it every year,’ said Mrs Kirby. ‘The children also recognised that the commitment of those who lost their lives is something to be proud of.’