We recognised the centenary of the end of World War One this week with a host of special activities. Our grandparents came into school to tell stories about the past and their relatives who fought in the World Wars. We also had lots of art activities based around the theme of remembrance, culminating in a very moving display of poppies made by the children in our school reception. Our thanks go to Chelmsford Museum for lending us a box of artefacts from the First World War. This gave the children a real sense of what it was like to wear a trench coat and helmet and to handle other objects such as a gas lamp. All our conversations were age appropriate and we were amazed at the children’s sense of empathy and respect for those who gave their lives for their country. On Monday Years One and Two will observe a silence at the village war memorial, while EYFS will hold a silence in school.