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During the past 6 months we have been slowly collecting empty plastic drinks bottles for our big finale to the centenary commemorations. So far we have worked on the Heritage project with Eastbury house, exhibiting our Year 6 project, bringing World War 1 and 2 to life in 3D. In the next week or so, we will be assembling our very own installation inspired by Paul Cummings “Blood Swept lands and seas of red”.

Every child has had the opportunity to turn an everyday item into something beautiful in remembrance of the soldiers who died in the 1st World War. As an Eco-friendly school, Art teacher Miss Maisey decided that the recycling of plastic bottles would be the best material, plastic being weather proof, and the fact that the base of a bottle already has a flower like shape. 650 pupils and 100 adults then proceeded to cut, paint and decorate their poppy with their name and the centenary year. On a separate leaf they then wrote the sentimental words “I will remember…” and selected a soldiers name from the Barking and Dagenham cenotaphs. This really gave a strong impact and sense of realism as to just how many soldiers died at War.

The children really took pride in the making of their poppy. Nursery, through to year 6 and every adult involved at Beam County Primary have taken time out to make their remembrance Poppy. Many children and adults told of stories of family members involved in the 1st World War and other wars in other countries while they painted. It has really given us all a chance to reflect upon what the soldiers and their families gave up one hundred years ago.

Mr Coker and Miss Maisey have worked many hours working with the children and adults to create this mini version of the poppies at the Tower of London. Every opportunity to assemble each poppy ready for display has been used, the blisters on their hands truly worth it. Now we just can not wait to see the 700 poppies come together on display for all to share and see.