School children dress the part to keep alive remembrance message

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn donned uniforms and wartime outfits as part of an event

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn donned uniforms and wartime outfits as part of an event to mark Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

Children at a Norfolk school who were unable to attend their local Armistice poppy laying instead donned uniforms and costumes to create their own living history remembrance commemoration.

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn donned uniforms and wartime outfits as part of an event

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn donned uniforms and wartime outfits as part of an event to mark Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

Pupils at Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn dressed as First World War soldiers, evacuees, land girls and nurses to honour heroes for Remembrance Day.

Headteacher Greg Hill said: Every year we usually go to King’s Lynn town centre and the cenotaph at Greyfriars but that wasn’t possible this year because of coronavirus guidelines, so we decided to do our own remembrance in our school.

“It was a lot of fun for the children to get dressed up and involved, but it is also quite a sombre event too. A lot of learning opportunities have come from it and they have done a lot of research projects in class too.

Headteacher Greg Hill with pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn in uniforms as part of an ev

Headteacher Greg Hill with pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn in uniforms as part of an event to mark Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

MORE: Children dribble ball for nearly 30 miles over Remembrance weekend“It is important that our pupils learn respect and are good citizens and remember what sacrifices people have made for our democracy.”

Robert Hipkin, chairman of the King’s Lynn and District Royal British Legion, said: “The headteacher and the teachers do a brilliant job in teaching the children about the war and what remembrance is all about.


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“Last year they took part in putting the poppies up on the railings around the war memorial, but this year, because of coronavirus, we couldn’t do that. It is fantastic they were able to do this in the school instead.”

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn marking Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn marking Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

Previously pupils from the school had learnt more about remembrance by visiting Cyril Route, a Second World War veteran known locally as the ‘Poppy Man’, but who died earlier this year aged 96.

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Before Covid restrictions, the children had also been due to visit Dunkirk and D-Day veteran Fredrick ‘Don’ Hall in a King’s Lynn care home to help celebrate his 100th birthday in March.

MORE: WWI heroine Edith Cavell’s final letter home returned to NorfolkMr Hill said all of the school’s 216 pupils had put a tremendous amount of effort into planning and staging of the remembrance event.

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn wrote messages on giant poppies to mark Remembrance Day

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn wrote messages on giant poppies to mark Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

He said: “We wanted to have a living history experience so getting dressed up really helps them to get into the different characters affected by wars and conflict and learn what it was like.

“It is really important to let children know that there were a whole range of people who made sacrifices.”

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn dressed as wartime nurses as part of an event to mark R

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn dressed as wartime nurses as part of an event to mark Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn marking Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School

Pupils at Howard Junior School in Kings Lynn marking Remembrance Day. Picture: Howard Junior School - Credit: Howard Junior School

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