Primary school teaching children the importance of remembrance

Asquith Primary School pupils.
Asquith Primary School pupils.

Pupils at Asquith Primary School have been learning about Remembrance during the week leading up to November 11's centenary commemoration.

On Friday, November 9, they stood in the playground at 11 am for a two-minute silence to mark their respect for those who have lost their lives as part of conflict.

Asquith Primary School pupils.

Asquith Primary School pupils.

To improve their learning, pupils in years five and six have also visited the pop-up exhibition at the Four Season Shopping Centre to learn about the Great War and local young people who signed up to be part of the Armed Forces.

They learned that a local MP, Sir Arthur Markham was instrumental in bringing about a change in the law, so people under 18 years old could not be part of the Armed Forces overseas.

The exhibition research and created by Jo Riley, a Mansfield resident.

The children also visited Mansfield Museum to find out more about the pop-up Mercia Regiment exhibition, on loan from Nottingham Castle.

Asquith Primary School pupils.

Asquith Primary School pupils.

They learned about the role the Regiment Sherwood Foresters played in various conflicts over the years and how the Regiment has merged with others over time.

Clare Harding, Head of Asquith Primary School said: “It is important to us at Asquith Primary School that we give the children as many experiences as possible.

"Walking the children to see Jo Riley’s exhibition has helped the children realise that the impact of the Great War on local people, as well as seeing an exhibition at the Museum the child probably would not go to see in Nottingham."