Year 2 Commemorate Guy Fawkes and Remembrance Day

P1000686Year 2 have been looking at significant events in history.

Last week we learnt all about Bonfire Night and a man called Guy Fawkes and why people in England celebrate every year on the 5th of November by having a bonfire and going to firework displays.  Gunpowder_Plot_conspirators
This week we talked about Remembrance Day and that on the 11th of November people in Britain think about all the soldiers and people that have been killed, hurt or affected by wars. This year is particularly important as it was 100 years ago that World War 1 started.
We learnt about symbols and the fact that people in Britain wear poppies to show that  they are thinking and supporting these people. We found out that the poppy was chosen because it was the first flower to grow in the fields after the fighting in World War 1. We all made our own poppies and a wreath of poppies and kept quiet for a minute to remember.

Here is John McCrae’s classic war poem, written on May 3, 1915, after McCrae had attended the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier.remembering-heroes-Big-Lunch-Poppy-image

In Flander’s Fields

Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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