Leading up to the 11th November, Upper School had some philosophical discussion around the reasons that people go to war, with a focus on World War I. The children questioned whether issues and disagreements could be resolved in a more peaceful way.
In our computing and project lessons, the children have produced a piece of remembrance poetry and drawn poppies to show their respect. They have written their poems from different perspectives and in a variety of styles, really capturing the emotions of those who lived through World War I, and those who look back and remember. Their anthology of remembrance poetry is an emotional and thought-provoking read. Here is some of their poetry here.
In our remembrance assembly, they showed their respect and understanding by performing a play about a boy who lived through World War I. Archie Dobson began wishing he was his cousin Walter, going on a great war adventure, but the play takes him on a journey showing the harsh and tragic reality of war. Using theatre as an art form to express not only the facts, but the emotions of war, is something we value highly at Wandsworth Prep and many parents attending commented on the professionalism and respect that Upper School children showed.