A number of children from Year 6 had the incredible opportunity to meet over a dozen veterans from across Hampshire today, hosted at our local Tesco, Chineham. The children were absolutely fascinated by their personal anecdotes and exuding passion for their previous careers in the army. They also learnt lots about the potential opportunities they could experience in such a career, including the ability to travel across the world. A knowledgeable representative from Middle Wallop Air Museum also brought a range of artefacts for the children to explore and explained their unique importance for particular roles in the army. One such example was a vital pair of gloves, which would have been worn by pilots, which included an individual slot for your forefinger as well as your thumb!
After this, the children were then able to share evidence of a range of their learning from our coverage of World War Two last half term and spoke passionately about how they had empathised with a variety of roles from the time. The veterans were blown away by their creativity, presentation and ability to verbalise their understanding of the subject.
Once we were back at school, the children were able to share their learning and experiences with those who did not attend through a variety of pictures, videos and personal conversations with the veterans.
It was an absolute privilege to meet these gentlemen today and the children were able to make real connections between their learning and individual stories! All children represented our school so beautifully too. Have a little look at our pictures to see what we got up to…