PUPILS from a Droitwich school took part in an educational visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

As part of the Conflict topic studied by year 7 pupils at Westacre Middle School, the entire year group of more than 100 youngsters made the journey to the national venue for honouring the fallen, and fostering pride in the British Armed Forces and civilian community. 

The children looked at the various memorials to those who have lost their lives in war; ranging from post men and women to the Parachute Regiment.

They were fascinated to see some of the more unusual ways of commemorating loss and listened carefully to tour guides who gave very personal accounts of their lives in service.

The trip was planned by the Westacre staff to compliment the children's learning in school, which has included studying different war artists, designing and building their own trebuchets, and learning about the impact of war in their Geography and History lessons

Teacher Allison Underhill led the visit.

She said: "We study a number of different wars as part of our conflict topic and it so  it was important that our children understood the consequence of those conflicts; the human sacrifice and resulting memories.

"The children were a credit to us, coping with the emotion of the day as well as bitterly cold weather." 

Paul Barber, deputy headteacher and educational visits co-ordinator, added: "Remembrance Day is always an important time of year in schools and, for us at Westacre, it gives us another opportunity to teach the children about our school living values of Individual Liberty, Thankfulness and Empathy.

"Well done to all of the children involved in this trip for their thoughtfulness and engagement, which has been replicated in school when they have been learning about so many different aspects of conflict throughout their curriculum this term."