At the beginning of November we took two students to France and Belgium to visit the battlefields and graves of World War I as part of the UK government’s First World War Battlefields programme to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war. Students carried out research into the lives of the soldiers to improve their understanding.

The experience became even more poignant when the students chose a grave, researched the soldier, and found he had lived at an address very close to one of the students’ homes. He was Private B. Bircumshaw of the Leicestershire Regiment, who died on 3 October 1917.

Meanwhile, at school we made poppies that were used to line the route of the Remembrance Walk of Poppies in Leicester.