Pupils at Bishop Wood School in Tring honoured the war dead by making their own poppy wreath, which was laid alongside other town centre tributes on Sunday.
The children also had a Remembrance Day of their own, after a ‘discovery’ was made in a hole in the school grounds on Frogmore Street, and pupils were told that teachers had unearthed the ‘belongings’ of a soldier who fought in the Second World War.
The findings – including a gas mask and a ration book – were then shown in an assembly and discussed with the children.
PSHE and history co-ordinator Nicola Gale said: “We had a police officer there to make it more real for the children, and we told them that we’d been informed the package was there by the soldier’s family.
“It was a day of reflection and a day of thinking, and we had a two minute silence. It’s important for the children to remember and to learn why this day is so important.”
War veteran and member of the Royal British Legion Tom Payne paid a visit to the school in the afternoon to share his experiences of conflict with the children, and his speech evoked a lot of emotion from adult members of staff.
Nicola said: “The children were very enthusiastic and respectful, and they asked a lot of thoughtful questions.
“Tom made a lot of us very emotional, and it was good for the children to see and learn that there will be things in life that make you emotional, but it’s OK.”