PUPILS from a Wigan school were given a first-hand insight into life on the frontline in a special workshop ahead of Remembrance Day.
Youngsters at Bryn St Peter’s Primary School travelled to Liverpool Cathedral for the event exploring the meaning of war and peace and its impact past and present.
The pupils met Corporal Mike Davison from 4 Lancs, a Territorial Army battalion based in the North West, to speak to him about his experiences in Iraq and hear what peace means to a soldier in the Armed Forces.
They also got to take a military trip back in time, learning about Noel Chavasse, the most decorated soldier in British history for his bravery during the First World War, life during the air raids of World War Two and getting to spend time in a replica of an Anderson shelter.
The youngsters from Bryn St Peter’s also got to write prayers or verses which will be sent to servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Iraq, and watched pupils from Maghull High School bring the war poetry of Wilfred Owen to dramatic life in the cathedral’s Lady chapel.
Class teacher Samantha Swann said: “The children have seen the theme of remembrance from a completely different perspective. They were very eager to ask questions when they met the soldier based on things they’ve seen on TV and saw a very personal aspect of war.
“I think they’ve gained a deeper understanding than they’ve had previously, and they’ve had chance to reflect on why the soldiers who they have been writing to are there.”
Sarah O’Donoghue, Education Officer at Liverpool Cathedral, said: “Our workshops are not just a history lesson, but a chance for the children to relate Remembrance Sunday to their own lives.
“There will also be a strong emphasis on peace and empathy and how the children can seek peace in their relationships with others.”