A very exciting assembly took place on Tuesday 1st November. The whole school were invited. A guest speaker called Sorcha stood at the front and there was a table covered in interesting items including: a poppy wreath, an RAF logo as a decorative wreath and other props. Our guest speaker, Sorcha, had come from the Bentley Priory Museum which used to be the headquarters for the RAF during World War 2. At the beginning of the talk she mainly focused on WW1 which started in 1914. She explained about a peace treaty signed on the 11th of November 1918. Every year from then on we commemorate this as Armistice Day. This led onto Sorcha introducing music that was played at different times of the day during the war. The piece of music that was played to indicate to the soldiers that it was time to go to bed is a piece of trumpet music called the “The Last Post.” When it was played during the assembly, it was so moving that the entire hall fell silent.
Before WW2 began everybody hoped that a war like WW1 would never happen again. Unfortunately after a period of 21 years, WW2 began in 1939. The leader of the Axis Power group was Adolf Hitler, a cruel man, who wanted the world to run in a certain way. He wanted to imprison the Jews as he complained about their ways of life. After he had invaded a number of European countries including Poland, Great Britain declared war. In the summer of 1940 the Battle of Britain took place in the skies for a total of 52 days. The two air forces that were fighting were Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) and Germany’s Luftwaffe. It was a battle for freedom. Our favourite interesting fact was that the British planes were outnumbered 5-1 even with European alliances that were fighting for the freedom of their countries. Thanks to Britain’s advanced technology such as radar they eventually defeated the Germans.
Sorcha told the school a harrowing story of two young pilot brothers who both sacrificed their lives in this battle. A total of 544 aircrew died. We will be thinking of all that we learnt when we buy our poppies this year.
By Muhammad and Abinash, Year 6