As part of our Enrichment Week, we took the time to celebrate and commemorate the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944 “the beginning of the end of the war.” Today, the children of Toftwood Juniors were humbled when they learnt about the great sacrifice of those who took part in WW2.
“We don’t always get to reflect on how they risked their lives for us. We should be grateful for what they did.” William Year 5
All the children were shown images and a presentation of the Normandy landings on D-Day and each class discussed how significant the event was for future generations. They were shocked to learn about the brutality that had engulfed most of Europe during the Nazi reign of terror and found it difficult to understand how a person could be persecuted because of their ethnicity or religion. Children from all year groups, commented how silly it was to dislike someone for this reason. One child said “It is not a good way to behave.”
The children’s comments were all about the importance of standing together and being resilient in the face of adversity. They reflected on how important working as a team is and how closely the Allies worked together in order to be victorious and end the war.
“There would have been more casualties and destruction without the help of our allies.” George Year 6
“If we didn’t have our allies then the operations would have failed. We would have been outnumbered as they had better weapons than us.” Blake Year 6
The final comment has to go to Martha, Year 5
“I appreciate what they did for us. They are heroic, brave and extremely selfless – no matter how big or small their job was – they are all heroes.”