An amazing ‘Remembrance’ mural created by a local community businessman for Spalding Parish C of E Day school (SPCEDS) in Lincolnshire is bringing the pupils’ understanding of WW1 to life. The 1914 – 18 conflict is one aspect of the history as part of the primary school’s exciting new curriculum which asks the children to think about how they can make a difference to the world and how our knowledge of the past supports our understanding of the present and shapes the future.
Head Teacher, Diane Mulley, says the thought-provoking mural by Peter Bird, which features a lone solider in silhouette surrounded by symbolic red poppies, is a powerful reminder for the whole school community. “There was a real buzz around school as the artwork evolved over the course of the day,” she says. “We would like to thank Peter for helping to make a difference to our school and giving his time to do so.” Peter Bird is the uncle of Kim Bird who is one of the school’s Assistant Heads and a Year 5 Class Teacher.
Diane Mulley says the mural reflects an important part of the new curriculum’s history topic which is focused around Remembrance. Later this term, Year 6 pupils from SPCEDS will attend a special Remembrance Service with Revd John Bennett at the nearby Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicholas and take part in a WW1 poetry workshop with poet Brian Moses.
SPCEDS is a member of the Lincolnshire Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) which was set up by the Diocese of Lincoln in 2013 to build a mutually supportive family of academies in Greater Lincolnshire who support each other in providing the very best outcomes for their pupils. Diane Mulley concludes: “In line with LAAT’s vision for our children, we aim to be an outstanding, values-based, nurturing Church school at the heart of our culturally diverse community, striving for excellence, and enabling our children to achieve their highest potential in all areas of the curriculum. SPCEDS staff are very proud of how the children have embarked already on this school year after a time when the world has been uncertain.”