Young and old creating clay poppies together for Remembrance

Making clay poppies for Remembrance helped to bring together the generations as children from St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Downderry worked with residents of a local care home for their Remembrance masterpiece.

Inspired by a visit to the beautiful and very moving Poppy Wave in Plymouth, the children wanted to honour all those who gave their lives during war by creating their own poppy installation on their school field.

What better way to do that than with the residents of Roseacre Care Home in St Winnolls. Breaking down a few generational barriers, Head Teacher Jake Imrie said, the collaboration was a great success and that children behaved with care and compassion, “It has been fantastic to develop a link with a care home in the community.”


Children of St Nicolas C of E Primary School with their wonderful poppy installation for Remembrance

Seth, aged 10, said “It was a great experience going to the care home and I liked the humour of the residents. I would definitely like to go back”  Jonathan, also 10, said how much he liked making presents to leave with the residents, “It was funny chatting to them.”

Some of the residents came to the Remembrance service at the school, and as Marnie, aged 9 said, “I also liked it when they came to our Poppy Service. I look forward to seeing them again”

Making poppies together is such a great way for older people, and the children, to share stories. The collaboration was such a success some of the children will be returning at next month to spend time with their new friends and sing some Christmas songs.

The clay poppies will eventually be sold to parents and members of the local community to raise for money for the poppy appeal.



Below is a video of the Poppy Wave that inspired the children. The exhibition is on until November 18th