Purple Up Day in Year 1

Purple Up Day!

In the morning we had special visitors in our assembly; Padre Nicoll and Lt Col Sawyers. Padre Nicoll reminded us about the different Armed Forces; British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and we learnt how they help us.  He also told us why it is called Purple Up Day – it is a combination of green from the Army, blue from the Navy and RAF and red from the Marines (part of the Navy).

We learnt that the official emblem of the military child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will plant and blossom anywhere it goes. In the same way, the military child has to move around due to military postings, involving new homes and schools – which can happen as often as every 2 years!  We listened carefully and learnt all about the lives of different military families.

After this, we had great fun with Lt Col Sawyers experiencing a military themed warm- up and game, plus tug of war which was great fun!

Finall  y we finished the day making our own medals. We thought about the characteristics that can apply to military children then thought about the characteristics that applied to us all at Merry Hill; ambitious, collaborative, curious and healthy learners. We also thought about characteristics we have been working on personally. We then crafted a medal using card and tin foil.

Our teachers awarded  us our medals at the end of the day! What a fantastic day!