Pupils Mark D-Day With Their Own Footprints Memorial

Attaching footprints to the wall to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day are Reynolds Academy pupils: (L-r) Emily Seaton-Norton (Year 5) Ellie-Mae Lewis (Year 5), Sophia Ami (Year 6) and Lily-Grace Steer (Year 5). 

Hundreds of children at Reynolds Academy marked 75 years on from D-Day with their own version of the 'Footprints In the Sand' installation by artist Martin Barraud.

Representing the British servicemen and women who fought on the beaches of Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944, each child created their own footprint and decorated it with facts about D-Day.

Jess Thornton, Teacher and History Co-ordinator at Reynolds Academy, said: "We looked at the Footprints in the Sand installation and developed the idea further. Several hundred children across all year groups drew around their own feet. Teachers showed them information about D-Day to give them ideas about how to decorate them.

"This is all part of part of our general History studies around key events, big celebrations and why they are important. We pasted the footprints onto a wall in the School Hall to produce a work of art as a memorial to the war. The children have been very creative.

"To properly mark D-Day we held an Open Day and the whole school and staff came to have a look at the memorial. It went down really well."

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