A Rotherham Church has created prayer spaces for primary school children in a bid to teach them about the importance of Remembrance day. 

Hope Church ran the workshop at Coleridge Primary School, which involved different work stations to engage children in religion.

The project involved pupils writing letters to a Rotherham residential home and other activities to get the children involved within the community.

Pupils engaged in the project through a variety of activities.

Victoria Morris, an Elder at Hope Church, said: “Jesus said when he broke the bread,  ‘remember me’ so, we tie that into Remembrance week. So, when people remember our country they remember what our country did for us. We remember people we have lost.

“We wanted to address that spiritual dimension of children and say it’s okay to ask questions to God, it’s okay to be upset, it’s okay to cry, so they can manage those feelings and do activities they can relate to.

“England is a multicultural place now and lots of our children at this school have come from different ethic backgrounds, so they might have a different view of war completely to what we would have so, the whole aspect of reflecting on the value of life and what is worth dying for for, some people is really important.”

In 2016, a study by York St John University revealed prayer spaces within schools found pupils had reduced stress and improved mental wellbeing.

Mrs Morris continued: “Lots of our veterans are now dying out and I think if we don’t retell that story people will forget what people have given for their king and their country. But, also reflecting on them and how it affects the community around them.

“We want them [school children] to reflect and remember that some people have laid their lives down for freedom.”