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Cold tea and poetry

They’ve arrived. The children received their letters, which they read before the session, as there was so much to get through, we weren’t sure we’d fit it all in.

First, it was finishing off the envelopes, after which children had to snip up the postcard pictures they’d drawn of themselves and put them inside. To whom will they send them?

We talked about the different sorts of paper the soldiers used to write home. One letter was on lined paper and looked like it had been torn out of an exercise book, another had jagged edges along the top, as if it were off a pad of paper; one letter was on paper so very, very thin, the background showed through and if you could have held it up to the light it would have been almost see-through.

Each child was given a pack of different sorts of paper, ranging from beautiful handmade paper from India, with pressed flowers layered into it, to scrappy paper from note books, thin air mail paper and carbon paper.

What does the abbreviation ‘CC’ stand for in an email? Trying to explain that it meant carbon copy and how back in the days before email, if you wanted to make a copy of a letter, you had to use carbon paper, made me feel ever so slightly like a dinosaur – and then I remembered Roneo copiers.

Next came the poem. Lynn wrote a poem, using many of the words the children had picked out last week. The children had different parts and read it so beautifully – we will try and make a decent recording of it, so that we can share it with everyone reading this blog.