On Saturday the 6th of May 2023, the whole of the United Kingdom came together as we watched our new monarch, King Charles the third, be crowned King of England.

Last week's coronation event was a significant moment in British history as it marked the beginning of a new reign. Saturday’s ceremony was steeped in tradition, and included rituals such as the king being anointed in holy oil; being presented with the crown and sceptre; and finally taking an oath of allegiance to the British people and our country.

The significance of this event has not been lost at Larkhill Primary School as during the week leading up to the 6th of May we taught our children all about the history of the British royal family, as well as why the coronation is of vast importance. We also didn’t miss the opportunity to further promote British values to our pupils.

As well as integrating the coronation into our lesson plans, we also hosted a number of activities that encapsulated everything British. For example, On Friday, we had Shrewton Silver Band join us to enhance our celebratory atmosphere with their delightful music.

Our pupils also helped us prepare for the grand occasion by providing some stunning artwork that reflected the spirit of the coronation. Additionally, they dedicated time and effort to learning a special song, which they spectacularly performed in front of the whole school.

To end the day we hosted a picnic and garden games afternoon. The children were thrilled to share this special moment with their parents, as they came together to enjoy a delightful outdoor gathering.

When asked about the success of Friday's celebration, Charlotte Harmer had this to say, "It is so important to us here at Larkhill that learning is as memorable as possible. We are really proud that we have been able to make this historic event a really memorable experience for our pupils. Thank goes to all involved for helping to make this happen."

Finally, we would like to send a special thank you to our PTA for their generous donation of beautiful coronation bookmarks, ensuring that each child had a treasured keepsake. It was an extremely thoughtful gesture and we are happy to say our pupils loved their commemorative bookmarks.

Last Saturday was an important moment in our country's history; and we hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the coronation, with their family and friends, as much as we enjoyed hosting these events!