The World War One Christmas truce was brought to life for children at Bloxham Primary School when they conducted their own peaceful, midwinter football game.
The children were practising for a North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership under-nines football tournament and combined it with learning about the 1914 truce.
The children heard a version of the story written by Michael Morpurgo, The Best Christmas Present in the World and watched the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert.
They then went out to play their own peaceful and inclusive football match as the soldiers would have done 100 years ago – with just a football and coats.
“It was really something special to watch – all the children working together and playing a game without boundaries,” said teacher Georgina Simons.
Nearly 100 children took part in the tournament. Eleven teams from Bloxham, Cropredy, Dashwood, Queensway, St Joseph’s, Edward Field, Kings Meadow, Langford Villate, Longfields and North Kidlington primary schools vied for a place in the final. The victors were Bloxham, Kings Meadow and Edward Field who will play in next April’s Sainsbury’s School Games Finals. Bloxham was overall winner. Those at the final also took the opportunity to remember the Christmas truce.