A SWANSEA Valley school has planted a living reminder of the sacrifice that went into battling the First World War.
Soon, when pupils in Rhydyfro Primary School, near Pontardawe, enter their grounds in the morning they will be greeted with the sight of dozens of poppies blowing in the wind.
The flowers have been planted to begin the school's commemoration of the conflict which started in the summer of 1914.
One of the school's governors, councillor Linet Purcell, a keen gardener herself, helped prepare the ground and bought the seeds for the children to plant.
She said: "I wanted our children to have the opportunity to plant their own Flanders poppies and to watch them grow as they study the First World War.
"Their studies will culminate in the children attending one of the Remembrance services at the War Memorial in Pontardawe in November. I hope that this will bring home to them the enormous sacrifice that was made by young people not much older than themselves so many years ago."
Acting Headteacher, Sarah Griffiths, said: "Planting poppies to commemorate the centenary of the start First World War has been a wonderful way for the children to mark this important event."
Of the pupils nine-year-old Ellie, said: "It was important to plant poppies to remember people who didn't come back from the war."
Luke, also nine, said: "It was lovely to all make something together to remember the soldiers who fought in First World War."
Ten-year-old Jasmine added: "It is important we remember the families who lost their dads, uncles and sons."