A PRIMARY school in Winchester is one of the first schools in Hampshire to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Itchen Abbas Primary School, in School Lane, hosted a celebratory event on May 20.

They held the event early because some of the pupils are going on residential trips over the next few weeks and they wanted to celebrate together as a school.

The celebration had been planned to be outside, however heavy rain in the morning forced the parents, staff and pupils inside.

In classrooms, pupils were making collages of the Queen's face, to be displayed in the school.

After this, the sun came out so people were able to grab picnic blankets and head outside for traditional scones, jam and cream.

Headteacher Aimee Dear said: “We've had a whole school project about what life was like when the Queen was crowned in 1952. This has included fashion, transport, leisure, buildings and what she was like before becoming Queen.

Hampshire Chronicle: Rob Bogan, Aimee Dear and Sam Robbins with the school jubilee mugs

“The older children understand how big the occasion is, being the first British monarch to have been on the throne for 70 years. The younger children are just enjoying the fun.

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“This has been the first event we have been able to hold for the whole school in a long time.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Scones being prepared for the picnic

Year 6 teacher Rob Bogan said: “We chose to recreate the Lowry painting because he was a British painter and the Village Green fits in with Itchen Abbas.”

The school have also planted trees to commemorate the jubilee. School parent Sophie Rogers picked the trees: guelder rose, holly tree, dogwood and spindle.

Hampshire Chronicle: Headteacher Aimee Dear with the school's meesage from the Queen for her 90th birthday

Sophie said: “They were picked as they are a good height and attract birds. The children have been watering them every week since they were planted in March.”

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