Youngsters from Sholing Junior School had the time of their lives when they left their parents behind for an exciting break to France.

They didn't need asking twice to muck-in when staff suggested taking part in assault course - with predictable consequences for their clothes.

But the visit was also a poignant one for the Southampton pupils. All 29 Year 6 children visited war graves in different cemeteries across Normandy where American, British and German soldiers were buried. Pupils also had a chance to try out their French at a fruit and vegetable market.

Deputy head teacher, Richard Hutchinson said: "Visiting the cemetery was a humbling experience. It was an amazing opportunity for the children to appreciate the bravery and sacrifice made by so many. It is without a doubt an experience the children will always remember."