IT was an inter-generational affair at Hamilton Primary School in Colchester for a tea party with an age difference.

Year Six pupils hosted lunch but instead of other students, it was their grandparents who were the guests.

As part of their Second World War studies, the youngsters invited their elderly relatives into school for slices of cake and nostalgia.

Headteacher Nick Hutchings said the annual event is for children to learn more about the war from those who lived through it, and to find out how it affected the Constantine Road school itself.

Mr Hutchings said: “It brings the curriculum to life and allows children to really connect with the community, and practice those brilliant skills they have of being a good citizen.

“They spent the morning catering for their guests and asking questions about how the war personally impacted their lives.

“The children were amazed by some of the stories and this gave them a wonderfully personal insight into what was a terrible situation.

“It was wonderful to see different generations getting on so well.”

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, in November, members of the public are invited to take part in an outside act of remembrance at the school.