Remembrance Day

From The Royal British Legion

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

Remembrance Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth on 11th November, the day that WWI ended in 1918. In 2022, the focus will be on the concept of ‘Service’- the act of defending and protecting the nation’s democratic freedoms and way of life.  Both military and civilian service will be commemorated through a variety of anniversaries and events.

The Royal British Legion provides free cross-curricular resources to support the teaching of Remembrance from KS1 through to KS5. The resources are linked to the National Curriculum and include:

  • Remembrance Assemblies for all ages.
  • Resources to explore Remembrance through stories, art, music, original photographs and film.
  • Sounds of Remembrance project – a whole school primary project to create an audio time capsule that records the ways people in the community take part in Remembrance.

Cost: Free with registration.

About The Royal British Legion: The Royal British Legion was set up in 1921 as a national network to support the Armed Forces community in the UK. They provide support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families as well as coordinating the annual Poppy Appeal.

Further resources:

  • Author Tom Palmer has created free teaching resources based on his popular WWI and WWII stories. Resources include an assembly video for KS2 and KS3, comprehension activities, posters and more.
  • The Poetry by Heart website has a First World War Poetry Showcase that features a wide range of poets and poems, all available to explore for free.
  • BBC Teach has a range of Remembrance Day resources for primary and secondary students on their website, including Assembly Packs and links to abridged readings of two of Michael Morpurgo’s war stories – Private Peaceful and War Horse.
  • LoveReading4Schools has booklists covering both WWI and WWII. The selection covers a wide range of titles for KS2 through to KS4.
  • Books for Topics has recommended reading lists covering WWI and WWII for primary aged pupils in its History section.
  • Artist Darrell Wakelam has a simple but very effective art project for an Egg Box Poppy. Find instructions here.

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