This is a fully editable, informative and poignant 85-slide lesson/assembly presentation on the theme of Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Remembrance Sunday / Poppy Day. The resource could be used for an assembly or series of assemblies leading up to, and on, Remembrance Day or for use with a tutor group.
It is divided into 7 sections:
- What is Remembrance Day and why we have it.
- World War 1
- Armistice Day
- Remembrance Day
- The Poppy
- The British Legion
- How those soldiers who gave their lives are remembered
The resource contains extracts from a soldier’s diary, hyperlinks to a recitation of Robert Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’, Rudyard Kipling’s My Boy Jack, World War 1 veteran, Edward Francis’ poem about his friend ‘Spotty’, a short interview with Harry Patch - the last surviving member of the World War 1 from any country, Rupert Brooke’s poem ‘The Soldier’, John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, interviews with other veterans of the First World War, the song ‘The Green Fields of France’ by John McDermott, a recitation of Moina Michael’s poem ‘We Shall Keep the Faith.’
The last slide contains the Last Post.
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This is a 65-slide presentation designed to be used for the 2 minutes silence. It begins with the Last Post and ends with the Reveille and has been set to play automatically. The powerful and poignant images have been carefully selected and show scenes of
- World War 1
- World War 2
- Current soldiers in the Armed Forces
- War Graves
- War memorials
This slide show will help pupils who find it difficult to focus during the two minutes silence to understand why we have Remembrance Day and what was like for both the soldiers on the front line and their families back home.
The slides could also be used for follow-up work with the pupils to provoke discussion and provide a stimulus for writing activities and for display purposes.
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