Remembrance Day: Two Minutes Silence

This is a 65 slide PowerPoint slide show for Remembrance Day / Armistice Day / Poppy Day. It has been designed to be used for the two minutes silence. It begins with the Last Post and ends with the Reveille. It has been set to play automatically. It is an ideal resource to help pupils reflect on the centenary of Armistice Day and the ending of World War I.

The powerful and poignant images have been carefully selected and show scenes of :

1. World War 1
2. World War 2
3. Current soldiers in the Armed Forces
4. War Graves
5. War memorials

This slide show will help pupils who find it difficult to focus during the two minutes silence. It will help them to understand why we have Remembrance Day and what it was like for both the soldiers on the front line and their families back home.

You will see from some of the images that even in desperate and difficult times people can still smile and laugh - when their houses have been demolished; when they have been injured in the War; when they are in air raid shelters.

An additional slide has been added with a link to ‘The Green Fields of France’ by John McDermott if you should wish to play it. The slides could also be used for follow-up work with the pupils to stimulate discussion and provide a stimulus for writing activities. They could also be used for display purposes.

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Remembrance Day Presentation

This is a fully editable, informative and poignant 80-slide PowerPoint presentation. It could be used for an assembly or series of assemblies leading up to, and on, Remembrance Day.

Contents include:

1. What is Remembrance Day?

2. World War 1

3. Armistice Day

4. Remembrance Day

5. The Poppy

6. The British Legion

7. How 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, Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier, John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, interviews with 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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