Resources to mark Remembrance Day

Nicola Davison
24th October 2016
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Assembly presentations, lesson plans and activity ideas to help pupils to remember fallen soldiers on Armistice Day

As 11 November approaches and the wearing of poppies becomes commonplace, it's vital that students of all ages understand the meaning and significance of Remembrance Day.

To help you to guide your reflections and commemorate those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we’ve hand-picked a selection of top resources for early years, primary and secondary classes.

EYFS resources

Introduce Remembrance Day to young learners using this simple presentation, including meaningful images and statements illustrated with Widgit symbols. Then, why not extend pupils’ understanding by incorporating it into other areas of development? These differentiated counting sheets are ideal for use in numeracy, while this craft pack* enables learners to get creative with the theme.

For something a bit more straightforward, this poppy template works well for a teacher-led activity as it also contains some basic facts.

KS1 resources

Explain the importance of Poppy Day with this introductory presentation, which can be used in class or as part of a wider assembly, before exploring the significance of poppies in this well-structured lesson.

Later, find out how much pupils have learnt about Remembrance Day in this seven-question quiz. Or, distribute this visual word mat to support writing about this significant event.

KS2 resources

Including a reference to John McCrae’s well-known poem, In Flanders Fields, this thought-provoking assembly works well as a starting point for learning about Remembrance Day. Take students’ learning further by introducing an element of discussion using this detailed lesson plan.

Alternatively, try engaging pupils by getting them to study this in-depth comprehension worksheet, or through music with this sensitive song.

Secondary resources

Enable students to build and deliver their own assembly or presentation to explain how fallen soldiers have been remembered over the last 100 years with this unique resource pack. Or, take a more exploratory approach to the origins of the act of Remembrance using this source-based lesson.

Ideal for tutor time, these printable worksheets* give pupils a chance to reflect on their existing knowledge of Remembrance Day. Meanwhile, extra-curricular book groups will benefit from the recommendations, activities and discussion notes outlined in this informative guide.

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Do you have any resources to help to introduce, explain and raise awareness of Remembrance Day? Let us know by emailing us the links.

This post was originally published on 6 November 2015, and was refreshed with new content on 24 October 2016.

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