Tes Secondary: Remembrance Day

Resources team
22nd October 2019

Make Remembrance Day memorable for all using this selection of lessons and activities

2019 marks the 101 year anniversary of the close of the First World War. As Remembrance Day is an significant annual event worldwide, it is therefore important to encourage students to be reflective learners and explore the reasons why tributes are paid each year to commorate lives lost to war.

Whole School 

Remembrance Day

This is a fully editable, informative and poignant 85-slide PowerPoint 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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Remembrance Day Two Minutes Silence

This is a 65-slide PowerPoint 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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First World War Centenary

This is an idea to celebrate and remember the World War One centenary. Any feedback or thoughts greatly appreciated! This is my first upload!
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Changes to war memorials and Remembrance

A lesson looking at how the commemoration of conflict, through war memorials and Remembrance traditions, has changed over time.
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Remembrance Day Activities and Presentation

‘Remembrance Day Lest we Forget’ is a well-structured lesson which aims to help students to engage in a meaningful way with this event and to understand the meaning and significance of Remembrance Day. This resource is also the third lesson of the unit ‘Exploring Autumn and Winter Festivals’ (unit plan can be found here) and it is designed to last 1-2 periods.

The resource contains a PowerPoint to give structure to the lesson, a flip chart with engaging activities for students and worksheets. There is a mixture of stimulating and attractive activities which ensure high-quality learning experiences for all students: give me 3, watching video-clips, reflective questions, KUI activity etc. There are many opportunities for class discussions to encourage young people to present their own opinions and respect the views of others. All activities are clearly linked to success criteria.

All activities proved to be very successful in helping pupils consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Remembrance Day. I have included a sample of pupils’ feedback which was very positive.

At the end of this topic you can celebrate pupils’ success with one of these certificates.
This resource contains:
✶ Cover
✶ Teacher Notes (including learning objectives, ways of differentiating, detailed instructions on how and when to use this resource and printing tips)
✶ PowerPoint Presentation (fully editable and with animation)
✶ Flipchart Interactive Activities
✶ Worksheets
✶ TOU/Credits

Page Count: 43
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By Think_About_It

English & Languages

Remembrance day - French vocabulary on emotions

Pupils are given a copy of the vocab list on last slide of powerpoint.
They are then shown a series of images with a choice of 3 emotions and asked to show red/amber/green card to show which emotion they think is shown in the images. (Our pupils' planners have RAG pages - they could use different coloured pens / objects instead?)
Later slides offer no choice of emotions, but encourage pupils to write an emotion on a whiteboard instead.
Depending on ability of class pupils could be encouraged to write whole sentences rather than single words.
By Cazduck

WW1 Life in the Trenches - Comic Book

An engaging lesson for Remembrance Day, or Veteran's Day. Thirteen page comic book style text to introduce the history of trench warfare during World War 1. Great resource for use with teens. It outlines why and how the trenches were constructed and what life was like for the soldiers who used them during such horrific battles as the Somme and Passchendaele. It also includes some unusual facts about trench life and a page of memorable quotes from characters who lived through the war. Contains a quiz and other useful resources, and can be printed out in black and white, used as a slide show on a computer, or as a PDF e.book on a tablet.

35 pages


1. A thirteen page PDF color version of the comic with a comprehension quiz at the end. This can be printed out or displayed as a slideshow on a computer or used as an e.book on a tablet.
2. The same thirteen page PDF comic in black and white for easy printing.
3. An ePub version for teacher's use on a tablet.
4. A student print that has a section for dictionary work and an exercise for practicing some of the more difficult words in the comic.
5. A student answer print for the comic quiz and dictionary tasks.
6. Two writing prompts to extend the lesson. The first is a creative exercise to write a news report from the front line of any historical battle. The second is an essay question to use memorable quotes from World War 1 to illustrate the student's thoughts and feelings about war.
7. A teacher's notes print that provides directions on using the comic and useful links to sites about World War 1 and trench warfare.

All prints are in PDF format.

Other short comics in this history series can be found at the link below:


Other video and comic book history resources in my store;




By kibishipaul

Remembrance Day / L'Armistice

Presentation that can be used for classroom or assembly for remembrance Day. Draws attention to the differences between England and France and also worth saying that in France it is a public holiday. If you do use this it would be good to know how you found it. I followed up with outline drawings of poppy and cornflower and got the children to write the colour word as many times as possible to fill in the space within the outline- bleu, rouge, vert, noir
By sandy59

Remembrance Day - Descriptive Writing

This lessons helps students to understand the true horror and terror of the First World War and life in the trenches,as well as the thoughts and feelings of soldiers going over the top. We look at how a writer can be begin and end a descriptive piece in order to have the most impact on the reader. The lesson includes differentiated activities throughout, a very detailed planning sheet, and video and audio clips to help students develop an understanding of what it was like being in the War. A useful resource for students preparing for descriptive or creative writing exams. Fully differentiated throughout.

By Lead_Practitioner

Maths & Science

World War One maths cross curricular activity

There are three 'training stations&' (trenches, weapons & management) for England and Germany. Each has resource pack (2 copies of resource laminated) é set of questions. Resources are mostly historically accurate, but a few liberties taken to make maths do-able! Questions are red (easy–1 point) amber (mid-2 points) and green (hard-3 points). Students have 15 mins at each station. The more points students got in 1st lesson, the more clues they got to decode in 2nd lesson, which led to a game of 3d battleships (could change to make 2D). Instruction doc has guide for students and teachers.
By rhansard


9 Coding activities designed to promote problem solving, discussion and created with 100 year anniversary of WW1 in mind. Includes; Coordinates, BODMAS and many other thinking skills Ciphers. Although codes 1-7 are fairly simplistic and accessible for most KS3, differentiated versions of code 8 and 9 will provide challenges for even the brightest year 13. Answers provided. Please let me know if you like it and I'm happy to make/share more resources. Enjoy! Jon
By pdjpdj

Colouring by One and Two Step Equations - Remembrance Day (25-Worksheet Mosaic)

Help students to Remember this November as they collaboratively complete the Poppy mosaic. Each student's worksheet represents a small section of the big picture! The end result will look spectacular hanging up in your classroom :)

Also check out the Remembrance Day Poppy mosaic in a :
more basic colour-by-number and number range bundle (5 versions) .

Students solve 1 and 2-step linear equations, then use the answers to colour their worksheets based on the colour key. Their sheets combine to create the large mosaic image!

It's simple!
1. Calculate the answers.
2. Colour the squares.
3. Cut out your section.
4. Combine with the class!

INCLUDED (.pdf and .docx files):
• Full class set of 25 worksheets (all different!) that combine to create the Poppy Mosaic
• Complete Answer Key for all worksheets making assessment a breeze
• Every worksheet has a randomized answer list at the bottom so students can self-assess their work before colouring
• Coloured image of the mosaic with coordinates, guiding you to easy assembly

The student buy-in factor is HUGE with these worksheets; they all want to see the finished picture come together! High school students love colouring too! This will be a nice change in pace from textbook homework.

Leave the picture a secret or show the answer key for motivation… it’s your call.

Encourage students to check their answers by finding them in the randomized list on their worksheet before they colour each square. This will increase the accuracy of the final picture!

All my “Colouring by…” worksheets use standard pencil-crayon colours found in the Crayola 24 pack. For best results, use the exact colour name match (and encourage quality colouring!). Perhaps a class set of pencil crayons would be a fun math department investment!

If your class size doesn’t line up with 25, no worries! You could hand out some duplicate worksheets if you have a large class (perhaps to a student less likely to enjoy the colouring aspect of this task!) or, you could have some students work pairs (differentiated learning). If you have a small class, in my experience, students are eager to do additional sheets to complete the picture! (Or you could use the answer key to fill in the missing pieces quickly.)

Feedback, suggestions, and frontline stories are always welcomed!

Thanks for checking this out!
By CalfordMath


ICT and Literacy activity which makes students look at Remebrance Day, what it means and how it is relevant in todays society.
By dlnelson

WW1 Chemistry: Science...For Good or Bad?

Lesson designed to encourage discussion about the role science plays as a positive force and a negative force. The focus is on the work of Fritz Haber - as the 'Father of Chemical Warfare&' as well as his work on the production of ammonia which won him a Nobel Prize. The worksheets can be printed in A3 and the additional sheets printed to provide stimulus material. Chlorine, Haber, World War 1, Science
By rehaanmalik

WW1 Submarines - Cartesian Divers

WW1 themed Science lesson about submarines for the WW1 Centenary - lasts approx. 20-30 minutes can be made to last longer. Looks at U-Boat casualities and relates making of Cartesian Divers to submarines. I ran this with Y7-9 who all seemed to enjoy it.
By sm310


WW1: Causes of the First World War

A group of lessons which gets students to investigate the long and short term causes and the trigger of assassination.

This can then be followed by a recap lesson of the causes.

These lessons include sentence starters and support for Low ability students and challenge tasks for the high end students to stretch them.
By j_leemosley

World War One and Religion - Lesson 4 - What religions took part in WW1?

This is lesson four in a series of lessons that looks to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One by using key RE/RS theme and a great opportunity for the RE department to contribute to this important event.
Designed for Year 8 or 9 students, these lessons will support a foundation for GCSE RE/RS
The aim of this lesson is for students to explain which religions took part in WW1 and to analyse different religious teachings on war - with a focus on Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam

By njscarlet

First World War Remembrance

LO: To be able to explain how WW1 and the lives lost are remembered.

MUST: Know what “Remembrance” means in the context of the First World War.
SHOULD: Understand the impact the First World War had and the different ways it is remembered.
COULD: Be able to empathies and understand the cost of life lost in the war, and the value of Remembrance.

By W B

Christmas Truce 1914-2014

A lesson exploring the accuracy of the 2014 Sainsburys advert through primary sources.

It also gets pupils to think carefully about their opinion on the advert.
By madhatter1883


Poppy Art – ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Armistice Day, etc (Design A)

A super-fun art project for your students when celebrating special days such as:
♦ Remembrance Day
♦ Memorial Day
♦ Armistice Day

This project involves your students ruling straight lines between 2 dots on a template, to create poppy inspired art work. This is Design A (wreath).

♦ Template
♦ Example – black/white and colour
♦ Instructions

Level of Difficulty:
Your students need to be able to use a ruler to draw straight lines between 2 points (even the curves are made with straight lines … it’s like magic!). The designs look more complicated than they actually are. Concentration is required, but the actual process is not difficult.

Simple, clear, easy-to-follow instructions are provided. One instruction per page (image and a sentence). Display the instructions via a data projector if you have access to one. Otherwise print and enlarge them and/or demonstrate on an enlarged template.

Equipment Needed:
You need a ruler and a pen (black works best). Something to colour with (eg coloured pencils, watercolours, felt tip markers, chalk pastels, dye, etc)

The artwork measures approximately 17cm x 17cm. Designed on A4 size paper.

These designs are also available (in my store):
* Design B - cross
* Design C - medal
* Design D - poppy

Keywords: string art, parabolic curves, math, geometry, patterns, war, symbolism, veteran

© Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
By swelch_resources

World War 1 Performance Pack - Music Resources 1

This music resource from BBC School Radio allows students to explore the theme of World War One.
By BBCTeach

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