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Remembrance Learning Resources

The Royal British Legion has created learning resources for schools, teachers and educators to increase knowledge of Remembrance, History, English and Citizenship activities.

The Royal British Legion is committed to promoting Remembrance to younger people. We have developed these Remembrance-focused learning resources to support schools, teachers and educators in developing their lesson plans. These materials are reviewed and updated regularly.

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Learning PAck

Learning Pack 2015/16For the 2015/16 academic year we developed a learning pack which contains a foreword by Dame Jacqueline Wilson and a number of posters (available in English or Welsh) ideal for classroom or event displays, Remembrance activities and assemblies.

Please note: Copyright for images remains with the listed copyright owner. Downloads can only be used in their entirety for educational purposes. Any extracts, modifications or other usage would require prior permission.

Learning Pack Posters

We have developed a series of posters for use in the classroom. All downloads are in PDF format.

Audio Visual Downloads

We also have a four-minute video introduction to Remembrance:

ASSEMBLIES AND LESSON PLANS

We have put together model assemblies for use at times of Remembrance. They are suitable for use both in November, when the whole nation remembers, or during the year to coincide with specific anniversaries. Assemblies can be used on their own or grouped into a series. 

All files are in PDF format.

Key Stage 3 and 4 Assemblies

Theme: Remembering past & present - a full set of 6 assemblies, which includes: 

The poems at the end of each assembly have been selected from a range - please feel free to use them or replace them with your chosen alternatives.

Key Stage 1 and 2 Assemblies

Key Stages 1&2 - Remembrance - a full series, which includes:

  • Remembrance and the First World War centenary
  • Memorials
  • Poetry and Remembrance
  • The role of individuals and families in Remembrance
  • Remembrance Day
  • Remembering the past
  • Helping people<
  • Thinking about the present and the future

Key Stages 1&2 - Remembrance for older pupils - a full series in PDF format which includes:

  • What do we remember?
  • The Poppy
  • Memorials
  • Who are we remembering?
  • Remembrance Day

Key Stage 2 - Remembering the people - a full series in PDF format which includes:

  • A life overshadowed by war
  • Remembering World War Two
  • Remembering the Falklands 30 years on
  • Remembering the families
  • Remembering those who came back injured

Lesson Plans and Activities

All files are in PDF format.

The following materials colouring sheets are in PDF format and can be downloaded or printed for use in association with the other resource materials.

Further information

  • Reading List - a list of novels, poetry and non-fiction books on topics related to Remembrance
  • Website research - a list of useful websites for further information.

Remembering the Somme

The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home. Many of the soldiers who had signed up were everyday young men from close-knit communities across the UK.

To help schools, teachers and educators commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Somme, The Royal British Legion has produced free information to be used in developing their lesson plans for Somme 100.

Passchendaele 100

Fought between July and November 1917, Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, remains one of the most notorious battles of the First World War

The 100th anniversary of Passchendaele provides an opportunity to discover how the battle unfolded and experience what life was like on the front line through immersive 360 videos.

To help schools, teachers and educators commemorate and learn about the Battle of Passchendaele, The Royal British Legion has produced some guidance on how to use this virtual reality content in a learning environment.

Women at War 100

On 7 July 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) became the British Army’s first all-female unit.

The Royal British Legion has developed a timeline to help highlight how the role of women in the Armed Forces has developed over the last 100 years, and encourage young people to learn more about the women who have pushed boundaries.

Image: © IWM (Q 54089)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Legion has also produced a variety of resources for various commemorative events that could be adapted for learning purposes. 

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