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Five ways to teach children about Remembrance

Learning about Remembrance brings children of all ages and backgrounds together. 

We support the teaching of Remembrance across the UK and have a range of free teaching resources that are simple to deliver and include teacher notes. 

Our resources are linked to the National Curriculum and help children in Key Stages 1 to 5 build key skills. 

Here are five ways you can use our resources to help children explore Remembrance.

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Whole school projects

Our whole school projects help develop an understanding of Remembrance across schools, actively engaging children in creating their own acts of Remembrance that can then be shared with families and the local community.

Our new Sounds of Remembrance project for Primary Schools sees children work towards creating an audio time capsule which records the ways people in their community take part in Remembrance.  

Through a series of sessions children learn how our national Remembrance traditions have evolved, discuss different community and national Remembrance traditions, and imagine what Remembrance might look like for them in the future.  

We also have a Then and Now project suitable for Primary and Secondary Schools, comparing service in the Second World War and today through assemblies, lessons and bitesize activities. 

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Assemblies

Ideal for classes, virtual student groups and home learning, we have a range of assembly resources for Key Stages 1 to 5.

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Suitable for use as a stand-alone activity or as part of wider school engagement with Remembrance, the assembles are perfect for use leading up to the observance of the two-minute silence in November. 

Our new 100 Years of Remembrance assemblies are a great way to inspire children to take part in Remembrance. 

 

They explore who, how and why we remember through videos of veterans and civilians, helping children learn that Remembrance honours all those who help to protect us.  

Teaching Remembrance

We support the teaching of Remembrance across the UK and have designed a range of free teaching resources for use at school or in the home.

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The Remembrance Glade at the National Memorial Arboretum

Creative Remembrance

Inspired by the new Remembrance Glade at the National Memorial Arboretum, we have a range of resources for students to explore Remembrance through poetry and art.

The Remembrance Glade at the National Memorial Arboretum

Our poetry resources are available for Key Stages 1 to 3 and feature specially written Remembrance poems from renowned poets Laura Mucha, Joseph Coelho and Caleb Parkin.

Through rich and varied content, including beautiful imagery from the Remembrance Glade and videos from the poets, these resources are ideal for classes, virtual student groups and home learning and a great way to prepare children to take part in Remembrance. 

Designed to suit children with different access to green spaces, our Design your own Remembrance Glade resource helps children in Key Stages 2 and 3 explore the Glade and understand how the use of shape, colour, sound and other elements can be used to create a beautiful space.  

 

Design templates and top tips support children in their creativity and engagement with Remembrance, whether it be in a garden, window box or diorama. 

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Book clubs

Children can develop their understanding of Remembrance through voices from different places, cultures and times with our book club resources for Key Stages 2 and 3.

Our new Key Stage 3 book club was co-created with the National Literacy Trust and is based on extracts from a range of authors including Terry Pratchett, Lucy Strange, David Olusoga, Liz Kessler, Tony Bradman, Phil Earle and Elizabeth Wein.  

The texts explore a range of topics including the experiences of Jewish children in the First World War, the contribution of African and West Indian people to the war effort and rebuilding of Britain, and the impact of serving in Afghanistan on two brothers. A teacher guide and activity sheets for each extract are also included, featuring discussion questions and glossaries. 

Our Key Stage 2 book club explores Remembrance and themes of ‘then and now’ through Now or Never by Bali Rai, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Little Rebels Award. It guides children through the story of Private Fazal Khan and his experience serving during the Second World War, and a range of activities encourage children to engage with the text and consider how it impacts their understanding of Remembrance.   


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Youth groups

Our resources for youth groups are aimed to help young people understand and engage with Remembrance today.

Explore resources for Girlguiding, Cadets, and Scouts

We've partnered with Girlguiding, Cadets, and Scouts to create bespoke Remembrance resources and unit activities.  

Our resources are designed so everyone can connect and engage with Remembrance, discovering links between their own experiences and those of the Second World War generation. 

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