Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block A - Remembrance Day

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Children reflect on their memories and understand the meaning of symbols, in particular the Remembrance Day poppy. Explore and discover the reasons behind Remembrance Day and how the event is marked around the world.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: I remember when....

Children reflect on their memories – birthday celebrations, family holidays, significant faith days, funny things, trips and treats. Is there a special something that you and their family always remember and celebrate?

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02: Symbols help us to remember

On everyday items symbols represent and signify things we want to identify and/or remember. 

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03: Poppies part 1

Poppies as symbols of Remembrance.  Combine story ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ with contemporary artists Scarlett Raven, Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. (Continue into Session 4).

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04: Poppies part 2

Learn when Remembrance Day takes place. Complete Art work and listen to poem ‘Poppies for Remembrance’.

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05: Memorials, parades and poppies

Class visit to local memorial. Do we recognize any of the surnames listed?  National memorial = The Cenotaph Whitehall, London; Remembrance Sunday; also, Menin Gate, Ypres.

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06: Around the world

Is Remembrance Day only a national event or is it global? What do other countries do?