Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block H - Commonwealth 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.

Can you help to celebrate Commonwealth Day in March? Start this block with an important visit from the monarch and listen as they set a special challenge. Learn through a series of creative activities: Create a Commonwealth collage, take part in traditional games from Commonwealth countries and design a unique Commonwealth flag. Finally, come together and celebrate your achievements with a friendly Commonwealth Day!

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: Message from the Monarch

Be amazed by a visit from the monarch, who sets a special challenge. Learn about the history of the Commonwealth and the values it stands for, then create a Commonwealth collage!

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02: Commonwealth Children

Learn what life is like for children in different countries of the Commonwealth. Try playing some of the games that originate in Commonwealth countries.

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03: Commonwealth Flags

Examine the 53 flag designs from Commonwealth Countries. Learn why colours and pictures are used on certain flags. Design a unique flag for the Commonwealth.

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04: Commonwealth Day

Consolidate and celebrate the learning throughout this block. Children host an invited audience to celebrate their learning. The monarch congratulates children.