Beyond Living Memory: Commemorating History
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!

Session 1 Message from the Monarch

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Art and Design

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Teaching and Activities

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!

Teaching Outcomes
To gain understanding about the Commonwealth and create a timeline to represent key events in the Commonwealth.
To make a collage representing the meaning of the Commonwealth.

Children will:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Day.
  • Understand the sequence of events from the beginning of the Commonwealth until today.
  • Make a Commonwealth collage using images from the timeline of events.

Provided Resources

  • Commonwealth quiz
  • Blank collage resource
  • Commonwealth images
  • Example collage

You Will Need

  • Sports catalogues and magazines
  • A3 piece of paper
  • A medal

Session 2 Commonwealth Children

Objectives

Geography

  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

SMSC

  • Enable students to acquire a further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.

PE

  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes
To find out about the countries that make up the Commonwealth.
To learn about different cultures and traditions.
To participate in team games.

Children will:

  • Locate the countries of the Commonwealth on a world map.
  • Learn and participate in different playground games from other Commonwealth countries.

You Will Need

  • A large scale map of the world

Session 3 Commonwealth Flags

Objectives

Geography

  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

Art

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

SMSC

  • Develop an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To become familiar with flags of the Commonwealth, to use world maps to locate countries in the Commonwealth.
To create flags that use symbols to show your identity.
To celebrate each person’s uniqueness.

Children will:

  • Increase self-knowledge by reflecting on their interests and abilities.
  • Celebrate the uniqueness of each child in the class.
  • Create a unique individual flag.

You Will Need

  • Large-scale world map
  • Pre-cut flags, straws, pens, crayons and pencils

Session 4 Commonwealth Day

Objectives

PE

  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Music

  • Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tunes and untuned instruments musically.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes
To participate in team games.
To perform a song to an invited audience.

Children will:

  • Play a traditional game to invited audience.
  • Present their learning to invited audience.
  • Host the celebration and celebrate achievements.

You Will Need

  • Refreshments
  • All creative outcomes from this block on display
  • Scrolls
  • Commonwealth flags and children's flags ready for display