Bradford marks Remembrance Day with family literacy activities

11 Nov 2019
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Families at Knowleswood Primary School in Bradford are taking part in special literacy activities this fortnight to learn more about Remembrance Day.

A group of parents and children from the school have come together to explore this important period of history as part of our Inspiring Parents project in Tong and Bowling.

Across a two week programme they will be been doing a range of activities including:

  • Arts and craft workshops to make their own commemorative poppy field
  • Newspaper sessions with parents reading and discussing local and national stories on how the nation has marked Remembrance day
  • Writing and reporting activities where children investigate stories from their own family history
  • Speaking and listening group sessions with parents retelling true stories from WWII

Led by local ‘Parent Champions’ volunteers – with the support of the Inspiring Parents team – the ideas for the activity came from the families involved and their wish to learn more about Armistice Day and the significance of wearing a poppy.

Inspiring Parents was launched in Keighley and in Tong and Bowling earlier this year to help improve the literacy skills of children aged 9 to 11 by supporting their parents to be more involved in their learning at school and at home. Activity is run by parent volunteers from the local community called Parent Champions who are best placed to understand, and help overcome, the challenges facing families in the area.

“Inspiring Parents aims to give parents and carers the confidence to engage in their children’s learning, so it is wonderful to have our families putting forth their own ideas on what they want to work. It is inspiring to see parents and children coming together to learn about such a meaningful and moving day and the important history behind it.”

Imran Hafeez, Inspiring Parents Lead and Manager of Bradford Stories

Inspiring Parents is run by Bradford Stories, a campaign from the National Literacy Trust and is funded by the Bradford Opportunity Area to improve literacy levels in the city.

To find out more about Inspiring Parents, visit Inspiringparents.org.uk.