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‘Extraordinary’ Remembrance resources for Scottish pupils!

20 Oct 2021

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We have proudly partnered with Poppyscotland to offer teachers, group leaders and educators a range of new Remembrance Classroom and Assembly Activity PowerPoints designed for all Curriculum for Excellent (CfE) level learners.

Highlights include recently discovered and inspiring true stories about courageous Scottish citizens who found themselves in extraordinary situations during and after wartime, or have found their own extraordinary way to mark Remembrance.

These Activity PowerPoints challenge pupils of all ages independently to interpret and reflect on our history through thought-provoking contemporary conversations.

Stories featured span across time, covering acts of bravery, sacrifice and dedication. These include the amazing true story of the Glasgow school janitor, Fred Luke VC (Victoria Cross), who was discovered to have been one of the bravest men of the First World War, and letters written by Douglas Constable (1890-1916), to his former Head Teacher at St Mary’s Melrose School in the Scottish Borders.

The resource also shines a spotlight on extraordinary acts of Remembrance honouring servicemen and women. These include Kingussie resident Isobel Harling, who for 70 years has tended the graves of Indian soldiers who came to Scotland during the Second World War, Asra Ahmad, a young woman from Glasgow who, during 2020, created an impressive Poppy Cascade, and the fascinating Tribute Ink Tattoo exhibition.

Analysis of war poetry helps help learners understand attitudes towards conflict and Remembrance in the past, allowing for contrast with contemporary experiences of veterans, to show how our attitudes and understanding have progressed.

Finally, there are new ideas for how learners might mark Remembrance in their own way: from writing a poem or organising a Poppy Walk, to events such as a charity car wash or a football match on the school playing field.

Download our resources for Second to Senior levels.

Discover a full range of Curriculum for Excellence Remembrance resources by visiting Poppyscotland learning resources.

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