We team up with The Royal British Legion to launch Remembrance Day inspired teaching resources

01 Sep 2021

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We have teamed up with The Royal British Legion– a charity which supports present and past members of the Armed Forces – to launch a range of free teaching resources for Key Stages 1-5 ahead of Remembrance Day 2021.

The resources are designed to help young people understand the importance of Remembrance Day – a tradition observed since the end of the First World War to remember those who lost their lives.

These can be used in school and at home, for pupils from all different backgrounds and communities to help them discover how Britain’s national Remembrance traditions have evolved, engage in different community and national commemorations, and be encouraged to imagine what Remembrance might look like for them in the future and learn how the poppy has become an enduring symbol of support for the Armed Forces.

The teaching kits include new assembly plans, whole school projects and stories featuring award-winning authors Terry Pratchett and David Olusoga, each coming with helpful notes for parents and educators.

The resources can also be used in assemblies to observe the annual two-minute silence on Remembrance Day, 11 November.

The teaching resources include:

KS5 Understanding Remembrance assembly

After the success of the KS1-4 Understanding Remembrance assemblies, the Royal British Legion has extended the reach of these popular assemblies to KS5 (16-18 years old). These are evergreen resources designed to introduce children to who, how and why we Remember.

KS1-5 2021 Remembrance assemblies

The Remembrance assemblies engage children in Remembrance through a relevant and accessible annual narrative. In 2021 children and teenagers can explore 100 years of Remembrance through videos of veterans and civilians, learning that Remembrance honours all those who help to protect us.

KS3 Remembrance book club stories

The book club engages children in Remembrance using a storytelling format that children are familiar with at school and features texts which explore a range of topics. These topics include the experiences of Jewish children in the Second World War, the contribution of African and West Indian people to the war effort and rebuilding of Britain, and the impact of serving in Afghanistan on two brothers.

The book club is based on extracts from a range of authors including Terry Pratchett, Lucy Strange, David Olusoga, Liz Kessler, Tony Bradman, Phil Earle and Elizabeth Wein.

Primary whole-school project

The RBL’s new Sounds of Remembrance project for primary schools sees children work towards creating an audio time capsule which records the ways people in their community take part in Remembrance.

“We are proud to have developed a variety of new teaching resources for schools and parents that offer a range of creative, engaging ways to mark Remembrance. Whether it’s taking part in the book club with stories from authors including Terry Pratchett and David Olusoga, or working with everyone in your school to develop a unique audio time capsule, there’s an activity to get everyone involved in Remembrance.”

Fay Lant, Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust

Available in English and Welsh, the resources for Key Stages 1-5 are linked to the national curriculum to develop core reading skills and are differentiated for students depending on their age, interests, and ability. The teaching resources are designed for use in school as well as the home and come with helpful notes for teachers and parents.

The free Teaching Remembrance resources can now be downloaded from the Royal British Legion’s website here: www.rbl.org.uk/teachingremembrance