First World War Centenary

Added 23 Sep 2018

Remembrance resources

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, The Royal British Legion is leading a national movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War.

We have produced a series of mini units of work for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 focused on individuals whose contribution to the war effort in a way that is not typically remembered.

What the resources include

The lesson plans enable pupils to write a thank you letter to the person they have studied as their personal act of remembrance. We have also produced accompanying assemblies to introduce remembrance and the Thank You campaign.

Each unit of work consists of 5 or 6 lessons, enabling you to deliver the lessons over the course of a week. We suggest that the best timing for these lessons might be in the week commencing 5 November, providing your pupils with greater understanding of a reason they have to say thank you in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.

Key Stage 2

  • Primary assembly
  • Florence Cordell, female bus conductor (English, history)
  • Reginald Alfred James Cooper, child mill worker (English, history)

Key Stage 3

  • Secondary assembly
  • Thank You introductory lesson
  • Harry Brearley, inventor of stainless steel (English, history, science)
  • Elsie Inglis, Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett, female surgeons (English, history, science)

Key Stage 4

  • Secondary assembly
  • Thank You introductory lesson
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, writer (English)
  • Ernest Brooks, war photographer (English, history)

Welsh language versions of these resources are also available to download from The Royal British Legion's website.

The Thank You movement

By delivering these lesson plans your school will become part of the Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement. You can celebrate this by sharing the pupils’ work in the following ways:

  • On Facebook
  • On Twitter
  • Contact The Royal British Legion at and let them know you’re involved. By sharing your schools’ logo with the Legion you can become a Thank You school and your activity can be shared on the Thank You website.

To find out more about the ways your school can get involved with the Thank You campaign, please visit