History KS1 / KS2: R is for Remembrance

Schoolchildren describe the national act of remembrance that takes place on 11th November each year.

The children say what remembrance means to them personally.

The children share items such as campaign medals that are important in their own family histories.

Images of present-day commemoration follow, including the Queen laying a wreath at the Cenotaph, aerial views of war cemeteries on the battlefields of the Western Front and people observing the two minutes’ silence.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

Pupils could draw or paint pictures of poppies.

They could make an exhibition of their poppy paintings and choose some suitable recorded music to play at the exhibition.

The children could visit a local war memorial and copy down some of the names of the fallen.

Back at school, they add the names of these individuals to their poppy pictures, as a simple form of commemoration.

Key Stage 2

Pupils could search in anthologies of poetry for suitable poems to read out on Remembrance Day.

They could write responses to these poems beginning with the words, ‘This is how we remember...’

The children could visit a local war memorial. From the information recorded there, can pupils work out which year of the war saw the fiercest fighting for the troops who came from their neighbourhood?

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at primary school ages for Key Stages 1 and 2, or First and Second Level.

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