KS2 History: 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 and 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 short film is from the BBC Teach series, The A to Z of WW1.

Teacher Notes

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...’

Pupils 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?

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Curriculum Notes

This short film might be useful for teaching history at Key Stage 2 / Second Level or above.

More from World War One A to Z

Q is for Quartermaster
S is for Shrapnel
T is for Trenches