Remembrance

Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday of November each year, to mark the end of the Great War in 1918. This year, on November 11th, services across Britain will honour the memory of those who died in both the first and the second world wars, and in wars since.

Many British people wear poppies at this time of year, symbolising the flowers which grew out of the first world war battlefields. The Royal British Legion organises the poppy appeal, a two-minute silence and a national service of remembrance at the Cenotaph.

An excellent learning pack for schools has been produced by the Royal British Legion, and 11 to 16-year-olds can enter their art and poetry contest. The BBC’s World War One homepage provides keepsakes from those who experienced the war.

If you would like to explore further, our archive includes coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the way politicians and the public remember war, the legacy of the first world war in Bosnia, the psychology of fighting, the debate over Britain’s involvement and the reputation of first world war generals. There are many articles under the war tag which will introduce students to wider debates over war today.

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Assembly

Reflect on how conflict has changed since the first world war, with a slideshow of some of the most moving war photographs taken in the last 100 years.

Activities

  1. Imagine you are a soldier fighting in the first world war and write a letter home to your family. Include a story about one of the hardships you have faced.
  2. The symbol of remembrance, the red poppy, was inspired by John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Field. Read this poem and use it to create your own poem or song about the war.
  3. Research the role of women in Britain during the first world war. Write a paragraph answering the question: was the war beneficial for the women’s rights movement?