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Remembrance Day resources – 8 of the best activities and worksheets for KS1 and KS2

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Help primary children appreciate why we celebrate Remembrance Day with these activities, ideas, worksheets, lesson plans and more…

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When is Remembrance Day?

In the UK, Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day) always falls on 11th November, to remember the agreement between the Allies and Germany to stop fighting.

It is a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military in WWI, WWII and other conflicts.

Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday in November. In 2022, this will be 13th November.

KS1 Remembrance Day resource pack – Why Do We Remember?

Develop pupils’ understanding with this KS1 Remembrance Day resource pack that explores how images or objects help them to remember, and how the poppy is used as a symbol of remembrance on Remembrance Day.

In their final task, pupils will create their own poppy, writing simple sentences about whom we remember and why when we see this symbol.

KS2 Remembrance Day Resources Pack – A Letter from the Frontline

For this Remembrance Day, explore what life was like for soldiers on the frontline during World War One with this KS2 Remembrance Day resource pack that includes information about Remembrance Day and why the poppy is used a symbol for remembrance before investigating what life must have been like for the soldiers who went to war.

Pupils will look at a variety of images that show life in the trenches during WW1 and use their inference skills to imagine what it would have been like to fight on the front line across Europe.

They will read a letter, sent from a mother to a soldier fighting in WW1. Pupils will then write a reply in role as the soldier, describing their life on the front line. The activities could be completed over a day as part of your classes work on Remembrance Day, or could be completed over a series of English lessons.

Live 2022 Remembrance Assembly for KS2

Join the British Legion for a live Remembrance Assembly on 11th November 2022. Co-produced with the National Literacy Trust for KS2 students, the assembly will feature music, film, art, interviews and more, culminating in the Two-Minute Silence at 11am. 

The British Legion also has a range of free KS1 Remembrance Day resources and KS2 Remembrance Day resources.

D-Day and VE Day resources

This list of great D-Day and VE Day resources to use in class may come in handy. Learn all about the Normandy landings, the Holocaust, Anne Frank and more.

WWI resources

On a similar note, we’ve also put together this collection specifically for World War I resources. There’s a women at work resource, a book topic for The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha and the National Literacy Trust’s ‘children at war’ pack.

Year 6 Remembrance Day Resources Pack – Dulce et Decorum est poem

Use this Year 6 Remembrance Day resources pack to explore World War One poetry and help children understand what life was like on the frontline.

It includes information about Remembrance Day and why the poppy is used as a symbol for remembrance before exploring the poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.

In the writing task, pupils will use the vocabulary and events in the poem to write a short narrative, describing the events in the poem.

Fallen Fields for UKS2

Fallen Fields is a free and fully-resourced First World War project from Cornerstones that helps children understand why we commemorate this war.

Appropriate for children in Y5-6, it provides a series of pre-planned lessons across a range of subjects, culminating in a fundraising activity where children plan to raise money for The Royal British Legion.

BBC Remembrance resources

Over on BBC Teach there’s a great selection of Remembrance Day resources, including a Remembrance Sunday assembly for KS1/2, WWI and Remembrance songs, a pupil perspective assembly pack and more.

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