Remembrance Day

Nov. 5, 2020

Remembrance Day or Armistice Day is held on the 11th November and marks the day that World War 1 ended at 11 am on the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. A 2-minute silence is held to remember the courage and bravery of those who fought and died in all wars WW1, WW2, Falklands, Gulf war as well as the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Ceremonies are held at the Cenotaph in London as well as at War memorials and churches across the U.K. and overseas.

King George V held the first 2-minute silence on 11th November 1919 and made the request for the silence to be observed so: “thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.

‘Remembrance is a prescient time for bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, and to join together in the hope for a brighter, peaceful future.’ Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion brings the whole nation together and has a range of resources that schools can use. These are all free to download and include materials created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and a range of lesson plans. ‘Teaching Remembrance is key to understanding how modern diverse Britain was created and the shared heritage of service and sacrifice across all the UK’s communities.’ Royal British Legion.

We have put together a folder of resources within Purple Mash that schools can use in the run-up to Remembrance Day. These include a range of writing and paint projects. Children could either write an information text, or design a poster to explain what happens on Remembrance Day. Many soldiers wear their medals, while family members can also wear their relative’s medals to remember acts of bravery. Children could design a medal for Remembrance Day as well as talking to family members about Remembrance and documenting their own stories.  Using our paint projects children could draw a Poppy and use our new Poppy pattern tool from 2Paint a Picture to design a field of poppies pattern.

Pupils could also use 2Publish Plus to research and write about the impact of the wars on their local community, including writing about their local war memorial. Or use 2Animate to produce an animation for Remembrance, combining poetry and graphics.

‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’

Whatever you do to mark Remembrance Day you can share your examples via our Twitter or Facebook pages.