Remembrance Sunday falls this Sunday 10th November. Last year TLN was pleased to work in partnership with British Futures, an integration Think Tank and the British Legion to create a series of lessons to be used in schools.
These lessons are designed to support Primary KS2 pupils to learn about Commonwealth Involvement in World War 1 and are part of Remember Together. These resources support children to explore Commonwealth Contribution through the life stories of four different people – Walter Tull, Hardit Singh Malik, William Billington and Shahamad Khan. These stories were created through a joint project between the Royal British Legion, British Future and ourselves at The Linking Network. All images and stories were sourced by the British Legion
We wrote an interactive Key Stage 2 lesson lasting around an hour and an assembly. PowerPoints and all handouts to teach the lesson can be found on our website here
Children from two Bradford primary schools, one with mostly Asian heritage pupils and the other majority white British heritage, came together on Remembrance Sunday to lay a wreath at the Bradford cenotaph made of giant poppies that they made together, commemorating WW1 soldiers of all backgrounds.
135 children from Girlington Primary School and Eldwick Primary School took part in an event to learn that soldiers – from India and what is now Pakistan, the Caribbean and Australia as well as from Britain – fought side-by-side in the First World War.
The children made giant poppies to remember individual WW1 soldiers from different backgrounds – soldiers like Khudadad Khan, a Muslim from present-day Pakistan, who was the first South Asian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. We have a short film you can watch to see what the children did and how they enjoyed the activities
British Legion Resources
The British Legion have a new set of resources made for this year which are available to download from their website and which explore the contribution made by soldiers from across the Commonwealth who fought in three battles in different places across the world in World War Two.
The Remembrance assembly pack is for those teachers wishing to provide an overview to their pupils of what Remembrance is, and why and how we remember. There are 2 assembly plans available on the website which explore the nations and peoples who stood by Britain during three great battles of the Second World War (all of which are marking their 75th anniversaries in 2019) as well as showing the true diversity of the allied armies and how communities across Britain share a common Remembrance heritage.
There are also downloadable lesson plans for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.
All these are available here https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance