This Remembrance Day, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, pay your respects with a remembrance school assembly or service, or special classroom activity. Helping kids understand the significance and importance of Remembrance Day can be difficult. That’s why we have composed a list of ideas on how you can teach children about the reason why the nation holds two minutes of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th month every year.
1. Download and sing along to our new song This Remembrance Day by Naomi Johnson.
This reflective song deals with the subject of remembrance and those men and women who have fought for our country. Perfect for a class or school assembly for the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, remembering those who lost their lives. We celebrate your service, pay tribute to your lives, this day is to honour what you’ve done.
Click here to listen to and download This Remembrance Day.
2. For Early Years – Download and sing along to our song Wear A Poppy Today from The Niki Davies Calendar of Songs.
The simple lyrics in this more upbeat song help younger children understand the difficult concept of Remembrance Day. It is perfect for ages 3-6. This song is available as a single song download on our Song Calendar website
Click here to listen to and download Wear A Poppy Today.
Click here to find out more about The Niki Davies Calendar of Songs
3. Follow our poetic poppy display craft guide and create a display in the school assembly hall.
The Tower of London had a great display of ceramic poppies in 2014. Show your students pictures of this amazing art installation and encourage them to make something just as beautiful.
Click here to download our How To Make A Poetic Poppy Display guide.
4. Purchase our new songbook Sing™ Celebration and sing When We Remember by Mary Green and Julie Stanley.
This song of thanks demonstrates gratitude for those who have given their lives for our country. Perfect for Remembrance services and other occasions when we remember the people who stood for what is right
. Ideal for ages 5-11.
Click here to view and listen to songs from Sing™ Celebration.
5. Share stories about the armed forces.
Ask if any children in your class have any members of their family that fought in the World Wars or are part of the armed forces today. Ask them to write about their family member and encourage discussion of family history and heritage in their homes.
6. Create poppy bouquets for children to take home to their parents.
Follow our craft how-to guide for simple instructions for making a beautiful bunch of bright red poppies using green paper straws and red cupcake cases.
Click here to download our How To Make A Poppy Bouquet guide.
7. Think about how the local area has been affected by war.
Many schools are located near war memorials or statues. Have your class discuss what memorial your school is located close to and why it is there. You could even take a class trip to the memorial to see it in person. Encourage open conversation about loss amongst your class, then sing one of our remembrance songs and have a quiet moment of reflection.
8. Sing along to We Will Remember from Songs For Every Occasion by Mark and Helen Johnson
This simple song has a beautiful instrumental verse allowing for quiet reflection and is great for ages 5-11. This songbook contains songs about every occasion from Back to School to Easter, and from Harvest to Christmas. It is an essential music resource that you will find yourself returning to occasion after occasion, year after year.
Click here to view and listen to songs from Songs For Every Occasion.
We hope these classroom resources spark your imagination and help create a memorable Remembrance Day for you and your class.
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