This post is written by science specialist teacher Anne.
Remembrance Day primary teaching ideas
At 11am on 11th November, we will be remembering those who died during the First and Second World Wars, and subsequent conflicts.
Remembrance and Armistice Day traditions started following the end of the First World War on November 11th 1918. Today, we also have the British Legion’s poppy appeal, Remembrance Sunday, and Remembrance Festivals around the country.
It is important that children understand the significance of the Remembrance Day traditions, and one of the best ways to do this is through a combination of informative and creative teaching sessions and activities.
At Mrs Mactivity, we have created lots of Remembrance Day activities for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 to engage and interest children and support your teaching of this topic.
Remembrance Day EYFS and KS1 teaching ideas
Our EYFS Remembrance Day planning overview includes links and activity ideas that cover the different areas of the EYFS curriculum. Our Remembrance Day focus plan centres around people who are special to each of us and is a great way for younger children to get involved in Remembrance Day. The focus plan is ideal for those who are too young or would struggle to understand the significance of Remembrance Day traditions.
If you are looking for age-appropriate information about the meaning and traditions of Remembrance Day, take a look at our Remembrance Day EYFS and KS1 presentation.
KS2 Remembrance Day teaching ideas
KS2 children should be ready to learn more about the history of Remembrance Day and t he significance of the services and memorials. We have created a KS2 Remembrance Day presentation which has lots of information about the background of Remembrance Day and how it is marked both in this country and around the world. It is fully editable so you can adapt and change it to the needs and sensitivities of your children.
For younger KS2 children, why not also cover some literacy objectives with our Lower KS2 Remembrance Day Reading Comprehension.
Creative Remembrance Day teaching ideas for all ages
There is no better way to get children thinking, talking about, and engaging with Remembrance Day traditions than with some creative activities.