Remembrance Day Lesson Plan Ideas KS1 and KS2

Posted in kids + school on Jan 14, 2009

Photo of Flanders BattlefieldRemembrance Sunday can be taught to KS1 and KS2 children via John McCrae’s famous poem In Flanders Fields which is given below for you to print out or copy onto your whiteboard, although for younger children you may want to use only the first or first and second verses.

An introduction may include inviting an ex soldier to give a Westminster Abbey poppy crosses photopersonal recount. Alternatively show the children the above photograph and or a paper poppy and ask for volunteers to explain what they are.

You may want to cover:

  • Remembrance Sunday is a day which remembers the thousands of soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

  • It is celebrated on the Sunday closest to November 11th because it was on that day that the first world war ended.

  • On the Sunday itself there is a minute’s silence at 11 o’clock when everyone should stop and remember.

  • Remembrance ceremonies and assemblies are held, most notably at the Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey in London.

  • The day and week or so preceding Remembrance Sunday is characterised by the British Legion selling paper poppies to raise money for those who have been injured fighting, or for the families of those who were killed.

  • Moina Michael who first thought of selling poppies probably got the idea from the famous poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian Army doctor John McCrae.


In Flander’s Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flander’s fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies grow
In Flander’s fields.


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