Thursday November 11th marks Remembrance Day for 2021. Remembrance Day is a sombre time, as the UK and the Commonwealth remember those who tragically lost their lives in World War I, also known as ‘The Great War’. The day is also marked in lots of non-commonwealth countries too. The reason we mark Remembrance Day on the 11th is that fighting had ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, with the war officially ending with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on the 28th June 1919. This is separate to VE Day, which marks the end of World War II in Europe on the 8th May each year, with street parties a regular site in the UK on the day.
Even now, 102 years after the official end of the war, Remembrance Day remains an incredibly important day. It’s important for us to look back and reflect on what was a truly tragic battle and loss of life, and how we can never allow anything of such scale to happen again. In the run up to Remembrance Day, its also a fantastic chance for children to be able do some vital learning on the day and on the war as a whole.
Poppies are also traditionally worn in the UK and the Commonwealth, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Though poppies are traditionally red, other poppies that are sometimes chosen to be worn are White, Black, Purple and Khadi.
In the U.S.A, Remembrance Day is observed as Veterans Day. It is not tradition for poppies to be worn, where America instead treat the day as a day of celebration for those who have fallen and those who are currently serving, with many shops offering discounts to those in active service or those who used to be in active service. The U.S tend to use Memorial Day as their day of mourning for those who died serving their country, falling on the last monday of the month, and also marks their unofficial start to the Summer season.
When teaching about Remembrance Day in your class, why not check out some of the amazing resources we have on the Teacher’s Pet site? We have a wide variety of Remembrance Day resources that are available to use in your classroom and to help make the teaching of the topic easier.
These Comprehensions with Questions have been designed specifically for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. the Key Stage 1 Comprehension comes with information on what Remembrance Day is and why we have it. The Key Stage 2 Comprehension comes with a more detailed sheet with information on World War I itself along with Remembrance Day.
Bring your class together to create an amazing class wreath. Every child can create their own poppy and attach to a cardboard wreath to display in memory of World War I heroes.
This resource is an absolute must have for any Remembrance Day display you put up in your classroom. This pack contains a variety of display resources including a Remembrance Day Display Banner, Landscape and Portrait Poppy Borders, The Cenotaph and so much more!
These Hopes For The Future Poppy Petals are a collaborative writing activity. Each child is given part of a poppy to write down their hopes for the future. 4 pieces create one poppy. These are perfect for creating eye-catching displays.
Though not originally created for Remembrance Day, these Tommy in the Window resources remain ever popular downloads all year round. Our first resource is a fantastic poster which can be displayed in the classroom or home to show your respect. Our other Tommy in the Window resource is a cut out version of the ‘Tommy in the Window’ soldier. This can be downloaded in A4 size or split across two A4 pages and then coloured and displayed in a window at school or in the classroom.
Our design team worked hard on creating these to be both visually appealing and containing all the necessary information for your classroom to learn all they need to know about Remembrance Day.