Remembrance Live Lesson

Remembering real people who served in the war

We marked the centenary of the Armistice - the end of the First World War - with a creative writing Live Lesson for primary students in collaboration with 14-18 NOW.

This was an opportunity for schools to be a part of a collective moment of reflection ahead of a weekend of national commemorative events, including Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea, a unique moment when communities gathered on beaches to say thank you and goodbye to the millions who left their shores during the First World War, many never to return.

Designed for 7 - 11 year olds, our Remembrance Live Lesson is hosted by BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty and CBBC's Ben Shires, and features special guests including author and poet Roger Stevens and Charlotte Czyzyk, historian and project manager for Lives of the First World War at Imperial War Museums.

It explores themes of remembrance and commemoration, and encourage children to reflect on the end of the war through creative writing.

Inspired by real people, this lesson aims to get children asking the questions: What is remembrance? How do we process and remember important world events?

Content for the Live Lesson is designed to tie in with a free 14-18 NOW Armistice resource pack which has been sent to all primary schools and is available to download on the 14-18 NOW website.

 

Tips and advice from our experts

After the Live Lesson, we recorded a very special panel discussion programme for teachers, featuring our educational consultant and primary writing specialist Ros Wilson, the Assistant Director of Public Engagement and Learning at Imperial War Museums Susie Thornberry, and teacher and blogger Adam Nicholls.

They discuss the importance of teaching children about remembrance, the pros and cons of cross-curricular learning and the challenges that primary teachers face in the classroom. Watch the discussion by following the link below.

How to get involved

Classroom resources: Check our lesson guide for teachers and print out the student activity sheets below.

Email your pupils' questions for our special guests to us at live.lessons@bbc.co.uk and they may be featured in the live programme.

If your class will be watching, let us know! Email us with a short message and your class and school name at live.lessons@bbc.co.uk and you could be mentioned on the Live Lesson.

Any questions? Contact us at live.lessons@bbc.co.uk.

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