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RBL's new range of materials will help teachers show the next generation why it is important to remember those who serve (Picture: RBL).
Remembrance

Royal British Legion going live to teach Remembrance in schools

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RBL's new range of materials will help teachers show the next generation why it is important to remember those who serve (Picture: RBL).

Children will be helped to understand the importance of Remembrance and its relevance today thanks to the Royal British Legion (RBL).

The RBL is joining forces with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new range of free teaching resources, including live lessons for schools. 

The charities are encouraging teachers to get their students involved with two exciting new live learning opportunities. 

The 'Alive with Poppies' poetry project, with spoken word poet Tomos Roberts, will take place from 3 to 6 October and the 'Live Remembrance Assembly' will be on 11 November, Armistice Day. 

The Royal British Legion – the UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting the needs of the serving and veteran Armed Forces community and their families – has also added to its existing range of Remembrance lesson plans, assemblies and bitesize activities. 

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need them most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life. 

Using his specially commissioned poem for the Festival of Remembrance last year as inspiration, renowned poet Tomos Roberts will be delivering four virtual lessons to help children from four to 18 plan, create and perform their own Remembrance poetry. 

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The teaching resources will help explore what service means, the backgrounds of those who serve and the impact it has on them and their families (Picture: RBL).

The Live Remembrance Assembly on Armistice Day, co-produced by the National Literacy Trust, will be an interactive live stream for seven to 11-year-olds, exploring why remembrance is done through poetry and music and bringing children across the country together for two minutes of silence. 

This year, the resources will explore the theme of 'service', highlighting the role of the civilian emergency services, the work of the intelligence services and the work of the Armed Forces. 

During times of conflict or national emergency, service can also include a wider group of people, for example, the thousands of volunteers that supported the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The children will be encouraged to use art and poetry to help them learn about Remembrance (Picture: RBL).

The teaching resources will help explore what service means, the backgrounds of those who serve and the impact it has on them and their families. 

Philippa Rawlinson, the Royal British Legion's Remembrance Lead, said: "The live lessons for schools are an innovative addition to RBL's new range of materials to help teachers show the next generation why it is important to remember those who serve. 

"Understanding our shared heritage of Remembrance helps bring communities together and ensures we recognise the service and sacrifice of past and present generations. 

"These new resources will help us ensure Remembrance is understood by and available to all children in every community in the UK," she added.

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The free teaching resources are designed to engage children through poetry, music and art (Picture: Royal British Legion).

Tim Judge, Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust, says: "We are so proud to be partnering with the Royal British Legion for Remembrance. 

"The new live lessons will provide a creative, interactive way for children to learn about the importance of Remembrance whilst also improving their literacy skills. 

"Combined with the updated resources, activities and lesson plans, schools across the country will be able to get involved with Remembrance and explore the theme of service."

He went on: "We look forward to working closely with the legion to produce these events and activities and help children understand the relevance of Remembrance in the modern day." 

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The RBL resources will be available for all school-age children – Key Stages one to five (Picture: RBL).

The RBL is committed to passing the torch of Remembrance to the next generation, ensuring that children have a comprehensive understanding of what Remembrance is and why it is relevant to their lives today. 

The last time a generation of British children experienced conflict first-hand was during the Second World War so the RBL is hoping to teach children to appreciate how today's armed and civilian services continue to defend democratic freedoms and way of life. 

Designed to engage children through poetry, music and art, these resources will help pupils discover how Remembrance traditions have evolved and how they might grow and change in the future. 

To discover more and download the Royal British Legion's free Teaching Remembrance resources visit the RBL's website.

To register interest in the 'Alive with Poppies' poetry workshops or the Schools Festival of Remembrance, email [email protected].