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Remembrance Day 2020




We watched a video about poppies and spoke about Remembrance day to find out what the children knew. The spider diagram below shows what our understanding of Remembrance day is.

 We then produced some art work, creating representations of poppies using different media and materials. 

Year 1

Year 1 really enjoyed exploring the idea of Remembrance this year. We completed some writing about our response to photographs that we had seen in our writing area thinking about ‘then’ and ‘now’. The photos showed us lots of different soldiers during this time and the food and rations that they would have experienced. 

We also thought about the differences between then and now, focusing on what we have to thank the soldiers for. Our snack cafe was closed as we only had a small amount of food left to share between everyone. The rations that we were given were also really boring (just a plain piece of bagel). As a class we said that the rations made us "hungry" and we thought how unfair it was when we found out that the small piece we were given would have lasted soldiers and people at home a whole day or even a few days!

Year 2

Year 2 investigated Remembrance through the theme of poppies. We watched the Cbeebies film and explored why the helmet was there and how the animals sheltering under it were feeling. This made us question why so many poppies grew in the fields afterwards and discover that this is why poppies are now symbols of Remembrance.


Year 3

Year 3 completed an enquiry into the following questions:

Where does wearing a poppy for remembrance come from?

Why do we still wear a poppy for remembrance day?

We began by discussing our understanding of Remembrance day as a class and recording these on a whole class mindmap. We then used different stimuli to find out more about Remembrance day, recording what we had learned on our mind map in a different colour. We then answered our enquiry questions,, using what we had learned.

Emily “Remembrance Day reminds you about the people who died in the war. We are lucky to have soldiers”. Juhani “We remember them and wear poppies so that people know that we care about them and appreciate them.”

 Year 4

Year 4 took part in a mini enquiry to answer the question: 

Where does wearing a poppy for remembrance come from?  

From this, the children shared what they already knew about Remembrance Day.  We knew that Remembrance Day  was to do with soldiers fighting but were interested in finding out more.  We researched the Royal British Legion, looking at the website and researched who first wore a poppy and how it became the symbol today.  We learned about the links between Moina Michael and the John McCrae Poem, reading his poem In Flanders field  and discussing its meaning.  

We made links to the rainbow symbol for thanks to the NHS and this helped us to understand our question around the poppy for remembrance.  

We also did two art pieces leading up to Remembrance Day  focusing on our artistic skills, making connections on Remembrance Day about why we focusing on poppies.. We were also lucky enough to have some medals in school from one of our parents who has served in the war. We learned about the wars he fought in and how serving for country isn't just WW1 and WW2, learning about how relevant the poppies symbol is today.

Year 5

For Remembrance Day this week in Year 5, the children sketched poppies from observation before adding colour using pastels. While doing this, we spoke about what Remembrance Day is and why we celebrate it, as well as thinking about why we wear poppies and what they represent. We also listened to some of the music sent by Mrs Winkworth as part of our Welcome Music at the beginning of the day. 

Year 6

In Year 6, we investigating the following questions:

Where does wearing a poppy for remembrance come from?

Who created the idea?

Should they be better known?

We researched the history of Remembrance Day, focusing on why poppies have become the symbol for it. We found out about John McCrae who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields, Moina Michael (who was inspired by McCrae’s poem to petition for the poppy to become the symbol of Remembrance Day) and Anna Guerin who worked with Douglas Haig (the founder of the Royal British Legion) to bring the symbol of the poppy as Remembrance to the UK in 1921.

We also had the opportunity to complete some observational drawings of poppies and create our own artwork of a poppy using a variety of different mediums.